(s5768-55 / 23 Elul 5768)
A Rebbe's Work
When Rabbi Sar-Sholom of Belz traveled
to the wedding of his son, he was stopped at the Russian border.
#564 (s5768-54 / 16 Elul
"L'Chayim" -- "To Life!"
From the minute Feivel first heard about the Baal Shem Tov he longed to
see him. For years he saved and scrimped until finally....
#563 (s5768-53 / 9 Elul 5768)
Chasidic Party Planner
The Tzemach Tzedek
in Lubavitch had a relative living in Vitebsk, a businessman who had suffered
a series of misfortunes.
(s5768-52 / 2 Elul 5768)
The Innocent Tattletale
His employer did not like the idea of
his "rabbi" going to another "rabbi" and leaving at this time.
25 Menachem-Av 5768)
The Father of Orphans
Many men in Israel call Rabbi Eliezer Zusia Portugal, the Skulener Rebbe,
"father-in-law," even though he had no daughters.
#560 (s5768-50 / 18 Menachem-Av
Brick by Brick
cold winter afternoon in Tsfat, the Ridvas arrived in shul for mincha
earlier than usual.
(s5768-49 / 11 Menachem-Av 5768)
The Odor of Subtle Theft
wealthy chassid came with a fine set of tableware as a gift for his rebbe, Rabbi
Shmuel of Karov.
(s5768-48 / 4 Menachem-Av 5768)
The Vanishing Rebbe
On every afternoon preceding a Biblical holiday, the Kalever Rebbe would
disappear for many hours; no one knew where he went.
(s5768-47 / 26 Tammuz 5768)
Reining the Speedy Horse
tears in his eyes, one of his followers told Rabbi Shenuer Zalman that
his teenage son had begun to turn away from the way of Torah.
#556 (s5768-46 / 19 Tammuz 5768)
When the Shtefaneshter Rebbe
finished studying, he carefully replaced the books, leaving no indication that
they had been used.
(s5768-45 / 12 Tammuz 5768)
The Prisoner with Unshakeable Principles
Rebbe Rayatz replied in Yiddish: "Even those who arrest others may
rest assured that their turn too will come."
(s5768-44 / 5 Tammuz 5768)
Rain in Morocco in the Summer?
Sali told them to dig a new mikveh according to the
superior specifications which he outlined for them.
(s5768-43 / 28 Sivan 5768)
The Body Switcher
rabbi suggested that I write a letter to the Lubavitcher Rebbe. I told
my friend: "Do me a favor; get this rabbi out of my sight."
/ 21 Sivan 5768)
When Caught in the Middle
Yismach Moshe said he was aware of three past incarnations of his soul,
including once among the Jews who were redeemed from Egypt.
#551 (s5768-41 / 14 Sivan 5768)
on the Inside
He was relieved that Rabbi Yehoshua
of Belz did not try to dissuade him from marrying the gentile girl, and only
requested that he wear a simple garment.
(s5768-40 / 8 Sivan 5768)
Is G-d in the Details?
merchants, with two diferent approaches, asked Rabbi Araham Mordchai of Sadigora
for his opinion about investing in wheat futures.
(s5768-39 / 29 Iyar 5768)
Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev to the melamed: "I will give you
three pieces of advice. But for each, you must pay well.
#548 (s5768-38 / 22 Iyar 5768)
Remember the circus car with
the seemingly infinite number of clowns pouring out of it? Here is the Jewish
(s5768-37 / 15 Iyar 5768)
The Tall Elder in the White Robe
Lag B'Omer, the holy Ari and his disciples ere dancing enthusiastically with
the multitudes at Meron.
(s5768-36 / 8 Iyar 5768)
Jewish Agency official, caught up in the enthusiasm of Rabbi Mendelson of Komemiyut,
authorized the planting of an orchard in the moshav.
#545 (s5768-35 / 1 Iyar 5768)
The Rebbe Maharash, when he entered
the synagogue of Rabbi Sholom of Belz, did his best to remain incognito.
/ 24 Nissan 5768)
Safed Liberation Day
the War of Independence, Rabbi Avraham Zeide Heller donned his Sabbath
clothes before joining in the defence.
(s5768-33 / 17 Nissan 5768)
is your great Rabbi M. M. Schneerson?" asked the non-Jew. "I
know him very well."
(s5768-32 / 10 Nissan 5768)
A Valuable Slap on the Cheek
father of the Bnei Yissaschar was an itinerant tutor; he would head home
with his hard-earned money before each Festival.
(s5768-31 / 3 Nissan 5768)
The International Funeral Procession
Before his passing, the Ohev Yisrael of Apta
cried out to heaven in bitter protest over the length of the exile.
#540 (s5768-30 / 25 Adar II
The Extra Yeshiva Student
Rebbe Rashab suggested to let the first floor of his house be used as the
dormitory of the yeshiva.
(s5768-29 / 18 Adar II 5768)
A Martyr of Magnitude
Doron Mahareta was rejected when he first applied
for admittance to Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav in Jerusalem.
story #538b/123 (s5768-28
/ 11 Adar II 5768)
The Onion Plot
the opportunity I’ve been waiting for!” exclaimed Reb Naftali of Rofshitz,
one of the leading disciples of the Seer of Lublin.
(s5768-27 / 4 Adar II 5768)
Although the courts found the Jewish man not guilty, he could not bearthe guilt
that he killed an old man, even accidently. He wrote to the sage, Rabbi Chaim
Kanievsky, of Bnei Brak for advice.
