#928 (s5775-51 / 23
The stewardess told him that once the doors of the plane closed,
no one was allowed off the plane.He went to the pilot who simply restated
Connection: Seasonal--(Surprise! - you will easily figure
it out when you read the story)
#927 (s5775-50 / 16
The Paralyzed Fingers
"During our stay," the Baal Shem Tov commanded the
innkeeper, "you will have to lock all the windows and the doors
to the inn. You must not open them for anyone, even an important person.
Connection: Seasonal--Wednesday is the 317th anniversary of
the birth of the Baal Shem Tov (and the 270th of the Alter Rebbe of
#926 (s5775-49 / 9
Suffering in Silence
Rabbi Moshe-Leib of Sassov claimed that he learned from a
robber how to cope with the sufferings of the long Jewish exile.
Connection: Weekly Reading-a positive lesson from lashes.
#925 (s5775-48 / 2
Defying the Mayor
Rabbeinu Meir Abuchatzeira ("Baba Meir") instructed
them to assemble all the Jews of the city that night in the local
synagogue for the recitation of Selichot. The midnight hour
was fast approaching.
Connection: seasonal - the Month of Elul - Elul 2 is when
Jews of Sephardic tradition begin reciting the Selichot/Forgiveness
#924 (s5775-47 / 25
A Kosher Eight Hours Sleep
"The Lubavitcher Rebbe is smart. He's not like you -
he didn't tell me to become religious, he only..."
Connection: Weekly Reading-some of the Laws of Keeping Kosher
#923 (s5775-46 / 18
Three Difficult Conditions
A home in Tel Aviv was purchased for Rabbi Aharon of Belz,
but until it was ready he had to stay in Jerusalem, where a typical
dwelling consisted of two rooms, with a bathroom shared by other tenants.
Connection: Seasonal--21 Menachem Av (Wed. night-Thurs.) is
the 58th yahrzeit of Rabbi Aharon of Belz.
#922 (s5775-45 / 11
Reserving Residency in Heaven
"Woe is me! My entire life I have always maintained a state
of awe of Heaven, and I have toiled only in Torah and I have eighty
worthy students. Yet my accomplishments are only equal to those of
Connection: Weekly reading - "Honor Your father and mother"
#921 (s5775-44 / 3
Rebbe Rest Stop in Rosh Pina
The Lubavitcher Rebbe [Rabbi Yosef-Yitzchak Schneersohn] knocked
on the door, introduced himself and asked if we were a Jewish family.
Connection: Seasonal -- This story took place on Hei
(5) Av, yahrzeit of the Holy Ari of Tsfat.
#920 (s5775-43 / 26
Three Horses After Three Days
A principal military chieftan of the First Crusade heard rumors of
the knowledge and wisdom of Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki.
Connection: Seasonal -- The 910th yahrzeit of Rashi
coincides with this Shabbat.
#919 (s5775-42 / 19
The Shabbat of Missed Opportunity
As soon as Rabbi Aharon of Karlin the Great set his foot inside
the door of his unknown host and hostess, he felt himself enveloped
by an overwhelming sense of holiness,
Connection: 192nd Yahrzeit of Rebbe Shlomo of Karlin.
#918 (s5775-41 / 12
Endangering One's Own to Help Others
The non-chasidic scholar shouted: The Torah is preserved only
by one who gives his life for it! Is there someone else like the Rebbe,
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn of Lubavitch, who is willing
to put everything on the line for no personal gain."
Connection: Seasonal - Yud-Beit (12th) Tammuz is the anniversary
of the birthday (1880) and Liberation Day (in 1927) of the Rebbe Rayatz.
#917 (s5775-40 / 5
Two Orphans and their Wedding Presents
Each of the unexpected guests presented himself as a relative of
one of the orphans. They were received with much joy, for no one knew
that the couple had these relatives.
