Continue reading The Matriarch of Hebron in the late 1800’s
A ray of light and hope dawned after 53 wrenching and arduous days. The exhausted family welcomed the little baby girl into her auspicious lineage and their challenging world.
Continue reading Reb Meir of Premishlan’ Mikvah Adventures
During the winter of 5663 (1903), when I accompanied my father for a couple of months during which time he spent consulting medical specialists in Vienna, he would sometimes go out in the evening to visit the shtiblach (small houses of prayer and study) of the local Polish Jews—to be among Chassidim, to hear a story from their mouths, to listen to a Chassidic saying, and to observe their fine conduct and refined character.
Continue reading The Baal Shem Tov’s Vision
Once, during his travels, the Baal Shem Tov* stayed at the inn of one of his followers in a village near the city of Brody. The innkeeper, wishing to honor his distinguished guest and those accompanying him, prepared a huge feast on their behalf and accorded them all the respect due them. As the Baal Shem Tov took leave of his gracious host he said to him, “Ask of me what you wish.”
Continue reading Tzaddikim Are Greater In Their Death Than In Their Lifetime
An upright young man once set out from his home in Vilkomir to buy up merchandise in Niezhin. Though not a chassid himself, he was on very friendly terms with a celebrated chassid by the name of Reb Yaakov Kaidaner*.
Continue reading Who was Reb Yehoshua Elazar?
After his father, Reb Nochum (the first Chernobyler rebbe) passed away, he would often visit his son, Reb Motele. His father’s Neshama (soul) came from Gan Eden to visit him. Then for a while his father did not show up, for quite a long time. Reb Motele was pained by this. He missed his father and his father not showing up.
Continue reading The Broken Hearted Shofar Blowing
One year, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov said to Rabbi Ze’ev Kitzes, one of his senior disciples: “I would like to ask you to blow the shofar for us this Rosh Hashanah.
Continue reading All is in Hashem’s hands and is for the good
Rabbi Yisroel Baal Shem Tov called his students together and said to them, “Come, I will show you what it means to welcome guests with real love and a joyful heart!”
Continue reading The Maggid Brought Him Back
In the times of the Maggid of Mezritch, an unfortunate incident occurred. There was a woman who had a son who had a crazy idea enter his mind.
Continue reading Why Reb Moshe Yisroel Did Not Go Home
Reb Moshe Yisroel, was the head of the jewish court in Reivitz and Klementov.
Continue reading Stories of Reb Yitzchak of Vorki
The holy Reb Yitzchak of Vorki shared that when he was a young man he suffered a great deal of anguish from his wife’s words. However, he suffered silently.