One of the best parts of living in Israel is Hashgacha Pratis, becoming truly aware that my sustained life is dependent on an outside force; but that force protects me and provides for me! Yes, this is religion.
Obviously (if you believe in a Higher Power, which I call “Hashem”) it does not matter where you live, the Higher Power (Hashem) takes care of you equally anywhere. However, this direct involvement in your personal life is usually hidden.
The Gift of Israel is that the direct involvement of a Higher Power (Hashem) in my personal life is openly obvious, undeniable, provable, and quantifiable.
For example, one day I was at Batya’s house and she said to me, “Rivka, I really need some dishes, some plates, and more glasses.” Just then, her phone rang and a friend of hers says, “Shalom Batya. I have some dishes that I am looking to give away. Do you need any dishes?” I kid you not. It happened just like that.
Another example, I told Hashem that I really needed a chair. I couldn’t buy one and I needed one. I left my apartment building, walked a few blocks, and there, in a dumpster, was a chair. It was covered in like a hundred spots of white bird poop, but it was hard plastic and I was sure it could be cleaned. I took it home, put it in the bathtub, hosed it down, and it was just like new! It was the perfect chair for me. It was an expensive office chair, hard plastic over a sturdy, metal frame. It was even chromed, which is my favorite thing. It had a straight back and arms, which I love. It was like a throne. Happy Rivka. Hashgacha Pratis. I prayed for something that seemed to be unattainable for me, and within ten minutes, it had been provided for me – and it was not some crappy, beat up, old, beater chair. No. It was exactly what I wanted: an office chair with a straight back and easy to clean.
Why am I telling you this story?
Because this is my brother’s bed:
I told him that I would buy him two sets of sheets from my settlement money. Today I went to my new storage unit and in the “Share-and-Recycle” area, someone had left a beautiful bedding set that was not too feminine. All I needed to do was wash it. Even better, I discovered the pillows had been stuffed with four more sets of sheets! Awesome! Hashgacha Pratis. The new year of 5775 is starting out to be better than the last one. Adonai li v’lo ira. (Hashem is with me; I do not fear.) Or in my terms, “No need to worry; Hashem’s got my back.”
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