/ 23 Elul 5768)
A Rebbe's Work Tools
When Rabbi Sar-Sholom of Belz traveled
to the wedding of his son, he was stopped at the Russian border.
/ 16 Elul 5768)
"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
/ 9 Elul 5768)
The Chasidic Party Planner
The Tzemach Tzedek in Lubavitch had a
relative living in Vitebsk, a businessman who had suffered a series
/ 2 Elul 5768)
The Innocent Tattletale Teacher
His employer did not like the idea of his "rabbi"
going to another "rabbi" and leaving at this time.
#561(s5768-51 / 25
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
Brick by Brick
One cold winter afternoon in Tsfat, the
Ridvas arrived in shul for mincha earlier than usual.
#559 (s5768-49 / 11
The Odor of Subtle Theft
A wealthy chassid came with a fine set of tableware
as a gift for his rebbe, Rabbi Shmuel of Karov.
#558 (s5768-48 / 4
The Vanishing Rebbe
On every afternoon preceding a Biblical holiday,
the Kalever Rebbe would disappear for many hours; no one knew
where he went.
#557 (s5768-47 / 26
Reining the Speedy Horse
With 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
The Secret Sage
When the Shtefaneshter Rebbe finished studying,
he carefully replaced the books, leaving no indication that they had
#555 (s5768-45 / 12
Devotion and Defiance
The Rebbe Rayatz replied in Yiddish: "Even
those who arrest others may rest assured that their turn too will
#554 (s5768-44 / 5
Rain in Morocco in the Summer?
Baba Sali told them
to dig a new mikveh according to the superior specifications which
he outlined for them.
#553 (s5768-43 / 28
The Body Switcher
The 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."
#552 (s5768-42 / 21
When Caught in the Middle
The 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
White 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.
#550 (s5768-40 / 8
Is G-d in the Details?
Two merchants, with two diferent approaches, asked
Rabbi Araham Mordchai of Sadigora for his opinion about investing
in wheat futures.
#549 (s5768-39 / 29
Said 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
The Impossible Defense
Remember the circus car with the seemingly infinite
number of clowns pouring out of it? Here is the Jewish version.
#547 (s5768-37 / 15
The Tall Elder in the White Robe
One Lag B'Omer, the holy Ari and his disciples
ere dancing enthusiastically with the multitudes at Meron.
#546 (s5768-36 / 8
The 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
Sniffing the Best
The Rebbe Maharash, when he entered the
synagogue of Rabbi Sholom of Belz, did his best to remain incognito.
#544 (s5768-34 / 24
Safed Liberation Day
During the War of Independence, Rabbi Avraham
Zeide Heller donned his Sabbath clothes before joining in the
#543 (s5768-33 / 17
"How is your great Rabbi M. M. Schneerson?"
asked the non-Jew. "I know him very well."
#542 (s5768-32 / 10
A Valuable Slap on the Cheek
The father of the Bnei Yissaschar was an
itinerant tutor; he would head home with his hard-earned money before
#541 (s5768-31 / 3
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 5768)
The Extra Yeshiva Student
The Rebbe Rashab suggested to let the first
floor of his house be used as the dormitory of the yeshiva.
#539 (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.
(s5768-28 / 11 Adar II 5768)
The Onion Plot
“Exactly the opportunity I’ve been waiting for!”
exclaimed Reb Naftali of Rofshitz, one of the leading disciples
of the Seer of Lublin.
story #538 (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
story #537 (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 I 5768)
Suburban Miracle Minyans
Starring Ascent's own Rabbi "Big Mo"
on the road in the snow.
story #535 (s5768-24
/ 13 Adar I 5768)
One Friday, the Baal Shem Tov arrived
for Shabbat to a certain town, unannounced and unexpected.
story #534 (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!"
story #533 (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.
story #532 (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."
story #531 (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
story #530 (s5768-19
/ 8 Shevat 5768)
A 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.
story #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)
The Rebbe, the Rain and the Earthquake
In the deadly earthquake of 24 Tevet 5597
(January 1, 1837), 5,000 people in Safed lost their lives. In the
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 5768)
A Fish With A Mission
Baba Sali arranged a large feast in Marrakesh
for the yahrzeit of his holy grandfather on 20 Tevet.
story #526 (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.
story #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 5768)
Worth Even More (a story for Chanukah)
His unit was assigned to secure the town and
search for any hidden Nazis.
story #523 (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.
story #522 (s5768-11
/ 10 Kislev 5768)
Fear and Light at "the Great Wedding"
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
/ 3 Kislev 5768)
The Different Identities of Hershel
The father handed a gold coin to the Apter
Rebbe as payment for his adjudication of the engagement dispute.
story #520 (s5768-09
/ 25 Cheshvan 5768)
A Peck of Peppers
Even before the Sabbatical Year.
story #519 (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 5768)
Tent of Abraham in the Tower of Light
"Rabbi Yitzchak-Dovid Grossman's
first words to us came as a thundering shock."
story #517 (s5768-06
/ 4 Cheshvan 5768)
Said the Lubavitcher Rebbe to the Important
Politican: Be like a Professional Athlete.
story #516 (s5768-05
/ 28 Tishrei 5768)
Five Years on an Artic Icebreaker
The holy rebbe Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin encouraged
the journey to India.
story #515 (s5768-04
/ 21 Tishrei 5768)
"By Your Blood You Shall Live"
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 5768)
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."
story #513 (s5768-02
/ 7 Tishrei 5768)
Tzadik of the Roosters
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.