Rebbe Tells A Miracle Story
was a rare occurrence, but on Simchas Torah, 5716, the Rebbe told about a
miracle that had taken place in Eretz Yisroel:
my father-in-law’s passion for adding a day, an hour, or even a moment
of Torah study [he fought to keep the times for limudi kodesh in
the morning], I told a school in Eretz Yisroel to begin their school year
a while before the official school year began, and they did so.
the government office in charge of these matters heard about this, there
was an uproar. How did they dare start two weeks earlier than anyone else,
when the first day of classes had been set for a certain date?
warned them that such behavior, which was different than that of the rest
of the country, could not continue, and if they persisted they would stop
funding them and sever their ties with them.
did the principal do? He wrote to me that he did not discuss it further
(since he wasn’t dealing with someone proficient in Shulchan Aruch) but
responded as follows:
your information: I received a written directive to begin classes on the
day I began, and that is why I did so. If you accept this — fine. And if
not, it is also fine, G-d willing.
such an answer, the other party reacted by saying, “I’ll have nothing
to do with you,” but the very next day there was a complete turnaround.
For two years the school had been unable to have a fence built or
additional buildings approved through that government agency, then
suddenly — the day after that answer — government workers came and
built all the structures they had refused to build for two years!
the normal course of things, the principal of the school has no
explanation for this, and the truth is that there is no explanation. He
acted contrary to their wishes and when they warned him that they would
break off with him, he told them that he had received an order from here
and fulfilled it. If they accept that — fine. And if not, that’s also
fine. And what did they do? They came the next day and complied with all
the requests he hadn’t managed to get them to do for two years!
amazing thing is that nobody said Tehillim for this, nobody gave a penny
to tzedaka for this. This is nothing but incredible success given
from above, which came about through Jews who have free choice. One would
think that such a thing would not even be possible for them. And even so,
a kiddush Hashem came about through them.
did all this happen? When they said that they had received an order from
so-and-so [meaning the Rebbe], who has a certain title [i.e., Rebbe],
then, even though the people he was dealing with had no understanding of
this title, it still impressed them to the point that the very next day
they fulfilled the requests the principal had been making for two years,
which he had grown tired of and regarding which he had nearly given up
gave him all the necessary buildings so that more children could be
accepted into the school and receive a proper Jewish education.
all came about only by his showing the strength of his hiskashrus
End to Suffering
and Nurit Bar-On of Pardes Chana couldn’t even tell you how many times
they had to take their young daughter Shelley to the doctor. Neither could
they tell you how much antibiotics they had to give in order to treat her
recurring ear infections.
ear infections got worse about three years ago. The pain became
intolerable. She would wake her parents in the middle of the night crying
first her parents thought that it was just typical childhood ailments and
that treatment at the local clinic would help. And so, when Shelley
complained about earaches, her parents would go to the clinic where they
would diagnose an infection. She would receive antibiotics, which would
soothe the pain for about a week, and then it would start all over again.
it became clear that the medication was not helping, they decided to get
her tested at the hospital in Kfar Saba. She was examined and underwent
various treatments, but it didn’t take long for the doctors to conclude
that the usual medication given under the circumstances was not working.
the doctors concluded that the only solution was an operation. Eliezer and
Nurit didn’t see any alternative and agreed to this serious step.
Shelley had the operation. Her parents were convinced that despite the
suffering involved with the operation, at least her problem would be
only a few days passed and the infections recurred. Once again, pain,
infection, and indescribable suffering for Shelley and her parents. They
were at their wits’ end.
only good thing that happened to brighten the gloom was their meeting with
Rabbi Yosef Kurant, the director of the local Chabad house. Eliezer and
Nurit knew him from before, but now they decided to consult with him.
heard them out and suggested they write to the Rebbe asking for his bracha.
In addition, he gave them a bottle of the Rebbe’s mikva water.
What should we do with the water? asked the parents. Put a few drops in
your daughter’s ear, he said.
response to their concern about that, for the doctors had warned them not
to get her ears wet, Rabbi Kurant told them not to worry. He assured them
that no harm could come of it.
writing a letter and putting it into the Igros Kodesh, they read
about “besuras tovos” (good news) and strengthening Torah and mitzvos.
They took Rabbi Kurant’s advice and gave Shelley some of the mikva
water. The results? Over four months with no infections.