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As told by Yerachmiel Tilles,
co-founder and first educational director of Ascent-of-Safed, originator and maintainer of this website, and managing editor of Kabbala Online. He has hundreds of published stories in many venues and in (at least) a half dozen languages. He tells them live in Tsfat (Safed) nearly every week, at his home on Friday evenings and at Ascent on Saturday nights.

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"Festivals of the Full


(Under the Full Moon" vol 2 -

holiday stories)

is now available for purchase


from ASCENT online and in Tsfat,

the publisher in Jerusalem (Koren);

Jewish bookstores internationally,

and on Amazon in both hardcover and Kindle editions.

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Book 1 of Yerachmiel Tilles's 3-volume set,

"Saturday Night, Full Moon"
, is also available for purchase on

our KabbalaOnline-shop site, and through Koren, on Amazon, etc.


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Audio, Video and Zoom! stories on Saturday night!
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The plan is: I hope to post 3 different stories each week, G-D willing. This is week 2.

1) an audio file on Saturday night.

2) a video file or a link to it on my YouTube channel, also on Saturday night.

3) And, of course, a link to my weekly email list story on to be posted on this group on Thursdays. (If you subcribe you'll receive it earlier in the week.)

4) "SaturdayNight ZOOM Stories" - May 30 (Sivan 7) 10:30pm-11:15 Israel time
(Use the link above to join the WhatsApp group and receive an invitation, or else request an invitation at the email or WhatsApp # below. The link will be available no later than Thursday, May 28.)

With Blessings,

Yerachmiel Tilles

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Four Layers Of Moon And Handkerchief

The chances to recite the Sanctification of the New Moon prayer seemed slim; the sky was covered with thick clouds, the moon was not sufficiently visible.

Connection: Seasonal - Iyar 29 (this Friday), is the 170th yahrzeit of the Primishlaner Rebbe.



LAST week's Story



Lag b'Omer in Jail

When Lag b'Omer 2013 was only a few days away, an honorable Jew in Jerusalem was imprisoned, feeling very upset that he would not be able to go to Meron.

Connections (2): 1) Lag b'Omer; 2) Lockdown!

Video version on YouTube, recorded on May9, 10:45pm

NEXT week's Story



"A Shavuot Deposit"

Rabbi Pinchas of Koretz and Rabbi Mordechai of Neshkiz

Connection: Seasonal - SHAVUOT



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