Stories Archive:
#1032 - (5778)

As told by Yerachmiel Tilles,
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#1042 (s5778-11/ 9 Cheshvan 5778)

No Place Like Home

After the Mittler Rebbe passed away on the 9th of the Jewish month of Kislev,1827, his son-in-law the Tzemach Tzedek refused to accept the mantle to become the third Chabad Rebbe.

Connection: Tuesday, Yud Kislev is the 190th yahrzeit (and simultaneously the 244th anniversary of his birth!) of Rabbi DovBer, the 2nd Rebbe of Chabad.


#1041 (s5778-11 / 2 Kislev 5778)

Connecting the Dots

She had been told that her only hope was a bone marrow transplant, for which the best chance is a close blood relative, but Mrs. Levy had none alive.

Connection: Weekly Reading of Vayetzei: "you are my bone and flesh" (Gen. 29:14")


#1040 (s5778-10/ 24 Cheshvan 5778)

Naming with Divine Inspiration

Their Rabbi advised, "That's a beautiful name, but it's rarely given. Perhaps you should add a second name which is more common."

Connection: Weekly Reading of Toldos ("Offsprings"), which was also the Reading on the Shabbat between the murders and the circumcision.


#1039 (s5778-09/ 17 Cheshvan 5778)

Blind Date

When Rabbi Yitzchak Yaakov Weiss's mother met her future daughter-in-law for the first time, she she wanted to immediately cancel the wedding.

Connection: Weekly Reading of Chaye Sarah - featuring the first "shiduch" in the Torah.


#1038 (s5778-08/ 10 Cheshvan 5778)

The Baal Shem Tov's Closest Follower

Rabbi Ze'ev-Wolf Kitzis approached the holy Baal Shem Tov as he was immersed in prayer. He lifted the Besht's tallis to see, took one glance...and fainted.

Connection: Seasonal -- 230th yahrzeit of R. Ze'ev-Wolf Kitzis


#1037 (s5778-06/ 3 Cheshvan 5778)

The Coachman's Second Profession

"Tell me," asked the Tzemach Tzedek unexpectedly, "What was the name of the wagon-driver who brought you here?"

Connection: Weekly Reading (end) -- Circumcision


#1036 (s5778-05/ 26 Tishrei 5778)

Three Brokers

The broker listened to Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev's message, but thought it was just a jest.

Connection: Sunday of this week was the 207th yahrzeit of the Berditchever.


 

#1035 (s5778-04/ 18 Tishrei 5778)

The Rebbe and the Black Belt

"I have never been in a synagogue, and I have no wish to see one," said the Israeli guard, "not even on Simchat Torah. You go inside and I'll look for a place to get something to eat."

Connection: SIMCHAT TORAH


#1034 (s5778-03/ 12 Tishrei 5778)

The Kansas Sukkah Doctor

Radiation oncologist Dr. Jay Robinow has saved hundreds of lives. That's his day job. Late into the night he has also saved hundreds of lives, spiritually.

Connection: SUKKOT FESTIVAL


#1033 (s5778-02/ 5 Tishrei 5778)

The Forest Cantor

"Comrade Officer! Excuse me, but I have to tell you that in the original version, that song is sung differently."

Connection: YOM KIPPUR


#1032 (s5778-01/ Erev Rosh HaShanah 5778)

Shofar-Blowing and Spear-Fishing in Oceania

At that time, the town of Lubavitch happened to be under the jurisdiction of a particularly savage 'Poritz' (Baron)

Connection: ROSH HASHANAH


 

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