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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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"A Timely Crossing of The River"

After listening to the innkeeper's request for advice, the Maggid of Mezritch pointed to the youngest of his companions, Rabbi Shneur-Zalman of Liadi. "Please go ask him," he responded. "He has exceptional wisdom."

Connections (5):
1- Next Monday night (Dec. 12), starts Yud-Tes [19th] Kislev, a Chasidic celebration commemorating the yahrzeit of the Maggid of Mezritch, successor to the Baal Shem Tov;
… 2 - the miraculous release from Czarist prison of Rabbi Shneur Zalman, the first Chabad rebbe,
… 3 - and the publication of his magnum opus, Sefer Shel Beinonim ("Tanya" vol 1).
… 4 - Also, last Sunday was Yud [10th] Kislev, the anniversary of the liberation of his oldest son and successor, Rabbi Dov-Ber [see the last four paragraphs of the story],
… 5 - and the preceding day [last Shabbat] Tes [9th] Kislev, was the date of R. Dov-Ber's birth and of his eventual passing.


LAST week's Story


"Full Synagogues and Empty Ones"

Of the thirty men gathered in the shul to say the morning prayers, most seemed to be conducting some type of business transaction.

Connection - Weekly Reading: Gen. 28-16-17 (Yaakov awoke from his dream and said, "Surely G-d is in this place and I did not realize.... This is none other than the House of G-d, and this is the Gate of the Heavens.")


NEXT week's Story


"The Team of Story and Prayer"

The thinking behind the selection of Raphael Levin as one of the delegation was that many of the members of Etzel and Lechi [Irgun and 'Stern Gang'] had great respect for his famous father, Rabbi Aryeh Levin, especially those arrested by the British.

Connection: Like Yosef jailed in Egypt, Rabbi Aryeh Levin was "The Father of Prisoners




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