I have an Ophthalmology practice in Lakewood New Jersey. On that unfortunate day of 9/11 I was seeing patients in my office. My nurse walks in as I am seeing a patient and tells us of the plane crash that had occurred. My first reaction was, they’re here. I tell her to prepare the front office to leave for the day. She was a little surprised. She returns and says a second plane has crashed into the towers, I repeat they are here. She says who? I say the terrorists, seeing what is going on in Israel and all I was not surprised by such an attack. I tell her to clear the waiting room and we should all go home. As I was leaving and walking thru my waiting room to exit I see a couple still seated in the waiting area. The husband had a gemara in his hand and he was seated next to his pregnant wife. I comment on the blessing of seeing she is expecting. They say thank you and tell me that they have 4 girls at home. I politely tell them that we are finished for the day and they should head home etc…They tell me they have an emergency. I ask what is the emergency? The woman explains that when she closes her eyes she sees a dot. I didn’t think much of it but said ok step inside quickly being my technician is about to leave but still inside. We go in and do a quick test. She tells myself and my technician of a second spot in the top corner that she is seeing. I immediately charge out of the screen room and approach the patient. I tell her we have an emergency, you need to have 2 surgeries simultaneously. You are hemorrhaging! You need an operation by your eyes and a second one at the same time to remove the baby! I explain that the mother might not survive and the baby might not survive either. I call Monmouth medical and see which surgeons are there. I tell them quick get there now I am arranging things on that side. They say they want to ask a Rabbi What to do. I explain there is no time for that, they need to move NOW! They quickly exit the office. I then do the same and now deal with the events of September 11. I did not hear back from them. Six months ago,over 15 years later, I see a man in my waiting room and he approaches me. He says do you remember me? I look and say yes but not sure why. He says I was in your office September 11th. I perk up and utter out, is your wife alive? He says yes. I say is the baby alive? He says yes. Now relieved I ask, did you get your boy? He says yes. I ask what happened that day,how did it go? He says we had an extreme emergency on our hands as you advised. I asked did you make it to Monmouth Medical? He says no, they went to NYC to Columbia. I do a double take and say, on 9-11 you got into the city as it was all going down? While we were under attack? While the city had no access what so ever? He answers yes. He says he called up a Rabbi of his with the details of the situation. The Rabbi somehow instantly arranged a Helicopter to take them into NYC and they were saved. Three weeks ago I am sitting outdoors with some family having lunch. We were close to the sidewalk and had something on the floor close to the walking path of the sidewalk. Walking down the street is a gentleman with his neck in a brace and his head pointed upwards. He did not see the obstruction and was about to trip on it. We quickly shouted and alerted him. I apologize and ask him about his injury. He starts to tell me how he is a Marine who has survived many dangerous life threatening missions. What happened to him now forced him to retire from the Marines. He explains how a teenager was texting while he was driving and drove into the back of his car. He had several discs damaged in his neck and needed delicate surgery. The Marine goes on and says that he never in his wildest dreams imagined that this would be how his position would end. By a teenager texting! I immediately thank him for his service to our country and ask him to sit down and have lunch with us as a gesture of our appreciation. He joined us. He starts telling about his scary missions. How he would fly these f5 type of jets in Afghanistan. He is telling us a bunch of stories and then says that of all his days the saddest thing he ever experienced was September 11th. I asked where he was. He says he was in Virginia when he got the call. He was ordered to air patrol NYC. He said this flight normally would take over an hour but he went full throttle and got there in 15 minutes. He was ordered to shoot any unauthorized aircraft in the vicinity of the downtown area. He was describing the sad things he was witnessing as he was hovering in the air at the world trade center. What he saw in the buildings. The people he saw in the building which I will not describe here but you can imagine. As he is saying this, I realize who is in front of me, I stop and ask him a question. I ask, did you see a Helicopter in the sky that day? He shockingly looks at me and says, how can you possibly know that? I tell him I am a Dr. and one of my patients had a medical emergency. I ask him what happened? He says he had orders to take down any and all unauthorized aircraft, he describes how he approached the oncoming helicopter and radioed to them his stern warning- He told them make a 180 right now and get out of this airspace immediately or I am taking you out right now!!! Ready to fire at them he said they told him they have a medical emergency and they show him the pregnant woman. He then says for some reason he made an exception and he flew side by side with them speedily escorting them to the Hospital. He explained to me how close they came to being taken out. Hashem’s hand is so wonderful.
