- thank you Hashem for making my son feel better !
- Thank you Hashem for a husband that believes in me, and promotes my talent. Thank you Hashem for giving me the opportunity to be an Ima to my son who is a warrior, and gives me strength.
- So proud of my son who has started learning Mishnah in school this week.
- Thank you Hashem that my daughter has become a Bat Misvah
- I was sitting at the Shabbat table Friday night with my wife and my two kids. My son who’s two and half years old and my daughter who’s four months old. I started reading the THANK YOU HASHEM weekly at the Shabbat table so that everyone can take part in the amazing things that happen. A few weeks ago, as I was reading it my son asked me for the papers so he can read it. I told him, first Aba will finish and then he can have his turn. Waiting patiently he listened to me reading it out loud and hearing me repeat the words thank you Hashem for the amazing story. When I finished reading it I gave him the sheet of paper and told him ok now we will listen to you read it. He took the paper stared at it and said thank you Hashem thank you Hashem for the story. I want to thank Hashem for the amazing Nachat we get from this boy every day. May we watch him grow to be a chacham in klal yisrael. Amen.
- Thank you Hashem for saving me from getting some big chargebacks from one of our customer. We shipped by error wrong barcodes on some items. Usually they would charge us to repack the items with the correct barcodes. I asked Hashem to fix the situation without losing any money. Lo and behold they somehow agreed to leave the wrong barcodes on them which is very rare. Thank you Hashem for always being there for us at all times.
- how about an I’m sorry Hashem. Life has been so fast paced that we haven’t said thank you. Bh it is for good things. So thank you for our days that are filled with lots of fun things to do!
- Thank you Hashem For the reflectors on the highway road We can see when it’s pouring rain!! BH thank you Hashem
- thank you Hashem, I’ve pulled my wisdom tooth out about a week ago and when you pull it out they give you antibiotics so it should not get infected. I wasn’t really interested in taking it but I said you never know let me be safe and listen to my doctor. Baruch Hashem I did cause a few days later my son was unfortunately in the hospital and I was diagnosed with bronchitis. The doctor said I would not be able to visit my son because I may spread more germs to him which may cause more harm. However when I told the doctor that I was already on antibiotics for my wisdom tooth being pulled out a week before and today was the last day of my medicine . He said well then great your good to go. your body already had the medication it needs to help fight it. you an go visit your son!! thank you! thank you Hashem. Hashem really had everything all planned out to the minute .
- Baruch Hashem all went well with the week of Sheva Brochos & Shabbos Sheva Brochos. Spent quality time with family & everyone came & went safely. Thank You Hashem! & no weather issues.
- Thank You Hashem for watching over my daughter that went to Eretz Yisrael this week.
- Looking forward to the inauguration of a new president for the United States of America who looks to be a lot friendlier to Israel than his predecessor. Thank You Hashem for our freedom to vote & freedom of religion.
- Hashem sent me a nice sale that was totally unexpected. I was very happy. Suddenly the customer noticed the pricing and said to hold off, he needs to get an approval of some sort. I prayed very hard and spoke closely to Hashem. Made a kabalah. The next morning he calls and says, go ahead with the order as planned. Thank you Hashem.
- Everyday after Shachrit my routine is to go to the bathroom before my hour plus bus ride to the city. Over the years, we’ve gotten accustomed to having weekly collectors come around the Shul. Some we are favorable to and some not so. One day this week, one of the non favorables came around. It turned out as he was finishing up collecting, we both met at the bathroom at the same time and washed our hands together and wound up saying the Asher Yasar together. Lately, I started saying the Beracha slowly, trying to have the proper kavanah and wound up saying it much slower than the collector from Boro Park. Afterward he said to me “Wow I started saying my Beracha fast as usual but when I saw you saying it slowly I slowed down to. I told him is a very important beracha and if said correctly it takes care of many if not all illnesses. I think after our encounter this religious man will saying the beracha slower. YOU NEVER KNOW WHOS WATCHING YOU AND THE IMPACT YOU CAN HAVE ON OTHERS. Maybe this story will impact you to. Shabbat Shalom!!
