(as seen from Rabbi Ashear's emunah daily)
What can we do to bring yeshu'a when we face a problem?
Certainly, having faith in Hashem and praying intensely
are effective means of earning Hashem's assistance. Additionally, however, as Rabbi Falk noted, we earn G-d's salvation
by making a kiddush Hashem, by
glorifying the Name of G-d in this world through our conduct. Our Sages comment in Torat Kohanim(Parashat Ahareh-Mot): אם מקדשים
אתם את שמי אף אני אקדש
את שמי על ידכם - "If you glorify My Name, then I, in
turn, will glorify My Name through you." If we make akiddush Hashem, then Hashem will use us a means of creating yet another kiddush Hashem. If a person was sick and the doctors had despaired,
but through the heartfelt prayers of the Jewish people the patient miraculously recovers, this is akiddush Hashem. And one can earn this kind of yeshu'a by creating a kiddush Hashem. By displaying middot that reflect the qualities expected of the nation chosen
by Hashem to represent Him in the world, we earn the privilege of being vehicles for further kiddush Hashem.
There is a well-known philanthropist in Brooklyn named Mr. Ruby Schron. Some
forty years ago, Mr. Schron purchased a home on East 9th St. One day his children were jumping on the bed, and they heard a crash underneath. They discovered
a safe containing diamonds, jewelry and bonds worth a total of approximately $40,000. The sale contract clearly stipulated
that the purchase of the home applied to everything in the home including all of the furniture and any leftover belongings
. The Schron's wanted to do what was proper so they consulted with Rav Moshe Feinstein. Rav Moshe in fact told
them that they were correct and definitely should return everything, as people do not usually sell money. And so Mr.
Schron phoned the house's previous owner, who said, "Our parents left us money in the house, but we were never able to
find it. We knew that a religious Jew like yourself would return it to us if he found it."(the previous owners
were Jewish but totally unaffiliated)
This was a remarkable kiddush Hashem. At the time, Mr. Schron was just starting out in real estate, and Hashem has blessed him with great wealth
allowing him to perform many more קדושי השם with all of his charity work.
The verse says in Tehillim, ישלח עזרך מקדש. Hashem sends us His assistance מקדש - because of the kiddush Hashem that we create through our
honest, proper, upstanding conduct. Kiddush Hashem, very often, is not planned. It results naturally from living life the way Hashem wants us to.
Rabbi Falk told the story of
a talmid hacham in Israel
who did not have much money, and whose son took seriously ill one Shabbat. He desperately needed a doctor, and there
was an excellent doctor, a secular Jew, who lived down the block. The doctor agreed to treat the boy, but demanded that
he be given a check immediately.
"I don't trust religious Jews," he said. "I will tend to your son only if you give me a 500
shekel check right now."
Halachah clearly establishes that the concern for human life overrides Torah law, and so the father wrote a check
כלאחר יד (in an unusual manner), and handed it to the doctor. The doctor looked
at the check, and noticed that it was for 1,000 shekels.
"Maybe you didn't hear me," the doctor said. "I asked for 500 shekels, not
1,000. Looking around your apartment it does not appear as though you can afford to pay me extra."
The talmid hacham explained that to write a 500 shekel check, he
would have to write three words: חמש מאות שקל, whereas giving
1,000 shekels required writing just two words: אלף שקל. In order to minimize the
Shabbat desecration, he was prepared to double the amount.
The doctor was amazed. He had never seen anything like this in his life
- a poor person paying an extra 500 shekels in order to write one less word on Shabbat. He gave the man 500 shekels
change, and brought the check home to show it to his wife. After Shabbat, he returned to the man's home and said, "I
was so moved by what you did today, I decided I wanted to learn more about Shabbat and Judaism." The Rabbi sat
him down and began studying with him. The doctor ultimately became a ba'al
This is a kiddush Hashem at the very highest level. This Hacham did not plan on making a kiddush Hashem, and was just living life the way
Hashem wanted him to. And in this merit, this doctor, and his children and grandchildren, observe themitzvot.
If we conduct our lives the way Hashem wants us to, we
will make a kiddush Hashem, and then ישלח עזרך מקדש
- He will send us the help and salvation that we need