A Sincere T'filah Can Change the World
On this page there are chizuk stories(see below)that help one understand that the gates
of heaven never close for tears.It starts of with an inspirational video that is song by the kinderlach. It helps one realize
that when we wonder from where does the help come from, as we look and cry out for it. David Hamelech writes that we have
to know that it all comes from Hashem. All our help and everything comes from Hashem. Hashem aranges it all. So close your
eyes and listen and tell Hashem you believe in Him and trust in Him that it all comes from Him.
#2. There was once a lady sittng by her dying child. She was crying and pouring
her heart out to Hashem. She heard that a holy rav had come to town. She asked her husband to go and get
a bracha (blessing) from him. The man got up and went to the rav. After explaining his urgency to the gabbai
(rav's attendant), he was told to sit and wait while the gabbai went into the rav to let him know. The gabbai knocked and opened the door to the rav's study. The rav immediately signaled
him to leave.
The gabbai went back to the man and told him to wait.
An hour passed. The man again pleaded with the gabbai, telling him, "my child can already be dead. Please, please
help me." the gabbai went back to the rav's study and was again signaled to wait. The gabbai returned
to the man and told him again to wait. In the meantime, back home, the mother was still pouring her heart out to hashem.
A short time later, the rav's study door flew opened. The rav excitedly came out
and told the man that everything is okay, the child is fine, and that he should go home. The rabbi said, "your
wife's simple tefilos just reached the heavenly throne (kisei hakavod). The man was so startled, he thanked
the rav, and ran home.
The gabbai asked the rav to explain
what just happened. The rav told the gabbai , "I saw up in shamayim that the baby was destined to die and there
was nothing to be done, but because of the mother's simple tefilah, the decree was changed.
Hashem desires our simple faith in him, to believe that he can do anything. The lady said with sincerity,
"please, Hashem, look down at my baby. See how much he is suffering. Please help him. That
simple tefilah changed the decree. The child grew up and lived a long life with Hashem,torah and mitzvot.
Lichvod Klal Yisrael remeber a simple t'filah can change the decree.
#3. Yankel Am Ha'Aretz For the gates of heaven never
close for tears
In a little town somewhere in Europe
Just about a hundred
Lived a simple man his name was yankel
And this is how his story goes
learn a blatt gemara
Why he barely knew to read and write
Deep in his heart he loved to do the mitzvos
somehow he never seemed to get things right
He didn’t know his brachos couldn’t say shma by heart
Hed daven shmoneh esray with his feet spread wide apart
Everyone would laugh and snicker when he passed them by in
Here comes yankel am ha’aretz could there be a bigger fool
All the children would make fun of yankel
Teasing him as if he were a child
But he never ever lost his temper
On his face there was always a smile
Now the rebbi tried to learn with yankel
So the young man would know how to cope
In one ear but then out the other
The rabbi gave up there simply was no hope
His ivreh was atrocious the place hed always lose
up on yom kippur wearing shiny polished shoes
Everyone would laugh and snicker when he passed them by in shul
comes yankel am ha’aretz could there be a bigger fool
Stubborn yankel he just kept on trying
told him it’s a hopeless cause
But he kept saying one day ill know how to
Learn the torah and keep its laws
Now one night the rabbi fell asleep in shul
Only to wake up when he heard a sigh
It was yanke by the aron
There were teardrops running from his eyes
He was saying master of the world I know you hear my prayer
And I accept my fate in life your judgments always fair
Yet one thing I must ask you where else am I to turn
I not serve you so much more if I knew how to learn
The rabbi sent yankel to learn in yeshiva
They all thought
hed lost his sanity
Hell be back in a week for certain
All the rabbi said was wait and see
a famous scholar it just took a few short years
For the gates of heaven never close for
And everyone stands to shake his hand as he passes them in shul
Here comes yankel
Talmud chacham how could we have been such fools
use your tears and learn how to cry!
During a lecture he delivered on Tisha B’av afternoon
a number of years ago, Rabbi Fishel Shechter related a personal story that a woman had related to him:
“A number of years ago one of my children died and I was devastated. I became so depressed that I refused to
leave my house. I was sure that I would never get over it and would never be able to get on with my life. Two months went
by and things did not improve at all; in fact my misery and self-pity only deepened.
was invited to a wedding but I told my husband that I wasn’t going. I simply couldn’t. My husband knew how badly
I needed to get out and, when he saw that he could not reason with me, he literally pushed me out of the house and locked
the door. I banged on the door but my husband would not allow me back in. He called out that my dress and makeup were at a
neighbor’s house and that I had to go to the wedding
“Seeing that I had no choice,
I begrudgingly got dressed and went to the wedding. When I saw everyone dancing happily I became very upset. I felt that they
had no right to be so happy. With a complete feeling of dejection, I walked over to a phone booth and picked up the phone.
Tears streaming down my face, I said, “G-d, I don’t want to be here. Please get me out of here!”
