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This is Your Last Chance to Get Your Prayers in! (If you haven’t already done so.)

It’s such an exciting time, but scary as well.

Have you thought about what’s the most important thing you want to happen this year?
Or what you hope will remain this year? (Never take anything for granted!)

What are you waiting for?

This is your chance to have us beg Hashem for you at the place where all prayer goes up and the place where heaven and earth meet.

May all of our prayers for you be quickly answered!

With great love and blessings for a beautiful year ahead for you, your family and all of the world…

Pray for me for the 40 days from Elul through Yom Kippur!

Blessings,

Batya

Mazel Tov to… and Just a Week and a Half Left to Get Your Prayers in for a Sweet New Year!!

I always wonder whether and when to list the mazel tovs of all the people who have witnessed amazing turns in their lives after our 40-days of prayer.  After all, G-d doesn’t answer everyone’s prayers right away and I know some people reading this email may say, ‘well, that’s very nice for them but what about me? Did G-d forget about me? Does He love me?’

Of course He does!!!  Every moment waiting is supposed to build a muscle – of trust, of security – just the opposite of what you think!  Yesterday I heard a story about a big Rabbi who didn’t have children for 22 years.  Can you imagine how many prayers were said in those 22 years? How much potential despair and anguish. G-d – did you forget?  Am I not on your list anymore? Have I been relegated to the back?  One day they met a strange man in shul who really felt their pain.  He traveled to a tzaddik’s kever and cried for them, “Hashem haven’t they waited enough!!”  Within a month the wife was pregnant and gave birth to a healthy baby!

So was it his prayers alone? Or was it his prayers combined with 22 years of countless peoples’ prayers that finally tipped the scales?
Who knows.  We are not to judge; we only know not to give up as long as we are breathing and keep begging and trying for that happiness we want and deserve!  And G-d-willing we will get it in the end or die trying LOL.

So, Mazel Tov to Tanya who after 5 years of having us pray for her during the high holidays, met and got engaged to the love of her life, Eli.
Mazel tov to Linda on her recent job security after many rounds of company layoffs and to Aigul for getting not 1, but 3 amazing job offers after her 3 rounds of 40-days.  A big sigh of relief also to Alison, whose mother-in-law’s cancer went into remission after her 40 days of prayer for her.

Keep those stories coming. With time and more prayers we hope to hear one from every one of you!!!

If there is ever a time to invest in prayer, make it the 40 days from Rosh Chodesh Elul (August 11) to Yom Kippur (September 19) which starts in just a week and a half.

The verse from Shir HaShirim, “Ani L’dodi V’dodi Li” (“I am to my beloved as my beloved is to me”) alludes to the time between Rosh Chodesh Elul and Yom Kippur when Moshe went up to Har Sinai to pray for the forgiveness of the Jewish people. This is so because the total gematria of the last letter of each word equals exactly 40 (the number of days Moshe ascended to pray).  This is the source of our 40 days of prayer at the Kotel.  We will follow Moshe’s example by praying during this time, and hope that our prayers for you will be answered just as Moshe’s prayers for the Jewish people were answered.

It is a very exciting, yet anxious time – knowing that the next year holds within it a completely new potential for us on all fronts.  Anything is possible!

Pray for Me through Elul, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

With blessings for health and happiness, as well as spiritual and financial success for you and your family,

Batya

Do You Know What Time It Is? It’s almost Elul and the year 5779!

Blessings from Jerusalem,

How is everything? We hope all is well! Please be in touch – we would love to know what’s happening in your life.

In the meantime we wanted to tell you that the 40 days of prayer between Elul and Yom Kippur are starting in just two and a half weeks!

I know we are all busy with summer plans, but before you know it the New Year will be upon us and if we want it to be a good one then we have to be ready!

Anything can happen for you and your family next year!

What would you love to continue? Health? Job?
What do you want to change?  Relationship issues? Health? Finances?

Now is your chance to do something about it!

The world will literally start anew this Rosh Hashanah, and what will happen will largely depend on the prayers, charity and personal change that you put forth now towards that goal.  The root of everything in this physical world is spiritual – so start with affecting the spiritual world and G-d-willing your physical reality will change for the better!

