Thank You Hashem – Week 160

  • I was not feeling well for a couple of weeks, maybe more. Went to a Dr. locally and they brushed it off as allergies. I continued to suffer so made a trip to Dr. Fariwa. He correctly diagnosed me and prescribed what I needed and Baruch Hashem I am better. Thank you Hashem for Dr. Fariwa who gives of his time to his patients even at his own personal expense. At this visit I mentioned I am sorry about his father inlaw, Rabbi Yedid zs’l and he replies yes it is the sheloshim right now. The Arayat is going on and I am trying to get there. He was still helping many patients out of the goodness of his heart when he had a very important place to be. Hashem should bless Dr. Fariwa
  • Thank you Hashem for giving me each day a new opportunity to improve myself and help others.
  • Me and a few Friends were on a road trip and since we were all under 21 no hotel let us check in. finally we went to a hotel and the lady told us  there is only 1 room left and didn’t ask for i.D, but my friend forgot his credit card in the car. while he went to get it, a different person came to extend his room for another night .  when my friend got back To pay for our room, the lady couldn’t find a open room in the system,so she decide to give us  a suite  room   for the same price. thank u Hashem for putting us there at the perfect time if we would of gotten there a few seconds later the lady would have just told us there fully booked and thank you Hashem for  making my friend forget his wallet in the car 🙂
  • Elul is coming soon. There is a fellow who owns a jewelry store in Israel. One day a nine year old girl walked into the store and said, “I am here to buy a bracelet.” She looked through the glass cases and pointed to a bracelet that was $3,000. The man behind the counter asked her, “You want to buy that bracelet?” “Yes,” she replied. “Wow, you have very good taste. Who do you want to buy it for?”

“For my older sister.”
“Oh that is so nice!” the storekeeper replied. “Why do you want to buy your older sister this bracelet?”
“Because I don’t have a mother or father,” the little girl said, “and my older sister takes care of us. So we want to buy her a present, and I’m willing to pay for it.” She pulled out of her pocket a whole bunch of coins that totaled just under eight shekels, a little less than two dollars.
The fellow says, “Wow! That’s exactly what the bracelet costs!” While wrapping up the bracelet he said to the girl, “You write a card to your sister while I wrap the bracelet.” He finished wrapping the bracelet, wiped away his tears, and handed the little girl the bracelet.
A few hours later the older sister entered the store. “I’m terribly embarrassed,” she said. “My sister should not have come here. She shouldn’t have taken it without paying.” “What are you talking about?” the storekeeper asked.
“What do you mean? This bracelet costs thousands of dollars. My little sister doesn’t have thousands of dollars – she doesn’t even have ten dollars! Obviously she didn’t pay for it.”
“You couldn’t be more wrong,” the storekeeper replied. “She paid me in full. She paid seven shekel, eighty agurot, and a broken heart. I want to tell you something. I am a widower. I lost my wife a number of years ago. People come into my store every single day. They come in and buy expensive pieces of jewelry, and all these people can afford it. When your sister walked in, for the first time in so very long since my wife had died, I once again felt what love means.”
He gave her the bracelet and wished her well.
During the High Holy Days, we come to the Almighty and we want to buy something very expensive. We want to buy life. But we cannot afford it. We don’t have enough money to pay for it. We don’t have the merits. So we come to the Almighty and we empty out our pockets, giving him whatever merits we have plus promises for the future. I’ll pick up the phone and call someone who is lonely, I will learn an extra five minutes of Torah, I will be kind and I will be scrupulous about not speaking lashon hara (gossip) for one hour a day.
The Almighty says, “You don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve felt what love means.” He sees how much we love Him and how much we yearn to improve, and He says, “You know what? You have touched my heart. Here it is, paid in full.”
The story was told over by Rabbi Go’el Elkarif who said he heard it from the person himself.

  • Thank you Hashem for a safe trip with my family and for the great time we had together.
  • Thank You Hashem for such a Beautiful spiritual summer.
  • Thank you Hashem for the great prize I won at a chinese auction.
  • I saw a person in shul that I was surprised to see. I knew him many years ago and if you would have told me that I would see him in s hul praying I would not have believed it. Then I see his children. His boys are bnei torah wearing black hats. Mi Kiamcha Yisrael. Everyone has a potential. I spoke with the person and told him how great he and his family look and he added that I have an important role in it . I had no idea. Thnak you Hashem for letting me see this kidush Hashem.
  • Thank you Hashem for letting me see and enjoy your hand in every day of life. Life is so beautiful.
  • I was working on an order with a customer. I called to go over something with him and try to see if I can get him to complete the order, he said he will get back to me. I said to myself fine, leave it for now. All of the sudden he calls and leaves a message doubling the order!!! Thank you Hashem.

