Parashat Ha'Man - Story of the Manna
An Encounter with Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Deborah's Song

This coming Shabbat is "Beshalach", also known as "Shabbat Shira", the Sabbath of Song, since the Torah portion tells how Moses and the Children of Israel sang to Hashem after having been miraculously saved from the Egyptians at the Red Sea. The "Haftorah," or weekly Prophetic reading, also talks about song, particularly the Song of Deborah the Prophetess (see Judges, Chapter 5), after Israel miraculously defeated formidable invading enemies.

A few years ago at this time, I made a special trip to Tel Kadesh in the Upper Galilee some 350 meters from the Lebanon border to pray by Deborah's gravesite. Several miracles happened shortly thereafter:

1) Our neighbor's daughter inlaw, named Deborah, still had no children after several years of marriage. 10 months after I prayed for her at Deborah's gravesite, she gave birth to a healthy son.

2) Rebbetzen NB here in Ashdod had a history of miscarriages and very difficult child-bearing. When I arrived at Deborah's gravesite, Rebbetzen NB was again in the hospital, this time in labor for 14 hours. She was in danger and so was the unborn baby. The doctor's were preparing for an emergency Caesarian - before they had the chance, Rebbetzen NB suddenly gave a quick an unexpected natural birth to a baby daughter. At first, the doctors thought that there was damage to the baby's lungs. Shortly afterward, that proved wrong too. Today, this healthy baby girl is named Deborah.

3) Itai the son of Deborah, hit by a car the week before, came out of a coma.

That wasn't all...

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Yaakov Bar-Nahman

Here are a couple more long waiting, have patience & emunah for birthing stories.
Rav Y.B. a son of a known true mekubal & Talmid Hhakham in his own right waited 18 years for his son to be born.
The wife of a son of the Toldoth Aharon is now expecting B"H. They waited "only" 37 years! That means both father & mother are their early 50's for their 1st child. Women take heart, don't be scared of late life preg's!!
My wife's 1st baby was at her age 37! & we have 4 more after that! don't let the "masked ones" (Dr's) scare you.
Years ago I had a neighbor who after 10 years of fruitless marriage was be nagged by family & "friends" to divorce his wife to remarry to try to get children. He refused. Instead he talked to HaShem. He said firmly "HaShem, I know that by halakha & tradition we should divorce to try other spouses. BUT we 2 love each other, you see how we have wonderful Shalom Bayit. So why should we split up? Please I want children with THIS wife." 10 months later "Mazal Tov"!

Puah yiska

..what's there to say other than ..thank you very much for the opportunity to connect and for caring so much unconditionally about klal Yisroel.

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