I heard an amazing story from my good friend Rav Moshe Cassouto. There was a bombing on a bus here in Israel. There were many dead and injured people on that bus. Amongst the survivors was one very severely injured woman. After a while, that woman died on the bus from her injuries. Soon she saw that her neshoma had left her body. She was floating outside of the bus and she saw her mutilated body still inside amongst the flames and horror that was there. She had become weightless and was starting to float up. She was a neshoma now and the nature of a neshoma is to rise. She no longer felt any connection to the situation below. So she continued to rise and could still see the whole scene below. She saw hundreds of terror-stricken people scrambling for safety and heard sirens.
When she had risen very far away from the scene, so far that she could see the globe, she began to hear very beautiful and compelling music. The music was pleasant and delighted her. She began to resist the power that was pulling her up higher. She made a great effort to resist the current that was pulling her and managed to come back down to a street that was near to the scene of the bombing. The music was louder there. She continued to look for the source of the music. She found that it got louder on a street where there was a traffic jam. Looking around she saw that the music was coming from one of the cars that was stuck there. As a spirit she was able to float right into the car. There she saw a woman holding a Tehillim (psalms) and crying over the Tehillim that she was saying. The moment that she realized this, she found herself back in her injured body in the hospital . They were taking care of her. She needed to stay in the hospital for many months in order to recover. When she finally was discharged, she remembered almost everything that had happened to her. But there was one thing she did not remember.
She went to a doctor who hypnotized her. In hypnosis she was able to go back to the car where the woman was saying Tehillim, and took note of the license plate number. After that she went to the motor vehicle department and found out where that woman lived. She went to that woman's house and asked her if she had been saying Tehillim on day of the bombing. The woman said yes, that she had. Then she told her: "You saved my life with your Tehillim! It was only because of your Tehillim that I was able to come back to this world. That woman, like hundreds of people heard that bombing and was terrified, but she decided to grab her Tehillim and start reading.
Rav Cossouto used this story to emphasize that we all have the power of that woman. We just need to believe in ourselves. Hashem is not yet letting us see all of the wonderful results that our Tehillim, Tikkun HaKlali and Torah learning is creating in the world. He knows that it would be too dangerous for us, in our present spiritual condition. It would just feed our arrogance. Nevertheless - we are creating beautiful music with every word of our prayers.
Rav Shalom Arush said that we are not even able to see 1% of the success of all of the emuna books and CDs that have been distributed. Rav Dror told us another miraculous story that happened to two of the students in the Yeshiva - Yosef Dan and Moshe Tzafati, when they were selling Reb Shalom's books outside of a Canadian supermarket in Toronto - B"H I'll share it with you after Shabbos.
Have a great Shabbos,
Dr. Zev Ballen