Thank You Hashem – Week 188

  • About a month ago, I was making Sheva berachot for a friends daughter whom we are close to. I saved four hundred dollars on the side to pay for the Simcha. 5 days before got a call from my sons Yeshiva that my 5 yr old son fell & needed stitches on his forehead. So I Picked him up and went to Dr. They said it was very deep needed a plastic surgeon. So we went to the surgeon she said she doesn’t accept my insurance and I need to pay out of pocket. When she was done she presented me with a bill for $400. So I gave her a posted dated check for two days from then. I got home and told my wife that we didn’t have money to buy food and necessities for the Sheva berachot. She said no worries Hashem will send. Two days passed and the check was going in and we needed to prepare. My phone rings and I see it’s from a friend. He proceeds to tell me that he was going over his accounts and he never paid me commission for once referring a relative to him a few years back & that I should come pick up a check for $400 which is sitting on his desk. Baruch Hashem!
  • Thank you Hashem for giving me the unexpected Zechut to be a sandak for my nephew this last week!
  • Thank you Hashem for zechut to emulate you collecting money for yetomim & almanot
  • Thank you Hashem for being able to have 2 guests who are here from Israel this week.
  • The other day I was driving and accidently the passenger door in the front seat wasn’t closed properly and flew open while I turned a corner. B”H the passenger was belted in – and wasn’t leaning on the door. B”H there were no cars parked on that side of the road which the open door would’ve smashed, nor were there people on the street who would’ve been hit…… Thank you Hashem for this gigantic open miracle and the zillions of miracles that I don’t get to see each and every day. I love you so much Hashem!
  • I was on my way to visit a friend in the Hospital. On my way he calls me and says did you leave Brooklyn yet? I say I am on the fdr drive already, why? I figured he was going to say that he needed a ride for someone. He answers, do you have an extra kippah in your car? I say why?- he says the man in the next bed sharing his room is 91 years old. He just put on tefilin together with him for the 1st time in 56 years!!! He said the man was crying like a baby. He said he has my kippah and said he does not want to take it off, he wants to keep it on and wear a kippah! Mi KiAMECHA Yisrael. I get to the hospital and my friend is not in his room , I call him and ask where are you? he says quick come meet me I am doing bikur cholim visiting someone on the other side of the floor. Some people are very special Baruch Hashem.
  • Thank you Hashem for the court case was dismissed and thank you Hashem that I am a Jew and you are always patient with me. I love you my father the king
  • Heard a couple of people close to me are doing better with recovering from illnesses. Thank you H-Shem for healing them and thank you H-shem for my and all of am yisroel’s health.
  • Thank you Hashem for giving me a good day !
  • Thank You Hashem for all of the unique opportunities You give us to show You how much we love You!
  • Pidyon , a Brit milah, Bar Misvah and wedding all in the same week Baruch Hashem. As I type this I am noticing the link of these simachot-How wonderful is Hashem. Thank you Hashem
  • Thank you Hashem. You protect me from the hackers that are on my Mac who have not left me alone.
  • I know they are abusing my privacy but I thank you Hashem for giving me courage to be strong in the face of adversity.
  • A special note from 7 year old Malka Hirth A”H “I sing to Hashem, I thank you for my life, even though I would like it to be different, I know he has a plan for me, the best possible plan” she said on the way to the emergency room. Malka was niftar This year. May this be a tremendous zechut for her.
  • As always, there is so much to thank Hashem for. I would put high up on the list that my father is pretty much ok after falling down the stairs Motzei Shabbos & hitting his head & going unconscious. Was rushed to the hospital & had a couple of CAT scans & Baruch Hashem all looks good. A few stitches & stayed for the night in the hospital, but all looks good now & back to normal. C”V, could’ve been a lot worse.
  • My son went to Far Rockaway for Shabbos & was a whole “to do” figuring out hot to get him there. Thank you Hashem for arranged to have a Lakewood resident in Lawrence for Shabbos & they were able to hook up & got a ride home quickly & easily. & it turns out the person giving the ride is a friend I know from yeshiva more than 35 years ago!
  • Thank you Hashem for the beautiful weather forecasted for Shabbos. Looking forward to Pesach & warmer weather. Spring is always a beautiful time & we should appreciate what comes with it. Thank you!
  • Thank you Hashem for the excitement of Pesach slowly building up. May we greet Mashiach and enjoy Korban Pesach this year Bh.