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 – Week 4

  • thank you Hashem, That I am able to Thank You Hashem & that I am taking advantage of this great privilege. Now, when I am Alive.
  • my friends daughter got engaged…mabruk
  • Healthy baby girl; born מוצאי שבת to Eli and Sarah Levy
  • Thank you Hashem I have the greatest wife children cousin and family and I am part of a wonderful caring community!
  • There was once an orphan boy who was studying in a Yeshiva in Eretz Yisrael. All his friends were getting married, but as an orphan, he did not have the money he needed to start dating. His friend assured him that he and others would raise money on his behalf, and sure enough, he found a nice girl, who was also an orphan, and they decided they wanted to get married. Unfortunately, as they both were orphans, they did not have money for a wedding or an apartment. Once again, his friend reassured him, committing to raise money for them to get married. However, hard as he and his friends tried, they could not raise funds. Nothing worked. They did more than the ordinary amount of efforts, but to no avail. Finally, the orphan said to his friend, “Enough. Don’t try anymore. I am going straight to Hashem. I don’t want help from anyone else.” He went to the Kotel that Friday morning, and turned to Hashem and said, “Hashem, she and I are both orphans. You are our father. Please help us get married and start a family.” He took out a Tehillim and started reading from the beginning. He completed the entire sefer, and then he looked up to Hashem to wait for His salvation, but nothing happened. “Hashem,” he said, “I am not turning to any more human beings. I am turning only to you.” And he started reciting Tehillim again. Sometime later, he felt a tap on his shoulder, and he turned around. “You look distressed,” the stranger said. “Is there any way I can help you?” “No thank you,” the young man said. “I am talking to Hashem. He will help me.” For the third time, he looked up and spoke to Hashem. “Please help me,” he said. “We are orphans and we want to get married, and I do not want to leave here until I see your salvation.” Just then, he felt yet another tap on the shoulder. It was the same stranger. “Your salvation is here,” the man said. “I will take care of everything you need. I just arrived in Eretz Yisrael this morning. I had a major court case relating to taxes, and if I had lost, I would have been left in poverty. I told Hashem that if I win the case, I will find an orphan boy and orphan girl who need help to get married, and pay for their wedding and continue caring for them after their wedding. I won the case, and I came here looking for people I can help. I heard you talking to Hashem, and you’re the person I’m looking for.”  (Thx Saul)

  • Thank you Hashem for letting me see the beauty of Niagara Falls…
  • Thank you Hashem for a beautiful wedding. And for the best wife in the whole world and for really special and sweet in laws and the most wonderful parents a child can have. And thank you Hashem for siyata dishmaya in every area ,if u look at it the right way you really see how Hashem takes perfect care of you and everything that he does works out for the best !!!
  • went to customer to finalize an order, ended up expanding the order on their own without me having to mention any upgrades…thanks to the wonderful creator of all!!!
  • Thank you Hashem for the wonderful creation of a defibulater, thank you for improving it and making it possible to be placed inside a person’s body to automatically go into action in case of cardiac arrest- and THANK YOU for saving my fathers life this past Shabbat using this miracle device that is placed inside of him!!
  • Thank you Hashem I lived to see grey hair
  • was about to deliver and install equipment by a building site, got a frantic call from customer to please take that entire order and install it asap at different site, there is an inspector coming and it is emergency to have it at the other site TODAY!! So please double the order, one for the original job and one for this emergency…I love you Hashem
  • please keep anonymous – was at a Simha this week and ran into a friend I went to high school with – he looked at me noticing that I became more religious compared to what I was in high school and he- I hope temporarily- looks like he took a step in the opposite direction from school days-and he said to me – wait a minute-some things wrong with this picture- you were cutting class and running to ball games and playing around in school wasting time while I was in the bet midrash learning-lol, how did I end up like this, and you end up like that?-he said it jokingly but I took at as a big compliment and want to thank Hashem for guiding me on the right path, that is how, with Hashem’s help and I know I have much more to accomplish and pray that Hashem continues to guide me to live the happy torah life. Thank you Hashem

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