(s5768-26 / 27 Adar I 5768)
The Flashy Fundraiser
"Until now," said the villager to Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin, "I
thought the money I gave went directly to supporting the yeshiva and its students."
story #536 (s5768-25 / 20 Adar
Suburban Miracle Minyans
Starring Ascent's own Rabbi "Big Mo" on the road in the snow.
story #535 (s5768-24 / 13 Adar
One Friday, the Baal Shem Tov arrived for Shabbat to a certain town, unannounced
(s5768-23 / 6 Adar I 5768)
"Why are you becoming so involved? I shall go to the Maggid of Chernobyl
to tell him directly what I think!"
(s5768-22 / 29 Shevat 5768)
The villager took some of his furniture and his cow, sold them, and gave the Baal
Shem Tov the money.
(s5768-21 / 22 Shevat 5768)
The Laws and The Reincarnations
The Maggid of Mezritch asked the Baal Shem Tov to explain the Zohar
passage that the opening verse, "these are the laws" refers to "the
mystery of reincarnation."
(s5768-20 / 15 Shevat 5768)
Honoring One's Mother
A student of Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Peshischa, was attending his rebbe's
lecture when he suddenly felt strong hunger pangs.
#530 (s5768-19 / 8 Shevat 5768)
Rabbinical Ruling for Peace
A few weeks before
my uncle's wedding in Israel, the war between America and Iraq broke out. He went
to ask the Lubavitcher Rebbe for his blessing.
#529 (s5768-18 / 1 Shevat 5768)
Downloading from the Primary Source
A man troubled
by a strange dream came to seek the advice of Rebbe Zusya of Anipoli.
story #528 (s5768-17 /
23 Tevet -- expanded and enhanced from #215, six years ago)
'New Year's Day Earthquake in Tsfat
In the deadly
earthquake of 24 Tevet 5597 (January 1, 1837), 5,000 people in Safed lost
their lives. In the Bat Ayin shul of the Avritcher Rebbe, as elsewhere,
panic set in, and the congregants began to bolt for the outdoors.
story #527 (s5768-16 / 16 Tevet
A Fish With A Mission
Baba Sali arranged a large feast in Marrakesh for the yahrzeit of his holy
grandfather on 20 Tevet.
(s5768-15 / 9 Tevet 5768)
The Apple Angel
August, 1942. Piotrkow, Poland. The sky was gloomy that morning as we waited anxiously....My
greatest fear was that our family would be separated.
#525 (s5768-14 / 2 Tevet 5768)
The elderly Catholic woman said
to us, "You should visit my cousin Tony who lives in Wexford, Ireland.
He is married to a Jewish woman and they have three lovely children."
story #524 (s5768-13 / 24 Kislev
Worth Even More (a story for
His unit was assigned to secure the
town and search for any hidden Nazis.
(s5768-12 / 17 Kislev 5768)
To Be or Not To Be?
One Shabbat, The Maggid of Mezritch surprised his chasidim by altering
the style of his weekly mystical discourse and engaging in a Talmudic debate.
(s5768-11 / 10 Kislev 5768)
Fear and Light at "the Great
Rabbi Shneur Zalman told his son,
Rabbi Dovber of Lubavitch, to go and greet Rabbi Levi Yitzchok. Rabbi Dovber
blanched and said, "Father, you know how the tzadik is upset with me."
story #521(s5768-10 / 3 Kislev
The Different Identities of Hershel
The father handed a gold coin to the Apter Rebbe as payment for his adjudication
of the engagement dispute.
(s5768-09 / 25 Cheshvan 5768)
A Peck of Peppers
Even before the Sabbatical Year.
(s5768-08 / 18 Cheshvan 5768)
Firing and Hiring
After 1880, when he was appointed chief rabbinical judge and head of the main
yeshivah in Hebron, Rabbi Chaim Chizkiyahu Medini
became famous as one of the most brilliant Sephardic rabbis of his generation.
story #518 (s5768-07 / 11 Cheshvan
Tent of Abraham in the Tower of Light
"Rabbi Yitzchak-Dovid Grossman's first words to us came as a thundering
(s5768-06 / 4 Cheshvan 5768)
Said the Lubavitcher Rebbe to the Important Politican: Be like a Professional
(s5768-05 / 28 Tishrei 5768)
Five Years on an Artic Icebreaker
The holy rebbe Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin encouraged
the journey to India.
(s5768-04 / 21 Tishrei 5768)
"By Your Blood You Shall
From the 1930s until he passed away
after Sukkot in 1995 at nearly 100 years of age, the Ribnitzer Rebbe fasted
on all days when it is permitted to do so under Jewish law.
story #514 (s5768-03 / 14 Tishrei
Discovered With a Lulav
"Let's walk to Starrett City to offer Jews there to shake our lulav-esrog
sets. It's only a few miles."
(s5768-02 / 7 Tishrei 5768)
Tzadik of the
Before Rabbi Yosef Saragosi
passed away, he left instructions to be buried on the spot where Elijah the Prophet
had revealed himself to him, in the village of Ein Zeitim.
story #512 (s5768-01 / Erev
Rosh Hashanah 5768)
During the voyage of Rabbi Elazer Rokeach to the holy land, a fierce storm
broke out at sea on the first night of Rosh Hashanah.