My Battle with Covid-19

5 ways my life was changed by my 26-day battle with the virus.

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Comments (80)

(73) Marcia, June 18, 2020 2:27 AM

Thank you!

Having heard you before and knowing that you are a psychotherapist, I wanted to hear your perspective. Your candidness really rang true. Saying thank you just doesn't seem adequate.

(72) Debby, June 15, 2020 4:22 PM

Thank you so much for expressing your experience with the Covid virus. I am so happy to see you feeling better and sharing what you have learned. Kol hakavod that your wife was able to nurse you back. May both of you share many more years together, in good health and happiness.

(71) Nancy, June 15, 2020 2:06 PM

I hope I am not being too indulgent

Dear Rabbi--
All of us are so happy that you are on the mend. Do you think you may be posting videos on aish again on a regular basis? I hope that was not a selfish/self indulgent question. Continued refuah!

(70) Dorothy Rook, June 15, 2020 7:24 AM

"Trust in God"

Could you please (I only speak English) the word/words you used for "Trust in God". It sounded like "bet'ahome" though I cannot recognise a part of this word/phrase attributed to God.

Your experience gave you insights which must never be forgotten.
Thank you,
Dorothy

Devorah, June 16, 2020 10:18 AM

Trust in G-d = bitachon

Typically the transliterated spelling of the Hebrew is "bitachon." -- the 'ch' is the gutteral kh like in challah.
More phonetically it would be "bee-tah-khone". If pronounced with a Yiddish inflection, the accent is on the 2nd syllable. If pronouncing it as per strict Hebrew or Israeli grammatical rules, the accent is on the final syllable.
It is a concept like trust in G-d, a little different from faith-belief, which is called emunah. Bitachon is more of a conceptual proactive and conscious attachment to the certainty of G-d's goodness and correctness in all that happens, all stemming from His Divine plan and orchestration. This is a frame of heart and mind that we all have to continually work on and strengthen. I like to think of my level of bitachon being the degree of closeness in my personal relationship to G-d (Hashem).

(69) Alan S., June 14, 2020 12:42 PM

Oy gevalt!! So glad you are well, but...

Of course I am thrilled that you recovered from this illness. I am sure Hashem granted you many, many more years to teach and reflect.

For years I've listened to your weekly videos, as well as enjoyed virtually everything that you have written that is in the public domain. I especially enjoyed listening about your recovery and what you from the Covid-19 illness.

I tell you all this to let you know how important you are to me, even though you don’t know me.

This said, from this Jew to you, I must tell you that regardless of the top care you received from the two doctors mentioned in the video, and regardless of taking the popular meds for Covid-19, YOU BELONGED IN A HOSPITAL!

I am not saying that you would have become better sooner. But I hate to think what could have happened if you needed the intensive care that your wife could not provide, but could only be provided in a hospital setting.

Trust me, I understand your misgivings, if any, about being hospitalized. Hospitals are not safe places for sick people. But ultimately, hospitals have their place in the paradigm of what passes for health care in America today. Baruch Hashem, you got better at home. But no one needs to take on such risk.

Truly something to think about.

(68) Anonymous, June 14, 2020 10:45 AM

importance of speaking it out

Thank you for sharing this in general. But for me the last point was the most important--how helpful it is to talk about it. I am sometimes hesitant to ask people about experiences that might have been painful or private. I guess the thing is to ask in a way that lets them gracefully refuse if they would rather not talk about it, but shows them my interest in listening if they do want to.

(67) Dena, June 14, 2020 9:51 AM

Miss seeing Something to Think About!

Thanks for that, Rabbi Solomon. Great stuff and so much to think about.
Wishing you many years of health and bitachon ad 120!! Will be forwarding this valuable clip.

(66) Lisa, June 14, 2020 5:01 AM

Sad you were sick Rabbi, but I gained so much from your experience!

Love the 5 lessons your shared....especially #5 !

Miss you on Aish, but when I’m lucky enough to get the FJJ, I first go to your rectangle of knowledge! Always an attainable message, within our reach! Yasher Koach!

(65) Sean Egan, June 13, 2020 2:10 AM

Thank G-d you're ok

Thank you for telling your story. It was so great to see you again after several years. We always enjoyed your videos. Thank G-d you survived.

(64) Nancy, June 12, 2020 4:47 PM

BH you are here to tell your story!!

