Recognizing the ‘יד ה-the hand of Hashem in everyday life is so valuable; seeing through the natural way of the world and knowing that it is really Hashem behind the scene. People growing in Emunah begin to change their thought pattern. They notice Hashem in everything they do. It is such a beautiful service of Hashem.
Somebody told me that he has a children’s book, which tells the story of a little girl who woke up one morning, on her birthday, expecting to hear happy birthday from every member of her family, but nobody said anything. She really wanted a birthday party, but it seemed like everyone forgot. She decided she would throw herself a party. Meanwhile, her family was planning a surprise party for her later on, and had hidden everything away. She thinks to herself, “I need a cake.” She goes down to the basement freezer, and it just so happens that there is a big beautiful birthday cake there. “Perfect,” she thinks to herself. Then, she decides she needs games for the party, and she found all of her favorite games in a closet in a shopping bag. She thought, “Wow, just what I wanted.” She went to look for party favors, and it just so happened there were unopened packages of party favors all in one cabinet. “Great,” she thought, “Now I have everything I need to make myself a party.”
She carried everything to the kitchen and there she saw her family, and they all yelled, “Surprise!” This little girl thought she just happened to find a birthday cake and games. In reality, each item was placed in its spot for her birthday party. This is the story of our lives. We go here, and we happen to find exactly what we are looking for. We go there, and we find the perfect merchandise to sell. It was all a setup. Hashem was behind everything. But it looks so natural, and if we don’t think with Emunah, we could miss Him.
A man named Jack told me a few years ago that he had to go to the Orient on business. He would be there over Shabbat in a place with no Minyan. It bothered him a lot, so he investigated and discovered that a new Minyan may have opened up there. He was given the number of a person to call when he arrived. On the plane, there was a problem with one of the seats, and the person who had that seat was moved right next to Jack. He spoke to the man for a minute and it turns out that he was also Jewish, travelling on business. However, he didn’t even get his name, since he liked to sleep on these long plane rides. He politely excused himself and turned away to sleep. When he arrived at his hotel, he called to inquire about the Minyan. He was delighted to hear that there was a brand new Minyan that recently opened. Just then, he noticed in the lobby the other Jewish man who had sat next to him on the plane. He went over to him and told him that he had just found out about the new Minyan, if he was interested. The man responded, “Wow. I am so excited. Everyone told me that there is no Minyan here. But, I am in the year of saying Kaddish for my father, and I never missed a Kaddish yet. This was going to be my first time. You just saved me. Thank You.” Jack asked the man’s name, and he recognized it. “Who was your father?” he asked. It turns out, that man’s father was the one who helped put Jack into business years before and taught him everything he knew about the business. Now, the מכין מצעדי גבר-the Planner of man’s footsteps, with clear Hashgacha Pratit, set it up that he could help him by enabling his son to say Kaddish for him.
Hashem made a problem with the chair on the plane and put him right next to Jack to get them to meet. It was all a setup. Hashem plants what we need just in the right spot at the right time. If we recognize it and thank Him, then we are growing in Emunah.
- Daily Emunah, Lesson # 812, Rabbi David Ashear
- This story takes place a little over 29 years ago. 6 months before my father’s passing… My Father A’H had a very good friend that opened a gift store on Ave U in 1987. We didn’t know this at the time but my father used to visit his friend on a regular basis, sit and have coffee and help him buy and set up merchandise goods for the store. Shortly after..My Father passed away. During the week of my Father’s Shiva, my father’s friend came to pay respects..told us many stories, including the one I just mentioned. He gave us a cassette tape and told us to listen to it after we got up from sitting that week.. Needless to say we were very anxious to find out what was on the tape.. We got up from sitting and my Mother, 2 brothers and myself ran to my room to listen to the recording.. To our surprise… it was a recording of my father sing a famous song from the 40’s with his friend on the keyboard “ I’ll Never Smile Again.. Until I smile at You!!” Anyone that knows the Lyrics’ to this song could imagine the emotions that ran through us that night. .. needless to say, we all left my room crying like babies and a memory that would last a lifetime. This recording has been a family treasure for all these years and we have always been very thankful to my father’s friend for sharing this with us.. This past Sunday, 6/26/16, I received an email noticed that my Fathers friend had passed away earlier in the day at 96 years old. .. but what really hit me hard was that he passed away with no family and there was no Shiva for him… I assumed no one was saying Kaddish for him either. I reached out to the Rabbi in NJ where I know he used to pray and asked him if anyone was saying Kaddish for him.. The Rabbi wasn’t sure but advised to get this done and that someone should be hired to say Kaddish for him for the Year.. I told the Rabbi I would say Kaddish for the week and would hire someone to make sure it gets done for the entire year. And that’s what I did. It can’t be that a man lives 96 years and the next day passes away never to be remembered again..I don’t know what Zechut this man had or the depth of his relationship he had with my father but I could tell you this…. . Hashem has a master plan and in this case it started 29 years ago. I want to Thank Hashem for giving me the opportunity to perform this Mitzvah and pray that his Ne’shamah is elevated throughout the year and years to come.. Amen!!
- Had the zechut to attend my sons High School graduation. Mabruk, may he grow to be a true ben Torah along with all of his classmates.
- Bris , Pidyon and a Wedding tonight. Thank you Hashem
- Last year while my parents were in Florida on vacation, they were walking along the seashore and were pulled into the ocean by a rip wave current, my father broke his back and my mother her leg, they both had terrible complications and got worse before getting better. BAROUCH HASHEM, Ishtabach shemo la’ad, a year later, my parents are both doing well and are thankful every day (as is the whole family b’H), to our Amazing father in the sky, that they are Barouch Hashem healthy and here with us ad 120 B’H!
- Pidyon Haben tonight – mabruk.
- Thank you Hashem for a job that I love. Waking up each day happy to go to work and having the ability to help people is a beracha.
- Two of my neighbors have gotten engaged to each other- Mabruk.
- Thank you Hashem for putting me in position to do a kidush Hashem.
- Thank Hashem for bringing my wife home from the hospital.
- Thank you Hashem for such a thing as Dialysis that my friend was able to utilize. Thank you Hashem that my friend no longer needs to utilize Dialysis.
- I was able to do a chesed with my car driving both to New Jersey and back to New York. This is something I prayed for when I first got the car. To be able to use it for chesed and misvot. Thank you Hashem.
- I was away out of town and became ill. I called the Doctor back home and asked for a prescription. After I received it I realized being out of town I would not be covered for it on my insurance. I needed the medicine so I went to Walgreens. I gave them the prescription and on their own they saw me in their computer and I don’t know how but they had my insurance and I was covered. Thank you Hashem and Thank you Hashem for taking the illness away.
- Thank you Hashem for Hatzalah and the incredible devoted members of Hatzalah. The Goyim can not fathom such an idea. We are a special people.