Thank You Hashem – Week 146

  • 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 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.

Thank You Hashem–Week 107

  • Got one of my bills lowered by 10 bucks, thank you Hashem
  • I want to thank my Boss for being so caring of me and always looking out for me. For always taking care of my family and wanting what is best for us. Thank you Hashem for being the greatest Boss!
  • I was trying to track down someone for a work project for months, but couldn’t connect. I had to travel out of town for Shabbos for a simcha, and when I came to the hall, I saw this person- he was also in the same city for another simcha, and they happened to renting same hall for Shabbos!!!
  • Thank you Hashem for my wife who always manages to make our Shabbat table like an elegant banquet!
  • Thank you Hashem for opening up the NJ Turnpike 30 seconds before I was at that point of my trip. The highway was closed for the entire day leading up to that moment and saved me a long traffic filled ride home. I was basically the only car on the road and had the turnpike to myself. Thank you Hashem for a safe trip home.
  • Got caught up with a customer and missed my train back home to Deal Nj. I walked out of my office strolling to the station thinking it was going to be a long time until the next train being it was now off hours. As I walked pass a parking lots entrance someone called out my name. I turned around and saw one of my close friends getting in his car. He asks if I need a ride to Deal. Thank you Hashem for sending him at that exact moment. Ps I usually do not walk down this street but for some reason Hashem made me turn down this block and change my normal route.

Rabbi Miller –simcha email..What must you thank Hashem for? Avodoh (service) means to be humbled to Hashem because of gratitude. But what do you do as a result of the gratitude? You are expected to say thank you Hashem all the time. You have to thank Hashem constantly because He is giving you constant benefits. You are living all the time, so you are thanking Him all the time for life.  — Enjoying Life (#226)

  • Wedding last night , Bar Misvah this morning , Bris this morning and another Bris tomorrow morning. Thank you Hashem for happy occasions
  • I was just mevater (gave in) on something even though we both agreed I was right. It feels great. Thank you Hashem for helping me pass this test and put it on the shalom fund please.
  • There was a terrible accident on the NJ Turnpike and major delays and backups all day long being the turnpike was closed. I didn’t know about this and decided to take the earlier bus back home to New Jersey that day. Some things came up and I was delayed an hour and instead of taking the 5 oclock bus I took the 6 oclock bus. I got home at 930pm. Gam Zu Litova , I spoke to a friend that took the 5pm bus and he didn’t get home unti 1030! . One hour earlier than me he left and hour later than me he arrived. 2 extra hours on a bus I was saved from. Thank you Hashem

From The Archives by request…

  • Was speaking with my Rabbi in front of his house and mentioned that I wanted to take a step in growth and serving Hashem if he can suggest “the next step”, he advised not to take on a chumra- a stringency but to take something on that could be a chiyuv-an obligation. He suggested to start wearing Rabeino Tam tefilin every morning, tefilin are expensive and I was a bit tight at the time but right away agreed to beli neder listen to my Rabbi and do it. He called a sopher on the spot and we ordered them. I wasn’t sure where the money for this misvah would come from but said I am doing it to grow closer to Hashem and I can’t get hurt. As I got in the car my mother called me and asked what I was doing and I told her I just came from the Rabbis house and told her about the new tefilin I just ordered-she immediately said I want part of this misvah!! and I want to pay for them!! –keep in mind things were tight for her as well but the excitement and opportunity to do a misvah is what was important to her. Thank you Hashem for my tefilin and for being able to see my mothers excitement for a misva and jump right in to it.
  • 3 years ago a new manager was assigned to the auction site I work at in Pennsylvania, I went to him to talk to him about getting out early on Friday for Shabbat so I can get home at a decent hour, from then on it got harder and harder to work with this person, he kept pushing it even later and later! And made it very difficult for me. After much talking i finally just gave up completely trying to deal with him and turned all my attention to Hashem the only one that can help us, this rosh Hashanah I prayed for him to get transferred away from me, Hashem please take him away from me-the first email I see after the holiday (sent on Friday) is from the auction letting me know that He HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED!!! Thank you Hashem

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