Sunday, June 29, 2008


While there are no visible improvements to report, Rochie continues to be fairly stable as we wait for the answer to all our t'fillos.

All your sentiments, t'fillos and offers for help are a tremendous source of Chizuk to the family and we appreciate all your efforts tremendously. Please continue to say your tehillim and increase in Ahavas Yisroel and Maasim Tovim in her Z'chus. May we share only B'suros Tovos.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Machsom L'Fi

I am starting a 40 day Machsom L'Fi for Rochie, wherein participants choose one or two hours in which they pay particular attention to their speech and listening in the merit of Rochie's full and speedy recovery (it should be much sooner than 40 days!)Anyone interested in joining, please contact Chayamiriam at

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Let Us Farbreng

"Vos a Chassidishe Farbrengen Ken Oiftun, Afilu Malach Michoel Ken Nisht Oiftun" (A Chassidic Farbrengen can accomplish more than the angel Michoel).

On a conference call earlier this evening, members of Rochie's family committed (bl"n) to organize or participate in a Farbrengen this week.

We invite Rochie's friends and acquaintances to join us in this effort and organize Farbrengens as we lead up to Gimmul Tammuz. Please post your Hachlotos and reports on your Farbrengens here.

Sunday Morning Update

Rochie's overall condition has not improved since we last updated. her blood pressure has been stable at times but not always. Please continue to daven for her as we desperately need some divine intervention.

We thank all of her friends who came to visit her on shabbos as well as all of you who have been thinking of her and davening for her the past few days. We are sure this has given Rochie tremendous chizzuk.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Keep The Ideas Coming

Here are some of the wonderful ideas that have been posted. We will try to post more ideas as they come.

Anonymous said...

In Crown Heights there is a Kingsbrook Jewish nursing home where there is minyan every Shabbos, and they are always in need of people to help visit and feed patients. We know that Bikur Cholim takes away 1/60th of the sickness. The mitzvah of bikur cholim is so great a person who does this great mitzvah merits Olem Haba. In the Zechus of this great Mitzvah which is considered "Chesed Shel Emes", Hashem should grant a speedy recovery to Rochie. May Hashem Yisbarach have Rachmim! Ad mosai ad mosai enough is enough we need the Geula!
To volunteer contact Michoel Chazzan 718-604-5530

Leah said...

Just to comment on the previous post, I have been thinking the past few days of organizing people to go to the Kings Brook nursing home, as practically every Shabbos, as an elementary and high school girl Rochie volunteered her Shabbos to go to this nursing home and to bring some joy and happiness to the patients, either through singing, feeding, smiling and wishing them a Good Shabbos or just plain old encouragement for the patients families. To the previous comment: YOUR COMMENT AND SUGGESTION COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE APPROPRIATE!!


Ashira said...

Rochie, as i think of you, i hear your voice full of encouragement and positivity and i see your warm and friendly smile. Rochie you are in my mind and my tefillos constantly. In your merit i am going to put extra kavana into the brocha of refoeinu 3 times a day BLN. Throughout the day as i am confronted my life's everyday choices, I keep thinking of you and it really helps me to choose the better option. Refuah Shleima Rochie. Tracht gut vet zein gut. Teshuas Hashem Kheref ayin.


Chana said...

Rochie, a truly positive person you are - I am going to try to see the positive in people and the situations around me, rather than being quick to be critical and judgmental. Hashem should see how your friends around you are adding in so many good ways and give you a quick complete recovery NOW!!!!


Anonymous said...

I take upon myself to think a positive thought about a about any person I may be inclined to judge. I also have added a daily Tehillim segment for a Refuah Sheleima for Rochie. Hashem, please see the unity of Your people in Rochie's merit and take down any barriers for a full and speedy recovery for Rochie right now!



I have said tehillim in her merit.
The Alter of Novardhok once advised the relatives of a sick person to hire two bachurs to say Amen Yehei Shemei Rabba with complete kavannah to merit a complete recovery for their family member. Our Sages promise explicitly that this said with kavannah nullifies evil decrees. While this sounds entirely simplistic, it must be taken very seriously as these are the words of chazal.
The children who attend her shul should also be gathered and told to answer to the kaddish (with the encouragement of a little candy and an understanding of the prayer's importance) enthusiastically. This has proven to be tremendously helpful not only for the recovery of ill people but also for childless couples. For more information on the power of Amen, please refer to Esther Stern's book, "Just one word-Amen". May she merit refuah b'ruchnios and b'gashmius. AMEN!!!

Challah For Refuah

Several of Rochie's friends and classmates have committed to perform this special women's Mitzvah in her Z'chus this week. Thanks Shoshi for coordinating this effort. Please post here if you've joined this initiative.

Women in London and Manchester, England are networking to create groups of 40 women to bake Challah and have Rochie in mind L'Refuah Shleimah.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Baruch Hashem some good news at last!
For the past two days, Rochie's general condition has become more stable then it had been over the weekend. There has been noticeable improvement with her heart rate, blood pressure and lungs (although she is not able to breath on her own, she now requires less oxygen). That being said, her neurological state did not show any visible signs of improvement, nor have the doctors offered much hope for any improvement to be expected.