Each year on Rosh Hashanah, “all inhabitants of the world pass before G‑d like a flock of sheep, and it is decreed in the heavenly court who shall live, and who shall die … who shall be impoverished, and who shall be enriched; who shall fall and who shall rise.”

Let’s help each other around the world to be successful.

We spend our days immersed in Torah-study at the place where all of your prayers go up.

You can give charity and support that Torah (equal to doing all 613 mitzvot at once) and that merit can stand before you during each of our prayers and especially on Rosh Hashanah itself at the Wall!

It’s very exciting. Let’s do this together.

Reserve my prayer agent at the Western Wall for the 40 days from Rosh Chodesh Elul until Yom Kippur

With blessings that you and your family are signed and sealed for a beautiful, sweet New Year 5779,

Batya

1 Day Only Opportunity! Sefer Tehillim at King David’s Tomb

I am so excited because it’s almost Shavuos! Everyone has their favorite holiday.  My late husband’s was always Passover (he wasn’t the one cleaning for it ofcourse 🙁 ).  But seriously, a highlight of the year in Jerusalem is always Shavuos.  Such a high time of all-night Torah, trekking to the Kotel at all hours and flocks of people at the tomb of King David the whole night celebrating the anniversary of his yahrzeit (which is also his birthday).  We are always there, just outside the Old City walls, saying Tehillim for our families and I realized that you can and should be there with us as well.

This year we will have a Rabbi or learned person say the entire sefer Tehillim at the tomb – over 150 psalms – many of which King David himself wrote, specifically for your prayer request..  Rebbetzin Malka Twerski Friedman was heard saying that when a person says Tehillim, King David’s lips move in his grave reciting the Tehillim with him.

Our generation is so lucky to be living in a time when it is possible to pray together at so many holy places.

A donation of $180 is requested.

You have until Wednesday, May 16 to put in your prayer request.  (Under Prayer Options, choose “Shavuos Sefer Tehillim at King David’s Tomb”.)

With blessings that all of your prayers are accepted wherever and whenever you say them,

Batya

Why Do So Many Flock to Rebbe Shimon’s Kever on Lag B’Omer? We Will!!

There’s a spiritual light in the air as we approach the 33rd day of the Omer (Lag B’Omer), and then finally, the 50th day of the Omer (Shavuos).

Kids are busy gathering their wood pieces and everyone else is deciding whether and how they will have the strength to make it to Rebbe Shimon’s kever that day (along with hundreds of thousands of their brethren).

I was at a lecture given by Rebbetzin Malka Twerski Friedman in Jerusalem the other day.  The Rebbetzin said that 38 years ago, a person could take her entire family to Rebbe Shimon’s kever on his yarzheit and there would be more than enough space to pray at the kever and run around.

This seems unimaginable to anyone who has recently been to the kever on Lag B’Omer.  It seems like the entire nation of Israel gathers there now.

She had an explanation for this phenomenon.

There once was a gezeira (spiritual decree) that the generation before Mashiach would all be Am Haaretzim (ignoramuses in Torah).

Rebbe Shimon prayed and prayed and managed to get this decree overturned for us.

Now we see, that in our generation (the generation before Mashiach please G-d), there are more yeshivos, kollels and shuls than ever before!!

Perhaps this is why we have such a connection to Rebbe Shimon – out of our soul’s gratitude to the Rav for our present Torah wealth.

The heavenly gates are wide open at his kever on that day for anything that you want.

Our holy prayer agents will be travelling there to daven their hearts out on this 33rd day of the Omer.

They can either say a personal prayer and psalms, or they can say a personal prayer as well as the special long prayer written at the tzaddik’s kever.  They can do this for you…

A donation of $18 or $36 respectively is requested.

Don’t miss out!
Requests need to be made in the next few days.

PRAY FOR ME AT RABBI SHIMON’S KEVER ON LAG B’OMER!
(You can choose which type of prayer you would like under “Prayer Option”.)

With blessings for success and happiness from Jerusalem,

Batya

Last Chance for Purim to Pesach – and No Internet? Is That a Joke?

If you haven’t already signed up for prayers for this amazing period, what are you waiting for?

Purim through Pesach is an incredibly powerful time filled with the revelation of Hashem, and the potential to transform our character and soul.   Through restriction –  cutting out the unnecessary, the things that inflate our egos and false-selves, we become free to be the core of what we are.  Free to pursue and focus on that which truly is our life purpose and gives us simcha rather than the things that distract and take us away from our goals.

