On Sunday April 24, 2022, our Men’s Club held our
monthly meeting at Gigi’s, After our committee reports had
been given followed by old and new business, our club
was honored by a wonderful and meaningful presentation
by our Rabbi Schonblum.
His discussion focused upon how God blesses us. He
opened with the statement that nothing happens by
chance. For example, why do we say “have a good trip”
instead of saying “go in peace and thank God for our
returning in peace without anything bad happening during
that time. Also, we thank God for helping if we are the owners
of a business or making a great salary as an employee.
Also we thank God for coming out of a hospital being completely
healed from our illness. We can say “mazel” for
something that is coming from above that God is giving us.
The Rabbi mentioned 3 words that are so vital and
important in our lives.
Number 1 is Inspiration--which could be mazel as we
become aware of what we did not know.
Number 2 is impression. This word questions how did we
learn it. It is something that makes it who we are.
Number 3 is supervision. Someone is watching over a
situation or incident.
God is watching over every one of us.
Learning the Torah is to recognize the world around us
by utilizing these 3 words.
Then the Rabbi followed with a very interesting story. A religious
leader had been speaking to a wealthy but very arrogant
man who had been living in a place called Brody. This
rich person bragged that he had everything, did not need
anything from anyone and did not reach out to help the needy
people. After their discussion ended, the religious leader told
the man that he should wait for a few minutes because he
had an important letter he was going to write to someone who
lived in Brody. When the leader finished, he placed the letter
inside an envelope and gave it to the bragger to deliver. He
placed the letter inside a pocket of his jacket.
For a period of 16 years, the man of wealth forgot to
deliver the letter. Living in Brody was a tailor who barely
eked out a living for his family. However, someone else
who owned a successful business needed special alterations
for a number of his employees for a certain function.
This project netted the tailor a great deal of money and he
became wealthy. The tailor now was in charge of a charity
organization, At that time, the rich and arrogant man’s luck
ran out and he lost all of his money. What a turnaround for
both men. The once rich man came to the former tailor for
charity and was given the money for him to survive. The
once pompous rich man became humble and learned an
important lesson from what had happened to him. Then he
found the letter given to him so many years ago and read
the predictions of the religious leader who had outlined
everything that would happen to him and the tailor.
The Rabbi concluded with stating that we are blessed
from God with decent health and mazel and are secure
with God for divine providence that occurs in our lives.
Our club is so grateful to Rabbi Schonblum for his fantastic
and meaningful presentation today. We are blessed
in having him as our Rabbi.
Be Well and Stay Safe,