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Jan 23 2018, Shevat 7, 5778
Torah reading: Beshalach

General Stories

Raise Yourself Up

When the 5th Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom Dovber, was a child, he played with his older brother, Reb Zalman Aharon (Raza). During the course of their antics, Reb Zalman Aharon dug a pit and placed his younger brother into it. When their father, the 4th Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Shmuel, heard the cries of his son, … Read more

Prayer and Wealth

There was once a chossid of the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe that posed to him the following question: “There are times when I do not have time to pray at length, is it therefore possible to accomplish the same objective as praying through the study of texts on ethics?” The Rebbe responded: “There are two types … Read more

Choose Life

By Rabbi Dovid Markel   The great sage Rabbi Meir of Rothenberg (1215-1293) was arrested by the non-Jewish authorities as a way to extort the Jewish community for 23,000 marks of silver. Rabbi Meir forbade the Jewish community from paying the ransom lest they become accustomed to doing such things in the future and after … Read more

Becoming a Simple Jew

By Rabbi Dovid Markel   Once[1], the third Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch said: “When Moshiach comes, he will spend his time talking to the simple Jew’s of innocent self-sacrifice. These Jew’s will have their own palace which the greatest of thinkers will be jealous of.” When the chossid Reb Chaim heard this … Read more

The Language of the Beast

The chassid R. Gershon Ber of Pahar was a remarkable individual. He had an incredible grasp of Chassidic thought, and was extremely concise in his speech. Though a great Torah scholar who surely understood the meaning of the prayers, it was his custom to translate his prayers into his mother tongue of Yiddish. He once asked the … Read more

Food for the Angels

It was the custom of the chassidim of the second Rebbe of Chabad, Rabbi Dovber of Lubavitch, to pray quietly and gently, singing Chassidic songs as they prayed. One of these chassidim, though he did not have any deep understanding of Chassidic thought, was also accustomed to pray with great feeling. While he would pray, he … Read more

Like a Child

By Rabbi Dovid Markel   On the last Rosh HaShana of R. Nachman of Breslov’s life he was extremely sick. (He passed away soon after, during the intermediate days of Sukkos.) His grandchild Yisroel (the son of his daughter Sara), a child of three or four, was present during those last few weeks of his … Read more

A Broken Heart

By Rabbi Dovid Markel   In a town near the city of Premislan there lived a rich Jew who was—as wealthy people are want to be—both opinionated and obstinate. One year, he unequivocally informed his community that he was going to be the chazzan for the Days of Awe. While the community was not happy … Read more