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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

from ASCENT online and in Tsfat,
the publisher in Jerusalem (Koren);
Jewish bookstores internationally,
and on Amazon in both hardcover and Kindle editions.

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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, and through Koren, on Amazon, etc.


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What Price Tefillin?

Before Yitzchak Thaler was deported to a labour camp somewhere in Poland, he made himself a belt with pockets, in which he hid three things: ...

Connection: Seasonal -- This week, on Tuesday, is the sunrise-to-nightfall Fast of the Tenth of Tevet. It commemorates the onset of the siege outside the walls of Jerusalem that led to the destruction of the Holy Temple on the Ninth of Av. In addition, in our times it has become the date to say Kaddish for those martyrs of the Holocaust (and all the others through the centuries) whose date of death is unknown.


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At the Crossroads

"He was wrapping tefillin on Jewish men; the five teenagers were offering "Shalom"stickers to all drivers."

Connection: Weekly reading of Vayigash continues the saga of Yosef and His Brothers


NEXT week's Story


The Missed Appointment

One year, after the prayers of Rosh Hashanah drew to a close, Rabbi Yehudah-Tzvi of Stretyn made an enigmatic statement to his chasidim.

Connection: Seasonal -- The 18th of Tevet (this year: Thursday, Jan. 24) is the 177th yahrzeit of the Bnei Yissaschar.


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