Thank you Hashem for showing us your greatness in experiencing the Lunar Eclipse
Thank you Hashem we got back from the mountains safe and sound!
I was driving on route 18 on Sunday and as I was driving a see that my father got pulled over by a cop. I immediately started praying to Hashem and asked him to not give my father a ticket. When I meet up with my father, I asked him what happened and he said the cop clocked doing 86 mph in a 65 mph speed zone and the cop only gave him a warning and asked him to slow down. Thank you Hashem for listening to my prayer and saving my father from a ticket / points!
After seeing 2 entries here mentioning people being saved from an accident while driving wrong way on the highway or facing someone driving the wrong way on a highway- I just heard on the news someone drove on to the Henry Hutchinson parkway the wrong way and this story did not have a happy ending. Made me think how great Hashem is and what a nes it was for these people to be saved. Thank you Hashem
Thank You HaShem for the people You send to give us hizuk!! May You bless them and all Am Yisrael for Good!
Thank you HaShem for my eyes – All Summer I have been thanking Hashem for sending me a certain customer a while back. Now as the summer is coming to a close, that actual customer has just called in another order. Thank you Hashem
Decided to treat myself with a rosh chodesh treat. Went to the coffee shop and ordered a nice fancy coffee drink. The worker says that will be $7. I take out my money and my reward card that they check off, every 10 cups you get 1 free. He takes it and says, your lucky day, this one is free. Thank you Hashem. Glad I ordered something expensive too J
Thank You Hashem ! Headed to my office after a morning appointment and a train ride that lasted too long . While I was on the train my phone went dead as I was using it all morning. The train exit is right in front of JC Penney and I wanted to stop there anyway on my way home so I ran in since I was late for work anyway another few minutes wouldn’t matter and once there I decided to use their rest room. I then ran to my office and pressed the elevator button with my mind racing about everything I had to do, and regretting the extra minutes at the store. The elevator crept up, let out a crunching sound and stopped cold ! No buttons worked ! I rang the emergency bell and no answer (but I was sure the super was in the building !) After a few moments I noticed a small button with a phone icon on it and pressed and a voice answered asking for the address and said help is on the way in 5 minutes. But 20 minutes later still no help and no phone !! The super did call out to me and said it would take a while to get me out. (Good thing I used the restroom at JC Penney )
I took out my laptop and with no internet signal just sat on the floor and did some work until they got me out – I try not to think about what would have happened had I not gone in to the store, or if the elevator was crowded, or if it were at night, or if, or if, or if …THANK YOU HASHEM !
I love you so much Hashem. I just felt the need to show and express my love and appreciation by sending it in to this forum. I just had to check on something that could have made my life have a lot of grief. I prayed very hard and connected to Hashem. Baruch Hashem it turned out that what I found was actually something positive for me AND TO MY BENEFIT and not the opposite. Thank you Hashem for controlling all and everything. Siyata Dishmaya for all the readers and all of kelal yisrael.
Thank you Hashem for being zoche to celebrate my sons bar Mitvah and share it with so many wonderful people
Thank you Hashem for everything!!! I was stopped by the police last year in February in a speed trap. The city had just lowered the speed limit on that road so there were about 5 police cars waiting to catch people. I had noticed the police officer with her radar but didn’t understand why she was there. When I was given my ticket, I knew I had exceeded the new speed but I was sure I hadn’t reached the speed that was mentioned on the ticket. I decided I was going to contest the ticket. I was called into court on November 10th. When I came into the court room, it was full and it looked like they were really behind schedule. I waited patiently to appear before the judge, but to everyone’s dismay, the judge rescheduled everyone. I was the last to pass before the judge to get a new date. As the judge was telling me what day to come back, the prosecutor said something to the judge who told me I was acquitted! I didn’t ask why, I just said thank you, left the courtroom, looked up to Hashem and said Thank you Hashem!!! To this day I cannot come up with a reason as to why they acquitted it without my statement. The only thing I can think of is that Hashem is kind B’H!!
a friend of mine reminded me that Rabbi Cohen taught that the worst level of sinat chinam-baseless hatred- is when you see your friend sinning and making mistakes and you do not care to help him and show him the right way. 2 days later another friend of mine calls me and asks if I can order an electric shaver for him. I say sure, for your son? He says no he just ran into a friend and it seems he is shaving with a razor. He wants to buy him the electric shaver and nicely teach him the right and correct way of the torah. I repeated Rabbi Cohens words to him as I handed him the shaver and it made him very happy as he marched on to go and teach his friend the right way. (shaving with razors are assur)
b”H our flight to Eretz Yisroel was perfect. In addition, all our luggage was together and waiting for us for our easy retrieval. Thank you Hashem for this great opportunity!
