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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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One Hundred Signatures

Once, in Siberia, he was confined in a pit for a week, without food, and he said that he almost died. Rats were biting at his feet.

: Seasonal - 24th of Cheshvan is the 72nd yahrzeit of Rebbe Gedalya-Moshe of Zevhil


LAST Story


For Generations to Come

The Lubavitcher Rebbe told the teacher twice, “The education of Jewish children is a conduit for blessing – both material and spiritual – for you and your family for generations to come.”

Connection: Weekly Reading of Vayera -- "I have known him [Avraham], so that he will command his children and his household after him, and they will keep G-d's way, doing charity and justice" (see Gen.18:18-19).

NEXT week's Story

1146 A Mother's Pride

In the early 1900's, purchasing a new dress was an "event."

: Weekly Reading of Toldot - the first verse (with Rashi's explanation).


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