- So many wonderful simachot this week. Sunday had a bar misvah, Monday had a wedding, Wednesday had a bris and a pidyon. Thursday an engagement. Friday night the simcha of our precious Shabbat.
By Rabbi Chaim Morgenstern
There are many stories testifying to the gadlus (greatness) of HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita, stories heard from the countless number of people that visited his home seeking his wisdom and instruction.
A family in which one of the sisters developed a serious medical condition had to face a kidney transplant once it became clear the dialysis was not a viable long term option. The parents decided to look for a donor for a transplant. Four of the brothers were determined to be suitable donors. The potential donors agreed they would visit Rav Kanievsky and draw straws to determine which one of them would donate a kidney. The youngest brother became too frightened of surgery and told the others that he cannot give a kidney, but agreed to accompany them to Rav Chaim. They visit took place, and when they drew lots to determine who will donate a kidney, the lot fell on the youngest brother, the same one who stated he is too scared to go through with the transplant.
Those present were certain Rav Chaim would instruct them to draw again between the brothers who were not afraid. However, Rav Chaim told the youngest brother than since the lot fell on him, he must donate the kidney to his sister. “You will not lose from this but you will have good health” Rav Chaim told him.
As the young man tried to tell Rav Chaim he is scared, he was interrupted by Rav Chaim who reiterated that he must go through with ithe transplant and that he will have good health.
The transplant procedure began in Beilinson Hospital in Tel Aviv, where the young brother was in one room and the recipient, his sister, in an adjoining operating room.
After the doctors removed the healthy kidney from the young brother they were astounded to find a growth, albeit a small malignant one that was not detectable because it was under the kidney growing towards the pancreas. The doctors told the family that they never would have detected it without the transplant surgery, and that by the time the growth would have been detectable it would have been too late.
Since the kidney was not usable, the brothers returned to draw lots again at the home of Rav Chaim to determine who will merit giving a kidney.
Once again, it is seen that listening to the words of this Gadol Hador not only saved the life of the sister, who required a kidney, but the younger brother who had no idea that trying to donate the organ would save his life.
By Rabbi David Ashaer
If a person doesn’t get what he wants, it is not because Hashem doesn’t love you. It is because He knows that right now, this is what’s best for you. Hashem knows the future. He knows what we need to accomplish and how we will be able to accomplish it, and He acts accordingly. We have to train ourselves to always think, גם זו לטובה – This too is for the best. Even what appears to be the most difficult situation is actually Hashem’s loving kindness acting for our benefit.
A man told me that his wedding date was January 7, 1996. The guest list was short, as he was marrying an orphan, and both he and his bride had very small families. To make matters worse, that day, New York was hit with one of the worst blizzards ever. By the time the wedding was set to start, a foot and a half of snow had fallen, and it was still coming down. Nobody could drive, and it looked like the wedding would be a disaster. One of the local rabbis called all the neighbors, telling them that it is a Mitzva to come immediately to this wedding. He even invited the local Yeshiva. It turned out to be one of the liveliest, most festive weddings, with hundreds of boys dancing. People were so inspired that they became religious just from being there. It was a wedding that no one would ever forget.
Fourteen years later, the groom’s older sister was finally getting married. It was her first marriage and her groom’s second. Again, the families were not large, but whoever was coming was very excited. This wedding was set to take place on a hot August night in a Shul in Deal, New Jersey. Everyone recalled the eventful wedding of ’96, but they knew that would not happen now-or would it? As Hashgacha would have it, right after the ceremony, the police entered the Shul, which was located in a quiet neighborhood, and evacuated the entire building because of a bomb scare. This was unheard of. There had never been a bomb scare in that area before, and there hasn’t been one since.
The entire wedding party left the building and was standing in the parking lot. The doors of the Shul were locked, with the police guarding the building. All the food and music were left inside. Time passed, the guests were waiting outside sweating, but they were not being allowed back in. People began to leave.
