(s5760-53 / 20 Elul)
"Don't despair. I have
excellent advice for you. Travel to Lubavitch and see the Rebbe, the Tsemech
Tsedek. He'll surely answer all your questions."
BEFORE YOU SPEAK
(s5760-52 / 13Elul)
To separate from the Baal Shem Tov was very difficult,
even though the reason was that he was leaving for the Holy Land.
LESSON IN HOSPITALITY
He was aware that I had
flown the year before to see the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
"The Rebbe of Lubavitch lives
in New York. Perhaps he can save you from this terrible affliction."
THE HOLY BEGGARS OF SAFED
of our seedier citizens is not a beggar.
(s5760-48/ 15 Av)
Rebbe Elimelech of Lizensk,
instructed the great Torah scholar, Rabbi Simcha of Bubraka, that he should
travel to his brother, Rebbe Zusha of Anapoli
(s5760-47/ 8 Av)
Although everyone was aware
of Bagalo’s great wisdom, no one had yet realized his great secret.
Story#146 SLAPS OF LOVE
He had heard that it would be worthwhile for him to meet Rabbi Moshe
The Rosh Yeshiva summoned
two of his great disciples: his son, Rabbi Shimon Sofer, and Rabbi Yosef
“Of course! I should call the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Why didn’t
I think of it earlier!”
Rabbi Yisrael Najara,
a kabbalist in 16th century Tsfat, liked to walk in the river-valley below the
Upper Galilee to Lower East Side
he demanded; “Does the Lubavitcher Rebbe have supernatural powers?”
Story #141 A SURGICAL PROCEDURE
He felt the penetrating gaze of the Belzer Rebbe, Rabbi
Yehoshua Rokeach, burning into him.
WHAT WILL THE ANGELS SAY?”
Rabbi Baruch of Mezhibuzh, sometimes used to speak harshly
of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev
A DREAM COME TRUE
"You have to hear
this amazing episode with Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi; it is my own personal
TO HEAR THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
“Enough!” The Shpoler
Zeide called out. “That’s the final blow!”
"My child cannot
understand things as other children do. My child cannot remember facts and figures
as other children do. Where is G-d's perfection?"
HONOR YOUR TEACHER
The Rebbe, R.
Shlomo of Karlin, announced he was about to leave on a trip, and that anyone
who needed anything of him was welcome to come along.
LAG B’OMER MIRACLE AT MERON
and blessed is His great name,’ and also the name of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai."
Story#134 (s5760-34/5 Iyar)
A messenger from the “Holy Ari,” Rabbi
Yitzchak Luria, strode into the shul and approached the rabbi.
Story#133 (s5760-33/28 Nissan)
LESSON IN SILENCE
He couldn’t believe his eyes: Rabbi
Yisroel Hager, the Vizhnitzer Rebbe, in his house!
AT THE REBBE’S SEDER TABLE
wanted to be with the Maggid of Koznitz for Pesach night, but he knew the
Rebbe preferred to not host chassidim at his Seder.
REBBE MATZAH, EXTRA MATZAH
Lubavitcher Rebbe sized me up with a rapid glance
and turned to break off a piece of matzah.
AFTER THE DRAFT
Rebbe Rashab of Lubavitch repeated the same words
for a third time.
THE EXTRA MATZAH
the displaced persons' camp in March 1945, Rabbi Eliezer Zusha Portugal, the
Skulener Rebbe, sought to obtain wheat that he could bake into “shmurah matzah.”
Story#128 (s5760-29/15Adar II)
Several days after the funeral,
he appeared to the Chief Rabbi of Prague in a dream
WALKING INTO FIRE
had never before heard of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
wife suggested going for advice and blessing to the Baal Shem Tov
THE PRECIOUS COIN
Ktav Sofer was visibly upset, his face white as frost
Story #124 (s5760-24/17Adar
THE BOILING LEAD TREATMENT
great Kabbalist, Rabbi Moshe de Leon, looked at the well-known sinner of
13th century Spain penetratingly
(s5760-24/12 Adar I)
THE ONION PLOT
This is exactly the opportunity I’ve been waiting for!” said Reb Naftali of
Rofshitz, one of the leading disciples of the Seer of Lublin.
Story#122 A BUNDLE OF SPARKS
Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi leaned his head on his hands,
as he often did when entering a state of divine union.
A LESSON IN TALMUD
to make fun of the founder of the Chassidic movement, the holy Ba'al Shem Tov.
Story#120 THE 20,000
% PRICE INCREASE
Rabbi Yitzchak Ze’ev Soloveitchik
[1886-1959; son of Reb Chaim of Brisk], was often asked why he permitted the Beis
Yaakov girls’ school to be located in a non-religious neighborhood.
AN ANGEL OF ONE THOUSAND
that the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, is now in
the United States.’
KABBALIST'S VISIT TO THE CITY OF KABBALAH
this sojourn in Tsfat, the miraculous kabbalistic powers of Baba Sali were
Story#117 A DREADLOCKS
(s5760-18/ 27 Tevet)
A first-person story
told at Ascent by a guest.
(s5760-17/ 20 Tevet)
Rabbi Shnuer Zalman
immediately said, “Don’t think that I made a miracle, or even that I was divinely
(s5760-16/ 6 Tevet)
Eliezer HaKohein Isaac told this
amazing account of his World War II experience to his son-in-law, Yitzchak Hershkovitz,
of Petach Tikvah.
REBBE’S PREPOSTEROUS ADVICE
“Ah, good advice,
a miracle, even” the rebbe repeated softly, stroking his beard. "For that perhaps
you should go to the new Lubavitcher Rebbe. He knows about these matters.”
Story#113 FIFTH LIGHT - FIVE WEDDINGS
My father was so shocked to hear these words again that he didn't
hear the rest of the blessing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
(s5760-12/ 22 Kislev)
Before he departed for home,
the Sadigora Rebbe always gave him a coin of pure silver.
THE PRAYER BUSINESS
(s5760-11/ 15 Kislev)
Dov Ber, the Maggid of Mezritch, used to pray at great length.
BUSINESS ON SHABBAT
(s5760-10/ 8 Kislev)
I able to speak with the Rebbe [R. Shneur Zalman], he said something that
took me by surprise.
(s5760-09/ 1 Kislev)
He heard the Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer
Schneersohn, muttering, as if he were talking to himself, but in Russian!
Story#108 FULL REPAYMENT
Rabbi Shmuel Shtrashun (the Rashash) revered
for his Talmudic commentaries, was devoted to the Jewish community of
GUEST FOR THE FISH
(s5760-07/ 17 Cheshvan)
The holy Rabbi Yitzchak
of Drohovitch ... was nagged by puzzlement
THE FARMER METHOD
(s5760-06/ 10 Cheshvan)
qualified to recognize lofty souls?” queried the Rebbe Maharash.
Story#105 FORTY DAYS AND FORTY
He was astonished to see that Rabbi
Yisrael, the Rhyzhiner Rebbe, lived in extraordinary luxury!
THE SMILE IN THE PICTURE
(s5760-04/ 26 Tishrei)
and Tzivia were both astonished. How did the Lubavitcher Rebbe know who
(s5760-03/ 19 Tishrei)
The Pasha summoned Rabbi
Moshe Galante, who had moved from Tsfat around 1655 and was now one of Jerusalem’s
(s5760-02/ 12 Tishrei)
The Rebbe, R. Chaim Meir Yechiel
Shapira of Mogelnitz , stared at the vision in front of him.
CAUGHT IN THE ACT
(s5760-01/ 5 Tishrei)
Yitzchak of Berditchev froze in his place. His face turned white as a sheet.
His eyes bulged.