Mitzvos And Miracles

She would give them Chanukah gelt and donuts, maybe even latkes, and would try to make the festival as happy as possible. But it wouldn’t be the same without Abba.

On Target

There was one man in a wheelchair, and some of the assembled were uneasy about leaving him behind. If they would begin pushing the chair, they would surely not make it to shelter quickly enough.

Tefillin On Time

We were heartbroken. Beyond the cost, who could deny the holiness and sentimentality of a boy’s tefillin?

Doctors Are Important, But…

When it comes to our health, hishtadlut often means going to and listening to a doctor.

A Zos Chanukah Adventure

The bus driver signaled to the hordes of frustrated people at the various bus stops that he could not stop for them, but some brave/foolhardy souls literally stood in front of the bus trying to block its path in their frenzied determination to get on their way.

The Torah-Style Casino

Abe started taking out the money from all of his pockets and passed it onto the two Russian-accented guards, who were wearing pouches. The two men looked bewildered and incredulous.


If a person relies on human beings, Hashem will remove His hashgachah and leave the person in the hands of those whom he is depending on…

Best Thing To Do

The next day, there was knock on their door. "Who is it?" asked Mrs. Levi, but no one answered. She asked again, and again no answer, so she looked through the peephole, but saw no one.

A Simple Transaction

He had deposited Shlomo’s real, original check into his account, and when it had cleared he had made up this weird story to get an additional 3,600 shekels out of Shlomo!

Brushstrokes Of Kindness

With hope and a prayer, and the longing of a daughter to save her mother from the abyss of sadness, Laura drove straight to Minnie’s home and knocked on the door, her arms filled with unexpected packages.

Fine Tuning

Every so often I would sit down at the baby grand piano in my childhood home and play a few songs. I had learned enough to play piano on an intermediate level.

A Wedding With The Spirit Of Geulah

It was one of the few weddings, maybe the only one I’ve been to, where people weren’t talking to each other or on their cell phones during the chupah.

Kol Hane’arim

The thunderous, urgently repeated “Ya’amod” precipitated a virtual kibbutz galuyos that made my heart skip a beat and my breath catch in my throat.

Far And Near

To my shock, you see, after 21 years of living and working in the U.K., Rivkie, Yossi, and family announced that they were returning to live in the U.S.

Saved By A Cop Stop

It was already nearly a year, and I nearly despaired of ever seeing the money. I kept trying to recover it, calling him periodically.

Stepping Up To The Bimah

Because of his strong kesher to my husband, he and his family had opted to join our shul for Rosh Hashanah. So, serendipitously, he was available – not to mention ready, willing, and able – to don all the hats that had suddenly been vacated.

The New Rav In Town

When she proffered a 20-shekel note to the bus driver, she couldn’t fathom why he wouldn’t accept it.

Spreading The Light

I then handed her the Shabbos candles and she froze right there. She said, “Now I will light. Thank you very much,” and then proceeded to kiss my wife on both cheeks .

Yesh Din

Wanting to help with the maintenance of the building, Chava agreed to be in charge of collecting funds once a year for the upkeep of the roof.

It’s All Hashgacha

My children in Cleveland set out to invite the P. family for Shabbos and, after a few weeks of scheduling conflicts, they finally enjoyed a Shabbos together and got to know these new cousins.

Search And Rescue

I would not give up until I had achieved my quest and discovered a new continent, the fastest trade route to India, and/or the missing vaccination record – whichever came first.

From Thailand To Jerusalem For 50 Shekels

This morning I entered the bank. While waiting on line, I noticed a small commotion. A number of people were standing around a young crying boy who was holding an Israeli 50-shekel note in his hands.

Funny, You Don’t Look Jewish

It seemed they didn’t feel like they needed to talk much to me, so I wasn’t put on the spot, and I felt I fulfilled my duty properly.

Redeeming Factors

What could Brigadier General Samuel want to speak about in a lecture about Judaism?

Travel Travails

Eventually I narrowed the selection down to a few interesting ones, with Barcelona, Budapest, and Venice being the top contenders.

Modeh Ani Lifanecha

I realized how lucky we were that Hashem had woken me from my sleep in time to deal with the fumes which were slowly overtaking our house.

Rising From The Ashes

Devorah bravely faced the cameras to thank all the many people who were helping them to return to their home.

The Young Man Who Missed A Fast Day

Ben Zion caught his breath and apologized to Rav Ahron for barging in on him at the airport.

A Friend Indeed

We were fortunate to start our trip home. What a thrill to call the insurance company and advise them, “Please cancel my service call.”

Faith During Darkness

Even after all of the medical procedures, both Chaya and Daniel were left with medical problems.


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