#721 (s5771-55 / 20
The Rebbe Stronger Than a Cossack
The doctors told Rabbi Mordechai Dov of Hornsteipel
that it would be necessary to sear one spot on his body with a burning-hot
Connection: Seasonal - 107th yahrzeit / supplement to story
#717 (see below).
#720 (s5771-54 / 13
The Baal Shem Tov said: "Today a new
soul that had not previously occupied a physical body has come into
Connection: Seasonal - Chai Elul, this Shabbat, is
the birthday of both the Baal Shem Tov and the Alter Rebbe
#719 (s5771-53 / 6
Translating the Translator
"I want to go to the town of Lubavitch,"
insisted Robin Dixon of the Los Angeles Times; "the seven-hour
drive from Moscow is not a deterrent."
Connection: Seasonal - 9/11
#718 (s5771-52 / 29
"It Happened in-Tsfat": From the Ascent Archives
ASCENT generally does not accept already observant
singles for Shabbos, for various reasons, and yet....
Connection: Seasonal - ASCENT's 28th Birthday on Rosh
Chodesh Elul 5770 / Sept. 1, 2011
#717 (s5771-51 / 22
Three approaches to Pain
Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Biderman, the Lelover Rebbe
who settled in Tel Aviv, although normally punctual, was once three
hours late for a celebration.
Connection: Weekly Reading - ch. 13?
#716 (s5771-50 / 16
The Tenth Man
"Rabbi [Levi-Ytizchak] Schneerson, I'm
very thankful to have reached here without being caught. Now you must
do a great favor for me."
Connection: Seasonal -- 67th yartzeit
#715 (s5771-49 / 8
Three True Believers
Rabbi Yitzchok of Radvil
heard of the greatness of Rabbi Avraham "the Angel"
(son of the Maggid), and traveled to see him, arriving during
the day before Tisha B'av began.
Connection: Seasonal -- Tisha B'av
#714 (s5771-48 / 1
The Shameful Celebration
It was the custom of Rabbi
Yissachar Ber of Radoshitz to make a festive
meal for completion of a Talmudic tractate on Hei Av, the yahrzeit
of the holy Ari of Safed.
Connection: Seasonal -- 439th yahrzeit of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria,
the "holy lion" of Safed
#713 (s5771-47 / 22
The Pacing, the Exclamation, the Confession
Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi
asked his visitor to please pay a visit to his colleague, the saintly
Rabbi Shlomo of Karlin, and convey his regards.
Connection: Seasonal -- 229th yahrzeit of Rabbi Shlomo of
#712 (s5771-46 / 15
Exile and Redemption
The Ohr HaChaim refused the enormous
payment offerred for a piece, saying, "This is not a butcher
shop; the meat is reserved for needy Torah scholars."
Connection: Seasonal -- 268th yahrzeit of the Ohr HaChaim
#711 (s5771-45 / 9
Blessed Army Service
My father's Rabbi was not available and so he took
me to a different one, a "Gutta Yid," the Lubavitcher
Rebbe, Rabbi Yoseph Yitzchak Schneerson.
Connection: Seasonal -- 131st anniversary of birth; 84th anniversary
of miraculous release from Soviet prison
#710 (s5771-44 / 2
The Kiss and the Smile
To the Lubavitcher Rebbe, honoring Jewish
traditions--including those not part of of Chabad tradition--was very
Connection: Seasonal -- 17th yahrzeit
#709 (s5771-43 / 25
Captured by a Nine-Foot Cobra
...a divine revelation in the jungles of South Vietnam,
Connection: Weekly reading -- Num. 21:9
#708 (s5771-42 / 18
Only One Did Not Faint
He commissioned the then 31-year-old Rabbi Mordechai
Eliyahu, known to be intimately familiar with the Chida's
writings, to head a team of esteemed Sephardic rabbis.
Connection: Seasonal -- first yahrzeit of Rabbi Mordechai
Eliyahu, former chief rabbi of Israel
#707 (s5771-41 / 11
Rabbi Dovid Leikes, one of the greatest chasidim
of the Baal Shem Tov, asked several followers of the Chernobyler,
"Do you have perfect faith in your Rebbe?"
Connection: Seasonal -- We are still in the 'Days of Completion"
for the Festival of Shavuot, which was the yahrzeit of the Baal Shem
it of the Baal Shem Tov.
#706 (s5771-40 / 3
In the Merit of the Fourth Commandment
Rabbi Nachum of Horodna decided to ask the
company to allow the Jewish soldiers to desist.
Connections (2): Seasonal -- Shavuot festival; Weekly Reading
-- healing of Miriam
/ 26 Iyar 5771)
Rabbi Yossele Tulchiner, son of the famed
Seer of Lublin, packed a number of his dear departed father's
momentos into his travelling bag.
Connection: ??? Perhaps Seasonal -- ticking/counting towards
The Shavuot festival, anniversary of receiving the Torah from G-d
at Mt. Sinai.
