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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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The Russian Chasidic Rabbi Who Wore an Earring and a Top Hat!

An immigrant from Russia, the scholarly rabbi was a foreigner in Manchester, English. Wearing a Russian kasket cap on his head and sporting a long black beard, he was an anomaly to the typical Englishman.

Connection: Weekly Reading of Vayishlach - Jewish men with earrings (see Gen. 35:4)


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The Broken Engagement

Rebbe Yisrael of Koznitz sent the man on a long arduous journey to the Chozeh ("Seer") of Lublin, known for his power to discern the state and provenance of a person's soul.

Connection: Weekly Reading of Toldot - a broken betrothal

NEXT week's Story


Yud-Tes Kislev, From Father to Son

He was angered that the Governor presented various nobles to the Czar first, and only then did he present the sons of the Alter Rebbe of Chabad.

Connection: Seasonal - the chasidic festival of YUD-TES KISLEV


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