Today Rochie showed the first sign of possible progress. She began moving her leg slightly a number times on her own! Although the doctors have said this could be attributed to a number of causes, they did not rule it out as a sign of improvement.

We are confident that this small step is just the beginning of many more. With Hashem's help, we will have only good news to report on her progress. All of your tefilos and good deeds have definitely had a huge impact; please continue this awesome campaign of courage and faith. It may be difficult to see the results just yet, but we are certain that this great outpour of love and davening has made a real change in her condition. It was clearly visible when Rochie's friends said tehilim and sang in her room two days ago.

Without a doubt, the gates of heaven are shaking from your efforts. If we keep this up and continue to demand of Hashem that Rochie be restored to her home where she belongs, where her husband and little Yosef Yitzchok anxiously await her, certainly this will happen. "Yeshuas hashem k'heref ayin".

The family would like to take a moment to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. The response has been truly overwhelming. Thank you to the nearly three thousand people who have visited this blog, to the hundreds who have joined in saying tehilim on Facebook. Friends, family, acquaintances and complete strangers spanning the globe, who have opened their hearts and books of tehilim. To all those who have taken upon themselves to go the extra mile with ahavas yisrael, tznius etc.
Just a few short days ago, the doctors were ready to give up all hope chass v'sholom... in your merit, she's come as far as she has, and in your merit she will, b'ezras Hashem, continue to improve and recover fully. Amen so may it be His will.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Shiur For Boys Tonight @ALIYA

BE"H we will be starting a nightly shiur on Ahavas Yisrael in Rochie's zechus. The shiur will be held at ALIYA; 527 East New York Ave. (near Brooklyn Ave) at 8:30.

If anyone is interested in starting a similar program for girls at ALIYA, please contact us at ALIYA is looking to increase it's activities for girls. The need is great and there's no better time then now!

May we merit to hear good news b'karov.

Candle Lighting Campaign, Toms River, NJ

on Wednesday, Sivan 16 a special candle lighting workshop will be held for young girls in Toms River, NJ where Rochie's close friend is the Shlucha. The girls will craft their own candlestick, learn about Neiros Shabbos Kodesh and (hopefully) make resolutions to light Shabbos candles. Their Hachlotos and reports will be posted here...

Monday, June 16, 2008

Resolutions in Tznius

This past shabbos a group of Rochie's friends from Seminary got together to learn in her zechus. Knowing how careful Rochie always is with the mitzvah of tznius they decided to make a campaign to encourage others to take on a Hachlota to improve in their tznius.

Bassie, Dina, Rochel and Baila came up with a flyer where people were given suggestions of different hachlotas they could make.

At the junior Nshei event on Monday, Sivan 15, these letters were distributed and they encouraged people to take on a Hachlota in Rochie's Zechus. Many people who knew Rochie were there and first learned about her situation. Rochie's friends talked to them and many were visibly moved to take on Hachlotas in Rochie's Zechus.

70 people responded immediately and submitted Hachlotas right away. Others took the flyer home and said they would take care of it on their own.

The flyer was also emailed to many contacts and we hope will make a big impact on a lot of people.

If you made a Hachlota as a result of this campaign and did not return the paper to Rochie's friends, feel free to post your Hachlota here.

Thanks to all who were involved.


We'de like to thank Shmuli Zalmanov who has set up a webpage where the entire Tehilim is being divided amongst family and friends. See to participate.

There is also a Facebook group where Rochie's friends are going through the tehilim numerous times. Click here to see the group. Thank you Sarede for your effort!

Thank you all for sharing your commitments and wishes on this blog. We thank all who are praying and ask that you please continue to do so.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

About Rochie's Friendship Network

B"H Sunday 12 Sivan June 15

Rochie is a 26-year old mother currently in critical condition. On Wednesday, Isru Chag shavuot (June 11) she failed to wake up in the morning, and shortly thereafter went into cardiac arrest. She was revived and is now in a coma and on life support, and although her heart is thank G-d beating, the doctors say she needs a miracle. We do not know what caused this, as she was perfectly healthy with no previous medical problems. Her husband, 11-month-old-child, parents, brothers and sisters, and her many, many friends all over the world are all praying for her to be restored to us. The doctors and hospital staff are doing their part, but she desperately needs our prayers and good deeds to aid her recovery.

Rochie's family and friends have created this blog as a place to log our efforts on her behalf. Please join us!

If there is one thing that characterizes Rochie it is her devotion and caring as a friend. We therefore felt that the most appropriate way to aid her recovery is by increasing our own commitment to helping others and being a true friend to someone who needs us to be there for them. Do you know anyone who needs a hand at home, someone who needs a shidduch, a loan, an encouraging word or two? Do it today instead of tomorrow in Rochie's merit!

Please use the comment section of this post to post the things you will and have done in Rochie's merit, and to view the ideas suggested by others.

Answers We've Recieved From The Rebbe

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