Thank You Hashem – Week 136

  •  Thank you Hashem. I forgot the roast in the oven, but I didn’t forget to turn it off
  • Story- The brand new Rabbi and his wife were newly assigned to their first congregation to reopen a Shul in suburban Brooklyn. They arrived in early February excited about their opportunities. When they saw their Shul, it was very run down and needed much work. They set a goal to have everything done in time to have their first service on Erev Purim. They worked hard, repairing aged pews, plastering walls, painting, etc., and on 8th of the Adar (February 17th) they were ahead of schedule and just about finished. On February 19 a terrible snowstorm hit the area and lasted for two days. On the 21st, the Rabbi went over to the Shul. His heart sank when he saw that the roof had leaked, causing a large area of plaster about 20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the e front wall of the sanctuary just behind the pulpit, beginning about head high. The Rabbi cleaned up the mess on the floor, and not knowing what else to do but postpone the Erev Purim service, headed home. On the way home, he noticed that a local business was having a flea market type sale for charity, so he stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful, handmade, ivory colored, crocheted tablecloth with exquisite work, fine colors and a Magen David embroidered right in the centre. It was just the right size to cover the hole in the front wall. He bought it and headed back to the Shul. By this time it had started to snow. An older woman running from the opposite direction was trying to catch the bus. She missed it. The Rabbi invited her to wait in the warm Shul for the next bus 45 minutes later. She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the Rabbi while he got a ladder, hangers, etc., to put up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The Rabbi could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and it covered up the entire problem area. Then the Rabbi noticed the woman walking down the centre aisle. Her face was like a sheet. “Rabbi, “she asked, “where did you get that tablecloth?” The Rabbi explained. The woman asked him to check the lower right corner to see if the initials, EBG were crocheted into it there. They were. These were the initials of the woman, and she had made this tablecloth 35 years before, in Poland. The woman could hardly believe it as the Rabbi told how he had just gotten “The Tablecloth”.The woman explained that before the war she and her husband were well-to-do people in Poland. When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave. Her husband was going to follow her the next week. He was captured, sent to a camp and she never saw her husband or her home again. The Rabbi wanted to give her the tablecloth; but she made the Rabbi keep it for the Shul. The Rabbi insisted on driving her home. That was the least he could do. She lived on the other side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn for the day for a housecleaning job. What a wonderful service they had on Erev Purim. The Shul was almost full. The Service was great. At the end of the service, the Rabbi and his wife greeted everyone at the door and many said that they would return. One older man, whom the Rabbi recognized from the neighborhood continued to sit in one of the pews and stare, and the Rabbi wondered why he wasn’t leaving. The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on the front wall because it was identical to one that his wife had made years ago when they lived in Poland before the war and how could there be two tablecloths so much alike? He told the Rabbi how the Nazis came, how he forced his wife to flee for her safety and he was supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and put in a camp. He never saw his wife or his home again all the 35 years between.The Rabbi asked him if he would allow him to take him for a little ride. They drove to Staten Island and to the same house where the Rabbi had taken the woman three days earlier. He helped the man climb the three flights of stairs to the woman’s apartment, knocked on the door and he saw the greatest Erev Purim reunion he could ever imagine. The above is a true story. “Hashem does work in mysterious ways!
  • Thank You Hashem for giving me what is best for me. Because Only YOU MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE Knows what’s best for me 🙂
  • I was about to pay a large vendor bill over 5K on-line as we had recently switched terms with the Vendor to pay on-line.I suspected that a previous bill I had paid on-line was also debited from my account in effect making me pay twice. I checked once and couldn’t verify it and concluded there wasn’t a double payment after all and I returned to the payment window to initiate payment of the large bill. But I still didn’t feel right so I called the vendor though It was past 5:30 PM. Sure enough the rep told me that few double payments were made and would be credited. They were also about to debit the large amount as well the next day ! The new pay-on-line feature wasn’t properly implemented! THANK YOU HASHEM ! No way that 5K should end up in the Vendors account and me trying to get it back in time.
  •  Thank you Hashem for each day that I pull myself together and make it thru skl. Thank you for allowing me to realize that even though there are difficult situations in life you have to move forward. Thank you Hashem for each day that I don’t worry about my friends having panic attacks. Thank you Hashem for not only giving me my struggles but also for helping me have the strength to live better because of them and not in spite of them. Thank you Hashem for giving me a life on your world to work and better myself to serve you.
  • Last night we realized that we don’t have hot water, as I went to take a look at the hot tank, I see that it’s leaking. Called the plumber and the whole game cost only $40. Thank you Hashem for solving this so quickly and with no cost really.

