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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.
To subscribe to his weekly email story, join his WhatsApp group for an additional audio story and video story,and/or to purchase any of his books, see the 3 announcements below.

The Ascent Story Weekly Mailing list is now in its 26th year! It is updated on this site by Tuesday and emailed by Wednesday (including a printable PDF option).
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(For informtion on the hard-cover and soft-cover story collections of Y. Tilles, look to the right of the photo.
To join his WhatsApp stories group, see directly below)


The books of the

"Full Moon stories" series

by Yerachmiel Tilles

are available for purchase

in Jewish bookstores internationally,

and online on various booksellers' sites
(Google search on "Yerachmiel Michael Tilles" )


Amazon Yanki Tauber Batya Medad Daniel Keren Rivkah Lambert Adler



The Ascent storyteller WHATSAPP GROUP

a different Audio, Video and Print story each Saturday night!

To Join "TillesTells", or for more about the group,







"The Nazi's Grandson from Bordeaux"

I noticed a young man standing at the back, looking a little bewildered and out of place. It turned out he spoke neither Hebrew nor English, but I managed to communicate with him in broken French.

Connection: In this week's Torah reading, Vayeishev, there are four prophetic dreams.

LAST week's Story


"The Straw Lion and the Tailor"

"Why hadn't the Maggid of Mezritch spoken a single word of Torah to him," the Sassover worried. "All he did was tell me childish stories."

Connection: Yud-Tet Kislev, this Shabbat, is the yahrzeit of Rabbi DovBer, the Maggid of Mezritch.

NEXT week's Story


"Chanukah Sorcery"

The eve of Chanukah in Iran. They had hoped to reach home before the holiday began, but the sudden storm ruined their plans. They knocked on the door of a local Muslim house, shaking from cold.

Connection: CHANUKAH (sunset, Thursday, Dec. 7 - sunset, Friday, Dec. 15)



Audio stories

Brief bio notes of the story heroes

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