Thank You Hashem – Special

Thank you, Hashem! This is one of those things that I don’t know where to begin so I will begin with thanking Hashem for the beautiful exciting site of seeing my daughter go into labor at about 4:30 am Friday night. My wife headed to the hospital with them as we had our controlled chaos in the house preparing to get her ready for the car service. I went to shul in the morning and came home to be with my kids and have Shabbat lunch together with them.

I then made the long joyous walk to Maimonides Hospital. Imagining I would be walking into the room greeted with a mabruk it’s a ___.  Baruch Hashem walked into the room and they were still waiting around in the labor room. I was grateful to Hashem that I would be able to be by the birth of my first grandchild. Things were very calm and I decided to maybe go out into the hallway for as stroll, as I was preparing to walk out the Dr. was walking in, she quickly and calmly said, we are ready let’s have this baby and she sent me outside behind the curtain of the room into the hallway. She said in 15 minutes we will have a baby here. I was overwhelmed I couldn’t believe my ears. I am the excited crying type and was flushed with emotion and started praying right there in the hallway like a man on a mission. Things were moving along in the delivery room as I was praying in the hall. Feeling a drop woozy I then remembered reading on our Parasha sheets in Peh Tahor from Rabbi Brezak all about the shehakol campaign and the great shehakol stories from people making the beracha. I called thru the curtain to my wife to send me out a bottle of water, my wife looked for the water and I hear the Dr. say who is the water for? she said for my husband-my wife knows her husband and said don’t ask-he needs the water, and quickly got the water to me. I said a very loud shehakol in the hallway with kavana and within 5 minutes the baby was born without me hearing one sign of discomfort from my daughter Baruch Hashem! She had a baby boy! I danced in the hallway singing Hashem’s praises out loud in front of everyone as I promised Hashem I would do when I hear the news of the baby being born. We were overwhelmed with joy.

We had a great hour or so of Simcha that I am so grateful for-then the nurse comes to us and says she wants the pediatric surgeon to come and speak to us-we were like, who? what? – she said she might see an issue. They explained to us a certain situation that he had but can be corrected. The surgeon came and told us that there was a way to do it with 1 surgery but that was 1 in a million and made a motion with his hands shrugging it off and said I am not even going to talk to you about that option it is 1 in a million and this is not the 1 over here. He then explained the 3-part solution that would require 3 separate surgeries spaced out over 2 or 3 months! We were stunned by the turn of events-worried for what lied ahead but ok knowing he was going to be ok after this strenuous process. Now it was time to get into motion of seeing what to do- Baruch Hashem we are blessed with Rabbis and organizations that words cannot describe that get everything in motion and guide our decisions. I was not happy to have this hospital do this procedure but needed to hear what to do. My mother was the first call, the entire Shabbat I said we need my mother she knows how to react in these situations. She told me call Rabbi Raymond Beyda, I say but I think he only deals with halachic issues, she said call- I did-was great move, I can’t describe how Rabbi Beyda helped thru out the whole process clearly, not sugarcoating anything. He had me get in touch asap with Rabbi Shuki Berman, he said he will email him to take my call right away-before I could call him, my phone rings and its Rabbi Shuki Berman, my mother called him and Rabbi Beyda emailed him. I utter out the long name of what is going on and he quickly says yes, it’s a 3-surgery situation, get him out of this hospital Dr. Rosen is a specialist in this field he is in Long Island Jewish Medical center- give me the word and I will get the transfer to happen-I was stunned- I said I will speak to my family and get back to you. We made several calls and it was unanimous that we must get to this specialist. Everyone’s reaction was the same.

Got the wheels in motion with Shuki Berman. He calls back with instructions to go down to the NICU and what to tell them. This was about 2 am. We followed instructions and they were not eager to let us out. They sat us in a conference room intimidating us and explaining why we will have such a hard time if we leave. The Dr. said there is a 0 percent chance of you leaving in the middle of the night especially on a weekend. The Dr. stepped out to get a chart from the baby. I text Rabbi Beyda the status, he told me to have my wife go in the hall and call the 516 number Shuki gave me and tell them we will handle the ambulance for the transfer, he said this is what holds up the insurance and it will get things going. They will say ok-he said trust me this will do it, go. My wife was nervous about going into the hall and calling but Hashem took care of it. The door opens with a nurse standing there with a phone in her hand and says, if you will handle the ambulance I can approve the transfer right now-is that ok? we were like-ok we approve…Baruch Hashem.