One of the bride’s friends came and saw what was happening and quickly went into action. She knew of someone with a garage full of water bottles. She asked to bring them to the wedding and distribute them to the guests. Then, she asked the neighbor if she could use their backyard to dance. The neighbor was happy to help. All of the sudden, chairs and tables were being set up. A local DJ arrived with his equipment, free of charge. The backyard became a reception area. The woman then called someone who had just made a large barbeque for an organization and asked if she could bring the leftovers. The hot food arrived. Hundreds of young ladies were asked to come and dance with the bride. Yeshiva boys were called to dance with the groom. Within half an hour, it was the liveliest scene anyone could have imagined.
Finally, at 11:30 pm the Shul was reopened, and the reception moved inside. At that moment, none other than Yaakov Shwekey walked in to sing. Someone had called him to do a Chesed and save the wedding. The crowd became charged. They danced until 2AM. It turned out to be the most memorable wedding. The bride said afterward that she had always wanted Yaakov Shwekey to sing at her wedding but couldn’t afford it. Now she got what she wanted-and much more.
גם זו לטובה – Everything always works out for the best. Sometimes we see how, but most times, we don’t. Yet, we can rest assured that Hashem is always doing the best for us.
- Thank you Hashem for allowing me to be Sandak at my grandsons Brit. As he was a preemie, the Brit was postponed – we were uncertain as to when it would be. It looked like we were at least another 2 weeks away. And so with a business trip that I had prepaid including an expensive conference for which I would be penalized heavily If I missed – I traveled. Lo and behold I got a call the first day of the conference – the Doctor determined the baby was now fine ahead of “schedule” and the Rabbi said “Must be done tomorrow without further delay” Ignoring the conference sessions I spent hours on the phone rescheduling things and avoiding most penalties and got a red-eye flight home but with a connecting flight adding a few hours to the trip . Still I would be home in time, and the bris would be in the afternoon. As we were boarding the connecting flight they announced that the plane was unsafe and a new plane would have to be found ! (How do you just find an airplane ?) A few hours after that the airline rescheduled a different flight and we finally boarded a new plane. I got home early afternoon with a couple hours to spare and in time to make the Brit !
- 2 Brit Milas this week- mabruk to all.
- With Gratitude to Hashem that we were able to help and bring someone close to our father in Heaven. Hashem can place him in a situation or certain place, and he never knows what can happen I actually remember contacting the kiruv.com website on how to proceed in Kiruv which I personally don’t have too much Experience and I believe they responded to do things slowly and easy.We think that kiruv has to be standing at a street corner and waiting for someone, yes that can help when needed. But sometimes the person can be an everyday person you may meet in your work place or in our warehouse packing a box for you. You never know when you can change a person.Our Accounting manager had a list of mishloach manot whom she gave out to people in the office.And one of them we noticed was someone in the warehouse. Mental note.One of the Chabad Rabbi’s – in the local town had come once a week and put on tefilin for this person once a week Noticing he was a 60 year old Russian jew! We started talking with him and lo and behold he agreed to put on tefilin every day! BH We set up a team of few people this way between one of us to help him, talk to him etc.It was an amazing sight! He felt so happy to do this mitzvah! Every day we got a little close to him, his personal life. His children, his car BH we formed a bond.We started talking about Shabbos and how he wished he could keep the Shabbos but do to the circumstances he wasn’t holding at that point yet.His wife worked and he had to pick her up Friday night etc.Great idea! BH how about bringing in the light and beauty of Shabbos! BH we found a very nice Museum art candle sticks!We gave it to him as a gift! He loved it and agreed to light them every week himself!We bought him a Russian siddur he used at home to pray.Time passed and he has getting much better in putting on tefilin, we contacted the sofer, BH we were able to buy a used good condition Gasos tefillin! We chipped in and presented it to him! He was very happy! Peasch came around he got matzahs from the Chabad Rabbi..As we got a little more friendly he mentioned his youth in Russia. He was a firstborn!We had the courage to ask him if he had a bris, and if yes, was it done correctly?He mentioned that his father hid in a building in communist Russia and had done a secret bris. There was a rabbi there.But he wants to make sure that it was done good, he wants to have another bris!! He is ready.We asked a Sheila what should we do? The rav was talking and mentioned prob the bris was done correctly If his father had moser nefesh in Russia for a bris that he prob knew what he was doing and getting a correct mohel to perform the bris! When we told him he still insisted he wants the bris!! We had to convince he didn’t have to But wait he is a first born and he has no clue or recognition about a Pidyon Haben!We called up Rabbi Forscheimer in Lakewood nj and told him over the details. 10 mins of looking up and thinking.“do a pidyon haben Mesofek – with no beracha!!” Ok wow, we picked up coins that day in the town we worked in NJ.Great! The warehouse manager was a Kohen – we invited everyone upstairs to our main showroom We bought cookies cake, the works, and actually preformed a Pidyoin Haben in our office with a 60 year old man!!We took pictures – (at the end we found out no memory card J). It was an amazing day!Bh I still have the coins ( I asked the coin afterwards if I can have them)Time had passed and day in and day out BH he had put on tefilin! Baruch Hashem Sadly a few months later he had a stroke and was paralyzed his whole side down.He was in the hospital for a while and we called him while he was home.Hopefully he has a full recovery!Baruch Hashem that we was zoche to see that! The mitzvos, the love for a mitzvah, the will was amazing ! anything we brought up to him not only was he willing he had an enthusiasm Willing even to redo a bris at 60!! A yid, yid a neshama is thirsty!
