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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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Which Comes First?

The Baal Shem Tov stood still, his washing cup poised to pour water on his hands in preparation for the blessing on bread, but instead of continuing, he stopped

Connection: Seasonal -- Chai Elul, the eighteenth day of the Jewish month of Elul (this year: Tues. eve - Wed., Sept. 18,) marks the 321st year since the birthday of the Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, the revealer of the Chassidic movement in 1734, on his 36th birthday.


LAST Story


In the Air to Brisbane

A Chabad chasid visiting in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, was summoned by a Rebbe from a different chasidic group, who told him about a family in Boro Park that was searching for their long-lost daughter

Connection: Weekly Reading of Ki Teitzei -- Laws of Divorce (Deut. 24:1-4)


NEXT week's Story


Rosh Hashana in a Non-Kosher Restaurant!??

The Rabbi joined in the lively Kabbalat Shabbat service even though the sun was still high above the rippling Atlantic waters.

Connection: Seasonal --ROSH HASHANA 5780! Let's start the year as kosher as possible -- in all aspects of our lives, not just food.


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