About an hour later there we were on highways driving to this Hospital in Long island and my son in-law says to me- That Dr. said 0 percent of leaving in the middle of the night. Here we are-we get there and it is a different world. We are greeted with smiles and told we know this is a difficult time for you but we are going to do anything to make it as pleasant as possible.

Everything going nicely and in order over here. The surgeon speaks to us and tells us the same 3 surgery process and then mentions the possibility of the 1 surgery if they physically see a certain step taken by the baby. I said the other hospital said it is 1 in a million, do you think this can happen? He says I think it is possible. Wow- we had an opening of hope. As time was progressing we were not seeing this step by the baby. My son in-law asked the Dr. what if the step is happening inside but just not showing outside can we do it, to that they replied sorry but no. A few hours later my son in-law calls me and tells me the surgeon just called him and said that she is not going to be performing the surgery that a different surgeon is taking over. I said no way I am calling the Surgeon and telling her, we escaped and came here in the middle of the night for you, not to be handed off. I was ready to push hard. Before calling I call Shuki and tell him what happened so he can help on his end. He asked who is the new surgeon and I tell him his name and he quickly says this is a Beracha from Hashem- he is the chief surgeon there! You have been upgraded, he is the teacher for the other surgeon and he is her elder and has much more experience, do not call the hospital. Thank you, Hashem, for controlling me.

That night in the room we ask the nurse if she thinks there is any chance of the 1 surgery even though they did not physically see this step? She politely said sorry but it seems like we are doing the 3-surgery process, so sorry. The next morning, the day of the surgery me and my wife were in the room with the new surgeon and his team. You can see he was the real deal. They begin to give us information and they say there is a chance they can do the 1 surgery procedure but he will not know for sure until they are in the surgery. If not, he will have to switch to the 3-surgery option. I thought I was hearing things. We all agreed to go for it. We couldn’t believe it, he was willing to do it even though he did not physically see the step the other surgeon needed to see. He said it is close enough on the inside that he is confident even without physically seeing it.

Hashem sent this experienced surgeon to us against our will for him to have the knowledge needed to go for the 1 surgery process without physically seeing it. Hashem is pushing all the buttons. I was with my son in-law many hours straight but when the surgeon called him I happened to not be there. I would have probably got on the phone and begged her to stay and do the surgery. Hashem had me call Shuki before calling the surgeon and he gave me the information on the new surgeon and stopped me from possibly ruining everything.

We were all praying so hard for the surgeon to be masliach and able to do it with the 1 surgery option. Before the surgeon left the room, I told him how hard we have been praying to do this 1 option that we were told was 1 in a million. I told him how highly Shuki spoke of him and how happy I was that he is the surgeon. I then told him how I am praying for him to be successful with this and all his surgeries. I told him there is a G-d that is in control and we are his messengers. He was very accepting and jokingly said I hope I can live up to your expectations. I said me too!!

Surgery begins. Our most awesome family behind us all the way. Tefilot all over by so many of our caring out of this world people, sedaka being given all around, learning Torah all around. Our people are so wonderful. Hashem somehow had me and my son in-law accidentally end up by the Lubavitcher Rebbes Kever and were zocheh to pray there. Hashem blessed me with such a group of friends, my phone did not stop with messages and calls. Even if I could not take the calls you have no idea how much they helped. I had/have a friend guiding me the whole way thru serious portions of this and non-sense as well- I am blessed to know such a person who is always there for me. Always. Intense praying thru out the surgery. The surgeon returns with the great news of Hashem’s kindness that he could do it with the 1 surgery. He told us of hashgacha that went on in the operating room how he there happened to be another surgeon he needed in the room that stepped in to help with a certain process. Hashem pushes all the right buttons for us. I stepped aside to call our worried family and friends. I am walking around the lobby and see my son in-law and daughter inside the gift shop giggling and looking at the toys and stuffed animals for their new baby, this was a magical moment for me-the page being turned seeing the new parents able to enjoy the Simcha of being blessed with a baby. I was so worried about them being stripped of that joyous pleasure so this was a tearful breath of fresh air for me to see. I rushed and bought my new grandson the stuffed singing doll they were looking at. Hashem is so great to us and guides us so perfectly. Thank you, Hashem, for my first healthy Grandson-Bh he should make you very proud! Serving you Bisimcha with 120 Happy and Healthy years.