“While I was standing there crying, one of the elderly women who was sitting at the door of the hall collecting
charity noticed me and walked over to me. She placed her arms on my shoulder and gently asked me, “Mein kint, vos
vaynst du- My child why are you crying?” I shot back at her, “You never lost a child!” She gently replied,
“Really? I lost ten children during the war! Why are you crying?” I looked at her in astonishment,
“And you never cried?” “Oh, I cried! But I learned that there is no point of crying over the past. I learned
to take advantage of my tears and to use them to cry for others. Whenever I cry I think about those who need salvation and
I pray for them with my tears.”
Then she put her arms around me and said, “No one
should tell you to stop crying. But use your tears and learn how to cry! Use your tears to pray for everyone you know who
is suffering” Then she walked away.
For a few moments I just stood there lost in thought.
Then I picked up the phone again and began to cry profusely. I thought about everyone I know who is going through a hard time
and I cried for them. I thought about those who were in the hospital when I was there with my child and I cried for them.
I cried for Klal Yisroel and I prayed for the future and for salvation and redemption.
I finished crying I never felt so happy in my life. I stepped into the center of the circle and I danced like I never danced
in my life!”
#5."In a king's
palace there are hundreds of rooms, and on the door of each room there is a different lock that requires a special key to
open it. But there is a master key which can open all the locks. That is a broken heart. When a person sincerely breaks his
heart before Hashem his prayers can enter through all the gates and into all the rooms of the celestial palace of Hashem."
Prayer is for everyone - even if it is your first
Rav Binyomin Pruzansky told the story of a mother who was on a deserted beach in Tiberias watching her
two daughters, aged 10 and 8, playing in the water. As she watched them splashing around, she called out warning them
not to go too far into the water. The older girl took the younger girl by the hand and moved her back away from the
water, but in the process she lost her footing and was tugged by a powerful undertow. Her mother, who did not know how
to swim, watched in horror and started screaming, "Help! Save my daughter!"
She immediately ran
up to the street and stopped a passing car. She begged the driver, a middle-aged man, to save her daughter, who was
drowning in the sea. The man ran toward the water, and started swimming forcefully and steadily toward the girl.
The mother stood at the shore crying and praying, and finally she looked up and saw the man carrying the girl toward the shore.
She breathed a sigh of relief, but was then struck by horror a split second later. This was her younger daughter, who
must have gone into the water to try to save the older girl. The mother thanked the man for saving the younger girl,
and explained that her older daughter must still be somewhere in the water. The man looked around and saw another figure
in the distance. He swam toward her at full speed, and when he finally reached her, he saw that she was barely conscious.
He held her hand and started swimming back to the shore.
As he swam, he heard the mother shouting, "Her head! Her head is still in the water!
Pick up her head!" The man immediately lifted the girl's head, feeling terrible that he had been negligent and
allowed the girl's head to remain underwater.
Hatzalah quickly arrived and brought the daughter to the hospital. The mother tearfully
prayed in the waiting room while the doctors struggled to bring the girl back to consciousness. Finally, the doctor
came out wearing a huge smile.
"You are the proud recipient of a miracle," he said. "Your daughter is
going to be just fine. We just did an MRI and found that her brain activity is perfectly normal. "
The woman was ecstatic.
A few weeks later, the family made a huge se'udat
hoda'ah to celebrate the miracle. The woman
was able to track down the man who had saved her daughter's life, and he attended the event as the honored guest.
As he spoke, everyone
in the audience listened attentively.
"I grew up on a secular kibbutz," he said. "I never really believed in
G-d, and I never really prayed. In fact, we used to laugh at people who prayed. We thought it was all a fairy
few months ago, I suffered a heart attack, and I was spending some time in Tiberias as part of my recovery. My doctor
had advised me to swim every day to improve my health and get into shape, and I went swimming each day during my vacation
in Tiberias. If I hadn't gotten into such good shape, there is no way I could have been able to swim that quickly to
rescue the girls.
"When I was coming back with the older girl, and I realized that I had allowed her head to remain
in the water, I was devastated. I couldn't believe I could be so negligent, and I felt so guilty. When we got
back to shore and I saw she wasn't breathing, I didn't know what to do with myself. I felt that I caused her to lose
consciousness. I told my wife what happened and how devastated I was, and she tried calming me down, but to no avail.
I decided to do something I had never done before. I got back into my car and drove to the beach, to the spot where
the incident occurred. With tears in my eyes, I looked up to the sky and prayed, for the first time in my life.
I said: G-d, I know I have never prayed to You before, but I need Your help. I promise that if You save that little
girl, I will never stop praying to You for the rest of my life. Afterward, I called the hospital to find out what happened,
and the nurse told me that just a moment earlier the doctors succeeded in reviving her, and they felt she would fully recover.
Hashem heard my prayers, and I will, in turn, keep my promise to continue praying and never stop."
Prayer is for everyone
- even if it is your first time.