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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,

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"Saturday Night, Full Moon"
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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.



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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 on "Saturday".

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 fourth.


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.


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