Continue reading Moshe The Tavern Keeper’s Kaparot*
It was the evening before Yom Kippur. One of the Chasidim of Reb Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev approached the Rebbe and asked if he could be present when the Rebbe does kaparot*.
Continue reading Reb Meir Hagadol And The Baal Shem Tov
Once, in the early days of the tzadik Reb Meir Hagadol* (the grandfather of the well-known tzadik R’ Meir of Premishlan), he came to a certain city. During his stay there, he was invited to a seudat mitzvah (a mitzvah meal) in honor of the brit milah (circumcision) of one of his followers.
Continue reading A Match Made In Heaven
The Rav of Skolye once spent Shabbos at the home of Reb Baruch of Mezibuzh, the grandson of the Baal Shem Tov. While they were at the table together, Reb Baruch asked his guest to retell a story of the Baal Shem Tov. This is the story he told.
Continue reading How A Simple Jew Saved A Town By His Pure Tehillim
In the days of the Baal Shem Tov, a certain Jewish community was once decreed to be destroyed, G-d forbid.
Two weeks before Rosh Hashana in 1734, when he turned 36, Reb Yisrael, the Baal Shem Tov, was revealed as a holy man and the leader of the Chassidic movement.
In honor of my dear father’s a’h birthday 3rd Cheshvan, whose MM stories are the inspiration for these stories.
The Baal Shem Tov would visit a certain village annually where he would be the guest of a certain rich man who lived in this city.
The Alter Rebbe, author of the Tanya, while still a student of the Maggid of Mezritch, heard his master relate a tale of his master, the holy Baal Shem Tov. Before the Baal Shem Tov became famous it was his custom to wander from town to town and village to village dressed as a simple villager.
The Baal Shem Tov once gathered a select group of his students and announced to them: “Come, I will show you a true ‘machnis orach’ – someone who sincerely and with his whole heart welcomes guests into his home.”
Once the two Tzaddikim, R’ Yaacov Yosef of Polonye, the “Toldos“, and Reb Nachman of Horodenka, were travelling to Mezhibuzh to spend Shabbos with their Rebbe, the Ba’al ShemTov.
One year, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov said to Rabbi Ze’ev Kitzes, one of his senior disciples: “You will blow the shofar for us this Rosh Hashanah. I want you to study all the kavanot (Kabbalistic meditations) that pertain to the shofar, so that you should meditate upon them when you do the blowing.” Continue reading R’ Ze’ev Kitzes