(s5767-50 / 22 Elul 5767)
What You See is
What You Get
The Apter Rebbe replied,
"In our youth we also saw the secret matters of the heart."
story #510 (s5767-49
/ 15 Elul 5767)
A Prosperous Visitor
"I wished to see the holy Baal Shem Tov and receive his blessing,
though I am not in need of anything, thank G-d," said the visitor.
story #509 (s5767-48 / 8 Elul
Behind the Formality
"Jewish law prohibits marriage if the bride or groom had been married beforeto
a Jew but not divorced according to Jewish law," explained the young Chabad
story #508 (s5767-47
/ 1 Elul 5767)
Four Desirable Horses
"Drive to the city of Petersburg where the Czar's palace is," Rabbi
Shneur Zalman of Liozna told him.
(s5767-46 / 24 Menachem-Av 5767)
Hearing that a Chassidic rebbe, the
Divrei Chayim, was visiting the mineral baths in Baden, an irreligious
Jew named Marcus decided to pay him a visit.
#506 (s5767-45 / 17 Menachem-Av
At Least One Little Prayer, Please
was bitterly disappointed when he learned the Chernobyl Rebbe would not
stay in his house this time.
(s5767-44 / 10 Menachem-Av 5767)
"Reb Pesach the merchant was just
an ordinary chasid of my grandfather, Rabbi Shmuel
story #504 (s5767-43 / 3 Menachem-Av
Jesting in Earnest
Shlomo of Radomsk read through the man's note
and exclaimed: "What is this I read about your being 'a poor man'?! You had
better leave my house at once."
(s5767-42 / 25 Tamuz 5767)
A Tip to Help My
The Divrei Chaim of Sanz
apologized, but told his son that he would not give him any money for the wedding.
story #502 (s5767-41
/ 18 Tamuz 5767)
Chirps of a Bird Prophet
The building echoed to the revelry of a wedding party, but the Baal Shem Tov
and his companions spent the night quietly in their room.
story #501(s5767-40 / 11 Tamuz
In Memory of a Happy Jew
We decided to endanger our lives and defy the Nazis to go to Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak
of Lubavitch (who was then in Poland) and ask for his holy blessing.
story #500 (s5767-39
/ 3 Tamuz 5767)
"Nonsense," I replied, even though I immediately recalled my dream of
the Lubavitcher Rebbe the night before.
#499 (s5767-38) 27 Sivan 5767
Holy Books Allowed in the Rebbe's Room!
Avraham (the Maggid) of Trisk hardly ate or
story #498 (s5767-37) 20 Sivan 5767
Rabbi Shmuel-Abba of Zichlin
sent a sum of money to the Holy Land every three months for the children of Rabbi
Moshe of Lelov.
(s5767-36) 13 Sivan 5767
Secrets for Souls from the "Feminine
Rebbetzin Freida Shneuri,
the daughter of the Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Chabad, was both brilliant and pious.
Her father frequently delivered deep chasidic discourses just for her.
story #496 (s5767-35) 5 Sivan
Shem Tov agreed to grant the blessing, but attached a condition.
story #495 (s5767-34) 28 Iyar
The Embroidered Tablecloth and the Train Ticket
Mordechi of Nadvorna told his chasid to purchase a
train ticket for the young gentile woman.
(s5767-33) 21 Iyar 5767
The Pilgrimmage of a Polish-Catholic
"Is it because you think I'm a
sorcerer that you have come to me," asked Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Rimanov.
story #493 (s5767-32) 14 Iyar
From Hebron to Meron
whom can we rely? Come, let us rely upon Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai!"
(s5767-31) 7 Iyar 5767
Payment at Last
the entire amount from this man in Vienna," advised the Divrei Chaim;
"not one penny less."
(s5767-30) 30 Nissan 5767
One Month Per Family
one of the chasidim thought it proper to trouble the Rebbe Maharash with
the current downturn of their income.
story #490 (s5767-29) 23 Nissan
A Kosher Decision
the meal in honor of the Baal Shem Tov,
a question suddenly arose about whether the chicken that had just been served
(s5767-28) 14 Nissan 5767
The Mauthausen Matza Bakery
his dream, his deceased father and he were visiting the Rebbe of Radomsk, the
(s5767-27) 9 Nissan 5767
A Subway Switch
Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: "The Lubavitcher Rebbe gave me a new
(s5767-26) 2 Nissan 5767
told the Divrei Chaim that the doctor said whitewashing his house for Pesach
would hasten his tenant's death.
