Do you believe in prayers? I obviously do as praying is an integral part of my religion. We, the Jewish people have seen truly remarkable outcomes as a result of prayers. Just last week, a 22 year old new mother (3 weeks after birth) got severely ill with the dreaded flesh eating bacteria, so much so that a specialist was telling the family she wouldn’t live to see the morning. Our community and Jews worldwide came together to pray and recite Psalms non stop and we firmly believe it was the power of prayer that brought her back from the brink of death. She was in an induced coma and all her vital signs kept going only with the help of machines. Slowly they started working again and she has woken up and is alert although still incredibly weak.
Then there is something called a segulah which is a legacy left by our sages. A segulah is an action that may activate a channel (spiritual conduit) for divine blessing and a specific religious, spiritual, or symbolic act undertaken to bring about salvation.
We promise money to a charity and in turn hope to revoke divine assistance by this good deed and ask for help in a certain matter.
My son has autism. It’s an invisible disability especially by him as he is very high functioning and at first glance seems very normal. Where I live, you get a monthly child benefit payment for every kid. If you have a child with a disability, you can request extra child benefit. I have applied once and got it. You need to re-apply every few years and the time has come upon us once again. This time, they will probably send me to one of their own Doctors who will ask one or two questions and determine if we get it or not. Sure, my son looks and sounds functional but they have no clue how much therapy he needs (that costs money!) just to look that functional! And how much sweat, tears and blood goes on at home. I think it’s time to make use of a Segulah.
I promise money to a charity who sends 10 men to recite Psalms all day by a grave of a holy sage and in the merit of their prayers, I hope to be granted the extra child benefit which is sorely needed here. I’m still putting my faith in G-d, just through an extra effort. I’ll keep you updated as to the result.
Adding to say that if I won’t get the extra child benefit, I believe it’s because G-d has decided we do not need it right now and He will send us the money we need through a different channel. (faith)