I am so very sorry that you suffered as much as you did. It is wonderful to hear from you again. Continued refuah!!

(63) Marcie Murray, June 11, 2020 6:59 PM

Thank you for Sharing and sharing your insights

B"H Myself and family are fine... now. My daughter & husband in Lakewood had a rough time but came out the other side. In Minneapolis there were some who were affected, but B"H are fine now.

Being that I am B"H healthy now, but I do have a health issue which could put me at risk. I miss my family very much. We used to see each other almost every 6 weeks... I don't know if I should consider heading to Lakewood in the summer or for Rosh Hashana. My daughter is expecting early Sept and she needs my help with her large family.

I'm so torn.
I work on my Emunah & Bitachon and if Hashem is sending us the message that between the riots all over the world and the virus, we Yidden should be in EY..
My tefillos are that we can listen to our messages

(62) Anonymous, June 11, 2020 4:57 PM

rabbi solomon's experience with COVID19 was harrowing but exemplary

I loved seeing Rabbi Salomon's shining face as he emerged with humility from this dreadful experience. He managed to distill his harrowing and possibly humiliating experience into 5 lessons, and still share the experience. in other words, he was in the experience and still able to reach out to humanity. "I love you."

(61) Dora Boom, June 11, 2020 9:31 AM

Dear Rabbi Yaakov Salomon,

I was deeply touched by your experience regarding COVID-19.
It gave me such an insight and some questions I asked myself have been answered. I hope a lot of people will watch the video. I wish you a good recovery.
Sincerely, Dora Boom.

(60) , June 11, 2020 3:44 AM

Thank you R Salomon

Rabbi Salomon - Thank you very much for sharing your story and your experience. I hope that I can internalize and remind myself daily of the 5 messages. I have always struggled with anxiety and fear and have always had band-aid fixes. Nothing ever lasted. Needless to say it has affected me in profound ways from self confidence in personal - financial - emotional - spiritual ways - Every day seems to be a struggle. I need to CONSTANTLY work on your message and never give up or despair -and really talk / unburden myself to hkbh.. and really give him the "packages" that I am carrying. I hope to rewatch this and take some positive actions..
PS - and I hope you dont take this any other way than it was intended... which is a positive way - I did not recognize you when you first started talking. I am used to your picture from the website and the FJJ. Something about your face and beard seems "regal" now (I am not saying this to flatter) I do not have any other way to say it - Wishing you many more years of health and mazal

(59) Linda R Salzhauer, June 10, 2020 7:52 PM

Outstanding video and the 5 things he learned during his battle with Covid 19 contain wisdom and can be of great value to everyone who views this video

Today I realized I can forward Rabbi Salomon's battle with Covid 19. I thought it was outstanding and now that I can forward his lessons to many friends and relatives to enjoy as well, I am very happy.

(58) David Korman, June 10, 2020 7:18 PM

Thanks.

Thanks for sharing such important and painful (both to experience- and to tell) aspects of your journey. We are thankful for your recovery, and for further opportunities to learn from you. Please, be well and take care.

(57) Anonymous, June 10, 2020 7:05 PM

Good to see you again! So glad you have recovered.


Good to see you again! So glad you have recovered.

(56) bernie lubran, June 10, 2020 5:17 PM

A Very Humbling Story

I too was a regular viewer of the "Salomon Says" series on Aish.com. I always considered him to be a wise, learned, and confident person with advice that was sensible and pragmatic. I can't imagine what he went through with the the COVID-19 virus, how it sapped his strength, and humbled him. We should all learn from the lessons he taught from the episode about life's fragility.

(55) Sarah Spielman, June 10, 2020 11:09 AM

Thankyou so so so much this is so beautiful and powerful

Thankyou so so so much. This is so beautiful and powerful

(54) Shaindel, June 10, 2020 5:32 AM

Thanks

Thanks for sharing your experience. I appreciated your honesty. Your story gave me some things to think about. I wish you continued good health.

(53) Anonymous, June 10, 2020 3:53 AM

Rabbi, we have really missed you, wishing you the best of health and many more delightful years with your family, and as always, thank you for giving us something to think about.

(52) Anonymous, June 10, 2020 1:09 AM

Understanding dependency leads to Greater dependence on Hashem

Baruch HaShem for the gift to give and receive lessons post Covid-19!