Recently I lost internet access for many months.

Can you imagine being without internet for several months?  If you can, hats off to you.  If you can’t, then join the crowd.

On the one hand, it was frustrating.  Work took much longer.  I had to travel to get anything done.  On the other hand, the amount of extra time it gave me at home was unbelievably liberating.  All of a sudden I had so much more free time.  Instead of naturally turning on the news, I had to find other things to do to fill my down-times.

What happened was that I gravitated to things that actually truly fed my life purpose.  I wrote.  I created.  I organized.  I ‘hung out’ with my older kids.  More than uncomfortable, it was truly freeing and liberating… allowing me to be free to focus on the real things in life.  That’s Pesach.  We cut out the things we don’t really need and are left with the basics of life.  How grounding.

For this, we need prayers and Hashem’s help.

May the Creator of the Universe answer all of our combined prayers and may you be liberated from that which enslaves you so that you can be free to do that which makes your soul truly happy!

With love and blessings from the place where heaven meets earth!

Batya

Purim Through Pesach 40 Days Almost Here and Some Mazel Tovs!

So exciting. I love Mazel Tov time! Who knows how many prayers and mitzvot it took to get these people here but we are happy that the 40 day prayers at the Kotel providentially happened at the time that the prayers were finally answered and so officially gets the credit. 🙂

First, and my favorite.  Perhaps you heard about the fall of TEVA, the Israeli pharmaceutical company, a few months ago?  We unfortunately did.  Among the big casualties was a good friend of our family, who had invested a much too heavy size of his family savings into the company when it was at 22+ pts.  To his horror, the stock dropped to 11pts.  He spent time in many classes strengthening his Emunah and getting blessings from Gedolim.  He decided to hired my bar mitzvah boy to trek to the Kotel daily for 40 days and recite books of tehillim to have the stock rise.  He also prayed from home.  At the end of the 40 days, Teva miraculously rebounded to 19 pts.

Great. But not enough to save his fortune.  After weeks of convincing again (40 days is a hard feat for anyone to take on, especially a teenager), my son agreed to pray for him for another round of 40 days.  He just needed 4 more pts to get out.  I am thrilled to say that during his second 40 days our friend was able to save his money when TEVA climbed to just above 22.5 for a brief point (the next morning it went right back down).

If G-d controls the heaven and the earth, it is truly no sweat for Him to control the stock market 🙂  So much for all of those who got out early and did not resort to prayer.

Secondly, a good friend of ours was having a very hard time in shidduchim, with a failed engagement and very few prospects.  We are thrilled that she was able to pray her own 40 days at the Kotel with much mesirut nefesh and got engaged to a wonderful man right after!

Mazel tov to Harry who landed the job he was waiting for during our 40 days of prayer for him and mazel tov to Anna, whose son got accepted into the best graduate program possible for him during his 40 days and who got offered the job he wanted on exactly day 40 despite his very average standing.

We love Hashem!!

We even love Hashem when He keeps His chesed and ways hidden from us and trust that He is behind everything in our lives, the happy as well as painful, just helping us to become the best people we can be and saving us from going in the wrong way…

Less than two weeks left to cash in on some of the most powerful prayer days of the year at the Kotel.  Don’t miss out!!!
You CAN help that struggling friend.
You CAN make your life better (as well as others).

Just try it!  Worst case scenario, you get the merit of supporting Torah in Jerusalem.

(If you haven’t yet signed up…) Pray for me for the 40 days through Purim and Pesach!!!

40 days from Purim to Pesach and Rav Chaim on Shidduchim

We’re SO excited!! 24 days til Purim!  As you may already know, on Purim, if a person asks us for tzedaka, we don’t check their credentials (as we would during the rest of the year); instead we just give without question.  So too, we trust Hashem will mirror our actions, by giving us whatever we ask for, without looking into whether or not we are worthy.  The essence of Purim is prayer!!!  It’s an eis ratzon (opportune time).  We are supposed to ask our Abba for EVERYTHING on that day.  Don’t forget! (We won’t…)

Incidentally, a friend of a friend heard Rav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita, himself say that there existed a negative spiritual decree in shemayim in recent years that made it hard for many people to get married to the right person.   The Gadol declared that this gezeira was officially lifted this Rosh Hashanah – 5778.  That means that it will be easier for our prayers for marriage to be answered now please G-d, and hopefully for everything else as well!

