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Of Baby Bonnets, the Ben Ish Chai and Midnight Blessings

(Courtesy of Kollel Chatzos) It is not a secret that nighttime learning is particularly auspicious for zera shel kayama. The Kollel Chatzos office reports that they constantly receive requests from callers worldwide asking to sponsor Kollel Chatzos’s talmidei chachamim so that they will daven on behalf of couples waiting for children… And the Kollel Chatzos office also reports that they constantly hear besuros tovos that the talmidei chachamim’s davening has brought forth the long-awaited yeshuos.

This well-known, well-proven segula is described so eloquently and instructively by the Ben Ish Chai in Keser Malchus (siman 160), “The husband and wife should sponsor the needs of a chabura (group), who awaken to learn at chatzos, and in this zechus they will be blessed with zera shel kayama, and so they should do so constantly.”

This Thursday night, Aug. 23, 13 Elul, is the yahrtzeit of the holy Ben Ish Chai. And while the Ben Ish Chai’s segula is applicable every night of the year, it is particularly meaningful when performed on his very yahrtzeit. Therefore, Kollel Chatzos dedicates this night as a special leil tefillah for couples who are waiting for children.

A delegation of Kollel Chatzos talmidei chachamim will also daven at the place designated as the gateway for tefillos for children—the “Beis Isha HaShunamis,” the very place where Elisha HaShunamis enacted a miracle and the Isha HaShunamis merited children.

So many of us know couples who are in pain and wish we could help… somehow. We may not be doctors nor possess the key to life. Yet, this Sunday, we can all do something. Something meaningful, something powerful. We can heed the call of the Ben Ish Chai on his yahrtzeit. We can partner with Kollel Chatzos, sponsor the needs of the kollel’s distinguished talmidei chachamim, and daven to Hashem that this night storm the gates of zera chaya v’kayama.

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Years had passed, but the talmid of the great mekubel Rav Mordechai Sharabi, zt”l, did not give up hope. For years he carried his pain in his heart. He had performed all sorts of segulos, but was yet to be blessed with a ben zachar. Still, he continued to daven, to hope and to dream.

One night, his heart erupted with longing. He approached a group of talmidei chachamim who were learning throughout the night and begged them, “You’re learning all night long. You’re accomplishing such great things. Can you perform the segula of the Ben Ish Chai on my behalf, so that I be blessed with a ben zachar?”

The talmidei chachamim responded yes…

And Hashem responded yes to their tefillos.

At the ripe age of 70, this man became the father of a baby boy.

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