Be happy with whatever you have!

My close friend, Rabbi Lederman, asked me two insightful questions in a comment.

First off, how do I eat?  Great question!  Like a good Jew, I shall answer with a question.  Who says I eat? I actually don’t eat all day long. Hows that for binge dieting?

Here is how I don’t starve. I have a feeding peg that leads into my abdomen. I get breakfast, lunch, supper, snacks, and coffee breaks in one shot. It drips straight into my belly.

How convenient! A real time saver!

And I love the fact that I no longer have to floss!

Now I would like to answer the second question.

How do I manage to blog? After all, when I could speak I would use a voice recognition software and I would speak through a microphone hooked up to my computer. Now what?

I finally got a dandy computer that mounts to my wheelchair. Here’s how it works: when it works (!) I simply (!) gaze with my eyeballs at letters or phrases and the computer vocalizes what I spell.

The top techies in the community and at a local university are collaborating to create a device that is more powerful and user friendly!

May it be Hashems will that they be successful!




  1. Zev Singer · · Reply

    From now on, whenever I hear a person speak in a glass-half-empty way, I’m going to tell them about your happiness at no longer needing to floss.
    You are a middos giant!
    The better the communications gadgetry the better off the world will be. You have so much to teach us!

    1. Zev, I thank you enough for everything! Keep on rolling!

    2. The glass, whether half empty, or half full, is less important than what we view as its contents.

  2. Aviva Rotenberg · · Reply

    My only comment is that you are an incredible example of positivity and strength, and we are very lucky and privileged to be counted amongst your friends. May you continue to grow and be well.

    1. We as well are blown away by your selflessness!

  3. Ian Sadinsky · · Reply

    Thank you for answering these questions. The medical and computer science are really amazing, but more amazing is your courage to overcome all physical obstacles. Physics and biology are clearly no match for the strength and power of your neshama .

    1. Wow, such powerfully moving words! You are so right, we all do indeed have unbelievably majestic neshemos within us.

  4. Leslie Siegman · · Reply

    Hello Rabbi Simes,

    It’s an inspiration to receive your emails and to bear witness to the series of miracles that surround you and enable you to accomplish new things.

    1. Thanks so much for this!! In truth, an incredible series of miracles surrounds all of us. Our lives would be immeasurably enriched if we would be sensitively aware of this fact.

  5. Tikvah Ellis · · Reply

    Thank you for sharing. I am so glad you are doing better. Are you able to use you computer to communicate on Shabbat?

    1. Great question! We are fortunate to have a close relationship with a well known posek. In short, he told us that yes, I could. This gives me and family tremendous peace of mind and joy! Unkelus teaches that speech which involves higher level thinking is the defining feature of the human being, differentiating human from an animal.

  6. Zachary Muroff · · Reply

    I have been inspired by you for years and now even more so. You have beaten the odds over and over again with determination and an awesome sense of humor. With everyone’s prayers and Hashem’s help we look forward to continued improvement.

    We are returning from Florida on March 23rd and I look forward to seeing you soon.

    1. I’m so delighted to have made you smile. My great rebbe taught us that a healthy and appropriate sense of humor is a necessary ingredient to diffuse a stressful situation. Can’t wait to see you!

  7. Rav Yehuda ,Shlita
    You cannot imagine how each of your words encourage and strengthen us daily, as we face our “little” challenges. May Hashem give you and your special Eshes chayil the strength to continue giving all of us strength !!!

    With much love, Asa, Fagie and the kids

    1. My dear Asa, your touching and warm words mean so much to me. The only issue I might take is your statement that somehow my challenges are larger than anyone elses. From the human perspective, all our challenges are great. Great to hear from you!

  8. Tikvah Ellis · · Reply

    Rabbi Simes-Thank you for answering my question about Shabbat. I was happy to read that you can communicate on Shabbat.

    I imagine that you don’t remember me but we were in Ottawa for a wedding about a year and a half ago. My husband is a rabbi in Winnipeg. We spent Shabbat at Beit Tikvah and visited with you and Shaindel. You made an impression on me and I have been following your blog since then, (and davening for you.)

    Thank you for sharing you thoughts, Torah and inspiration with us.

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