Connection: Weekly Reading-Num. 21:1-3 + commentaries (rescuing
#916 (s5775-39 / 28
The Rebbe and Science Fiction
"I was thrilled when the Lubavitcher Rebbe told me he'd
written to Isaac Asimov and had gotten a reply."
Connection: Seasonal -- the 21st yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher
Rebbe is on Shabbat, 3rd of Tammuz (2015: June 20)
#915 (s5775-38 / 21
Once Mailed, Twice Delivered
He had a burning desire to settle in the Holy Land, so he traveled
to Mezibuz to gain the Baal Shem Tov's blessing to do so.
Connection: Weekly Reading -- Love of The Land; not reaching
#914 (s5775-37 / 14
The Egg Minyan
Word of Reb Shmuel's prompt and ethical business spread, and soon
he acquired his first weekly customer, the Rebbetzin of Skvere.
Connection: Weekly Reading -- Free food (the 'Manna') from
#913 (s5775-36 / 8
The Life of an American Yeshiva Student in Jerusalem During
the Six-Day War
Our Yeshiva was next to the border and we had a huge backyard; the
IDF took over our yard, dug three huge foxholes and put three large
mortar guns into them.
Connection: Seasonal -- Last week was Jerusalem Liberation
#912 (s5775-35 / 1
Transmission through Towels
The Baal Shem Tov had passed away, and most of his disciples
were drawn to the Maggid of Mezritch as his successor. Rabbi
Yaakov Yosef Polnauer, the Baal HaToldos,
found this puzzling.
Connection: Seasonal The festival of Shavuot, as well as being
the yahrzeit of the Baal Shem Tov, was also the date, one year later,
of the official transference of the mantle of leadership of the Chasidic
movement to the Maggid of Mezritch.
#911 (s5775-34 / 22 Iyar 5775)
A Sabbatical Jew
His parents, who had lost all their relatives in the war, had given
up on Torah and mitzvot. He left home at the age of 13 and literally
lived on the streets.
Connections (2): 1-seasonal- This Jewish year, 5775, is a
Sabbatical year for the Land of Israel--no planting, no cultivating,
no harvesting, etc.
2-Weekly Reading (this week, outside of Israel; last week, in Israel),
beginning: the Commandment of the Sabbatical Year.
#910 (s5775-33 / 15
After Nine Miscarriages
I want to tell you about the miracle that happened to me, starting
with Lag BaOmer 5764/2004, the first time I ever went to Meron
on Lag b'Omer.
Connection: seasonal- Lag b'Omer is Wednesday night-Thursday,
Iyar 18 (May 6-7)
#909 (s5775-32 / 8
A Gift for King Moshiach
The Rabbi realized it wasn't by accident that he had twice dropped
his pen; Heaven was preventing him from signing. He burst into bitter
Connection: seasonal- Iyar 11 is the 178th yahrzeit of Rabbi
Naftali of Ropshitz.
#908 (s5775-31 / 1
Like [Grand] Father, Like Son
In 1912, on a train from Paris to Petersburg,. Rabbi Yosef-Yitzchak
Scheersohn of Lubavich was approached by a well-dressed businessman
Connection: Seasonal--2 Iyar --Tiferet sh'b'Tiferet--is
the 181st anniversary of the birth of the Rebbe Maharash.
#907 (s5775-30 / 24
Psychology or Pottery?
""You are asking me what I think?" replied the
Lubavitcher Rebbe. He smiled. "Well, of course you know what
#906 (s5775-29 / 17
The Blessing on Tofutti
"An opportunity came up to open a restaurant on Madison Avenue.
I asked the LubavitcherRebbe if I should do it, and his answer
was 'Be careful.'"
Connections: 1-Seasonal -- 113th anniversary of the birthday
of the Lubavitcher Rebbe; 2-Weekly Reading -- "Shemini"
contains a long section about Kashrut.
#905 (s5775-28 / 10
A BronxBasement Seder
During the intermediate days' of the Passover holiday, R.
Azriel Wasserman noticed that two of the pupils, two little girls,
kept falling asleep in class.
