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
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Making Peace in Heaven
The Baal Shem Tov added some words about the importance of reciting
Psalms, and all present felt that the celebration had taken on a more
1) Weekly reading (of this week outside of Israel) -- G-d awards His "Covenant
of peace to Pinchas.
2) The peace-making tendencies and abilities of Aharon (Brother of Moses
and the first High Priest) are mentioned in this week's chapter of Pirkei
Avot (ch. 1, Mishna 12).
3) In the Torah reading of Massai (to be read next week both in Israel
and outside), the date of Aharon's death is mentioned (Num. 33:38), the
only one in the entire Five Books of Moses!...
And that date, Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av coincides with the day
before Shabbat next week.
Married for Money?
Having heard about the wisdom of the Kotzker Rebbe, he decided
to visit him and seek his counsel.
Connection: In this story, 4 distinct events were orchestrated
by the Al-mighty over a period of a year or so; in the next-to-last verse
of the Torah reading, Balak, read this past Shabbat in Israel and
read this week outside of Israel), five events had to miraculously happen
almost simultaneously (see Num. 25:8 with Rashi and Talmud Sanhedrin 82b)
for the execution by Pinchas to be considered justified and valid, not
NEXT week's Story
The Not Yet Celebrated Celebration
Victory Over "a Heinous and Implacable Adversary"
Connections: The date of the main event of the story is Tammuz 26 (2019: