Lending His Car Saved His Baby Daughter’s Life


carMontreal – An avreich in Montreal customarily parks his car on Erev Shabbos near the bais medrash where he davens, so that he could have his car to use on Motzoei Shabbos after Maariv

One day, the gabbai of the bais medrash who is also a Hatzalah volunteer, approached the avreich and asked if he could have a set of his car keys just in case there is a call in the middle of Shabbos and the car is needed for the emergency.

The avreich hesitated, but finally said yes and handed the keys over to the gabbai.

Last Erev Shabbos, before Kabbolas Shabbos, the volunteer got a call on his Hatzolah radio. He jumped into the car of the avreich and drove to the designated address.

The avreich, seeing his car being driven to the call, was glad to have the privilege of helping save a life.

After davening, when he returned home, he learned that his baby daughter had swallowed a large bead that had gotten stuck in her throat, and she had turned blue. His wife immediately called Hatzalah. The Hatzolah volunteer arrived in the girl’s father’s car and managed to release the bead as the child was gasping for breath.

The next day the father benched Gomel.

The Hatzalah volunteer told the father of the baby that if not for the vehicle at his disposal when he received the call, he doesn’t know what kind of damage the young girl could have suffered.

{Andy Heller -Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. wow that is an amazing hashkacha protis story and should be spread around t oall jewish people.you never know what helping your community could do for you!!!!!!!!!

  2. To anonymous- Gomel is a special blessing one says after being saved from a scary or dangerous incident. Beautiful story… very moving!

  3. “Gomel” is the blessing one says in the presence of a ten men by one who has been saved from a life threatening situation.

  4. To #2 anonymous: “Gomel” refers to a blessing thanking Hashem who is “gomel”-(grants) kindness, and is recited by one who was saved from a situation of great danger.

  5. #2 – It’s a blessing of thanks to HaShem said after a person goes through a life-threatening experience and comes out safely. It’s usually said in shul with a minyan. In this case the father is saying it because the person saved was his young child.

  6. regarding comment#4 you have to be nuts to say its not hashkacha protis. this person is so lucky to have had his child saved with his own car, not even knowing

  7. If he actually benched gomel it was a brocho l’vatolo. I once had a life threatening situation with my child & asked one of the gedolay poskim if I should bench gomel & was told there is no mekor in halacha for a father to bench gomel for a child. I was advised to give a kiddush.

  8. To #2: 3 categories of people experiencing life events that call for special thanksgiving to G-d make “Gomel”, or bestows blessing to thank G-d for bestowing upon them such fortunate tidings. A recovered ill person, released from jail and return safely home from dangerous place or trip, including overseas journey to Israel according to commonly practiced opinion.

  9. 1. Does a father bensch Gomel when a child has suffered?

    2. To #4: if you don’t call this Hasgocho Protis, what do you call it, say perhaps, a chance occurrence not planned by Hashem? Are you not included amongst those who believe that every single tiny thing that ever happens only though the direct hand of Hashem, called hashgocho Protis ???

  10. We should only have Simchas but I was told by my Rav after my child was sick that you do not Bench Gomel for a child.
    As an aside Re childbirth: According to many opinions a woman following childbirth says Gomel as she herself was in danger or the husband can say it in a modified form in her presence to take her obligation. When a woman says it,it’s from behind a mechitza in shule or there is a Maariv minyan held in the house. If husband saying Gomel in modified form she must be present to answer Amen
    Women saying Gomel is much more prevalent in Chareidi circles in Eretz Yisroel then in Chutz laaretz

  11. I heard of a story the other way. A person refused to give right of way to an ambulance and then found out the ambulance was on the way to save their parent. Not sure of the outcome, but they learned their lesson the hard way.

    Btw, it may be hashgacha pratis- that the exact car was used to save their child. Why shouldn’t it be called that?

  12. A father does not bentch Gomel for a child. And neither does the child.

    In the b’racha we say ????? ??????? ?????. A child is not comsidered a ????.

    This is a common mistake!! B”H when it was nogea to me, I looked up the halacha first.

  13. Tremendously inspiring! I think we should walk around with a small notebook to write down all the HASGOCHA PROTIS we have in our daily lives,to strenthen our EMUNAH and BITOCHAN…And focus on all the kindness G-D does for us each second of our lives.
    Thank you for sharing these stories..and I am sure MATZAV will be happy to submit other peoples stories such as this.

  14. Is there anyone here who would disagree that if he had not lent his car and/or his daughter had died (or suffered irreperable damage), or any other combination of events for that matter, that it would not have been hashgocha protis? That it would have been any less hashgocha protis?

    Those with true bitochon will not disagree. As for the rest, well I guess I understand why you need to reinforce the idea that hashgocha protis was so evident here . . . you have problems with bitochon.

  15. Great story.

    The use of “avreich” though was annoying. English speaking people, don’t refer to people that way. It’s Israeli. The word “man” would be just fine. “Young man” if you insist.