Connection: Seasonal -- Passover
#904 (s5775-27 / 3
One Seder for All the Town
Word was brought to Rabbi Yehuda Assad of Szerdahely that
a gang of robbers was preparing to attack the town, while all the
Jews were sitting at their Seder tables.
Connection: Seasonal -- Passover
#903 (s5775-26 / 25
"The next day I heard a rumor that those gentiles were after
my life. I was terrified. In desperation I decided to go to the Rebbe
Reshab in Lubavitch."
Connection: Seasonal -- 95th yahrzeit of the Rebbe Reshab
#902 (s5775-25 / 18
The Dangerous Cantor
The Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk was afraid that the extraordinary
singing of the Cantor of the Baal Shem Tov would disrupt him
from his holiness.
Connection: Seasonal -- 228th yahrzeit of the Rebbe Elimelech
#901 (s5775-24 / 11
A Difficult Question in Kabbalah
As they journeyed together to the Rebbe, Reb Shmuel Munkes revealed
to the great scholar his own difficulties in understanding the Kabbalah.
Connection: Seasonal -- PURIM
(s5775-23 / 4 Adar 5775)
The Pioneer Chasidic Artist, Part 2
The Lubavitcher Rebbe encouraged Chenoch
"Feter Hendel" Lieberman to attend the exhibition, but
to lodge in a different, nearby hotel.
Connection: Weekly Readings--"l'kvod u'l'tiferet"-"For
honor and for beauty" (Ex. ch. 28:2)
#899 (s5775-22 / 27
The Pioneer Chasidic Artist, Part 1
Chenoch "Feter Hendel" Lieberman
was an artist who occupied an honored position behind the Lubavitcher
Rebbe at prayers, celebrations and lectures.
Connection: Weekly Readings--this week's and next: the beauty
of the various tapestries and priestly garments in the Mishkan and
the Holy Temple (Ex. ch. 26-28)
#898 (s5775-21 / 20
The Dog, the Fish and the Dream
Rabbi Nachman of Kosov had a relative named Rabbi
Yudel of Chudnov who was also a follower of the Baal Shem Tov.
Connection: Weekly Reading--"These are the Judgments"
("These are the Kindnesses" /"These are the
#897 (s5775-20 / 13
A Shabbat in the Park
"Rose, my child, remember: G-d is watching over
you every step of the way. Don't forget who you are!"
Connection: Weekly Reading--The Ten commandments. Do you know
#896 (s5775-19 / 6
Start Getting Rich!
His grandfather attributed his wealth to beginning
every day by reading a small portion of a book by Rabbi Menachem
Mendel of Riminov
Connection: Weekly Reading--The Manna/food from Heaven
#895 (s5775-18 / 28
A Bar Mitzvah on the Way to Heaven
It was with great difficulty that the man put on
the tefilin. He was in excruciating pain and to lift his arm and head
was a tremendous struggle.
Connection: Weekly Reading--The first two of the four sections
in the Torah where the mitzvah of tefilin is mentioned constitute
the conclusion of Parshat "Bo".
#894 (s5775-17 / 21
The Strongman of Shklov
Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Chabad decided to return
home; his opponents plotted to throw stones at him as he departed.
Connection: Seasonal--202nd Yartzeit of the Alter Rebbe
of chabad on 24 Tevet.
#893 (s5775-16 / 14
Two Widows and the Potato Patch
In the winter of 1932, the Segalov family--including
five small children and their pregnant mother--was put out onto the
street, in the middle of a freezing snowstorm. .
Connection: Seasonal--the 8th anniversary of Bubbe Mariasha
Segalov...at age 106!
#892 (s5775-15 / 7
The Devoted Nazi with Three Jewish Grandsons
Even with their long peiyot, they didn't look
Jewish with their stunning blond Aryan hair and shining blue eyes..
Connection: Seasonal--The Fast of the Tenth of Tevet (this
Thursday) became the date to say Kaddish for those martyrs of the
Holocaust (and all the others through the centuries) whose date of
death is unknown.