(51) Anonymous, June 9, 2020 11:55 PM

Thank you. Very inspiring. Hashem should grant you good health and arichas yomim.

(50) Michelle Joseph, June 9, 2020 9:08 PM

Thankyou for sharing your journey through vivid 19 and your powerful and deep messages!! So totally honest and inspiring. I am a health worker and worked on the front line and baruch Hashem implemented some of the lessons you talked about. I.e having total trust in Hashem, keeping away from negativity and media and talking... words of comfort and reassurances... of course listening as well. Thankyou so much for talk. Kindest regards, michelle( devorah) from Sydney,Australia.

(49) Sarah Nadel, June 9, 2020 8:19 PM

thank you

Dear Rabbi, shlita Thank you for voicing my deepest concerns, worries, fear and vulnerbilities. I had been diagnosed with lo aleichem, cancer in November 2019 and went through surgery in December and chemo from January 2020. Because i was given chemo i have to watch not to catch any colds Including being watchful not to catch covid l"a. The fear from the media's sad news and fake news as well as the fear of side effects real and imagined were driving me crazy. Also become dependent on children and friends for basic needs added to my destress. Being alone without a husband and forced to rely on my childrens decisions added to my fear and anxiety. Of course, one on one sessions with my therapist helped. Also i talk about my feelings with good friends. You have shown me that even a personality like yourself should not hold back from talking about these issues that affect our mental health, ie. feeling isolated and alone in our thoughts as well as in our homes. I have been tested in May 2020 and it was discovered that the chemo is not working. I have to make my own decision as to the next step. Thanks to you my distress has been lowered from a scale from 1 to 10 (where 10 is the worst ) from an 11 to a four. May you continue to get better and stronger with Hashem's help. May it be Hashem's will that you continue to help us make sense of all this for many long and healthy years. With gratitude, a long time fan, Sarah Nadel

(48) MG Klein, June 9, 2020 6:23 PM

My Battle With Covid-19 SEVEN things I learned

Thank you Rabbi Salomon for sharing your experiences and lessons learned. My experiences with COVID are similar to yours with the exception that mine is now a lifelong battle as I lost my husband to COVID; he was 50 years old. I was hospitalized following his funeral. I never sat shiva for my husband of 29 years. My experience led me to the same five lessons; learning to accept from others when I'm usually the one giving, to consider the ramifications of death on oneself, faith in Hashem, staying positive, and having a good support system.
I took away two additional lessons and I'm sure I'll continue to learn. I learned about gratitude; to look for things to be grateful for, to find the good amidst the pain, to be grateful to those that have helped me and my family and to be grateful for the challenges that bring me to personal and spiritual growth. I also learned about acceptance; accepting that all Hashem does is for my personal benefit, to appreciate the opportunities brought on by the challenges, to appreciate that Hashem chose my family as a conduit for his miracles and know that Hashem is our loving father no matter what.
May we all continue to enjoy good health with our families intact. Best wishes to all.

(47) Sylvia Lakeland, June 9, 2020 5:08 PM

fabulous talk

thank you so much for your experience.I surely learned so much. Thank you again.

(46) Yonina (Richman) Levy, June 9, 2020 4:19 PM

It was unfortunate you were ill but your summary and what you learned was very interesting to listen to. Stay well and make the most of what you can.

(45) jeff g, June 9, 2020 4:03 PM

Rabbi, thank you for sharing your very personal story and inspirational insights. I wish you and your family good health and a safe summer.

(44) Leah Gross, June 9, 2020 3:33 PM

Thank you so much for sharing!

Thank you so much for sharing! Your thoughts and experience are invaluable!

(43) Baruch, June 9, 2020 1:49 PM

Overcoming the fear of death

I highly recommend reading two excellent and comforting books by Rabbi Dr. Bernie Kastner entitled "Understanding the Afterlife in This Life" and "Back to the Afterlife". They deal with the issues you raised and delve deep into putting perspective in our neshama's journey. Wishing you well to stay well for many many more years to come.

(42) Tzipporah Pollock, June 9, 2020 1:38 PM

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(41) miriam kleiman hefetz, June 9, 2020 12:12 PM

very informative, specific and inspiring

could you elaborate on the out of space feelings that you had. Were any of them connected to afterlife in the next world?

