Rav Mordchele Oshmina

Rav Pinchos Michoel Grossleit was a great rov in Antipulia in Eastern Europe, in the nineteenth century. One blustery day, shortly before Rosh Chodesh Adar, he received a letter from Rav Mordechai Veitzel-Rosenblatt, who was then serving as rov in the distant town of Butten. He is more famously known

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Reb Hershel Zidechoiver

Rav Hershel Zidechoiver was one of the great Chassidic rebbes of yore and was well-versed in the entire Torah, including kabbalah. Every Shavuos, he would preside over a gathering for his followers, where he would relate the following story. When Rav Hershel Zidechoiver was a young man, he was terribly

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R’ Nochum

R’ Nochum was a pious and devoted Jew, always looking for mitzvos and engaged in chesed. He was a simple man of average intelligence and was unable to learn much Torah. His foremost desire to devote his entire life to Hashem. However, he needed to sustain his family, and for

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Hashgacha Protis & a Judge’s Wisdom

A few centuries ago, Jews who lived in Eretz Yisroel led difficult lives. They were constantly persecuted and harassed by the gentiles around them. In one small town in Eretz Yisroel during this era, a cunning Arab named Ibrahim devised a plot against Yechiel, a Jew. Ibrahim approached Yechiel and

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From Ordinary to Extraordinary

When we learn Gemara with meforshim, and we reflect upon the greatness of the tannaim, amoraim, rishonim, and acharonim, it is amazing to try to understand the heights these giants managed to scale. Often, however, we assume that these talmidei chachamim were born special; they were created to be righteous

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Rashi

Like many of the Torah giants of the previous generations, at one point in his lifetime, Rashi Hakadosh went into galus. During his wanderings, he chanced upon a non-Jewish individual, Johann, who lived a mystical life, separate from all materialism. He was an intelligent man, with a sharp mind, and

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A Week for A Week

One of the talmidim of the Bach, whom we’ll call Moshe, was extremely successful in business and became very wealthy. In order to ensure that his student would conduct his monetary dealings in strict accordance with halachah, the Bach took him as a chavrusah, and the two would study the

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Blinded by Money

The Noam Elimelech was one of the five main disciples of the Magid of Mezritch. He was a tremendous giant in Torah and was zoche to a high level of ruach hakodesh. Every Rosh Chodesh, the Noam Elimelech would preside over a seudah, where the chassidim would sing and he

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Chametz B’bayis

Rav Kalman Krohn related this story from a sefer called עושה פלא. Back many generations, klal yisroel was zoche to be headed by great mekubalim, tremendous spiritual giants who possessed a penetrating knowledge of all aspects of Torah, including a genuine understanding of the deep mysteries of kabbalah.  With their

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Rav Avraham Ben Musa

Rav Avraham Ben Musa From the day Avreme’le was born, he was immersed in an atmosphere of purity and holiness. His mother took great care that the sights and sounds her newborn son imbibed be untainted by the immorality of the world around him. Lovingly, she shielded him from viewing

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