Thank You Hashem – Week 229

  • Last night I was at my niece’s wedding having a great time Bh.  I went over to my boss who was a guest at the wedding to say hello when he told me that he just lost a large amount money. Thinking it fell out of his back pocket, I helped him look around for it but no luck. He said Caparah avonot.  Throughout the night I continued to look around for it but nothing.  Towards the end of the night I went back to the bar (I must have looked under the table 5 times throughout the night) and found a credit card wallet with No money. Sure, enough the wallet belonged to my boss’s son who was also at the wedding. When I returned it to him, he didn’t even know it was missing. Hashem made my boss lose his money just so I could fine his son’s wallet…….  The next morning, I received a txt from my boss saying he found the money by the door of the Shul.   Amazing!!
  • So, I’m thankful for Hashem that so many times I don’t know where I’m going for Shabbos meals and it always works out.
  • Wow, I just passed a major test. I had good reason to really blast someone and let them have it. They sent me a text that was a bit insulting. I planned it all out and got on the phone with them ready to let him have it. As I started speaking to them I said you know what, for the sake of shalom let it go and don’t mention how he texted you very disrespectfully. I shut my mouth and made like nothing happened. Thank you, Hashem, for letting me pass this test.
  • Baruch Hashem, we had an order to ship from our warehouse to a customer, the customer received it but the order shipped incorrectly, again, reship, incorrectly again, the 3rd time bh they accepted it but the labeling was wrong. The issue was a big part my mistake, we should have ordered it correctly in china… But it was too late. The order was messed up, the customer was fuming and they have gotten the bosses involved… realizing what had happened this was a big bump in the road. Pressure crashing down on me. BH recently my wife mentioned she read from Rav Arush, that if a person thanks Hashem and accepts Hashem’s will it can all turn around. BH I Thanked Hashem and accepted it. My superior calls me later in the day. He recommended me to confront the bosses myself and apologize before they mention anything to me… bh Hashem has given me the courage to face them. Later, I receive a phone call with a compliment from my superior BH! the bosses were happy that we faced the fire acknowledged and took responsibility. Baruch Hashem, what could have been a big bump turned into a compliment! THANK YOU, HASHEM,
  • I feel so grateful to Hashem every time I call my parents on the phone.  The fact that they are alive and well, Baruch Hashem, is such a blessing.  I never take it for granted.  Every time I get to hear their sweet voices over the phone, I feel that Hashem has given me such a gift.  Thank you, Hashem, for every moment I can speak to them or can spend time with them.
  • I was online trying to make a purchase for business. It would not go thru for some reason. Every time I pressed the buttons it would not complete. It was strange and I said I will not do it now. Baruch Hashem, if it would have worked I would have lost at least $500. Thank you, Hashem, for this protection, clearly you orchestrated the transaction not being able to go thru and I saved the loss of this money. I love you Hashem
  • A conversation with Hashem: Me:  can I ask you a question?

Hashem: Probably!

Me:  Promise you will not get mad? Hashem: Do not be afraid.

Me: Why did you let so many things happen to me today?

Hashem: What do you mean?

Me: Well, it started with the fact that I did not get up in time.

Hashem: Yes…

Me: The car did not drive because I ran out of battery and I needed someone to help with cables.

Hashem…

Me: At lunch, they brought me the wrong dish, and by the time they fixed my order, I had to go and I did not eat.

Hashem: carry on…

Me: When I left the office, I came to answer the cell phone and it fell and broke.

Hashem: What more?

Me: And when I came home all I wanted was to relax from the terrible day with the new device I bought for a foot massage and found out it had been sold without an electric cable!

Hashem: I understand.

Me: Nothing worked out for me today! Why did you do this Hashem?

Hashem: The Angel of Death came to visit you this morning and I had to send my angels to fight him. I let you sleep at that time.

I did not let your car move because just as you were leaving, a drunk driver came back from the route you were driving and he would hurt you.

The restaurant worker who prepared your dish was sick and if you were infected, you would suffer and lose work days that I know you need.

The person you were talking to on the phone would go to lie about everything you said to him and cause you great harm, so I preferred not to answer.

Oh, and for the massage device … The specific device you bought was with an internal malfunction. If you plugged it in, it would send a short in the whole house and you would be in danger of severe electric shock.

Me: Wow, I did not think about all those things. I’m sorry I doubted you and complained without thinking there might be a reason for everything … Thank you God for saving me today from all the bad things that could happen to me.