(40) miriam kleiman hefetz, June 9, 2020 12:07 PM

what was the out of space feeling like re olom haboh

(39) Maria Dodoc, June 9, 2020 12:01 PM

Thank You.Good health Rabbi.

(38) Jewish Mom, June 9, 2020 10:50 AM

Fear of death and preparing for it

First of all, Boruch Rofei Cholim - I'm so happy that you made it and are continuing to give of yourself to Am Yisrael.
I think Yiras shomayim and yir'a for parents is more about feeling awe rather than fear. The emotion of fear, as in fear of death, is something else altogether.
Regarding fear of death, I would think that the lesson to be learned is not so facing up to our fear and recognizing it i.e. being afraid that we will cease to be, but rather, fearing that we have not yet fully accomplished our mission and won't have time to fullfil it. Is our neshama going to return to Hashem having corrected the flaws that need to be repaired and for which it came down to Earth encased in a human body?
Personally, that's my fear of death: laziness or whatever you want to call it that keeps me from facing my weaknesses and doing something about them without procrastinating so that chav veshalom when my time will be up I won't be found lacking.
I would think that would be one of the main lessons: don't push off doing your neshama's work because we won't live forever as in "shuv yom echad lifnei misascha - repent one day before your demise." We never know when our time is up and if we will have the physical or mental capabilities of affecting the change that we need to in time. An experience such as yours should be our wake up call that the "one day before our death" means today!
Thanks again and stay healthy.

Anonymous, June 9, 2020 4:46 PM

May I add one thing to enrich those thoughts?

Thank you, very helpful thoughts about a troubling topic.
After all, every single creation on earth from the tiniest flea on up, and even plants, have been created with either a survival instinct or mechanism to survive. What makes our will to live uniquely human? A lot of what you said, about fearing to leave this Earth before completing our intended purpose and doing enough good.
So, I wanted to add something I will never forget I was told when I , only 26 at the time, just returned from my brother's funeral to sit shiva. His life was cut short by a different pandemic, urban violence, way too young. My mother's friend Esther Malka came home with us, and comforted me with these words: "Cry for your pain, but don't cry for your brother. He is in Gan Eden now, in the best of worlds.Do you know why people are so afraid of dying?" she asked me. "Because," she continued, locking eyes with me. "Because, G-d PUT the fear of dying into us. Were we to be in touch with the indescribable serenity, peace, light, reward, and closeness to Hashem that is in store in the next life, we could NOT WAIT to go there. People would be jumping off bridges left and right. But we need to live in this world, and go through everything in our life's plan, easy or hard, plus accumulate Torah and Mitzvos. So we were created with a fear of dying to fulfill our purposes!" Great concept from the Chassidic Masters (don't ask me which, though, no idea).

(37) Donna J. Young, June 9, 2020 10:05 AM

The Will to Live

Dear Rabbi Soloman. I am so sorry you had to experience the horrors of Covid-19. The insights you gained as a result are illuminating. I would like to add a sixth insight that I feel underlies all else. That insight is the will to live. If you didn't have that then all the insight you gained would be for naught and you would have had a higher chance of giving up and dying. The fact that you did not give up is a testament to the strength of your will to live. I personally am glad your will to live is so strong. I had a "nervous breakdown" when I was 30 and I was in a state where my skin felt like one layer of tissue paper and there was a cold wind swirling inside me. I didn't know if I would exist from one moment to the next. All that time I was holding down a job as a medical technologist. I was able to obtain the services fo a wonderful psychiatrist who gave me a solid foundation. Some years later, I was in a group that was formed for personal growth. The leader told me to meditate and pray daily. I did that daily for eight years. After the eight years, I felt I needed a religion in which to express my spirituality. I returned to the church in which I was raised and I could not accept their precepts. I looked at other reilgions and I looked at Judaism. I started a conversion course in a Reform synagogue and the third lecture the Rabbi gave was on Jewish theology. That was what I believed and I was an enthusiastic student from then on. I completed the conversion course and also had a Bet Din and a Mikvah. In my Bet Din we discussed the book "I and Thou" by Martin Buber which I had read. I moved to another town and joined another synagogue. One of the men in that Temple told me about Aish.com which I have read daily since then. The Daily Lift etc and the blogs have enriched my life. I am indebted to you and to Asih.com for all the teachings that have been provided. Thank you so much for all you have done at Aish,com. Shalom, Donna Young

(36) Debra S., June 9, 2020 9:15 AM

Thank G-d you have recovered

Rabbi, I once told someone that each one of us is here for a purpose. Our assignment is to figure out our purpose and fulfill it. Along the way, we may be blessed to have a mensch in our lives, someone who is often eager in doing mitzvot for others. That said, I believe that part of our learning requirements while we are here on this earth must be to learn to receive help, as well as to give it. I know this to be a humbling experience. I thank you for sharing your very personal covid-19 story with all of us.

