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Saving A Life

Hashem has put me in the right place at the exact time. It was a true miracle.

A Hidden Treasure

Considering that I am not a youngster, I have to admit that change, especially of the unexpected sort, is most challenging.

From The Home Front

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.

For Every Coin, An Address

She spoke with a smile on her face, exuding a calm acceptance of her less-than-ideal circumstances.

Lessons From An Erev Shabbos Disaster

Lacking the actual Hebrew word for the wanted piece and maybe even the English one, the handyman wasn’t getting what we needed.

Diversity

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.

Kind Continental

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.

Prayers From The Depths

Despite being excited about seeing the beautiful twinkling lights of a mostly sleeping city, I was exhausted and kept yawning.

White: The Color That Changed My Life

One unexpected bonus of our two-week trip was meeting up with some of our Israeli family.

A Funny Thing Happened To Me On The Way To Sheva Brachos

Rain can happen at any time. It’s a mere coincidence taking place just to send shivers up my spine.

A Jewish Soldier

It was a difficult battle. Many were seriously injured and some did not survive, but Tomer came out alive and unharmed.

Saved From Fire

Sometimes, like those of our ancestors in the desert, our protestations should have instead been cheers and songs of thanksgiving; but we discover this only in retrospect.

Falling Into Hashem’s Arms

The MRI showed that our son had sustained a fractured skull and a double break in the arm that he had fallen on, it was truly a miracle. That arm had saved his life!

Discovering Their Yahrzeits

As your family came from France, it is likely that they were transported to Auschwitz and murdered there, he told us.

Home Sweet Home

It was only when he finally touched down on the much-missed holy soil of Eretz Yisrael that everything began to rapidly spiral out of control.

Realizations

As we raced from store to store I was invigorated but Jo tagged listlessly along. I pretended not to notice and chatted gaily all the while.

Miracle From The Rebbe

After a couple of weeks, it became very clear to me that I was not earning anywhere near enough money to pay for Yeshivah.

The Will To Live

It was a year of Torah learning, a year of fostering new friendships, a year of encounters with diverse educators and personalities, a year of becoming more attached to the land, and a year of relative innocence.

Chesed Shel Emes

Paula and her husband did far more than that – they went to visit her and managed to persuade her to allow them to apply for her to live in a Jewish home.

The Reunion

As crazy as it sounds, we never met face-to-face until we discovered that on the same Shabbos, she would be visiting her daughter in Monsey while I would be attending my grandson’s bar mitzvah.

The Misplaced Jacket That Protected My Daughter

Minutes after my son and daughter left for school – it’s a ten-minute walk from our house – my son came running back to the house, all upset.

The Train Ride

Sounding like a typical Lubavitcher, I told that just by striking the match, she is bringing more light into the world, so what’s the problem?

A Desert Mirage?

The Israeli sun was beautiful as it slowly descended in the horizon, but I could not enjoy it as I usually would have.

The Merit of a Grandmother

The utility workers in this area usually do not do these kind of repairs, but being a bitter cold night in December when pipes can freeze he was kind enough to help the home owners.

Anyone For Pizza?

As early morning phone calls go this was probably one of the least welcome ones to hear five days before our daughter’s wedding.

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