Editors note: This story was shared by Yoni on social media last year and is presented here again in honor of Yud Alef Nissan
I’ve never shared this story on a public platform before but on this auspicious occasion of the Rebbes’ birthday I thought it would be an appropriate time to do so.
Being that I was a first born child after four years of marriage, you can imagine my parents’ excitement when they received the news that a newborn was on the way. But when the big day finally came, something just wasn’t right… The doctors notified my parents that there were severe complications, that my lungs were collapsing and it seemed I wasn’t going to make it. I was immediately placed in the ICU on life support but to no avail.
Being Chabad Chassidim, my parents immediately phoned the Rebbes’ office asking for a Bracha that I would live and be healthy. This took place in November of ‘91 when it was already far more difficult to reach the Rebbe as the Rebbe wasn’t seeing people privately by this time. The Rebbes’ secretary told my parents that the Rebbe sent a clear message to my parents ״ורפא ירפא״, a double blessing that “He will heal and more”.
Anyone who has had a personal encounter with the Rebbe knows that his words are mighty and powerful and miracles were witnessed by thousands across the globe and my case was no different. My body began fighting hard and after many long and hard weeks I began breathing on my own.
The doctors told my parents that this was an extraordinary case, that they had much to be thankful for and my parents hearts bursted with joy.
It’s been 26 years since and I cant help but smile from time to time thinking of the Rebbes’ words “He (his lungs) will heal and more” – you know what I do for a living, right?
Happy Birthday, dear Rebbe.