Hashem: It’s okay, you have nothing to apologize for or admit. What matters is that you have learned and now you know that I do not do anything for no reason and have My own way of making My plans …

Such conversations happen with God every day, only we cannot hear His side of the conversation. With a little patience and faith, we will understand that even when it seems to us that He is ignoring, He listens well and in the end, His ways will become clear to us down the road. Thank You Hashem for all that You do every single day.

Thank You Hashem – Week 147

  • Thank you Hashem for saving our lives as we were crossing the street with the right-of-way when a driver trying to ‘make the light ‘ that already changed to red almost barreled in to us.  It happened so fast we didn’t even realize the mortal danger had he not short stopped after seeing us.  Baruch Shomer Yisrael.  My wife and I commented that we each had given Tzedaka randomly that morning…..
  • Thank you Hashem for everything you have taught me. Your teaching never stops. Thank you so much.
  • Thank you Hashem for answering so many of my tefillot.
  • Thank you Hashem for Rabbi Efraim Wachsman and his amazing classes and hizuk!
  • Thank You HaShem for all the semachot there was this week and BzH will be. Could never thank You enough!
  • Thank You Hashem for letting everything work out so great regarding my family and I moving into a new home.
  • 2 Of my friends children have gotten married to each other. Mabruk
  • 2 brisses this week- great simachot
  • Bar Misvah and an engagement party last night Thank you Hashem
  • I was out-of-town and at shul for mincha. Before we brought in Lag Ba-omer the Rabbi got up to speak. He spoke about the upcoming Lag Ba-omer celebration they were having and the importance and kedusha of that great day. He continued and mentioned how they will be selling candles in connection with great Tanaiim and Torah leaders. He mentioned how it is brought down if you get such a candle in memory of Avraham and Sara or of Rebbi Shimon etc.. how they will act as a conduit for your tefillot and they will represent you and your tefillot to Hashem. As he said the names Avraham and Sara I thought to myself wow, how great that would be to have Avraham and Sara representing you to Hashem. Deep down I really wanted this honor and connection with Avraham and Sara. Later that night I was by the celebration and the 1st candle being sold was Avraham and Sara. Something came over me and I put in a very reasonable early bid, a bid that would not usually be zoche to buy such a zechut. Hashem knew how much I wanted it and made the Rabbi sell it quickly and I was able to get the zechut that I really deep down wanted. Thank you Hashem. I knew that this was a gift from Hashem as I know that these candles can sell for a couple of thousand dollars each. Later that night we happen to be passing by another lag Ba-omer celebration and heard them bidding for the candles and they were being sold in the 3000 dollar price range. Thank you Hashem for the gift.
  • Thank you Hashem for the build up and excitement in anticipating staying up on Shavuot night learning our holy Torah. Can’t wait!
  • I went to a Dr. for a test and Baruch Hashem got back good results. I wanted to dance and sing to Hashem. So I did! Thank you Hashem and Thank you Hashem for all the times that I do not even need to any exams or tests, I will now dance and sing for that as well. Shabbat Shalom!
  • My friend’s daughter is getting married tonight  – Mazel tov and simachot for everyone Bh.
  • A customer of mine just called me unexpectedly and added some items to his order. Thank you Hashem.
  • It’s a BOY! Mabruk.
  • Bris Monday-mazal tov.
  • I delayed putting an order in for a client for some reason unknown. I just realized my error and called in the order. The price went down on the item I was ordering and made a larger profit because of the “unknown” delay. Thank you Hashem for making me put off this order.
  • I was about to go on a wild goose chase for a certain product that had a strange requirement that I needed to see before purchasing. On my way out I decided to look quickly on my phone for it and Baruch Hashem I found it before I even made it out the door. Thank you Hashem for saving me all that time.
  • I had to come up with a nice amount of money to pay for my sons Bar Misvah. I did not know how it was going to come together. All of a sudden Hashem sent me a Malach. A person calls me out of no where and says that he has x amount of money for me that someone gave him to give to a person making a simcha. He knew I was about to make a Bar misvah and thought of me. It was the exact amount I needed!. Hashem you are so perfect. Thank you Hashem for our joyous occasion.
  • Three times this week I put my hand in my pocket and found an extra 20 dollar bill!. Not once, not twice but all of the 3 times it happened were all about an hour after I had given extra sedaka to some collectors in shul. Thank you Hashem for letting me see this message clearly.

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