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#205-254 (5762)


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story #254 (s5762-50/ 20 Elul)

TO SEE THE REBBE’S FACE

All heads turned towards him, and a few approached him menacingly. “Who are you to dare to
speak thus?” “I am a follower of the holy Rebbe, R. Ze’ev Wolf of Zhitomir.”


story #253 (s5762-49/ 13 Elul)

WHEN THE BISHOP CAME

He decided to consult with the Baal Shem Tov’s daughter, Udel; perhaps she could help him.


story #252 (s5762-48/ 6 Elul)

CLEAR VISION

Moshe wasn't interested in the Seer of Lublin; he was on his way to see the Rebbe Reb Elimelech of Lujzinsk.


story #251 (s5762-47/`29 Av)

THE LONG ARM OF JUSTICE

Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch of Chortkov had saved five hundred gold ducats as a dowry for his daughter.

story #250 (s5762-46/`22 Av)

A MUSICAL PRODIGY

In the hotel room opposite Rabbi Sholom DovBer Shneersohn of Lubavitch was a famous theatrical singer


story #249 (s5762-45/`15 Av)

WHEN THE MOON IS FULL

"Please go order for me mezuzot from Reb Reuven, the sofer," said Rebbe Schneur Zalman of Liozna..

story #248 (s5762-44/ 8 Av)

IN DEFENSE OF ELIJAH

The Prosecuting Angel said that Rabbi Moshe Alsheich should not be specially rewarded until he himself went down to test him....

story #247 (s5762-43/ 1 Av)

THE "HOLY ARI" READS A FOREHEAD

Rabbi Moshe Galante of Zefat heard about the extraordinary holiness of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria (the ARI). He decided to seek his advice.


story #246 (s5762-42/ 23 Tammuz)

THE TASTE OF SHABBAT

For Rabbi Chaim of Chernowitz, the Be'er Mayim Chayim, life turned on one hinge: Shabbat.


story #245 (s5762-41/ 16 Tammuz)

FAST MOTIVATIONS

As soon as Shabbos came to a close, they  drove by carriage to Apta, where they related the whole bizarre episode to the Rebbe, Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Herschel.

story #244 (s5762-40/ 9 Tammuz)

THE CHASIDIC HOSPITAL

During the Holocaust, the Klausenberger Rebbe traversed every level of Hell … he vowed that if he survived he would …

story #243 (s5762-39/ 2 Tammuz)

FRINGE BENEFITS

He asked him to please personally convey his wonderment to the Lubavitcher Rebbe.


story #242 (s5762-38/ 25 Sivan)

THE KORACH SYNDROME

"For that you didn't have to meditate," he challenged his father, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Chabad


story #241 (s5762-37/ 18 Sivan)

A DIFFERENT FORM OF MANNA

"Who does he --Rabbi Zusha of Anatoli-- think he is fooling by calling out to G-d like that."


story #240 (s5762-36/ 11 Sivan)

THE INNKEEPER AND THE GENERAL

The general blew up. He told the Jewish innkeeper of Kovna that if he persisted in his refusal, terrible things would happen to him.

story #239 (s5762-35/ 4 Sivan)

A SHAVUOT VISITATION IN SALONIKA

Rabbi Yosef Caro and Rabbi Shlomo Alkebetz did not stop learning Torah for even one second that Shavuot night.

story #238 (s5762-34/ 26 Iyar)

LANDING RIGHTS

“I was so nervous, my hands wouldn’t stop shaking. The flight would pass over several Arab countries. ...I wrote to the Lubavitcher Rebbe...."

story #237 (s5762-33/ 19 Iyar)

LAG B’OMER HOSPITALITY

Moshe had become possessed by the desire to experience a revelation of Eliyahu HaNovi.... Unsure what to try next, he decided to consult the local tzaddik, Rabbi Boruch of Kosov.... 

story #236 (s5762-32/ 12 Iyar)

A WHISPER IN TIME

The Baal Shem Tov strode slowly at the head of the wedding procession, the chassan at his side, the townspeople in their finery following behind. Suddenly, he halted...

story #235 (s5762-31/ 5 Iyar)

THEN AND NOW

Vladimir Jabotinsky, Rabbi Avraham-Yitzchak Kook and the Jews of Jerusalem.


story #234 (S5762-30/28Nissan)

FIRST CLASS

The Rebbe Maharash didn’t give him a chance to speak. As soon as he saw him he said, “Go home! Right away! Catch the morning train, which is leaving soon."

story #233 S5762-29 / 22 Nissan)

A REAL JEWISH MOTHER

Once, Rabbi Dovid Biederman, the Lelover Rebbe, decided to undertake the arduous, almost day-long trek on donkey from Jerusalem to the gravesite of Rachel Imainu.


story #232 S5762-28 / 14 Nissan)

THE COLONEL’S SEDER

The new bride's father strode straight into the bedroom to uncover what dread secret lay hidden under his son-in-law’s pillow. The shock was greater than his worst nightmare: the book of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef of Polnoye.

story #231 (s5762-27 / 7 Nissan)

REDEEMED IN THE PRESENT TENSE

He knew that Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heschel, the Apter Rebbe, would be sitting at the Melaveh Malka meal with his Chassidim.  Hopefully, he would be able to help him.
story #230 (s5762-26 / 29 Adar)

A LONG DUTCH DRIVE

The Lubavitcher Rebbe told him to go, but did not mention any names.


story #229 (s5762-25 / 22 Adar)