/ 20 Iyar 5771)
"Within a short time," Rabbi Chaim of
Kossov promised the Jewish innkeepers and their families, "you
will all be restored to your former homes and positions."
Connection: Seasonal -- 157th yahrzeit
#703 (s5771-37 / 13
The Whisper Cure
Since his disturbed daughter was not well enough
to travel, he hoped to persuade the Baal Shem Tov to journey
home with him.
Connection: Seasonal - Lag B'Omer
#702 (s5771-36 / 7
Two Gold Medals and One Silver
Hundreds watched in astonishment as the man with
the beard and long sidelocks hesitantly ascended the podium.
Connection: Weekly Reading - The Sabbatical Year
#701 (s5771-35 / 28
Who Goes Up First
The spinning of the wheel for certain wealthy and
poor followers of the Rebbe Maharash of Lubavitch.
Connection: Seasonal - Tifereret sh'b'Tiferet &
171st anniversary of birth
(s5771-34 / 23 Nisan 5771)
The Cold Compress Cure
The Ksav Sofer thought for a few days
and then recommended that Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld travel
to the Divrei Chaim for help.
Connection: Seasonal - 135th yahrzeit
#699 (s5771-33 / 13
They finished their Seder Night meal as quickly as
possible and rushed to the Tzemach Tzedek's home, but the Rebbe's
secretary would not let them in.
Connections (2): Seasonal - the holiday, 245th yahrzeit.
#698 (s5771-32 / 6
Sensitivity in the Wee Hours
They struck a deal: the case would be brought to
the Lubavitcher Rebbe even though they did not count themselves
among the Rebbe's followers.
Connection: Seasonal - 109th anniversary of the birth of the
#697 (s5771-31 / 29
Adar B 5771)
The "Repulsive Beggar" Test
Eliezer Lippman and his wife Mirush's boundless hospitality
did not go unnoticed in the Heavens.
Connection: Torah Reading - the ultimate skin disease
#696 (s5771-30 / 22
Adar B 5771)
Just before his passing, the Apter
Rebbe made an intense promise.
Connection: Seasonal -- 33rd yarhzeit of Rabbi S. Y. Zevin
(and 182nd of the Apter Rebbe)
#695 (s5771-29 / 16
Adar B 5771)
The Feminine Antidote
Rabbi David of Zubeltov,
son of the rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kosov, once became so ill
that even the best physicians despaired of his life.
Connection: Weekly reading - 10:1-2
#694 (s5771-28 / 8
Adar B 5771)
Purim During Pesach!
Upon finishing the reading of the Scroll of Esther,
a soul of a deceased person suddenly appeared to Rebbe Yosef Meir
#693 (s5771-27 / 2
Adar B 5771)
Baseball to Boston
The Bostoner Rebbe reports a childhood experience:
Not having the vaguest idea what was baseball, I decided to just watch
from the sidelines. But the teams were one man short, so soon I was
surrounded by eager classmates.
#692 (s5771-26 / 24
Adar A 5771)
The Silver Cane
The chasid of the Baal HaTanya forgot to leave
his cane outside before entering the Rebbe's room.
Connection: Weekly Reading - lots of silver
#691 (s5771-25 / 17
Adar A 5771)
The Rebbe R. Elimelech of Lizhensk described
what he had seen in Heaven while hovering between life and death.
Connection: Seasonal - 224th yahrzeit
#690 (s5771-24 / 10
Adar A 5771)
Reconstruction and Deconstruction
Rabbi Akiva Eiger announced publicly that
whoever had his house built on Shabbos would not see it stand for
Connection: Weekly Reading - Not to do specific types of work
on Shabbat (verse 34:21 - and also next week, 35:3)
#689 (s5771-23 / 3
Adar A 5771)
An Almost Unique Heirloom
The girl excelled in her studies and became a successful
pediatrician, working in the top hospital in Poland.
Connection: Weekly Reading - gold jewelry
#688 (s5771-22 / 26
"It is forbidden to hurt people's feelings,''
declared the "Beit Yisrael"
Connection: Seasonal - 34th yahrzeit
#687 (s5771-21 / 19
Down Went the Clown
"My decision is according to the wisdom of the
Ben Ish Hai," The Bagdad Muslim judge proclaimed
Connection: Weekly Reading - Court executions
#686 (s5771-20 / 12
Tropical Oranges in a Russian Winter Orchard
It was the 15th of Shvat and they had no fruit, so
the Baal Shem Tov told his wagon driver to drive the sleigh
off the main road and into the fields.
Connection: Seasonal - Tu b'Shvat
#685 (s5771-19 / 6
The Chasidic Railroad Line
"We used to sing, 'G-d should give us good health
and life, and we will be reunited with our Rebbe' (Rabbi Yosef
Yitzchak of Lubavitch)."