- Thank you Hashem that my cousin is still with us! He was swimming last Friday at a beach in Israel and got sucked in a powerful current, a friend swam out to him and also got stuck. He thought his end was close but then a elderly surfer with a grey beard surfed up to him and said he will get help, and he called over two surfers and each one pulled out one bahur and brought them to the shore and the elderly surfer had disappeared. Amazing!
- My wife went to return something and when they asked for her license the lady told her I’m sorry I can’t take this it expired 3 months ago (my wife didn’t even realize it was expired). Ok so I told her don’t worry go to the DMV tomorrow I rather you not drive with a expired licence. Later that day we went to pick something up from down the block and all of the sudden out if nowhere the car starts making loud stuttering noises and starts shaking like crazy and something smelt like smoke . The car was un-driveable.. out if the blue. Ok so we parked the car on the street and Bh I was able to get it towed and fixed all under the warranty. There is no question in my mind that these 2 unexpected situations happened the same day forcing my wife not to be able to drive. That Hashem 1000% saved her from chas vishalom some sort of danger! one may say to himself and get frustrated why in the world is this happening to me but in reality it is Hashem saving you from chas vishalom who knows what. Thank you Hashem for ALWAYS protecting us even if we don’t see it!! And thank you Hashem for protecting my wife and kids!!!
- Thank you Hashem for showing something to me in the Torah that i showed a friend via emailing this friend. I am sorry Hashem for the terrible times i didn’t respect your Torah. Your Torah is truly amazing. Yemincha Hashem Nedari Bakoach. Your right hand, O Lord, is most powerful; Your right hand, O Lord, crushes the foe. pasuk vav verse 6 ו יְמִינְךָ יְהֹוָה נֶאְדָּרִי בַּכֹּחַ יְמִינְךָ יְהֹוָה תִּרְעַץ אוֹיֵב
- Thank you Hashem for my arms, this morning, while sitting in my car, I noticed to my right birds picking up some grass and twigs for a nest they are making, I couldn’t help but wonder how much easier would things be if they had hands and not only a mouth to do their work. So thank you Bureh Olam for making our lives easier.
- Thank you Hashem that it has been a regular week.Work. life, home, joy, beauty – just a normal and regular day in and day out.Thank you Hashem!Thank you Hashem for sparing me and my family from millions of things that I will never know about.
- My wife was sick in bed the whole week. Thank you Hashem for allowing me to realize and appreciate all that she does for me when she is up and around and Thank you Hashem for the best wife in the world!
- Brit milah on Shabbat ,Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday- Chasdei Hashem. Weddings Monday and Tuesday! Pidyon Sunday. Thank you Hashem.