Hi, It’s just so clear in life that we really can’t control things and it’s not up to us. Just an example, we had an outlet that was sparking, that was a nes itself-my brothers keys that were connected to his pants somehow touched the outlet but somehow the fire dropped to the floor , the keys on his pants melted and he was not touched. This happened about a week ago and someone came the next day and said he can’t fix it and he’s going to be busy this whole week and cant come to fix it. He somehow showed up today, which he was not supposed to do. He was not going to come for at least another week. my mother asked him why he came today?, he said he had extra time. My mother showed him a different room to check if its coming from there. There was a problem there too and then he checked the dining room chandelier to see if it’s connected with that and he said it’s already burning and we would have had an electrical fire if he wouldn’t have came today. He said “I guess Hashem just sent me today, we think we can control things, he’s always watching us”
Thank you Hashem – there are just so many! Thank you Hashem for every single minute – every breath of life – every opportunity to fulfill your ratzon – our purpose on this world.
Thank you Hashem for the simchos I went to this week, for the normal stability and functionality of my family, for my friends, for my job, for enough money, for the ability to do everything that I need to do, for protecting me and my family for things that we will never know about, for the joy of life, for the hum-drum regular day to day life, to enjoy and spend time with other people, for health – mind, body, spirit, & soul, for the gifts – everything is a gift! And mostly for constantly looking after me and providing for me – non-stop – even though I absolutely deserve nothing of it!I love you, Hashem – forever!
2 brisses and an engagement this week to go to. Thank you Hashem
I was handed my salary and saw I was overpaid, I immediately took the money out and returned it and marked it overpaid. My co-worker jokingly texted my boss to say I was overpaid unless I want to give a raise…he answered Yes- there is a raise! Hashem gives us what we need sometimes without even asking. Thank you Hashem
Thank you Hashem for Holidays that are real Emet and have special meaning to us.
I was out of town and needed to work using my laptop. I was trying to power it on but it was dead. Could not figure out what it was. It would not turn on no matter what I tried. I said great I will have to run to Staples and spend hundreds of dollars now. Before going there I quickly searched on my phone for laptop won’t power on and on top of the page took me to a 2 minute video on youtube that showed how to get it back on. I said ein od milvado and gave it a try. Baruch Hashem it worked! Thank you Hashem for saving me all the time of going to Staples and setting up a new computer. And of course thank you Hashem for saving me all that money.
So much to be grateful for! Yesterday was a day in which I and my family got to see first hand chesed of Hashem non-stop.
Thank you very much Hashem for b”H good test results on a colonoscopy and CT scan!
I was on the garden state driving 80 mph when I noticed a police hiding behind bushes with a radar gun. Immediately braked a little but I was still way over the speed limit. Thank you Hashem for no ticket and for getting me to my destination safely.
Thank you Hashem for the greatest gift ever, a new baby boy into our family. Hashem has been-and is and will always be so kind to us. I can’t even start thanking Hashem for all what he’s giving us but Thank you Hashem for everything!!
My brother in law got married this week. Thank you Hashem that he found the right one and that we were able to be a part of the simcha even though it was overseas. May they be zoche to build a beautiful home together.
