The human spirit is amazing. Our hopes have been squelched by the physicians. Philip’s body seems to be letting him down.

Actually, it is pretty sad and Shelly and I feel it very deeply. The doctors don’t see any chance of him getting a transplant. In my mind I believe them and grieve deeply; however, where there is life there is a spark of hope. I hold onto that tiny spark of hope knowing the probable outcome. I prepare myself for the worst and seem to bounce between despair, acceptance, and hope.

Words can’t begin to express our deep gratitude for your continued support and your outpouring of love and concern.


  1. aaron and mintza leah

    dear randy and shelley, please don’t give up. keep fanning that tiny spark of hope. we as a community are praying tonight @ 7:00 pm. may g-d hear our prayers for philip and you both. we love you and want the very best for all. you are always in our thoughts.

  2. Randy and Shelly: We have just recited tehillim for Phil, and we will continue to do so.
    All of your friends share in your heartbreak while realizing that we cannot fathom your despair.
    We can still pray for a miracle and, short of that, for Hashem to stay with you and comfort you. If only we could understand His decisions.
    If there is anything that you need us to do, just let us know….love, Janice and gang

  3. The Goldman’s just finished saying Tehillim for Phil. I can only repeat what Janice has said already. We are here for you and Shelly and will support you in any way we can.

  4. dear flipper, ran, and shelly,
    i hope you can feel my presence – praying with you, holding you so tightly, and showering you with my love.
    i will not stop praying – with all my heart and all my soul.
    ran, i feel blessed that i was able to speak to you today.
    i love you my dearest friends – robbin

  5. There are no words that can take away the bouncing between various emotions that you describe. Please know that there are many friends who are praying for Phil and thinking loving thoughts of all of you.

    Rebecca, Issy, Dalia and Ilan Cheskes

  6. I know of these bouncing emotions, too. I won’t share my story right now. But, my prayers are STILL continuing! I shared the prayer request on my open diary journal. I have lots of my friends praying, too. Big Gentle Hugz.

  7. Randi,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all for a good outcome for Philip. Will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.


  8. Dear friends: I am there in spirit today and thinking of you and praying for you. May G-d provide you with all you need today. Just know that you are loved and cared for by all who know you. My heart goes to yours today. Bless you, Cindi

  9. We will continue to say tehillim and prayers for Phil’s recovery no matter what the doctors say. As long as there is life, there is hope.

  10. Sarah Malka & Larry Margolis

    Our prayers, Tehillim, and hopes continue for Hashem’s blessings for Pesach Yaakov ben Reizel Pesha’s refuah shleimah! Randy, Shelly, and family — we also pray for strength for all of you. Love and hugs, Sarah Malka & Larry

  11. The boys and the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Gedolah of Bayonne NJ dedicated their learning to Pesach Yaakov ben Raizel Pesha yesterday and said tehillim for him. So many people are praying for him.

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