(s5766-51 / 27 Elul 5766)
Potatoes and Strings
While his grandfather the Baal HaTanya prayed, the Tzemech
Tzedek played with his toy tefilin.
(s5766-50 / 20 Elul 5766)
The Weight of a Curl
Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev saw a young woman
sitting alone, her hair modestly covered.
(s5766-49 / 13 Elul 5766)
his spiritual vision, the Baal Shem Tov saw heavenly light streaming out
from a tiny village shul.
(s5766-48 / 6 Elul 5766)
Pursued by Kindness
would have to bring the family back to Tsfat and spend the rest of the war in
a bomb shelter
(s5766-47 / 29 Av 5766)
How to Be in Exile
for three years you will be ill and bedridden, or you will wander as a vagabond,"
said Rabbi Meir of Premishlan.
(s5766-46 / 22 Av 5766)
A Bit of Good Milk
Naftali of Ropshitz walked into his kitchen and complained, "
"Don't I deserve a bit of milk?"
#455 (s5766-45 / 15 Av 5766)
Happy Mother of Sons
As she started to get onto
a bus, a woman in front of her turned around, attacked her and viciously beat
(s5766-44 / 7 Av 5766)
During the Previous War in Lebanon
During the closing days of Israel's 1982 war in Lebanon, I was one of a small
group who got permission from the army to enter Beirut to cheer up the soldiers.
story #453 (s5766-43 / 1 Av 5766)
Holy Ari of Safed
(s5766-41 / 15 Tamuz 5766)
Three Week Libyan Meat Sausages
the three weeks, Jews from Tripoli eat meat sausages
(s5766-41 / 15 Tamuz 5766)
A Good Environment for Torah Study
Ohr Hachayim would sit engrossed in Torah study until his last coin was
spent, and only then engage in his expert craft.
#450 (s5766-40 / 9 Tamuz 5766)
The huge millstone on the outskirts
of 19th century Jerusalem was turned by the steady and patient treading
of a horse.
(s5766-39 / 2 Tamuz 5766)
First Class to Tokyo
he asked the Lubavitcher Rebbe to bestow on him a blessing for a good livelihood,
the Rebbe's surprise answer was: "Go to Japan."
story #448 (s5766-38 / 25 Sivan
The Bed of Spices
the Baal Shem Tov arrived, the doors of the study house were locked.
story #447 (s5766-37
/ 18 Sivan 5766)
The Right Challah
told Rabbi Mordechai of Lechovitch how Rabbi Leib Sarahs changed
one slice for another.
(s5766-36 / 11 Sivan 5766)
A Memory Beverage
Yosef Karo cautioned Rabbi Moshe Alsheich: "Your student Chaim Vital is remarkable.
Be exceptionally careful."
(s5766-35 / 4 Sivan 5766)
The Orphans' Missing Mitzvah
the circumcision of a baby who was already orphaned from both of his parents,
Rebbe Yehoshua of Belz told this story about Rebbe Yaakov Yitzchak of
(s5766-34 / 26 Iyar 5766)
The calm, holy face of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev appeared at the
window of the carriage
(s5766-33 / 17 Iyar 5766)
Twenty-Eight Gallons of Grape Juice
Caught up in the holy spirit of the day, we began to recount
the power of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.
(s5766-32 / 12 Iyar 5766) See the expanded version. #468
"Why did you not mention this until
now?" asked the Seer of Lublin.
(s5766-31 / 5 Iyar 5766)
A Telegram From the Rebbe on Israeli
The Lubavitcher Rebbe was
characteristically succinct; the telegram contained but a single sentence.
story #440 (s5766-30 / 28 Nisan
A Visit to Paris
only I among us speak French, I will speak," announced Rabbi Shmuel of
(s5766-29 / 19 Nisan 5766)
When the holy ARI stood up to honor the teenaged boy,
Rabbi Chaim Vital gaped in astonishment.
#438 (s5766-28 / 12 Nisan 5766)
"I shall ask the Divrei Chaim
what I should do about the eating of maror," said the scholar with the lung
(s5766-27 / 7 Nisan 5766)
The Winning Interpretation
Rabbi Mordechai of Nadvorna asked
him to convey his regards and a few words to Rabbi Zvi Hirsch of Liska.
story #436 (s5766-26/
29 Adar 5766)
The Compromise Cure
husband told the Rebbe Rashab that the Tzemech Tzedek instructed her to
wash her head in hot water.
