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
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of the Full
(Under the Full Moon" vol 2 -
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Book 1 of Yerachmiel Tilles's 3-volume
"Saturday Night, Full Moon",
is also available for purchase
site, and through Koren, on Amazon, etc.
From Reiki to Rabbi
He opened a Reiki Center in Israel and soon he was making an exorbitant
amount of money. His secretary reported to him, "You are booked for
the next two years and you're almost a millionaire."
Connection: Last week's Reading contains the first section of
the "Shma Yisrael" prayer; this week's Reading, Vaet'chanan,
concludes with the second section.
The Saturday Surprise Sign
After his wedding, my father was allocated a department of his in-laws'
family store to manage. He requested to close it on Shabbat, but was told
categorically "Better to close 6 days a week, so long as you work
Connection: The Weekly Reading of Vaet'chanan contains
both the verse "Shma Yisrael" and a repetition of the
Ten Commandments, of which the Obervance of Shabbat is the
NEXT week's Story
The Almost Certain Death Sentence in Tiberias
"It was not a miracle at all; it is a clear verse in the Torah"
insisted Rabbi Yaakov-Shimshon of Shepetovka
Connection: Weekly Reading of Re'ey -- the verse, "Open,
you must open your hand to him [the needy fellow-Jew,]..." (Deut.
15:8) plays a starring role in the story.