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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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When Smart Jews are not Smart

"I used to hang out with one of your buddies. Ever heard of Rabbi Yoel Teitlebaum [the Satmar Rebbe]?" said the non-Jew from AAA.

Connection: Seasonal -- Nine Days + Tisha b'Av


LAST Story


The Fifteen-Seconds Sermon

Shortly after Rebbe Shlomo of Bobov came to America, he was strongly slandered by a local New York Rabbi.

Connections -- Seasonal (3): Rosh Chodesh Menachem-Av (Friday) is the 18th yahrzeit of the Bobover Rebbe;
Rosh Chodesh Menachem-Av begins The Nine Days (leading into Tisha b'Av) when we are cautioned to be extra careful to not speak negatively of a fellow-Jew.
This past Shabbat we started this year's 3rd cycle Of Shabbat Pirkei Avot study with chapter 1, which is referenced in the story.


NEXT week's Story


Hundreds of Mezuzahs

Every fundraiser needed some kind of gimmick." Theirs would be a compilation of video clips of the locals who had appeared before the Rebbe for "dollars."

Connection: Weekly Reading -- "And you shall write them on the doorposts of your homes."


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