It was the custom of Reb Menachem Mendel of Liska* (father of the tzadik Reb Naftali of Ropshitz)) to sign his letters with his name and follow it with the epithet, ohev Yisroel – the lover of Jews. Continue reading R’ M”M of Liska
Purim In Rikers Island
Last year on Purim morning at 8:30 a.m. in front of Kosher Town, a supermarket in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a group of yeshiva students packed into two mini-vans and a car, along with food in abundance, and the Yossi Cohen band. They headed out to one of the largest jails in New York. Continue reading Purim Story
R’ Ze’ev Kitzes
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
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