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Blessings

Donating a kidney taught me the importance of appreciating your good health.

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Published: March 8, 2008


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Visitor Comments: 24

(24) Anonymous, April 12, 2008 9:19 PM

Todah Rabah

Thank you very much for your teaching. My best friend recently died of ovarian cancer, and during the progress of her disease her blood vessels and intestinal track became increasingly blocked. It made me appreciate the Asher Yatzar blessing in a way that I had never had before. I feel that your teaching captured the importance of this blessing beautifully. Thank you for the work you do, and your generosity.

(23) Sharon, March 22, 2008 10:24 PM

Saying Atzer Yotzar and being a Nurse

I am a R.N. in a nursing home. One time, I came out of the bathroom, started to say Atzer Yotzar. My non-Jewish supervisor started to speak to me, calling me. I ignored her once, twice, and finally she imploring called my name. I turned towards her so that she could see my lips moving, but not hear me. When I was done, I explained to her that when we come out of the bathroom, we thank G-d that our bodies work the way they are supposed to. "You're a nurse" I said. "you've seen people with holes and tubes where they don't belong. Aren't you grateful that your body works the way it's supposed to?"
I'm not sure if she "got it" but she heard me.

(22) Sarah Israel, March 17, 2008 6:40 AM

You are amazing.

Lori
You really amaze me. It makes me cry just to think how much love God has put in you!
I love you! Sarah

(21) B. Zalman, March 14, 2008 4:38 PM

You too can be a holy hero!

It's a wonderful gift to be thrown into this mundane material world for a few short years in order to make improvements to the world and to our own souls. Saying brachas is a basic component of the traditional expression of Jewish thankfulness for all of the various manifestations of this gift. "Asher Yatzar" is one great bracha! (one might make a case for it being the "bracha of brachas")

You know, for those who are not as up front giving and heroic as Mrs. Palatnik, and who may not be willing to part with a vital organ, there still is a great way to contribute. Sign up for the national bone marrow registry, and have your blood tested for compatibility [HLA typing]. You then may be called to donate bone marrow to someone who needs a bone marrow transplant. Whereas one cannot replace a donated kidney, whatever bone marrow they donate is rejuvenated and there is no long term loss, only the gain of helping to save someone else's life. It's a total win-win situation - you give something that you don't really lose and get to possibly save someone's life. Since the bone marrow donor gives that which is directly responsible for saving the life of the recipient, I suspect that the donor gets a major part of the credit for the "save".

Saying brachas and saving lives………………the same tradition that gave us the bracha of "asher yatzar" also gave us the Talmudic dictum...."one who saves a life it is as if he has saved an entire world".

Say brachas! Save lives!

(20) ariel lehrer, March 14, 2008 8:24 AM

blessings are not thanks

While we definitely have a lot to be grateful for and owe many thanks to Hashem for everything we receive from Him, including our health, blessings are not a "thank you"

The literal translation of "Baruch atah Hashem" is Hashem may you be increased. We are asking that Hashem's presence be increased in this world. We are asking that the pipeline that allows us to receive remain open and continuing to flow. We are partnering with G-d in maintaining the continued constant creation that happens every instant that allows us to continue to exist. But we are not saying thank you.

Gratitude is extremely important, but the two ideas should not be mixed up.

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