(s5767-25) 24 Adar 5767
The Naked Squire
priest told the Squire that the only possible solution was to banish Rabbi
Elimelech from Lizensk.
(s5767-24) 17 Adar 5767
The Waker and the Big Black Dog
Sholom Yerushalmi inherited the pre-dawn job from Rabbi Berel Vikar.
story #484 (s5767-23) 10 Adar
Purim In Persia Again
the Teharan synagogue were ancient manuscripts from before the time of Esther
(s5767-22 / 3 Adar 5767)
The young squire told his father that he intended to marry
the Jewish innkeeper's beautiful daughter.
(s5767-21 / 26 Shevat 5767)
A Moving Story
"Dear Ascent: The story behind my court case reads
like one of your stories. If you'd like to have it, let me know."
story #481 (s5767-20 / 19 Shevat
When his wife heard what he intended, she was horrified. She urged him to go to
the Seer of Lublin for advice.
(s5767-19 / 12 Shevat 5767)
The Early Fig Tragedy
The Arab residents of Safed plotted against Rabbi Shlomo
(s5767-18 / 4 Shevat 5767)
Baba Sali, the Gaon of Vilna and
the Baal Shem Tov
When Baba Sali first
moved to Israel, in 1964, he lived in Yavneh.
(s5767-17 / 27 Tevet 5767)
The Holy Slop Bucket
"Why do you cry?" asked Rebbe Zusha of his
brother, Rebbe Elimelech.
(s5767-16 / 20 Tevet 5767)
A Fatal Delay
Rabbi Aharon of Chernobyl agreed to adjucate the court case with the deceased.
story #476 (s5767-15 / 13 Tevet
young men dress like bums," complained the lawyer to the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
story #475 (s5767-14
/ 6 Tevet 5767)
Ellis Island Aggravations
A broken survivor of the Nazi inferno showed up at the door of the Kopischnitzer
Rebbe, crying hysterically.
(s5767-13 / 29 Kislev 5767)
Eighteen Gold Rubles for Tea
At the"tea party," Rabbi Mordechai of Chernobyl
spoke words of Torah that delighted the souls of his chasidim.
story #473 (s5767-12
/ 22 Kislev 5767)
A Ransom of One Million Dollars
During the summer of 1984, Ze'ev was abducted by a band of
(s5767-11 / 15 Kislev 5767)
Say it with a Smile
In the course of his cross-examination, Rabbi Shneur Zalman
of Chabad was asked twenty-two questions.
#471 (s5767-10 / 8 Kislev 5767)
An Odd Stipulation
Jews assured the young nobleman that the Rebbe's son and successor, Rabbi Dovber
Shneuri, was also a holy person.
(s5767-09 / 1 Kislev 5767)
A Profitable Business Deal
The Apter Rebbe told him to take up the first offer
of a transaction that came his way.
(s5767-08 / 24 Cheshvan 5767)
The Seven-Day Wonder
The wild-looking young man was given the place of honor next
to the Baal Shem Tov.
(s5767-07 / 17 Cheshvan 5767)
"Why did you not mention this until now?" asked the Seer of Lublin.
story #467 (s5767-06 / 10 Cheshvan
Tzemach Tzedek requested that the wagon driver join him for breakfast the
story #466 (s5767-05
/ 3 Cheshvan 5767)
The Rebbe and the Emperor
Rabbi Nachman of Brezlav had a dream: in it an old man
told him to go to Tiberias.
(s5767-04 / 26 Tishrei 5767)
Saved by the Wedding
Oddly, instead of blessing him, the Baal Tanya advised
his chasid to consult Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev.
story #464 (s5767-03 / 19 Tishrei
The Kabbalah of Tobacco
Hoshana Rabba, the Baal Shem Tov would tell what had been decreed for the
story #463 (s5767-02
/ 12 Tishrei 5767)
Fifty Years Later
exceptionally cold night, the youth refused to sleep in the sukkah with the father
of the Divrei Chayim.
(s5767-01 / 5 Tishrei 5767)
Elevating a Tank
"With the Intifada violence, I knew that
there were only two ways to reach Netzarim: by tank, or by helicopter."