(35) Lisa glanz, June 9, 2020 8:59 AM

Thank you for sharing

Thank you Rabbi Salomon for sharing your experience and thoughts on this difficult time. You have given us all much to think about. I always enjoyed listening to your videos on Aish in the past and do miss them. So very thankful that you are well and wish you a continued refuah shalayma with many, many more happy and healthy years to come.. Ad 120!

(34) Rachel, June 9, 2020 8:58 AM

Thank you for sharing your story

Rabbi Solomon - so glad you were able to recover and avoid going to the hospital. Thank you for reliving and sharing the ravages of your illness- it surely was a horrorific experience and I am glad you got better and were able to share the lessons. Perhaps to expand on the 4th lesson about staying away from negative stimuli is to be grateful for all that is good in your life even when you have challenges. I find that the gratitude attitude is nourishing and keeps the energy positive. It may not resolve the problems and challenges but at least it can help one reach for the Bitachon and trust that things will turn out for the best. There is so much we don't understand and cant know all the answers and the reasons things happen, but if we accept that things are the way they are and go with that flow, its always better than letting anxiety get the better of us.

(33) Dovid, June 9, 2020 8:31 AM

Tehilim quote

Kudos to you, Rabbi, especially for the quote of King David
Tehilim. The Book of Psalms is one of the core books of our
Torah !
Refua shelema ( we still do not know all the collateral damages
that COVID-19 is able to induce. Now we are only studying it.
Reinfection also could - God forbid - happen).
May God save all of us and bring the pandemic to its end.
Stay safe and well !

(32) Santosh Dahl, June 9, 2020 8:11 AM

Thanks!

Blessings from God through you to many.

(31) Ron Percy Alfrey, June 9, 2020 7:16 AM

A really human approach to such a bad experience

As a Noahide and believe in God and have gained so much insight into the Jewish religion that it has opened up my spiritual being and the Reliance on the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob.My grandmother was a Jewish lady who came to England in 1865 and married my grandfather with the same surname and it has proven very hard to trace the lineage but hopefully I have realised my identity my own mother always referred to God as the almighty which I never heard that term used by the culture I grew up with so I'm hedging my bets that I have Jewish blood in my veins.I do hope I have not bored you guys but I just had to share it with guys like yourselves.Sharon Ron

Shoshana, June 9, 2020 8:07 AM

You might be Jewish

If like you wrote, your grandmother was Jewish. It sounds like she was your mothers mother according to what you wrote. If so you are 100% Jewish, as it passes down through the mother and not the father.

(30) shimshon bitnun, June 9, 2020 6:59 AM

an extraordinary giving and thoughtful message from a brave and giving human being who cares about his fellow man

(29) Eszter, June 9, 2020 5:33 AM

Thank you very much Rabbi for sharing your story and being so open. Wishing you to stay in good health for many many years.

(28) jerry schwartz, June 9, 2020 3:48 AM

Rabbi....thank you so much...so interesting and edifying....BH' glad that you had a positive recovery....from the "beginning", I commented that it was a wake up call from Hashem....now I understand what the wake up call was!......stay well!

(27) Michael Chesal, June 9, 2020 3:29 AM

Great to see you back in action

Thank you for sharing your story. I miss seeing you every year for what seemed like decades at the annual partners conference (I think it was just about two decades). Glad you're doing well. I hope to see you more and hear more words of wisdom from you. You're a gem among the Almighty's jewelry collection. Kol Tuv and chazak chazak.

(26) Miriam G, June 9, 2020 2:49 AM

I watched your COVID-19 presentation live tonight

Dear Rabbi Salomon,
I am very sorry you were ill, coming so close to being hospitalized due to the COVID-19 virus. May your strength increase and may you remain healthy ad 120! I have watched your talks over the years through Aish.com. I fondly remember learning about Judaism and morality through your weekly “Salomon Says” broadcasts. Your honesty and personal reflections are highly appreciated.

