Rags to Riches

The Ted Williams Story

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(23) Anonymous, January 17, 2011 12:21 PM

TMay, thanks for the feedback. However, it was rather slanted. I've never heard of the left attempting to legislate repeal of the 2nd amendment. The only thing I heard was legislation on whether to reduce the amount of rounds when it comes to owning a gun. Having 30 rounds to shoot something or a crowd of people is unreasonable, especially for civilian use. And, contrary to what the right says about Obama taking our guns - and fishing rods away, I haven't heard him say anything like that. He is hardly a liberal or progressive since he has caved a lot to the Republicans - that's why we don't have a public option. The right in America claims they stand for freedom, yet they don't want an option for their freedom, particularly when it comes to health care? I understand that even Israel has more nationalized health care than the US does, even for the Palestinians. The US is the biggest for-profit health care system in the world. And, regulation does NOT mean a gov't takeover of something, which worked so well in the 1950's and 1960's. Granted, the US has good health care, it's all too often for those who can afford it, unless they are on Medicare past the age of 65. You may have heard some tea partiers scream, "no gov't takeover of my Medicare" which is clearly contradictory. All in all with the health care front, it was primarily to try and regulate the health insurance industry from discriminating against those with pre-existing conditions which is really NOT a gov't takeover of health care. I know in other nations including Israel health care is a lot less expensive than what is paid in the US since Americans all too often pay more and get less in return and health insurance corporations take in more than they give out...As for Sarah Palin, she has been a very polarizing figure - not to mention that she has quit being the AK gov. and lost the presidential race with McCain. She has hardly accomplished anything other than her looks, speeches and dividing America.

(22) TMay, January 16, 2011 10:08 PM


See -Barry Rubin Rubin Reports Tucson Shootings, Blood Libels and Those who Perpetuate Them why Jews do not mind Sarah's use of the words 'blood libel'. http://rubinreports.blogspot.com/2011/01/lets-talk-about-blood-libels-and-those.html -The Dem party had a similar webpage as Sarah's and instead of cross-hairs, they had bull's eyes on the states in contest. See http://american-conservativevalues.com/blog/democrats-have-their-own-target-map-and-bulls-eye-map.html -See http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=621 "The picture above shows John Kerry being interviewed by Bill Maher in October of 2006 on the HBO show Real Time. "Video on the ongoodmove blog, Kerry says: "Maher: You could have went to New Hampshire and killed two birds with one stone. Kerry: Or, I could have gone to 1600 Pennsylvania and killed the real bird with one stone.”" As A Coulter says: "The Left wants to ban the metaphor." That is because they are totalitarians and they really want to control peoples' speech, lightbulbs, heat, healthcare, and every facet of our lives. The 2nd Amend is not the only right they want to end. The end justifies the means. They are willing to sacrifice truth to achieve their goal, utter and complete power. They do it with Israel, with the USA, with George Bush, etc, with Sarah Palin, mainly because she is so very attractive on so many different levels. There is no coherent reason to hate her so much and it is just part of the ad hominem attacks of "HATE FROM THE LEFT" against her and she is experiencing death threats from the Left. Just as they did with Pres Bush she is made out to be "dumb" and so hateful that it "goes without saying" why she deserves to be hated to much. When it "goes without saying to hate", why don't you question it? The Left wants to end Talk Radio because they don't control it like they control all else. It is a ploy. The Left says "We're good, they're bad." Not so. They are very morally confused. The Left are the religious Zealots.

(21) ester, January 16, 2011 5:55 PM

did you also hear that a week after his new found success the police escorted him and his daughter to the police station for getting into a fight? or how he is starting rehab?.....he didnt work for what he got- it was a matter of luck that someone taped him and the recording fell into the right hands- he had absolutely nothing to do with it....and that my friend is ABSOLUTELY NOT inspirational...

(20) Rosen, January 16, 2011 2:41 PM

the news and 2nd chances

Since the news is all too often negative such as when that tea party mob last year screamed and heckled that homeless man with Parkinson's telling him, "you get nothing for free here, you have to work for everything you get" while throwing small pieces of money at him...Also, since Sarah Palin is continually in the news, when she responded to her sentiments that likely led to the shooting in Arizona last weekend as she displayed on the web a map with bullet crosshairs to "take out" Democratic politicians in different districts across the US and then took it down shortly after the shooting, when she made that 8-min. web video a few days ago, she offered no real apology and accused the media of putting her under a "blood libel" which upset several Jewish groups (I haven't seen Aish.com's response yet on her mentioning being a victim of blood libel)...As for me personally when it comes to getting a 2nd chance, a few years ago, I made several unnecessary calls to my supervisor where I work that were really non-emergencies, where she was tempted to no longer employ me, but since I was involved with my state's dept. of rehab services for employment, we worked it out and detailed a strategy to minimize contacts to my supervisor such as contacting her mostly by e-mail, preferably on Fridays. So, that's probably the best 2nd chance I got when it comes to maintaining my job, and I have been working at this job for almost 4 years now.