- From Misvah Man.. Jerry collects sedaka outside Landaus Shul. He asked us last week ” hey buddy “some people told me to speak to you and maybe you can help”? Me-sure” how can I help you I asked”? I’m 6 feet 4″ I need a size XXXL jacket” I’m wearing size large, it is 14 yrs old and all ripped” can you help me”? Me-” sure Jerry”I’m going to get you a Brand New Down XXXL Jacket “Jerry was estatic” Me-what else do you need Jerry”??? Jerry-” what I also need you can never help me with” Me-“try me” Jerry-“its cold outside collecting sedaka” I’m wearing these old ripped sneakers” but I need warm boots” I am a size 16 extra wide” Within 4 days we gave Jerry the boots and jacket he asked for” all Brand new “Our Torah teaches us to treat others like yourself” even better” give the needy new,the Best possible clothing” And of course do it with a Smile and a Good word”. I’m just following orders. Mitzvah man.
- I was circling for a parking spot at Shaare Zion and without thinking I turned into the service lane which was backed up from all the cars waiting to valet. I was a little frustrated for that mistake. By the time I got in front of the hall a car pulled out of a parking spot mamash the closest spot to the hall I pulled right in and all the valet people commented with jealously on my luck. But I knew it was chasdei Hashem.
- Parked my car on Kings Highway and saw the meter maid going around. I went to the machine to get the muni meter ticket but it was not working properly. I then started walking to the other machine but for some reason kept walking to the store I was going to and forgot about the machine. Got back to my car and did not get a ticket. Thank you so much Hashem , I saw the meter maid giving tickets and clearly have only Hashem to thank for this.
- My father in his weak condition, to have a successful major surgery BH is the greatest simcha in the world for me. Thank you Hashem so much. I love you. Speedy refuah shelemah BH,Yitzchak ben Salha.
- Thank you Hashem for cold weather, warm clothing and a heated home. Thank you Hashem for warm weather and an air conditioned home. Ein Od Milvado-
- Thank you Hashem for our first delicious taste of Snow this season.
- Thank you Hashem – we decided to move to a new area, and Baruch Hashem we found an apartment at a great price and location THE NEXT DAY!!!!
- I was at my desk writing down a strategy for when I call a certain customer regarding payment. As I am finished writing my plan I see a call coming in from this customer , I quickly pray to Hashem and answered the call. I very simply spoke to him regarding payment and all went smoother than I expected. Thank you Hashem for setting this up so easily for me.
- Had a close call, a worker called me telling me we had a piece of merchandise missing and needed it replaced right away. I called him back to tell him please check one more time and within seconds he said here it is. Thank you Hashem
- I went to look at my watch to check the time and my watch was missing, was not on my wrist. I prayed to Hashem and retraced my steps and Bh I found it about 7 minutes later. Thank you Hashem
- Thank you Hashem for the amazing day of Yom Kippur where we have the opportunity to be cleansed from all of our sins!
- Had something going on with a customer on a possible return and was hoping they would keep the products. Didn’t hear back from them and was afraid to call them and rock the boat. Got an email from him today saying please send me a certain piece to add to the products so they can use and keep them. Thank you Hashem
- Thank you Hashem for every possible thing I can think of….I wanted to really say thank you also for helping find my naseeb b”h and getting engaged to such a wonderful girl and family!! Thank you for letting me live this whole year!!
- Thank you Hashem for Rabbi Wachsman
- Found 2 missing items immediately after reciting a special tefillah. Both on different days of aseret yemeh teshuva. Thank you Hashem!
- thank you H-shem for Yom Kippur even though it’s hard on our bodies it’s the best for our Neshamot. We feel really clean afterwards.
- Thank You Hashem for giving us Yom Kippur so that our averot shouldn’t be out of control and for the beautiful, stunning words, tunes and songs that we have. And thank You that I didn’t have such an easy fast because it was kapparat avonot
CLASSIC FROM ARCHIVES..