Thank You Hashem – Week 135

  • Thank you Hashem for Dr. Albert Matalon
  • Thank you Hashem for letting us “live the Parasha” these past few weeks. A few weeks ago I wrote how my children and I found and returned a lost wallet and were able to do the mitzvah of Hashevat Aveda -Returning a lost object. That Shabbat we were reviewing the Parasha at the Shabbat table with the kids and all their sheets and we read about Hashevat Aveda ! I said “WOW, look at that, this week’s Parasha talks about Hashevat Aveda and BH this week we were able to fulfill that mitzvah.
  • Last week I had finally given my husband a long overdue birthday present! He had mentioned a long time ago that for his “50th” he wanted to get a Ketoret on parchment. I had been saving up to buy it for him and BH I was able to finally give it to him last week. Reviewing the Parasha at the table, my husband said, isn’t amazing? This week’s Parasha talks about the Ketoret, the same week you gave me my present! Thank you Hashem!
  • Thank you Hashem for getting me an apt in Florida for my parents for the month of February. I’m bringing them home today…they had a great break from the cold weather!
  • Guadalcanal, what I heard as a kid, my grandfather A”H had fought on the infantry on the Islands against the Japanese; I had seen his Helmut, solid metal and was extremely heavy! I have been told by my father A”H and my grandmother (may she live to 120 and healthy) bits and pieces what he had gone through during those battles. She wouldn’t even tell us what he had seen, waking up at night with nightmares…. The US Army would transport many soldier to the island on smaller boats which swarmed the beaches, they were under heavy attack as they jumped off the boats in the water, Carrying many heavy items which made it even harder as they had gotten wet. They would need to run to the beach and then try to take cover in a fox hole, then set up to start firing back. As he was jumping for Cover he had gotten shot in the leg From a Jap in the tree (he turned around and shot him) the army had taken him out ,as he was wounded onto one of the ships to take care of him. They set up 3 beds with wounded Soldiers, my grandfather was in the middle of the 3. Chazal Tell us that everything that happens is planned from Hashem, every bullet, everything has a place and a Cheshbon, many miracles have happened for our grandfathers that had fought during those battles ravaging the world!         While on the ship an enemy plane came swooping down and attacked, it had hit and killed the solider on his right, and the soldier on his left and had Missed My Grandfather. Pure Chasdei Hashem! … looking down the road many years later those bullets saved family’s that are benei torah today, helping the community and so on! We don’t know Hashem’s Master Plan, but one thing we can safely say, it’s the best possible plan. Thank You Hashem.
  • Thank you Hashem for my beautiful new wig ! I have needed a new wig for a very long time, but buying  a new wig isn’t like buying a new skirt LOL…Anyway, last week, a friend of mine texts me one word..It was a name. I thought she texted by accident since out of nowhere she just texted me a name. I texted her back “I think you texted me accident…LOL”. She texts me back “No, on purpose !” She calls me back and says – “She’s having a crazy wig sale ! the wigs are $……!” I said “Are you sure?! You can’t even cut a wig for that much !”. She said “I’m sure, I was just there ! go see !”. I said ‘Does she have my color? ” (as I have a very difficult hair color)She said “Probably go look”. I call someone who works there and said ” You have a sale on wigs for $ …..?” She said “Yes, I didn’t tell you? It’s been going on for over two months now….” I said “No, you didn’t tell me..do you have my color???”. She said “I don’t know if we have any left, but call me in the morning and I will look. I text her first thing in the morning and she says ” We have one left in your color but  hurry and come it might get sold” I told her” I can’t get there till the afternoon, if it’s meant, it’s meant”. I went there in the afternoon, she shows it to me..I said “Oh it’s nice !”. It’s VERY different than what I”m used to, but I will try it. They put it on me and BH it’s a perfect fit !’ It didn’t need one thing done to it ! I told her “Is this really the price??” She says “Yes”. I said “Ok Please just cut the tag off, I will wear it out !!!!”. BH I have been getting compliments on it everywhere I go. Thank you HASHEM !!!!!
  • Thank you Hashem for allowing me to see your kindness in my challenges
  • Was walking to the train this week and saw an empty envelope on the sidewalk not addressed no writing on it at all. Picked it up,. Ah, maybe there is money in there? Opened it up, no money. Inside was a hand written note from a Rebbe from Lakewood that has taught for many years and had a heart attack recently and can not support his family and medical expenses.He Needs help. I wrote a check and sent it. So I did find money! Hashem actually sent me a mitzvah from out of no where. Thank you Hashem for the opportunity to do a mitzvah.
  • Hashem sent me to visit a friend in the hospital and to hear mussar from an unlikely source, a Saudi Arabian goya woman! She was there for her brother and she lives in Saudi Arabia, seemed to be very wealthy and told us how having money and being rich is not what life is about. Money does not make you happy.
  • Heat has been broken for over a week. Thank you Hashem for keeping us warm the entire winter
  • I was so excited to receive the invitation from my dear friend, who always brings simcha to people and chizuk with his emails. I’m thrilled that he’s making a simcha and wish him all the brachos in the world.
  • 2 brisses this week , and 2 engagements- thank you Hashem