40 days fall between the Fast of Esther (Feb 28), 2 days before Purim, and the 8th day of Passover.

What an incredible 40 days of prayer here at the Kotel!  Purim is so holy that the official name of Yom Kippur is Yom HaKippurim, or “a day like Purim”.  This time culminates in Pesach, during which the splitting of the red sea happened on the 7th day and the nation of Israel was freed from slavery and officially began their journey as ‘the chosen people’.  Yes I am referring to you chosen person!

We know that the calendar year holds within it certain spiritual energy that we are supposed to use in order to help ourselves get to our own redemption.  Each one of us struggles in a unique way, but each one of us attains our own personal redemption in the same way – through Torah, acts of loving kindness and prayer. We set up this non-profit as a way for you to do all 3 in one go.  Let’s all succeed together!

We will be at the Kotel davening hard for these 40 days between Taanis Esther and the 8th day of Pesach.

Be there with us!

With blessings,

Batya

My Personal 40-Day Story, and Just a Week and a Half to Go Til 40 Days Leading to Zos Chanukah!!

So I always wonder how much to share in this forum.  Get personal? Be more formal?  But I decided that this story was a good one. You see, here I am always telling everyone to daven, daven, daven and never give up.  But who am I to speak? Everyone is different.  Everyone has their own story with Hashem and their own path and struggles.  But I believe that each one of us has something to take from everyone else’s journey that can help us on our own. I certainly get so much from all of your stories and struggles.  Perhaps you can get a little inspiration from mine..

After a serious life snag, last year I started a hefty personal mussar, self-improvement and davening program.

When Elul came around I decided to do the 40-days.  Funny, because saying it sounds so easy, but let me tell you it is NOT. It is extremely hard and trying. But Baruch Hashem I spent Rosh Chodesh Elul until Yom Kippur davening at the Kotel to marry a ben-Torah, and then some…

During my tefilos, as I went back up from the Kotel one day I saw a very shiny (that’s how I refer to chein) Rabbi performing a chuppah.  I felt the need to ask him for a bracha.  I felt silly, but did it anyway.  “Rav, I’m an almana with 5 kids, please bless me with a shidduch”.  The Rav gave a funny bracha.  He said that I should marry my zivug ‘this year’.  Interesting.  Very specific I thought, ok.

During the year, of the many kever-hopping prayer trips I took, one was to the Ukraine.  As I was in a park doing some self-reflection, I saw another very shiny bearded man with very clear blue eyes. He asked me for tzedaka and I felt the need to also ask him for a bracha for a shidduch.  He said that he was the only Jewish man in his town and came back to Judaism after a near-death experience which he feels left him with the power to give brachos.  He incidentally turned out to be the descendant of several of the most prominent Chassidic Rebbes in history.  His blessing was peculiar – that I should get married ‘this year’.  Interesting. Same bracha. I filed it into the shidduch folders in the back of my mind under ‘maybe’.

So dating.. dating wasn’t fun. As anyone in the shidduch parsha knows, especially in the later shidduch parsha.  Some people say it’s all about hishtadlus. NO. It’s all about Emunah. Davening. Conversation with Hashem.

The year was almost up. Maybe it wasn’t going to happen? I had come so close but yet so far.  I decided to enlist my new bar mitzvah boy with a job he was looking for – being my 40 days at the Kotel shliach with tehillim.  I handed him my realistic by idealistic list of needs in a shidduch.  My tefilos didn’t seem to be enough (chas v’shalom), maybe his tefilos with tehillim would be better received.  I kept upping the ante.  At the end of his 40 days, I met my new chassan.  Mazel tov!!! It was this year.  And all of our combined tefilos were answered.

So who tipped the scales and when? None of my business.  My business is to do as much as I can.  G-d will mind His business and I will mind my business 🙂

The 40 days until Zos Chanukah starts Nov 11, in just a week and a half.

This is your chance to have us daven for you! (If you haven’t yet signed up…)

With love and gratitude from Jerusalem,

Batya

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