What Is Important To You?

Well, if you are willing to listen to my humble opinion,  I have some life experience I can impart.

One of the life lessons I have learned from quadriplegia is a whole new world view.

I now found myself rearranging priorities.

I found out that instead of worrying about what I DON’T have, I am grateful for what I DO have.

This is not just cliche,  this change inside of myself actually occurred.

When I was faced with a near total loss of control over my body, I could have wallowed in self pity.

Instead , I found it prudent  to take what Hashem dealt to me and make peace with it.

Truthfully, this is an ongoing process.  As there are an infinite levels of acceptance .

Acceptance for me entails throwing away what I no longer have and no longer can do, and embracing  what I do have and what I can do.

In my case, I realized  anew the tremendous blessing of  sight.   For where would I be if I couldn’t  see?

As well the unearned gift of hearing.  I used to love to sing.  Especially Reb Shlomele Calebach and Rabbi Baruc Chait.

Now for the past five years I no longer could sing, because my diaphragm is paralyzed.

Ever since the accident, I revel in listening to my favorite tunes!

My life would be depressing without the gift of hearing!

I also have the  unexpected gift of sensation throughout my body! I can feel when my children hug me and sit on my lap!

Plus, I am blessed with many Hashem inspired man-made inventions which keep me alive and comfortable!

For example, my trach which is attached to my respirator!  You see my lungs are so scared that I need my respirator to artificially breath for me!

Also I have a machine that sucks out secretion from my lungs, thereby preventing nasty pneumonias.

I also have a ceiling lift which makes it possible for me to transfer from my chair to my bed and vise-versa!  It should be apparent what kind of  gift this is!

Also, I have an accessible van which allows me to sit in the front passenger seat! What a gift that is!

And of course,  I am blessed with my eye gaze computer!

This makes it possible to communicate and to send out blog posts to you!






  1. Janet Kaiman · · Reply

    and we are so blessed to have you in our lives

    1. I couldn’t agree more! You just made my day!

  2. Miriam Taub · · Reply

    I see that Janet Kaiman has written word for word what I had intended to write!!
    So ditto from me 🙂

    1. I couldn’t agree more! You just made my day!

  3. How thankful we are that you are able to blog and thereby enrich our lives. We really enjoyed visiting you this summer, and are sorry that ther were so many blitches with your equipment. Hopefully, the problems have been solved, and it’s easier sailing. I love you, Yehuda!

    1. It was indeed wonderful on so many levels! You will be glad to know that the equipment is working better!
      Love you!

  4. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. You are most welcome! You should know that I myself am inspired by typing these blog posts! We need chizuk constantly!!!

  5. Chuck Markowitz · · Reply

    You have truly put life in perspective.
    You have truly told us if there is a will
    there is a way.

    1. Thank you so much! Do you really find that if there’s a will there’s a way to be true?

  6. Zachary Muroff · · Reply

    Thank you so much for continuing to inspire me & people around the world with your unbelievable faith and positive attitude.

    1. That’s why I’m here!

  7. I try to think of things to be grateful for . WE forget to do that and must be reminded. Since losing my partner, I am grateful for all the times we had together. For things
    he tried to teach me as we had the time to prepare before he passed away. Just grateful for so many gifts we shared together and now I am prepared to face a new journey on my own. My new adventure. It’s those little things we need to think about to make the difference each and every day. Thanks for reminding us. Be well. it’s always so good to listen and read your blog.

    1. Such a bitter sweet comment. May you be comforted upon your loss.

  8. Noam Steinman · · Reply

    Thank you Rabbi Simes for these words of encouragement. As long as you have your brain and a way to communicate with the rest of us, Am Yisrael will be stronger. Chodesh Tov

    1. My dear Noam! The mind is the rosh of the body!

  9. Michelle · · Reply

    Your words are humbling. How much time we waste in life on trivia! Yet as I read your blog, I realise that even for the trivial I need to be greatful because that too is a blessing which not all are able to experience.

  10. Marge Kaplan · · Reply

    And most of all you are blessed with Shaindel a wife who combines energy, wisdom, resourcefulness, and love. Of course, it goes without saying that being able to watch your wonderful family interact with you is the best.


  11. Yisroel Goldbaum · · Reply


    1. Incredible!!!!

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