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

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"Saturday Night, Full Moon"
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A Swimming Tip for Life

He was a sensitive boy and often felt homesick. Also, he found the yeshiva lacking in cleanliness and he didn't like the food. All this led him to become quite depressed.

Connection: Rosh Chodesh Nissan (which falls on this Shabbat) is almost exactly in between the yahrzeits of the two Rebbes in the story.


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Hospitality for Man and Beast

"Honored Rabbis," he cried out to Rabbi Elimelech and Rabbi Zusha. "Why have you done this to me?"

Connection: Seasonal: Wednesday night-Thursday is the 231st yahrzeit of the Rebbe Elimelech of Lishinsk


NEXT week's Story


Paying a Debt

When Reb Shmelke, the son of Rebbe Moshe Leib of Sassov, was still a young man he set out to study at the feet of Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heschel, the Apter Rebbe.

Connection: Seasonal -- Nissan 5 is the 193rd yahrzeit of the Apter Rebbe.


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