- My husband and I have marveled at the tremendous honor (Zechut) it was to be involved, even in our own small way, in what we both call “The Howie’s Story”. This actually happened a dozen years ago, in one of our very first Succah’s. We hope you will enjoy it in your Succah! Twelve years ago I was an undergraduate student at NYU and it was precisely the Fall semester. As many Orthodox students in post-secondary institutions can attest, the Fall semester necessarily means a discussion with professors and group work partners about missed classes and due-date extensions. Upon informing the group that I would have to be out for the holiday of Succot, a fellow student asked me to tell her a little about Succot. She was interested in Judaism because her boyfriend was Jewish, although, she added, he was completely anti-Judaism. After giving my classmate a ‘readers-digest’ version of the holiday, I found myself inviting her and her boyfriend to join us for a meal so she could see for herself what it was all about. She seemed elated and accepted, although she was skeptical that her boyfriend would be joining us. And indeed, the next day after class, I ran into my friend and her boyfriend. He was, as described, anti-all-things-Judaism and a bit outrageous and combative. He stood there with his long dreadlocks and proudly showed me his tattoos. He pontificated about his beliefs and the melding of this philosophy and that theory until I was looking for ways to make a quick exit. Oh boy, I thought, what have I gotten into and what am I subjecting my family to by inviting this person into our Succah. I slowly came to learn that Howie had actually come from a charadi family in Israel. His family life was not filled with the greatest of experiences. His upbringing involved both physical and mental abuse at the hands of a demanding father. He told us of the heavy -handed religion of an intolerant and derisive father. Howie had barely made it out alive and I was sad for the young boy who was now the young man before me. Well, eventually Succot rolled around and our special guests arrived with a bit of curiosity (on my classmates part), and cynicism on her boyfriend’s part. At first, it was a little tense as Howie tried once more to wax poetic the joys of Buddhism, or individualism or some such ism. At this point I must acknowledge my husband’s wonderful demeanor and warmth. He did not engage, argue and antagonize our guests. He simply was himself; kind, honest and steadfast in his beliefs. We managed, however, to truly enjoy the meal and did our best to be hospitable and demonstrate ‘Hachnasat Orchim’. As Howie and his girlfriend left our Succah that day, we were sure that that was probably the last Succah he would ever enter. We were wrong. Approximately four years later, My Husband and I were in for the surprise of our lives. It was a cold winter day and we had all gathered at my brother’s house for a Torah-dedication. The house was filled to the brim with all kinds of Yiddim, from Sephardic to Ashkenaz, from the ‘some-what’ observant to a large group of Chabad Chassid’s who danced and sang at the wonderful occasion. As I watched the young men dance, I noticed one Chassidic young man, with long peyot and black hat, was headed for me and seemed to have something to say. I was taken aback. What could this ‘bachor’ have to say to me? His first words…, “Do you know who I am? I probably do not have to tell you who that Chassid was after all. As it turned out, Howie told my husband what had transpired after his visit to our Succah. He shared with us that our meal, in the Succah that day, was his very first positive experience with Judaism. Howie said he had never seen truly observant families talk with respect, love and warmth as he had seen that day. He understood the religion of his youth was a corruption of something he had been denied. And so his long journey back began, slowly but surely. He thanked us as we stood dumb-founded at what we had been privileged to witness. As we sit in our Succah today, you and I, let us be thankful for those that have returned and be hopeful for those that have not. It is during this Yom-Tov that I often think of Howie and wonder why Hashem let my husband and I be a part of his story. Whatever the reason(s), it is as if we are still standing in that living room with a young Chassidic man, his dreads transformed to peyot, waiting before us to recognize him. We are still dumb-founded.
- SIMCHA SIMCHA SIMCHA – Sheva Berachot , Brit Milah , Wedding, Engagement , Bris , Engagement, Wedding , Engagement ,Bris, Bris and another Bris all within a few days this week- Thank you Hashem for Happy Occasions.
- Thank you Hashem for giving us the Gadol to our community, Rabbi Diamond. His summer Shabbat morning Park Ave shul class is given to a group that includes men, women, religious, jet set, black hat, elderly, teenagers and everything in between, and yet everyone in that class gets the right Torah message, each on their level. The Rabbi gives us a common sense, clear and proper hashkafa of what a true Jew is and how a Jew should act. Listening to Rabbi’ Diamonds classes, one come out with a true love of Hashem, a love of Mitzvos and a love of every Jew. I personally witnessed the deep pain the Rabbi has in walking every step to give his class ( he has very bad knees) , yet his love of Hashem and every Jew overrides his pain .