Thank You Hashem – Week 102

  • Moved into a summer rental home , got a phone call from my neighbor this morning saying that garbage pick up is this morning and that he saw our garbage was not pulled to the street last night so he went and pulled all  of our full garbage cans to the street for us. I said wow thank you , you could have just rang our bell and told us and we would have done it. He said it was late so he went out in his slippers and did it for us. Keep in mind they were full to the brim and this neighbor did this chesed for his temporary summer neighbor. Nothing like the special people of Lakewood- Thank you Hashem.
  • Thank You Hashem – that I waited In the emergency room for 3.5hrs for my knee that dislocated- bh it was back in place before waiting that long!
  • Water delivery came and they sent purified instead of spring by mistake. I called them to handle the change and they said they wanted almost double the price for spring. I said I was told this price for spring. She said she will speak to her supervisor and let me know but she doubts it. On hold I spoke to my supervisor, borei olam and that instant she came back and said no problem we will keep the same price. Thank you to the real supervisor Hashem…
  • It was a few days before Shavuot. I needed to shop for Yom Tov but only had ten shekels to my name. I decided that I would borrow my friends credit card but never actually asked him for it since I felt very uncomfortable. It was during my lunch break that I decided to take a nap and was then woken up by a friend of mine who told me that a parent of one of my students was here to see me. I greeted him and discussed his son’s progress throughout the year. As I was about to leave,  he pulled me over to the side and handed me an envelope containing 1900 shekels!  I went shopping that afternoon and guess what –  the sum total was exactly 1900 shekels! I came home and was greeted by my daughter who asked me for 400 shekels. I told her that I don’t have any money right now. About 30 minutes later,  my wife opened the door and found an envelope containing 400 shekels!
  • Thank you Hashem for the opportunity to earn a greater reward in Olam Haba by being able to walk to shul in the rain this past shabbat, every step was so delicious
  • Was out of town and realized I needed merchandise picked up for a customer of mine. I was trying to get the nerve up to ask one of my co-workers to pick it up, he gets upset sometimes when I ask him. At that moment I was about to call him,he called me. He asked on his own out of the blue sky if I ever got the merchandise and now was my chance to mention if he would mind maybe picking it up, I asked and told him don’t worry if not I can get it later in the week. He said I am on my way to that exact warehouse right now, will be there in 5 minutes, please call and ask them to have it ready and I will be glad to get it for you. Thank you Hashem and Thank you co-worker.
  • Wedding tonight mabruk
  • My dear friend who shared his miracle on an earlier edition of Thank you Hashem of how he met his wife at an older age has just become a father! Baruch Hashem a healthy baby girl. Thank you Hashem!!
  • safe commuting all week thank you Hashem for your protection
  • The Yeshiva I work for in Israel is an American Yeshiva so they go home for summer break at the end of June. During the break I am able to learn on my own and take care of some errands and things to do. I also had a job assisting with an elderly man that helped bring in added parnasah but the man unfortunately has passed away and I have been looking for a similar type of job to do without much luck finding it . Today I went to take a haircut for some reason even though I really didn’t need one so badly. I came home and was going to go in the shower and I saw the piece on the shower head was broken. I called my wife who went to Yerushalyim today to ask if she knew about it and any ideas?. She said she will pick up a new one in the hardware store while in Yerushalayim. I said I can go over here locally don’t worry. She said but it is much cheaper where she is and she will go and buy one. I said but at our local store I can put it on our account instead of laying out the money in Yerushalayim. So I headed to the store and while at the counter there is a man speaking to the worker and asking him if he can send out an email that his elderly father just came to Israel and they need someone to help in taking care of him and they also need a room to rent in the mean time until his place is ready. I interrupt and tell him, that I actually have experience and I assist in caretaking with elderly people and I also have an available room. We went over to my home, he looked at it, agreed on the room and agreed on me assisting with his elderly father. All this from an unneeded haircut, Hashem connected all of this and put me in that store at that moment. Thank you Hashem
  • I had a notation to follow up with a customer that ordered some merchandise from me a couple of months ago to see if they wanted to order any more merchandise. All of a sudden they called me on their own today and ordered more. Thank you Hashem!
  • Thank you Hashem for people like Nicholas Winston who passed away today at age 106. He saved 669 Jewish children from the Holocaust. Today the total descendants coming from those children is over 6000.
  • Thank you Hashem, had a computer issue at the office that was about to cost a few hundred dollars. Gave 1 last attempt to see if it works, prayed to Hashem and it is back in action. Thank you Hashem

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