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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.
to his weekly email story, join his WhatsApp group for an additional audio
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on the hard-cover and soft-cover story collections of Y. Tilles, look to
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books of the
Moon stories" series
available for purchase
in Jewish bookstores internationally,
online on various booksellers' sites
(Google search on "Yerachmiel
Michael Tilles" )
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"The Death Camp Matzah Squad"
Two Chabad chasidim, one Belz and the Klausenburger Rebbe had the bravery
and presence of mind to secure wheat and bake matzah amidst the oppression
and abysmal suffering.
LAST week's Story
"From Bleached-Blond Princess to Queen Mother"
My name was not only designed to sound non-Jewish, but was carefully
calibrated to look symmetrical up on the marquee. By age 3, I was already
competing in beauty pageants.
Connection: This week we read the last sections of Shmot (Book of Exodus),
which concludes with a reckoning and detailed accounting of all that was
invested in fulfilling G-d's commandment to build the Sanctuary, the predecessor
to the First Holy Temple in Jerusalem nearly one thousand years later.
Similarly G-d expects each of us to do a periodic spiritual account and
reckoning, such as described in this story.
NEXT week's Story
"The Rock & Roll Promoter who demaned answers from the
In my early twenties, I was invited to travel with the Rolling Stones
on a concert tour; I saw more depraved human behavior than most people
will ever see in a lifetime.
Connection: This Saturday night-Sunday, the 11th of the Jewish month
of Nissan (this year: April 2), is the anniversary of the birth in 1902
of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem-Mendel Schneerson.