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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


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the publisher in Jerusalem (Koren);

Jewish bookstores internationally,

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"Saturday Night, Full Moon"
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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 meaningful tone.

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!...
4) …And that date, Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av coincides with the day before Shabbat next week.


LAST Story


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 murder.


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: July 27)


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