At Six Flags with my family after hearing on the news various incidents on rides I made a special tefilla for my kids and all am yisrael to be safe and protected. My son catches up with us later on and says he lost his cell phone, it fell off of the roller coaster. Baruch Hashem it was the phone that fell off and not him chas vishalom. Thank you Hashem
“So I’m sitting at my window seat and getting comfy for the short flight from Frankfurt to Israel, when the Israeli Olympic Judo winner -whose hand would not be shaken by his loser Egyptian opponent- comes in and scoots down in the aisle seat. His coach sits down between us. I grew up in LA and really don’t get all caught up in the hoopla of Hollywood. But I found myself honored and humbled to be in Ori Sasson and his coach, Oren Smadga‘s presence. It’s eye opening and fascinating to have these modern day Heroes of Israel sitting in economy, folding their massive legs into these tiny spaces. I hate to be a star gazer so I introduced myself, congratulated them and said I will not bother them – but only after one request. I asked Sasson to record a video for my dad and tell him to be a fighter and get better faster! Sasson did it beautifully and with sensitivity.But every Israeli is family and so of course we get to talking and laughing and sharing family secrets within five minutes.Coach told me that when Ori’s handshake was refused, he knew it would be awesome for the world to see that. He wanted the world to see with their own eyes that even in an Olympic sport where politics should be excluded, the hate is overwhelming towards the Jews even though as usual, the Jew comes to the Muslim with outstretched arms of peace. He then proudly went through his iPhone pictures showing me the sequence of events how this went down. They got hundreds of FB messages that arabs will kill him if he touches the Egyptian. And as he was approaching the pillar they go up to before they get in the ring, all the Egyptians mates and coaches were pounding their chests and saying allahu Akbar! An FYI – this coach was the first Olympic gold medalist for Israel in Judo 24 years ago. And his dad was his coach. So now, Sasson, his coach, and grandpa Saba, are all traveling together! I asked Sasson about his involvement in Judaism and he was proud to say he put Tefillin on the day of the winning match. He consented when I told him he also must put Tefillin on tomorrow in showing thanks to the same God. I mentioned what the rebbe said in regards to the fact that Tefillin protects the land and people of Israel. He also said his favorite line from the Rebbe is “the will of a person shows his personality”. Who knew?
Our family went away on a trip – For some very odd reason – right before we arrived one of our cars was pulled over for a violation. It was a moving vehicle violation which usually involves points to the license. As the officer is doing his duties – I accepted that this is with tremendous love of Hashem, prayed that this be the worst of anything that can happen to us on this trip – the officer comes back to the car – says – no points to the license – no record on the driving of this summons, and since the violation was in a construction zone in which fines are doubled – he handed me the ticket which was just a regular fine. Thank you Hashem for this tikkun or shmira that we needed. I was already imagining going to fight the points in court – and this is quite a distance from my home……. When we arrived at the destination – at had to pay the parking lady – I only had a $50 bill on me – she wouldn’t take it – can’t be more than a $20…… we were a bit pressed for time and looking around this hick-town for some ATM to withdraw small change to pay for this wasn’t something that I was looking to do just now…….She allowed us to park and said come and pay after you go the ATM…..Thank you Hashem for that! We parked – and as I’m walking towards the town and figuring out what to do – I see an older couple – went over to them asked them if they had small change for my $50 – they did – were happy to help me out and I got the parking lady with the cash without going out of the way or looking for ATM machines…..Thank you Hashem!……When I got to the booth to pay and she gave me the parking receipt to put on my windshield – she stops and says – “OK – Just hold onto the receipt – I won’t make you go all the way back to the car to put it in window – I was parked all the way at the other end of the lot – Thank you Hashem!We enjoyed our day immensely – there was an element of danger that could’ve happened – which did not – Baruch Hashem! Mid-way on our trip – we had to stop to wait for some others to catch up. We were late – it was getting dark – we were still quite a distance from where we had to get to – in this random lot – a young couple gets out – offers cold water(we had as well) & popcorn – it’s not Kosher – so we took it and when they left promptly disposed of it……..waiting in this lot as well – a man comes around with a dog that was the size of a fox – at least. I was alone with two young children. Afraid is the least way to explain – and I have to protect two young children as well – Thank you Hashem the owner realized the children were afraid – held onto his dog while having a schmooze with someone else in the lot…….can’t begin to imagine dealing with a running wild dog, huge like anything – while we are waiting for family members – and it’s starting to turn towards dark – who knows what else is coming around………Thank you Hashem a frum couple arrived – stayed around until our family was all together again.Thank you Hashem for a safe return trip – healthy & exhausted.
Thank you Hashem – So as I walking home from work the other day in the heat and a car pulled up next to me and offered me a bottle of water. Thinking back I just thought of an amazing idea in this crazy heat wave. Buy 1 water bottle get a 2nd one for a stranger on the street. It is such a small act of kindness and it can save someone’s life and make their day.