Connection: Seasonal - 61st yahrzeit
#684 (s5771-18 / 29
Rabbi Yitzchak of Vorki
delegated a worldly chasid to try to have the government retract from
its plan of burning all extant copies of the Shulchan Aruch, Choshen
Connection: Weekly Reading - verse 10:1
#683 (s5771-17 / 21
The Judgment and the Advice
Reb Noah was a devoted disciple of Rabbi Schneur
Zalman of Liadi. His son eventually married the Rebbe's daughter.
Connection: Seasonal - 198th yahrzeit
#682 (s5771-16 / 14
Before becoming the world-famous Rebbe
of Pshischa, Rabbi Simchah Bunim earned
his living as a businessman.
#681 (s5771-15 / 7
The Kohen Pals
"The last time I was in a synagogue was over
sixty years ago in Poland, and that is when the Germans came and took
my entire city to Buchenwald."
Connection: The Fast Day of the 10th of Tevet is the
traditional date for saying Kaddish for Holocaust martyrs whose passing
date is unknown
#680 (s5771-14 / 1
The Tailor's Investment
The Shinover Rav looked at him strangely.
"Perhaps you can help her out, Berel," he suggested. "One
day it might stand you in good stead."
Connection: Seasonal - 111th yahrzeit
#679 (s5771-13 / 23
Until Saturday Night, Chanukah
"Although it was still afternoon of the Sabbath
of Chanukah, the chaplain came to conduct the Chanukah menorah lighting
service for us."
Connection: Seasonal - Chanukah
#678 (s5771-12 / 16
When Yehuda & Shayna Tilles and family
exited Jerusalem driving to his brother's wedding in Tiberias, they
didn't imagine the drama and miracle it would involve.
Connection: Seasonal - 20 Kislev (2/12/09)
#677 (s5771-11 / 8
Mission impossible in Manhattan's East Village
The emissary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe had
made a promise to a grieving father that he would find his runaway
Connection: Seasonal - 14 Kislev (21/11/10)
#676 (s5771-10 / 1
Out and Back
When the Kaf HaChaim was preparing
to publish the first volume of his momentous work, he had no idea
how to pay for the cost of printing.
Connection: Weekly Reading - Leaving the Land
#675 (s5771-09) / 24
An Ongoing Story of Courage and Sacrifice
The hero of this story is about to get married in
a few days!
Connection: Seasonal - Wedding invitation!
#674 (s5771-08) / 17
A Mission in Guyana
"There will be hair growing on my palm before
you find another Jew living in this country!"
Connections (2): Weekly Reading -- the dedication with
which Eliezer, the servant of Abraham, journeyed from Israel to Syria
to find a wife for his master's son, Isaac. Seasonal -- It
is almost always during this week that thousands of the "shluchim"
(emissaries. delegates) of the Lubavitcher Rebbe from all over the
globe convene in Brooklyn for their annual conference.
#673 (s5771-07) /
11 Mar-Cheshvan 5771)
First and Second Thoughts
The Chernobyler Rebbe opened the drawer where
he kept the money he was given for personal use; his attendant was
Connection: Seasonal - 223rd yahrzeit
#672 (s5771-06) /
3 Mar-Cheshvan 5771)
The Glory of Israel
One of the major accomplishments of the holy Rhiziner
Rebbe in the Holy Land was the building of a synagogue in Jerusalem.
Connection: Seasonal - 160th yahrzeit
#671 (s5771-05) /
28 Tishrei 5771)
Three Precious Gifts
When Rabbi Moshe Leib of Sassov took leave
of his Rebbe, Rabbi Shmelke of Nikolsburg. the latter gave
him three gifts: a loaf of bread, a coin, and his own white silk robe.
Connection: Weekly Reading - various animals
#670 (s5771-04) /
21 Tishrei 5771)
A Rebbe's Shocking Fee
Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev
suddenly turned to the teacher of small boys and said, "If you
would like, I will give you three words of advice."
Connection: Seasonal - 201st yahrzeit
#669 (s5771-03) /
13 Tishrei 5771)
A Comatose "Hallucination"
Two followers of the Lubavitcher Rebbe knocked
on the door of an apartment and were immediately let in by a young
man with long hair and blue jeans.
Connection: Seasonal - Sukkot
#668 (s5771-02) /
7 Tishrei 5771)
Late for Kol Nidrei
Nopbody could understand why Rabbi Levi Yitzchak
of Berdichev was delaying to begin the Yom Kippur Evening prayers.
Connection: Seasonal - Yom Kippur
#667 (s5771-01) /
Erev Rosh Hashana 5771)
Two Parables for Prosperity
The Modzitcher Rebbe rebuffed a chassid seeking
advice on his parnassah, saying, "I don't occupy myself
with the frivolities of this world." Immediately after this,
another chassid entered the Rebbe's room and spoke to the Rebbe for
a full two hours - about his parnassah.
Connection: Seasonal - Rosh Hashana