A V’nahafoch Hu Pesach
Did I mention that my daughter-in-law has seemingly unlimited excess energy, and is one of the best cooks and bakers I know?
It´s A Small World After All
So I feel especially blessed that I have experienced both the small world phenomenon and the pre-destined shidduch reality, all in one obviously bashert bit of matchmaking.
Grateful For The Things That Can Be Fixed
It all started with the recent deluge of rain we here in Israel were privileged to have.
Two sets of neighbors, joined by a wall and a hedge, but worlds apart.
Maybe Next Yom Kippur
Truth be told, my kavanah was often better in the privacy of my home.
A Word Of Thanks
The highway was packed with bumper-to-bumper traffic, and there I sat with hands gripped tightly on the steering wheel, begging the cars to move. My heart swelled at the thought of seeing my son, who was just coming back from his year of learning in Eretz Yisrael. How I had missed him! Though I was used to him being away (if you can ever really get used to a child being away), a special space in my heart was empty – as I waited for him.
To not keep Shabbos and not honor her parents seemed too much of a price to pay for a job she didn’t really like.
Ten years ago, when a good friend got married, she and another friend put together a book of lists and tips to help her organize her wedding. Since she enjoyed the project, Roni continued on her own to make these books for couples about to be married.
Fasten Your Seat Belts!
Our son-in-law e-mailed tickets for us to print out and bring along to allow us admittance. Simple enough.
Hang on to your hats!
The rav found the exchange humorous and happily shared it with my husband, who subsequently told it over to me.
A Mother’s Heart
Mommy, please don’t be so sad. Here in the next world Hashem Yisborach’s plan is much clearer.
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 .
My wonderful machateinista, hearing my tale of woe, took it upon herself to assist in the apartment quest, contacting every realtor she knew and requesting leads.
Just Another Morning
I have often read Lessons in Emunah. When several of my friends told me I ought to submit the following I decided to follow their advice.
The Ups And Downs Of Summer
She always had a smile, and put her best foot forward – as hard as that might have been.
The ‘Perfect’ D’var Torah
Several years ago, my wife and I were in Boro Park for a wedding. Early the next morning, we received news from Yerushalayim that we had a new grandson.
Take A Really Good Look
The woman next to me leaned even further forward, and soon started to interject comments as I spoke to the couple.
My Fractured Pesach
When my wife and I were about to leave Israel after last Sukkos, our son and daughter-in-law told us they were expecting another child to be born about two weeks before Pesach. We realized immediately that it would be difficult for them to make Pesach at home.
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.
The Orphan’s Prayer
Edward was completely mystified, yet had no choice but to obey his captain’s orders.
Hashem Supports All Those Who Fall
May 3, 2009-9 Iyar 5769: This is a date I will always remember and give thanks to Hashem. I was crossing 14th Avenue at 1 p.m. on a rainy day when I was suddenly struck by a car. The Almighty zokef kefufim straightens the bowed.
A Meeting Made In Heaven
Pinchas told his friend how he had felt that he would need to be with someone he knew to help him and his mother through a very difficult Shabbat. Hashem granted him and his mother this chesed.
Shabbat In The Pub
The GPS had not been invented when Shelly set off on a Friday afternoon many years ago to join the Bnei Akiva camp in the English countryside. The organizers always managed to find a farmer who welcomed young campers under adult supervision; thus they set up their tents and during the week took the opportunity to learn the halachot of building an eruv. There would be no problems on Shabbat and they would be able to carry within the campsite.
The Amazing Power Of Tehillim
Rachel was thrown by the sight and began to caringly think whom this person might be.
Doing The Wash, Cleansing The Soul
To my utter amazement, he did have the required part with him! He gave me that astounding news as he re-entered my house with the box, and told me that that was the last one of those particular parts that he had with him!
Strength of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai
In mid-December, I traveled to Eretz Yisroel with my wife, Chanie, for a twofold purpose. Firstly, I wanted to visit my two children who are learning in yeshivos there. Secondly, in light of the fact that I had assumed the position of executive director of Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, I wanted to solicit as many brochos from gedolim as possible, and to pray at kivrei tzaddikim (graves of righteous people).
Yael was tired of sticking the highchair together with glue or Sellotape. It had lasted through five children, a miracle in itself, but now it seemed to have given up all hope – and decided to self-destruct.
A Big To-Do Over Nothing
I was not going to be the one to point out to her that there had been no reason for her to turn around at all.
The Good Deed
I ask only one thing from you. When you have the opportunity to help another person, don't hesitate to do it.
A Good Name Is Better Than Good Oil
I visited the cemetery with my friend during Aseret Yemei Teshuvah. After visiting my grandfather, z”l, we visited my friend’s husband’s family. As we were wending our way among the graves and discussing names, she pointed out that her newest granddaughter is named after her husband’s mother, a”h. Then she told me two stories about her family.