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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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Married for Money?

Having heard about the wisdom of the Kotzker Rebbe, he decided to visit him and seek his counsel.

Connection: In this story, 4 distinct events were orchestrated by the Al-mighty over a period of a year or so; in the next-to-last verse of the Torah reading, Balak, read this past Shabbat in Israel and read this week outside of Israel), five events had to miraculously happen almost simultaneously (see Num. 25:8 with Rashi and Talmud Sanhedrin 82b) for the execution by Pinchas to be considered justified and valid, not murder.


LAST Story


The Shwarma Rebbe

"Can it really be true that what the Lubavicher Rebbe said applies to me too, an uneducated Jew who is only partially observant!?"

Connection: Seasonal -- This past Shabbat, Tammuz 3, was the 25th yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe


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