/ 3 Shvat 5777)
Right on Time
Rabbi Avraham-Yitzchak Kohn (the previous Rebbe of Toldos
Aharon) noticed that his travelling companions were rubbing their
eyes in amazement.
Connection: Seasonal - Yud Shvat: Passing of the 6th
Lubavitcher Rebbe in 5710 (1950); inauguration of the 7th Rebbe in
/ 25 Tevet 5777)
On the Road
Before Rabbi Zusya of Anipoli was revealed as one of the
spiritual giants of the generation, he lived the life of a nomad.
Connection: Seasonal - the 217th yahrzeit of Rabbi Zusya falls
this coming Saturday night - Sunday.
/ 18 Tevet 5777)
A Departure from Custom
As Rebbe Yechiel-Michil of Zlotchov was returning home from
his pre-Shabbat immersion in the mikveh, he suddenly requested a chair,
and then, right there, sat dowin the middle of the street!
Connection: Seasonal - the 204th yahrzeit of Rabbi Shneur
Zalman falls this coming Saturday night - Sunday.
(In commemoration, I shall tell stories at
a special Melaveh Malka celebration in Ramat
Beit Shemesh Alef on Saturday night, 24 Tevet / January 23.
COME AND LISTEN - compare the oral to the written delivery!)
/ 11 Tevet 5777)
The Story of the Story of His Life
The Besht, the Maggid, The Baal HaToldos and Menachem Mendel
Connection: Weekly Reading -- "Come together, and I will
tell you what will happen in the course of time. Come and listen...."
(Gen. 49:1-5, translation from "The Living Torah")
/ 4 Tevet 5777)
A Heaven-Shaking Change of Name
"What will become of me? I will remain here forever. Even after
I recuperate, no country will accept me, since I was once sick with
Connection: Seasonal: Kaddish Day for holocaust martyrs
/ 25 Kislev 5777)
A Deserved Chanukah Miracle
The first time the two rabbis of the "Chabad Terror Victims
Project" met Sgt. Ohad Benyishai of the IDF, he was lying unconscious
in a hospital bed, having been critically injured during "Operation
Protective Edge" in Gaza. It was uncertain if he would survive.
Connection: Seasonal: Chanukah miracle
/ 20 Kislev 5777)
The Fluctuating Price of Lumber
Before Rabbi Simcha-Bunim became the Peshischa Rebbe,
there were years when he earned his living as a lumber merchant, and
as a pharmacist.
Connection: Weekly Reading -- Yosef & Potifar (Gen. 39:1-5).
/ 11 Kislev 5777)
A Tsfat Ticket to Success
People who go to his grave, study his seminal work, Bat Ayin,
learn from his ways, and/or arrange a celebratory meal to honor the
yahrtzeit, can merit salvations and blessings
Connection: Seasonal--Yahrzeit of the Bat Ayin on 12th Kislev
(2016: Dec. 12).
/ 5 Kislev 5777)
"I've been waiting over 50 years to relate this story!"
Connection: Weekly Reading of Vayetzei -- two camps of angels
(last two verses)
/ 27 Cheshvan 5777)
Precious Kiddush Bread
Reb Yudel Holtzman sighed. "What shall I do? I have
already borrowed and given away all the money for tzedakah
(charity) I will have to give for all of next year."
Connection: Weekly Reading - Maaser (tithing) - Gen.
26:12 w' Rashi (+28:22 next week and 14:20 last month).
/ 21 Cheshvan 5777)
A Valuable Book Sale
Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev thought for a moment and
then replied, "Yes, I think I know the right girl who will make
a fine wife for your son.
Connection: Weekly Reading of Chaye Sara - the only Jewish
shiduch (match) and betrothal discussed in the Written Torah.
/ 13 Cheshvan 5777)
Better Wood and Stone
Although Rabbi Mordechai of Neshitz held a position of authority
and honor, his congregants were far too poor to pay him a decent salary,
and so, he was as poor as they were.
Connection: Weekly Reading of Vayera -- hospitality
/ 6 Cheshvan 5777)
From Tianjin, China to Tsfat, Israel
What brings a young man born in modern, communist China to the Land
of Israel and to Orthodox Judaism?
Connection: Weekly Reading of Lech Lecha--"Go:
from your land, from your birthplace, from your father's home...."
#987b (424 revised) (s5777-05
/ 29 Tishrei 5777)
A Miracle for Safed
Featuring: Rabbi Aharon Eliezer Zeitlin, of blessed memory
Connection: Seasonal - first yahrzeit on the 2nd of
Mar-Cheshvan (2016: Nov. 3)
/ 24 Tishrei 5777)
On a Narrow Winding Safed Street
Rebbe Shmelke of Nickelsburg explained his custom by saying
that when one recites a blessing it creates an angel, but the angel
isn't complete unless someone answers Amen to the blessing.
Connection:Weekly Reading of Bereshis -- [On the sixth
day,] G-d created the human body complete with all its complexities.
/ 14 Tishrei 5777)
Preferable to Silver
He explained his community's desire to honor the Lubavitcher
Rebbe with an impressive gift, but his own reluctance to do so
if it should be against the Rebbe's wishes.
Connection:Seaonal - Sukkot
/ 8 Tishrei 5777)
Blessing for a Falsified Medical Document
The chasidim stood shocked and bewildered. Never had they heard
such an uncharacteristic outcry from the Rebbe, R David-Moshe of
Connection:Seaonal - Yom Kipur
/ 29 Elul 5776)
The Missing Sobs of the Shofar
Although he was often asked to lead the synagogue in prayer and
was always chosen to sound the shofar on Rosh HaShana,
it wasn't enough.
Connection:Seaonal - Rosh HaShana.