(s5766-25/ 22 Adar 5766)
The Stuffed Lion and the Half Suit
Filled with wonder and appreciation, he urged Rabbi Moshe
Leib of Sassov to visit Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk.
story #434 (s5766-24/
15 Adar 5766)
not being a tzaddik," announced Rabbi Meir Yechiel of Ostrovtze, "must
as far as possible abstain from food."
#433 (s5766-23/ 8 Adar 5766)
Child Singer and His Friends
Torah flowed from the lips of the Baal Shem Tov like water gushing from
a pure stream.
(s5766-22/ 1 Adar 5766)
Fresh Chinese Challah
In Beijing, China, "a regular weekend" means only
fifty or sixty guests for Shabbat meals.
#431 (s5766-21/ 24 Shevat 5766)
Previous Incarnation of the Baal Shem Tov
Adam Baal Shem revealed to the Baal Shem Tov that his holy soul had previously
lived in Tsfat (Safed).
(s5766-20/ 17 Shevat 5766)
Suing the Almighty
The Shpoler Zeide instructed his family to commemorate
19 Shvat throughout the generations.
#429 (s5766-19/ 10 Shevat 5766)
"You can try to do mitzvot the
same as the Lubavitcher Rebbe!" said Rabbi Yosef-Yitchak Shneersohn.
story #428 (s5766-18/
3 Shevat 5766)
Shopping for Success
you so sure my prayer will be effective?" asked Baba Sali.
story #427 (s5766-17/
25 Tevet 5766)
More Enlightened than the Enlightenment
When Rabbi Shneur-Zalman of Chabad was young, he studied
geometry and astronomy.
(s5766-16/ 18 Tevet 5766)
Simchah-Bunem of Pshischa spent some time in Germany, accompanied by his son.
story #425 (s5766-15/
10 Tevet 5766)
she whispered to Rabbi Israel Spira, the Rebbe of Bluzhov, "do you
have a knife?"
(s5766-14/ 4 Tevet 5766)
A Miracle for Tsfat
In it was a bottle of vodka, fifty $1 bills, and a note in
the Lubavitcher Rebbe's handwriting.
#423 (s5766-13/ 27 Kislev 5766)
in the American Revolution
General George Washington
and the menorah of inspiration.
(s5766-12/ 19 Kislev 5766)
The Missing Rabbi
For years Rabbi Zusha had been honored with lighting
the shamash candle of the Maggid of Mezritch.
story #421 (s5766-11/ 13 Kislev
Telephone from Heaven
recalled the festive meal which was prepared every Yud-tet Kislev in his
grandfather's little shul.
(s5766-10/ 6 Kislev 5766)
The Revolutionary Rebbe
Incensed by the response of Rabbi Dovber of Lubavitch,
the nephew carried out his threat.
(s5766-09/ 28 Cheshvan 5766)
The Iron Necklace
One night Dina had a dream that she was standing at the gate
of the Cave of Machpelah.
(s5766-08/ 20 Cheshvan 5766)
The Rebbe, Rabbi
Sholom DovBer Schneersohn, was muttering, as if he were talking to himself,
but in Russian!
(s5766-07/ 14 Cheshvan 5766)
The Mitzvah of Escorting
The well-to-do business man who had
come to consult with Rabbi Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev had dedicated a
substantial amount of money and time to hosting guests.
#417 (s5766-06/ 7 Cheshvan 5766)
Mafia Godfather and the Yeshiva
Kotler did not speak English, so it was Mr. Irving Bunim who explained
to the Mafia godfather.
(s5766-05/ 30 Tishrei 5766)
A Prophet and a King
townsfolk of Nikolsburg disapproved of the seemingly odd behavior of their rabbi,
R. Shmuel-Shmelke Horowitz, and decided to dismiss him
story #415 (s5766-04/ 24 Tishrei
An Epic Beginning
Baal Shem Tov presents the Maggid with a revelation and a role-reversal.
story #414 (s5766-03/ 14 Tishrei
A Bit of Kabbalah
in the sukkah of Rabbi Gershon of Kitov, no rain was falling.
story #413 (s5766-02/ 8 Tishrei
Suspending a Yom Kippur Prayer
"A subtle twinge of apprehension settled into my stomach, competing with the cheesecake
for my attention and my gastric enzymes. My nervous system is alerting me that
Yom Kippur is right around the corner."
(s5766-02/ 3 Tishrei 5766)
His father the Rebbe was in favor of the match, but his grandmother, Rebbetzin
Rivka Shneersohn, had other plans.