“After some time had passed, I received a message from my lawyer that the deal had fallen through, and that I’d lost all of the money I’d invested in the property. The news hit me like a ton of bricks. I did some asking around to find out what had happened, and it soon became clear that I’d been the victim of a group of fraudsters and tricksters. Even so, it wasn’t easy for me to really accept what had happened, and I spent another six months trying to establish some sort of legal rights to the apartment I’d bought and paid for. After six months of fruitless efforts, I finally understood that there was nothing more I could do, and that I was left high and dry.
“On the one hand, I’d already lost all of my deposit money and mortgage, and if that wasn’t enough, now I also couldn’t get another loan to try to buy a different property.”
Eliyahu clearly still finds it difficult to recall the details of that incredibly stressful stage of his life. “Despite all the pain and despair I was feeling, I still tried to move forward with my life. I went to see a mortgage advisor who told me that in my situation, it would be very difficult for me to be given another mortgage. The words he used is that it would be ‘completely against the rules’. After that meeting, I decided to get in touch with Rav Berland. I knew so many other people had received miraculous help from the Rav to help them solve their problems, and I hoped that I’d be able to join their ranks.
“I contacted Natan Solomon, the Rav’s gabbai, and arranged a pidyon nefesh with the Rav, and immediately after that, in a miraculous way that can’t be mistaken for anything except a true miracle, I met the friend who helped me,” recounts Eliyahu.
“This friend had heard what had happened to me, and introduced me to a businessman who happened to be a property expert. To cut a long story short, the businessman arranged a new mortgage for me that evening, against all the odds. From my previous experience arranging all the paperwork required for the first mortgage, I couldn’t believe how this man appeared out of nowhere, and was able to sort everything out for me in the blink of an eye. In a matter of a few hours, he’d already got the confirmations back from the bank’s management, that they were happy to give me a new mortgage.
“I have no doubt that the pidyon is what helped me,” says Eliyahu. “I feel it in my bones: it’s the pidyon! Natan Solomon told me when I was arranging it that: ‘You will see Hashem with your own eyes!’ But the truth is that because of everything that I’d been through, I wasn’t so convinced at the beginning. At the very least, I thought that I’d have to go through another long, tedious bureaucratic process to get another mortgage. But in the end, it happened so fast! It was really like what happened to Yosef HaTzadik, when they came to bring him to Pharoah and ‘rushed him out of the pit’…
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