#891 (s5775-14 / 1
The Speediest of All
Rabbi Yehezkel of Shinova immersed in the
Ari Mikveh several times a day, so he was quite efficient and quick
getting undressed and dressed.
Connection: Seasonal--115th Yartzeit of the Divrei Yehezkel
(son of the Divrei Chayim of Sanz) on 5 Tevet.
#890 (s5775-13 / 23
The Ninth Flame
"Tonight we have performed a miracle greater
than the miracle of Chanukah. We have lit a flame more powerful than
the Chanukah lights."
#889 (s5775-12 / 16
A Deathbed Deal
In the Heavenly Yeshiva, the Maggid of Mezritch
whispered to the Baal Shem Tov, "My "Zalmanyu"
[Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Chabad] is in trouble. We must do something.'
Connection: Seasonal--the chasidic festival Yud-Tes Kislev
falls this year on Wed night-Thurs.(Dec. 10-11).
#888 (s5775-11 / 11
A Helpful Detour
The chasid told the tzadik, R. Yechiel-Michel
of Zlotchov, about his meeting with the wealthy merchant who had
entrusted him to deliver the inheritance to the relative who could
not be found..
Connection: The Weekly Reading--opens with messengers who
were actually angels (according to the Maggid of Mezritch).
#887 (s5775-10 / 2
Coming Back to Earth
The Rebbe, R. Yitzchak-Isaac of Zhidichov,
asked his sons one Sunday morning why none of the business men who
were their Shabbat guests still had not left.
: Weekly Reading--"Yaakov halach l'darko
(32:2), a hint to involvement in the world.
#886 (s5775-09 / 24
The Lubavitcher Rebbe and His Women Emissaries
The Rebbe responded that he prefers that I write
myself rather than have my husband include me in his report.
Connection: This weekend, thousands of emissaries
of the Lubavitcher Rebbe from all over the globe will gather in Brooklyn
for their annual convention. (Males-the convention for the women takes
place three months after.)
#885 (s5775-08 / 17
The Emissary of Hebron
Rabbi Amram Ben Diwan was known for his
miracles. His blessings always came to pass, and Jews would travel
to urgently seek him from all the towns of Morocco.
: Weekly Torah Reading--the beginning relates the Jews'
legal acquisition of Machpela Cave in Hebron.
#884 (s5775-07 / 10
Reb Baruch-Mordechai of Warsaw had an open
house. People came and went as they pleased, never asking permission,
taking everything for granted.
: The mitzvah of hospitality is an featured in this
week's Torah reading, both at the beginning and near the end.
#883 (s5775-06 / 4
A Mutually Beneficial Encounter
Rebbe Meir of Premishlan once wrote to the
renowned scholar, Rabbi Shlomo Kluger of Brody, asking that
they should meet.
: Weekly Reading--[Gen. 14:18].
#882 (s5775-05 / 26
The Greeks vs. the Jews Again
In the days of the rioting there was nothing to
do; it was life-threatening to leave his house.
: Weekly Reading--The end covers the first 70 years
of Patriarch Abraham's life, before he moved to the Holy Land at G-d's
#881 (s5775-04 / 19
A Lively Siberian Dance
"You are supposed to be working just as we
are. At least sing for us one of your lively Jewish holiday tunes."
: Seasonal--SIMCHAT TORAH
#880 (s5775-03 / 12
Engaging the Bungler
When his daughter reached marriageable age, he asked
his rebbe, Rabbi Mottel of Chernobyl, to recommend a match
#879 (s5775-02 / 5
"About two hours away there's a small village
of Cantonists. They're the closest thing to Jews you'll find around
: Seasonal--YOM KIPPUR
#878 (s5775-01 / 29
Just one blast!
The child threw a tantrum. He could not comprehend
why his grandfather, the Minchat Eliezer of Munkatch, would not blow
the shofar for him on Erev Rosh Hashana.
: Seasonal--ROSH HASHANA