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

Rebbe Yechezkel of Kuzmir always did whatever he could to arrange a special fish delicacy for Shabbos.


story #228 (s5762-24/13Adar)

A PURIM SECRET

At the bris, the Chassam Sofer was glowing with “light, happiness, joy and honor.” Whether it was the joy of Purim, happiness for his ex-student or a combination of both, nobody knew.

story #227 (s5762-23/ 7 Adar)

A REAL RABBI

Rabbi Yaakov Beirav was intrigued with a plan to speed the redemption of the Jewish people.


story #226 (S5762-22 / 1 Adar) go to #744

THE FOREST AND THE ROSE

As the regular driver for the tzaddik, Reb Leib Sarah's, he had experience in these miraculous-seeming journeys, but this time he could barely believe the evidence of his eyes.

story #225 (s5762-21/24Shvat)

WHEN THE REBBE CAN’T HELP

The Jews of Vitebsk, were never known to be generous donators of money to charitable causes. (A story of the Tsemech Tsedek)

story #224 (s5762-20/15Shvat)

THE THIRD POMEGRANATE

The quality of the fruit of R. Nissim’s one and only tree were well known throughout the Tiberian region. Jews and Arabs alike would flock to purchase them.

story #223 (s5762-19/10Shvat)

A RESERVED CHAIR

“No one may sit in that chair!” the elderly man exclaimed. (A story of the sixth and seventh Lubavitcher Rebbes)


story #222 (s5762-18 /3 Shvat)

“STAND UP!”

An acquaintance suggested that he receive a blessing from Baba Sali before the operation.

story #221 (s5762-17 /25 Tevet 5762)

THE STUNTMAN

Religion meant nothing to Boaz. When asked if he was Jewish, his answer was, "No, I'm Israeli."


story #220 (s5762-16 / 18 Tevet)

POPULAR NAMES

The Baal Shem Tov always showered him with blessings for other things, but never for what he so dearly hoped to hear.


story #219 (s5762-15 / 11 Tevet)

"Patience and Peace"

Rabbi Yitzchak of Vorki thought the Seer of Lublin had erred. "He must have in mind some other person--why me?"


story #218 (s5762-14 / 4 Tevet)

THE SHORTEST VERSE IN THE TORAH

The chassid burned with curiosity to discover the meaning of the Rebbe of Radoshitz's mystifying quotation.


story #217 (s5762-13 / 27 Kislev)

"CHANUKA IN BERGER-BELSEN"

"But how does the Rebbe know?" sputtered the chassid. The Satmar Rebbe, R. Yoel Teitelbaum, smiled, "I heard. I heard all about it."

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story #216 (s5762-12 / 20 Kislev)

"THE ASTONISHED MESSENGER"

Said Rabbi Pinchas Teitz: "To cooperate with the Lubavitcher Rebbe to deliver basic Jewish necessities to the deprived Jews of Russia is one matter, but to ..."


story #215 (s5762-11 / 13 Kislev) expanded and enhanced: #528

THE REBBE, THE RAIN AND THE EARTHQUAKE

In 1830, the Rebbe of Avrush, Rabbi Avraham Dov, settled in the holy city of Safed.


story #214 (s5762-10 / 6 Kislev)

SPECIAL DELIVERY

During the time of Rabbi Shneur Zalman, the“Alter Rebbe” of Chabad, a group of his chassidim in a certain town were being severely oppressed by...


story #213 (s5762-09 / 27 MarCheshvan)

MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL

The Russian colonel asked Rabbi Shneur Zalman, "Are you by chance the son or grandson of the Jewish holy man known as the Baal Shem Tov?


story #212 (s5762-08 / 21 MarCheshvan)

"THE INTERNATIONAL WEDDING"

"If you are asked the reason for my decision," the holy Ari, Rabbi Yitzchak Luria, said gravely, "you may say..."


story #211 (s5762-07/ 14 Cheshvan)

"A REBBE'S HOSPITALITY"

Rabbi Yechiel Meir of Gostynin gave him a warm welcome, and served him strong drink and refreshments.


story #210 (s5762-06/ 7 Cheshvan)

SALVATION FOR SLOVENIA

He could not secure arms or ammunition, but perhaps he could arrange a blessing from the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
story #209 (s5762-05/ 30 Tishrei)

WHEN TWO REBBES MEET

The aides of the Rhyziner Rebbe and the Chernobyler Rebbe met to coordinate the schedules by which the two tzaddikim would receive people


story #208 (s5762-04/ 23 Tishrei)

THE TREASURE ROOM

When Yishaya Shlomo lamented long and loud on his economic straits yet another time, the saintly Rabbi Yechiel-Michil of Zlotchov told him to travel to a certain rich person. “From this man you can learn what it means to genuinely trust in G-d.”

story #207 (s5762-03/ 16 Tishrei)

"NEVER DEMOLISH A SUKKAH"

Rabbi Mordechai of Nadvorna remarked to the irate judge, "Rebbe Meirl of Premishlan was my great-uncle."


story #206 (s5762-02/ 8 Tishrei)

" 'FATHER KNEW YOU FROM YOUTH' "

Rebbe Nota of Chelm looked at him patiently, a small smile playing at his lips, and said, "Nu, ask."


story #205 (s5762-01 / 3 Tishrei 5762)

PASSOVER ON ROSH HASHANAH

Rebbe Meir of Premishlan waxed eloquent in praise of the discourse which Rebbe Shalom of Belz had given.


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