(19) peter kraynik, January 16, 2011 10:03 AM

G-ds House

Our G-d has been homeless for nearly 2 centuries. What are we doing about it? Have we improved our ways to welcome G-d back home? Where is HE to call home? If G-d had a home we would not have homeless people. Get the picture?

(18) Beverly Kurtin, January 16, 2011 2:15 AM


We all know by now that a Jewish Congresswoman was shot in her head. What most people don't know is that Hashem had the murderer choose full metal jacket bullets. Had he chosen anti-personnel bullets, the bullets would have shattered, turning the congresswoman's brain to mush. Instead, the bullet went in, then out and Baruch Hashem she is experiencing a miracle. One week after being shot, she was taken off intubation and is breathing on her own!!! I am convinced that the finger of G-d guided that bullet so that it would do the least amount of damage. It's no secret that I had a massive stroke in 1995. A doctor kept telling me I'd never walk, talk, or work again. Six months to the day I had the stroke, I returned to work. I know the fight that Gabby is undergoing, but she is GOING to make it and if that is not great news, I don't know what is!

(17) Judith, January 13, 2011 10:37 PM

ending not so happy

I read in today's paper that as a result of an altercation with his daughter on Monday, Mr. Williams entered rehab for substance abuse after his appearance on Dr. Phil Although I agree wholeheartedly with Rabbi Salomon's observations that positive news is seldom reported (& never on page 1), this illustrates how one becomes a skeptic.

(16) Anonymous, January 12, 2011 7:34 PM

Rabbi Salomon gave over a beautiful message about positivity and being non judgemental, however am very dissapointed that aish should have this Ted Williams on their front page. Yes its a nice story but at the end of the day, this guy is LOW!

(15) diamond, January 12, 2011 7:13 PM

All life beings, human and non-human, have the right to be respected.

Charity is always good.

(14) Henry A. Wiltschek, January 12, 2011 7:12 PM

Good News Story - Right on !

Dear Rabbi Salomon, Your comments were right on ! In this day were mostly tragedies make the head-lines. Negative stories only breed negativity.

(13) Anonymous, January 12, 2011 6:03 AM

Please do some homework about this "wonderful news" person...and it might turn to be not so great news. http://nba.fanhouse.com/2011/01/06/ted-williams-story-obscures-true-plight-faced-by-homeless/.

(12) Alex, January 12, 2011 4:35 AM

Nagging Questions about Homelessness remain

Why come to grips with a big, messy social problem like homelessness? So much easier — isn’t it? — to shower job offers, cash payments and network-TV time on one homeless guy who happens to have a really nice voice? This is perfect: the low-cost, feel-good way of addressing America’s nagging ills. Pick a single poster boy for every national problem. Then lavish that lucky sucker with extravagant generosity. It won’t do squat to solve homelessness or illiteracy or rotten schools or teenage pregnancy or drug addiction. But just think how good all of us will feel after the morning-TV interviews. Quoted from: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/01/07/nagging-questions-ted-williams-saga/

(11) Anonymous, January 12, 2011 3:15 AM

First Ted Williams' voice struck me, then I looked at him, and it did not fit b/c I judged him from his looks. However, when he started telling his story, and you could see that he was speaking with humility and from his heart, you could not feel anything else but joy for his second chance at life that Hashem is granting him. It gave me hope that it is never too late, and you never know what Hashem has in store for each one of us, hopefully only good things.

(10) Melody, January 12, 2011 2:19 AM

This story warms the heart.

This is such a heartwarming story that will bring hope to many. May G-d continue to bless Ted Williams.

(9) Baruch Berger, January 11, 2011 10:43 PM

Gratitude as Tall as the World Trade Center

I give anyone who puts out their hand 25 cents. No matter how many quarters I give away in this life, I'll never miss them, and if a guy is really down-and-out, it will make a difference to him. Years ago on my daily commute on the E Train from the World Trade Center, a guy gets on the train announcing, "I'm a Vietnam war vet down on my luck, haven't seen my family in years, could you help me get a ticket to Arizona for Christmas?" With my kipa and all, I gave him my standard quarter. A couple of weeks after New Years, same guy gets on the train. I roll my eyes, wondering what's his story going to be this time. He announces, "Some of you may remember me, I'm a Vietnam War Vet who asked for help last month." I thought to myself in a flash of cynicism, "yup, I sure do. What are you going to ask for today?" Then he said the most amazing thing. "Well, I just wanted to let people know that I made it to Arizona to be with my family and had the best damn Christmas of my entire life. I'm traveling the trains today because I just wanted to thank everyone who helped me get there." I gave him a smile and a thumbs up, and he grinned and returned a double thumbs-up before moving on to the next car in the train.

