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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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Laughing Below, Dancing Above

When Shabtai the bookbinder arrived, the Baal Shem Tov asked him, "Please tell us what happened in your home on Shabbos night."

Connections: Seasonal--SHAVUOT is also the yahrzeit of the Baal Shem Tov


LAST Story



To Sign or Not to Sign?

"Are you insane?" screamed the Stalinist commandant at Rabbi Gedaliah-Moshe Goldman of Zivhil. "I am granting you freedom! How can you waste such an opportunity?"

Connections: Seasonal--Iyar 26 -- yesod of yesod (this year: Monday, May 22] is the 72nd yahrzeit of Rabbi Shlomo ("Reb Shlom'ke") Goodman of Zivhil.



NEXT week's Story


The Tailor of Nobility

He was terrified of what the baron might do to him in revenge for the ruined outfit. In his plight he went to visit Rebbe Elimelech of Lizensk.

Connection: Weekly Reading of Bahalotecha (end) -- "Moses was very humble, more than anyone..."


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