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As told by Yerachmiel Tilles
co-founder and first educational director of Ascent-of-Safed, originator and maintainer of this website, and managing editor of Kabbala Online. He has hundreds of published stories in many venues and in (at least) a half dozen languages. He tells them live in Tsfat (Safed) nearly every week, at his home on Friday evenings and at Ascent on Saturday nights.

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"Festivals of the Full


(Under the Full Moon" vol 2 -
holiday stories)

is now available for purchase


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Book 1
of Yerachmiel Tilles's 3-volume set,

"Saturday Night, Full Moon"
, is also available for purchase on our KabbalaOnline-shop site.

Important notice: Due to a change in publishers, the new book will not be available online or in stores until the end of December, except:


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The Rabbi with the Extra-Large Salary

His mother (grandmother of Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua of Apt) said, 'A rare mitzva has come your way. You should not accept any money for your role in its fulfillment.'

Connection: Seasonal--the 192nd yahrzeit of the Apta Rebbe


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The Power of a Promise

Although he was 100% Shabbat-observant, the Chofetz Chaim gave him a stern look and asked him to promise that he would never violate Shabbat.

Connection: Weekly Reading of Vayakhel--Ex. 35:1-3 ("Do not work on Shabbat")


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The Broader Outlook

"As far as I know, the Lubavitcher Rebbe never visited London and had no first-hand knowledge of London."

Connection: Seasonal--the 116th anniversary of the birth of the Lubavitcher Rebbe


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