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As told by
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."
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
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