Two of the points you mentioned were of bitachon and fear of death. Did I ever imagine an accomplished, distinguished rabbi such as yourself would fear death? No, never. From you I learned that even the most revered Jewish scholars have that fear and that has helped me with my own fears about the future.

My question about bitachon is: now that you have survived a life-threatening illness, has your increased faith in Hashem brought you closer to your appreciation of Judaism? Has it changed your plans or your relationships with those close to you?
If you have time, I would appreciate an answer either by commenting below or by using my email address.
Please take it easy as you continue to regain your health.
Respectfully yours, Miriam G

Yaakov Salomon, June 10, 2020 11:02 PM

A chance to reply...

So nice, Miriam, to hear that you gained from my little talk and from Salomon Says in the past.

As to the questions you asked, I surely appreciate Judaism more than ever. Everything is in Torah. Every life situation, success, challenge, and question can be understood better through the lens of Torah. That's why we must constantly learn and grow. And every one of life's difficulties, including this dreaded pandemic, is a direct communication from G-d Himself, and should be utilized to develop more faith and wisdom. No. It's not easy. But that is our calling.

Stay well. and keep on thinking.

(25) Anonymous, June 9, 2020 1:57 AM

Questions/ to r salomon covid experience

1 -did rav do viduy? Did rav do lengthy tshuvah or was rav too sick or preoccupied with getting better? 2- during 26 day illness, did any of mundane pursuits ( thinking of financial portfolio , bills,. Investments, daily things to take care of etc) enter the ravs mind at all, wondering how / if they would be done? 3- did rav regret the time spent during lifetime on earthly persuits , secular activities instead of devoting even more time to spiritual persuirs ie torah study? 4- did ravs children/ grandchildren visit at all through this ordeal or was the idea of chaz vsholom getting them sick rule that possibility out of the question? If visit,was it a helpful experience? 5- in the height of ravs illness and the scariness of facing prospects of succumbing, did rav resolve to appreciate life more and make every second count, and if so is that same ferver still with the rav? Is it possible to maintain that euphoric hakore hatov over a long extended period ? Rav is a national treasure, i saw rav for first time on discovery over torah anytime and your neshoma is so warm, i feel like i know the rav forever and have such a close bond. Hashem should keep the rav healthy for many, many happy, successful years!!!!!

(24) Les & Adrienne Lawrence, June 9, 2020 1:39 AM

Your unscripted sharing was relevant & compelling!

Met you on an Aish trip in 2010. Thank you!!

(23) Adina Krausz, June 9, 2020 1:16 AM

Candid and heartwarming

Baruch Rofei Cholim! Thank you Rabbi Solomon for sharing your personal story and inspiring insights. Your openness, courage, and humility are a wonderful example for all - especially for those of us who are therapists, to get comfortable talking about difficult topics such as fears of depending on others and fear of death. May Hashem grant you many long and healthy years!

(22) Edward Fleischman, June 9, 2020 1:15 AM

Thank you

Rabbi,
It was nice see and hearing you. My wife and I had the good fortune to have attended what I think was Aish’s first mission in Israel. I think about it often and always remember your talk about how to gurantee your prayers are answered.

I’ve been a subscriber to Aish’s daily lift for over 15 years. It’s had a profound affect on my life.

(21) Helen Brustman OAM, June 9, 2020 1:13 AM

I am very involved in the Melbourne Jewish community in Australia

I really enjoyed so much the Rabbi's story, of what he went through. I am so glad he has recovered. He is so positive about life, and what he learnt throughout the Carona virus, and his brilliant message, i thought was so great.

(20) Rhonda Stock, June 9, 2020 1:12 AM

Refreshing

I really enjoyed the openness and honesty of Rabbi Salomon. It gave me ideas to think about.
Thank you,
Rhonda

(19) Anonymous, June 9, 2020 1:11 AM

Thank you

We r all so happy that u r well now and that u were able to give over these words of chizuk and growth that we can internalize.
Wishing you continued good health.

(18) David Mitchell, June 9, 2020 1:11 AM

your wife's courage

Thank you for sharing your story and your lessons. How did your wife have the courage NOT to take you to the hospital?

