It looked like they were doomed to spend the first night of the joyous holiday of Chanukah stranded on the unfamiliar streets of Bnei Brak.
How could I leave Israel with her in this condition? After telling my wife how I felt, she urged me to extend my trip. My brother also urged me to stay.
The challenge of coming home to a house full of little kids and being barely able to function threatened to overwhelm me.
I felt good to be able to help out like this and was grateful for the opportunity. If we could not be together for yuntif this year at least I could contribute in this way.
Have you ever noticed that you have some mitzvah that not only finds you but seems to follow you around?
Only when Shabbos finally arrived and the food was cooked, table set, baby sleeping peacefully, did those angels remember to come and wish us a gut Shabbos.
Why don't we just sell it? That way not only won't we have the expense of painting it, but we'll have extra cash as well.
I told her not to do anything or say anything and I immediately called Rabbi Gerlitzky, the Lubavitcher Rebbe's shaliach in Tel Aviv and a dear friend of the family. I told him the story.
If Hashem wants a person to have something, he will have it, and no one in the world can take away what is coming to to him.
The owner searched every which way he could but he could not understand why the company’s finances suddenly took a dive.
David was very saddened both at the untimely death of his good friend and also seeing how depressed his widow was.
The driver’s confidence waned a trifle and after a moment or two he admitted that he had in fact stolen the car from the yishuv Maaleh Adumim.
Her husband was one of the first Zaka first aid volunteers to arrive at the scene of the shootings.
I found myself struggling to understand the rapid fire Hebrew spoken all around me but I forced myself to speak the little Hebrew I knew and slowly I became proficient.
On that particular day the aforementioned rav and the rosh yeshiva left the yeshiva for a few hours to research an army base that could possibly offer some opportunities to their boys down the line.
It’s probable that one toddler, imagining that she had been deserted, would just have sat down on the floor and maybe cried until someone reunited her with her loving mother.
Hashem has put me in the right place at the exact time. It was a true miracle.
Considering that I am not a youngster, I have to admit that change, especially of the unexpected sort, is most challenging.
It used to be that when our youngest boys were about to go outside and it was cold, I’d sometimes remind them to take a jacket. Now I remind our youngest son, Yisrael Meir, to take pepper spray.
She spoke with a smile on her face, exuding a calm acceptance of her less-than-ideal circumstances.
Lacking the actual Hebrew word for the wanted piece and maybe even the English one, the handyman wasn’t getting what we needed.
We swam in the pool, played ball, barbequed, and played music but one thing that was different was the little store we had always remained closed on Shabbos.
Seeing my distress, a very kind employee named Lori (whose last name I regretfully forgot to ask about) very compassionately offered me the use of a stroller she just “happened to have” in the back room of their office.
Despite being excited about seeing the beautiful twinkling lights of a mostly sleeping city, I was exhausted and kept yawning.
One unexpected bonus of our two-week trip was meeting up with some of our Israeli family.