Last year I didn’t get any vacation pay from the company where I work for, I tried to argue with them but for some reasons (which I could understand) they wouldn’t budge. This year I prayed to Hashem to give me the vacation pay and I indeed received it. Thank you Hashem for the extra money.
Went to visit yesterday in hospital a father who gave away his kidney for his own son. מי כעמך ישראל. We should be proud that we are Hashem’s chosen nation.
Innocently picked up my phone to check the gps while at a red light, picked up my head a realized I wasn’t at a full stop.. Literally half a second before I would’ve hit the car before me. (this is just 2 weeks after actually breaking late and nailing the car in front of me!) so happy I only have to deal with one rather than 2! Thank you Hashem! 🙂
My wife has been asking to go away for a night, she needed a break very badly and told me to call for a Hotel reservation for Tuesday night asap. I knew it was urgent that we get away and would be very helpful to get a little rest. I called 6 different Hotels in the area we wanted to stay and they were all booked. I could not believe it, these were large hotels with hundreds of rooms! I tried very hard and came up with nothing. Didn’t make sense. We ended up staying home. The next morning after shul I check my phone and see 6 missed calls from my house. I panicked and called the house. My wife is hysterical and tells me you don’t know what just happened. 10 minutes ago a bunch of Sherrifs and undercover cop cars all zoomed up to the front of the house that we rented for the summer. They started pounding on the door like animals. My kids were petrified as my wife ran to get dressed to answer the door. The scene was not to be believed with all the cars and lights and chaos. Had no idea what was going on. Opened the door and the mean tough sherrif rudely says, you live here?is this your home!!? My wife didn’t know what to answer and had no clue what was happening and Baruch Hashem said we are only here for the summer this is not our home. The police and sherrifs all left. Seems there are serious issues with the owners of the home that we pray no jew ever has to go thru. I want to thank Hashem for orchestrating all these hotels being sold out. If we had been away and this happened my children would have been terrified without their mother home with them. We also must stop and appreciate that for the most part we do not have issues like this and should happily deal with the ups and downs of our everyday life. We must Thank Hashem we do not have something so serious like is going on with the family we are renting from. Wishing them all the best and shalom.Bh all of us should have and appreciate shalom bayit and simchat hachayim and be happy with all Hashem gives us.
Wedding Sunday night- mabruk
Thank you Hashem that I have so much to say Thank you for! Thank you for my health, for my family, for the sunshine, summer time, security, every breath of life and all the joy!
Hashem thank you for a beautiful summer, with a positive perspective. A perspective you have taught me to harness and use to receive more of your blessings
I was driving about 40 mph on a one lane road. A car 2 cars ahead of me decided to make a left turn and stops in the middle of the road. I did not have much time to slam the brakes and not make contact with the car in front of me. Luckily the car in front of me attempted to move to the right giving me about 18 inches so I can swerve to the left and hope not to hit any of the cars. Baruch Hashem was able to come to a stop ending up side by side with car in front of me and right behind the car attempting to turn Thank you Hashem for protecting me. This would have caused a 3 car accident.
Thank you Hashem for giving us the opportunity to buy our very own first house. It’s such a special beracha to have a home that keeps us safe from all types of weather and danger.
Thank you Hashem. We sat in shul and watched a close friend who experienced an open miracle say ‘hagomel’ at the Torah. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house ! May we all be healthy and strong and continue to pray for each other’s welfare. What a wonderful community we have.
Thank you Hashem for letting me see the kidush Hashem of the video sent out showing my friend moments before donating his kidney to save another jews life.
Thank you Hashem for the love you give me. Thank you Hashem for the times you forgive me. Thank you Hashem for showing me how much you care.
Thank you Hashem for a beautiful graduation of my son completing Mesivta and learning most of Baba Kama (just 3 blatt left to finish!). It was an amazing year of aliya for the entire class & a lot accomplished. We’re so grateful.
Thank you Hashem for giving my son the ability to finish Shisha Sedra Mishna this week. Really moved by what can be done by making a goal & consistently driving towards it.
Thank you Hashem for another beautiful day on my day off this week. -Usually no traffic going to work in the morning. I just “happened” to look in the GPS before I left today & saw traffic on the GSP express lanes (which we usually take). Hashem saved me a lot of time of sitting in traffic today. Thank you!
Really appreciating the luxury of air conditioning these days. & no power outages! Thank you Hashem!