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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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"Festivals of the Full


(Under the Full Moon" vol 2 -

holiday stories)

is now available for purchase


from ASCENT online and in Tsfat,

the publisher in Jerusalem (Koren);

Jewish bookstores internationally,

and on Amazon in both hardcover and Kindle editions.

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Book 1 of Yerachmiel Tilles's 3-volume set,

"Saturday Night, Full Moon"
, is also available for purchase on

our KabbalaOnline-shop site, and through Koren, on Amazon, etc.


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The Volper

In a rare moment of seriousness and lucidity, he rested his head on his hands and listened closely to Rabbi Shneur Zalman's discourse.

Connection: Seasonal - This Monday night-Tuesday is 208th yahrzeit of the Alter Rebbe of Chabad.


LAST Story


The Cult-buster Rabbi who Honored a Missionary

"For the Love of Truth"

Connection: Seasonal - Last Tuesday was the Fast Day of the Tenth of Tevet, when [in addition to commemerating the Siege of Jerusalem leading to the destruction of the Holy Temple,] Kaddish is also said for the murdered victims of the evil Nazis whose dates of death are unlnown

NEXT week's Story


Thirty Thousand Lsraeli Jews in Amsterdam

They looked like they had gotten a lot out of their stay in Amsterdam; their brows, nostrils and lobes were well-pierced with rings and studs; small tattoos
decorated their arms and all had hair dyed unnatural colors.

Connection: Weekly Reading - Contains the first two of the four mentions of the mitzvah of tefillin in the Torah


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