Anonymous, June 10, 2020 11:07 PM

Great Question

Excellent question, David. I would let her answer, but I'm not sure she could. It was her instinct.

I believe it was a combination of the barrage of media that told the horrors of those who went and did not return. Plus, her knowledge of my specific statements over the years that "hospitals are no place for anyone sick." And the fact that hospitals were not allowing any outside visitors at all -unbearable.

Thanks for asking.

(17) yitzchok cohen, June 9, 2020 1:10 AM

great to see R' Salomon

I was a regular viewer of the "Salomon says" series on Aish.com.
So glad to see him come back "home" to share his experience.

(16) Terrie Monroe, June 9, 2020 1:10 AM

Very helpful

Love the idea of putting our packages down and know God is driving the car. THANK YOU! Would love to be able to share video with others. Will it be accessible via Facebook?

(15) Avrohom Gutman, June 9, 2020 1:09 AM

Question for Rabbi Salamon

How do you feel now about all the restrictions still in place. Are they necessary?

Anonymous, June 10, 2020 11:14 PM

Of course, no one really knows the answer the that question. How necessary are the current restrictions?

But I will say this. The decisions that people make about how many restrictions to implement has more to do with their individual personalities than with how much knowledge they have. Those who have always had cautions tendencies will "believe" that restrictions are very essential. And those who are generally greater risk takers will lean to the "more free" behaviors.

Don't let anyone fool you into thinking that they "know" what is best. No one knows what is best. Except Hashem.

(14) Dr Alan L Smith,C.I., June 9, 2020 1:09 AM

Inspiring

Glad to see you again, Rabbi. A continued Refuah. Valuable lessons for living life.

(13) sam, June 9, 2020 1:08 AM

thank G-d your upright

(12) Tova Miller, June 9, 2020 1:08 AM

How do we work on furthering our Bitachon?

Jewish Mom, June 9, 2020 10:29 AM

Try studying Chovos haLevavos Shaar haBitachon

It's also available in English under the title Duties of the Heart and I assume that Shaar haBitachon would be called the Gate (i.e. Chapter) of Trust by Rabeinu Bachya ibn Paquda.
You can also increase your bitachon in everyday life by talking to Hashem in your own words throughout the day which will help you recognize that everything in our lives, large or small, pleasant or challenging, comes from Him. So if something nice happens (even small, like catching a bus just in time), tell Him "Thank you!" and if there's a challenge, ask Him to help you resolve it or have the strength to face and cope with it. This way, He becomes very much part of your day to day life.

(11) Rachel Mishory, June 9, 2020 1:08 AM

Thank you.

I am grateful to you for sharing your story. I was intrigued by the 5 Learnings that you shared. I as well, having survived 3 brain surgeries and being a member of the Chevra Kadisha for over 25 years, I also "feel sort of sanguine" about death. Thanks for the warning. I send a Kol Ha Kavod to your wife. I would love to be able to chart with her.

(10) chaim and chanala, June 9, 2020 1:08 AM

you were amazing!! wow!

you were amazing!! wow!

(9) Marion Gutman, June 9, 2020 1:08 AM

Thank you so much for sharing.
Miss you on Salomon Says.
Stay well!

(8) Anonymous, June 9, 2020 1:08 AM

Speaking with others deep issues typically make them stay away

(7) Julie, June 9, 2020 1:08 AM

This was great. Just wondering why G-d let's some die from this.

(6) hELEN bRUSTMAN, June 9, 2020 1:08 AM

i WOULD LIKE TO KNOw HAVE YOU RECOVERED WELL ?>

(5) benjamin b. gifter, June 9, 2020 1:07 AM

excellent

nothing to add,though.

(4) Donna, June 9, 2020 1:07 AM

Baruch Hashem

Thanks for sharing

(3) Sandra Cagan, June 9, 2020 1:07 AM

Thank you for sharing your story

Thank you so much for sharing your very personal journey. I miss reading/seeing you on Aish.com! Stay well!!!

(2) David, June 9, 2020 1:04 AM

Battle with COVID 19

Video didn’t work it froze

(1) Chave, June 9, 2020 12:48 AM

BH!!!!!!!! So happy that you are live speaking to all of us. May Hashem continue to grant you and your family good health till 120

 

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