- Last Friday I was putting together a class on the subject of appreciating Hashem’s kindness throughout the year and truly being happy to serve Him with our Torah learning and performance of mitzvot. I was in a local shul and decided to write down some notes and points to focus on. The midrash was just cleaned up and the tables were ready for Shabbat without the regular random papers around that I would normally use for this. So after looking all over for just one piece of paper to write on, I finally found it- and turning it over, it was someone’s printout of this email. So I took this as a clear nod of approval from Hashem. For a class about “Thank you Hashem”, I was being told to use the back of this beautiful collection of people actually thanking Hashem!! May everyone who participates in this project be blessed with a year of siyata dishmaya, inspiration and closeness to our Creator!
- Amazing, Thank You Hashem. 3 weeks ago, we get a box in the USPS mail addressed to me with a delivery confirmation and addressed from an address in Lakewood with no name. my wife picks it up and says, what did you order this time? I said I really didn’t order anything, She shakes it and says sounds like business cards, as we open it, and we see a loose-leaf and a stack of Torah Cards, BH it hit me 22 years ago, as kids in 5th or 6th grade we used to collect cards called torah cards, they had sets and some were hard to get and we traded, that was our hobby and all day long we collected them ($1.25 pack of ten) one day after collecting a few series and rare hard to find cards, I brought them to school in a batman loose-leaf, the cards were in my desk as we ate lunch, when we returned, the cards were gone after all that…found an empty loose-leaf in the garbage, no Torah cards. 22 years later, an anonymous box of cards shows up at our house, the address belongs to an ashkenaz rabbi, were there is no connection and he paid extra for the delivery confirmation and then went and found out our address where we just moved to.. TESHUVA IS NEVER TOO LATE 22 YEARS LATER!!.. PS-I asked Rabbi Aboud what to do, should we send a letter, maybe write something in the community magazine? He said, he obviously doesn’t want you to know who he is, he knows you got it, leave it alone. PPS – BH my wife says, did you ever forgive him? I said no its nothing, she said but at the time you were hurt and you never actually forgave him.. forgive him now, maybe he is a having a hard time now and wants to do Teshuva. BH FOR OUR SPECIAL NATION.
- Thank you for the opportunity to do a Kidush hashem. I traveled to somebody’s warehouse and brought a delicious sandwich with me to eat on the way. I didn’t end up eating it on the way, it was hot out so I brought it in the warehouse with me. They told me I had to wait a few minutes and I was waiting in their lunch room area. Not my nature but I was very hungry and had the sandwich with me so I opened it up and sat down to eat it. An abid worker walks thru the lunch area and says wow that looks like an awesome sandwich. I said it is, then thought to myself, make a kidush Hashem and offer him the other half of the sandwich (thinking deep down that he would never take it, who would?) So I go ahead and tell him , please take the other half of the sandwich it is delicious . His face lit up and said wow Thank you, it looks so good I can’t pass up your offer and he thanked me and took it. Kidush Hashem. On the way out the worker that helped load my car stops and tells me that the Jewish people are a special nation and that I should have a great Jewish New Year and says “Shalom to you”
- Thank you Hashem for Mickey Kairy and please grant him Happiness and great health this coming year Bh
- Just moved into a new house and got a new job… Thank you Hashem for putting me where I need to be to serve you !!!!!! And for giving us these amazing powerful holidays to do teshuva and grow closer to you.. Unlike the goyim who just live there daily nishach life (most of them) we are beautiful Jews who live for a purpose and have these holidays to look into our lives and see how we can be better Jews and better people!
- I got impatient waiting for a traffic light, so I turned the corner to go a different way. Standing right there was a Bochur trying to get a hitch towards his Yeshivah, which is about 15 minutes away. My office is on the block of his Yeshiva.
- I was planning to call a customer to inquire about a payment I was waiting for. I got to the office and checked the mailbox and Baruch HASHEM it was there. Thank you Hashem
- Thank you Hashem for a great summer in a kosher and spiritually uplifting environment
- Thank you Hashem for the perfect parking space in a rain storm right in front of where I needed to go.
- Thank you Hashem for the kedusha and powerful effect of the Shofar –Tizku Lishanim Rabot