(8) Anonymous, January 11, 2011 8:00 PM

it can happen to anyone!!! homelessness

Dear Rabbi. I was always kin to the homeless and was poor as a child and taught in the slums of The Bronx. i then married a very wealthy man and had a very privileged liefe. I age and gave to Organizations and helped individulas as well. Seven years ago at age 57 I lost everyhting :homes, cars and even my beloved dogs . I became homeless-from two five million dollar homes to homelss it wa and still seems surreal to me. My love and trust fro G-d sustained me. I move from New York to California nd have had kindness bestowed on me tha tI know has to be a gift from G-d. I thnak you for your wise words about the homeless NEVER JUDGE and they deseve a second chance. I am not an alcoholic nor a drug addict just life circumstances nothing I did !!! I have learned so much along the way about peole and menches and fear and love and giving and HOW to receive, i was the giver this has humbled me to survival-physically and mentally and spiritualy.o a level of I would like to talk to you about the book I am writing From Rags To Riches To Reality entitled Prior To Reality,please call me 805 884-1871 Shalom, Andrea

(7) david, January 11, 2011 6:08 PM

what's Ted's success ?

Ted has a booming voice, so he became an announcer. What's the big deal ? I think people are bored. Let's rejoice over perseverance, small steps uphill that lead to everyday success stories, mundane as they may be.

(6) isca, January 11, 2011 6:05 PM

He is a real hero because he recognizes it is God hand helping him and working through good hart people, truly thankful. A lesson for all of us.

(5) ruth housman, January 11, 2011 5:54 PM

making a Home Run

I thought you were going to speak about Ted Williams the famous baseball player. There is a strong metaphor here, though with baseball, a game of give, and take, of pitching, what is caught, and what is missed. Life's like this. The best stories are about sportsmanship, the giving back. I try to never judge anyone I see, particularly those who are down on their luck, homeless, in the streets. As a psychiatric social worker, I have learned to respect all stories, and I do deeply feel it's a privilege to see those who have come to me. I learn more from them about humanity, about struggle, and about how people do rise above this, but yes, also experience the depths of sorrow, misery and sadness, and always there is a reason that has to do with life's hurts. We never know how far any small gift of soul travels. I do believe that whatever stones are cast in the river, as in positive deeds, they do ripple out farther than anyone can see, and there is a certain anonymity about this, that is comforting too, to know, whatever we do, has such systemic, life affirming effects, in big and small ways. I went on line to read about Ted Williams, this Ted Williams, since you didn't give his story. And YES, I love good stories, that are positive because there is too much out there that is so negative and does pull us down.

(4) ASHER, January 11, 2011 5:22 PM

Lets really look out for divine providence

Dear Reb Yaakov, As always you make a terrific point and we have to really use what is g-d given to us as Hashem's Chosen People. Hashem has given us the availability to concentrate and see the Hasgocha in almost all that is done around us. For example; Last week during the snow storm, now called "Bloomberg Holiday Storm" there was a family stuck in the middle of the road and one of the passengers said to each other , "You know what , we forget to daven to Hashem" and after a few phrases of tehillim there were three Mexicans with shovels and they were pushed out of the middle of the road. Just this morning I myself was in minor fendr bender and I knew that where I was it was probably gonna be at least 1 to 2 hours before a police car came around to file the report, so I looked up to Shomayim and I said " Eyn Oid Milvado " and within 5 minutes there was a police car that came to make the police report. The other person who hit my van just couldn't believe it, but that is what we have to see and not just see but believe that Hashem just wants us to daven and ask for his involvement. This fellow, Ted Williams, had the write (spelled wrong on purpose) words on that poster. He had the message that we must learn that Hashem is truly everywhere ( just like the song goes). Thank you Reb Yaakov for teaching and speaking and Thank you Hashem for hearing and listening. Asher

(3) Chana, January 9, 2011 4:22 PM

giving all the credit to G-d!

The part of this story that is so inspiring to me is that, at every chance he's had, he had given credit for his turnaround to G-d, even on national TV. Here is someone who truly appreciates the second chance he's been given, and recognizes where it's coming from!

(2) Anonymous, January 9, 2011 3:12 PM

Making peace

A father and a son did not speak for more than 20 years. Father was diagnosed with cancer but that did not seem to make a difference in the progress to peace. Through the help of Hashem hearts were softened and the son came a week before the father passed away and peace was made. The son was one of four children. He is also the one who took it upon himself to look after his mother.

(1) Anonymous, January 9, 2011 3:04 PM

Homeless poet

I used to visit a homeless man at night time because it was very cold. He refused to go inside. I asked why and he told me that he was afraid of his stuff being stolen. Instead, he preferred to sleep in temperatures that were sometimes -20F (very cold). I learned that his homeless life started when his family did not tell him that his mother passed away. That was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. He qualified for social assistance but he did not want it. I could keep going but you get the picture. He did write poetry. About a year ago, this same homeless man was featured in the local paper. His book of poetry was published. A newspaper man took interest in his poetry and presented it to a publisher. The poetry was good enough for publication. I no longer see the man sitting at his usual corner. I am hoping that the change has been permanent and that all is well.


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