The Butcher Next Door

The following story is recorded in a sefer written by Rabbeinu Nissim Gaon. R’ Eliyahu was an elevated and noble Jew, an outstanding talmid chacham who devoted his every moment to Torah and mitzvos. He constantly strove to better his service of Hashem, to stretch himself further, to grow closer

Read More »

The Cantonist’s Neilah

The era of the Cantonists is a sad and painful chapter in Jewish history. During the nineteenth century, a governmental edict in Russia forced every Jewish community to supply the Czar’s army with a monthly quota of young conscripts. Being inducted into the army was a spiritual death sentence for

Read More »

The Birds Testimony

Meir was a moneychanger. He operated with both local and foreign currency, exchanging coins for larger bills and foreign money for its fair amount in local tender. He dealt extensively with shopkeepers, who would often come to exchange their money for bills of larger denominations and was the go-to address

Read More »

Dibbuk and Decisions

In the times of the Shevt Mussar, there was a woman who suddenly began experiencing strange and painful symptoms. Previously a healthy woman, the onset of the mysterious malady was quick and sudden. She suffered terribly for eight months as her family took her from doctor to doctor seeking a

Read More »

The Berditchiver Rebbe and the Shochet

The Berditchiver Rebbe was amongst the generals who led klal Yisroel in his generation. A famed rebbe, he was a giant in Torah, in Halacha, in agaddah, and renowned far and wide for his tremendous ahavas Yisroel. He was also a master of the hidden Torah, and his tefillos carried

Read More »

Shackled Body, Unfettered Soul

Until Milton Feist was fourteen years old, he was a regular American boy with similar interests and hobbies as the rest of his public school classmates. And then he was stricken with polio. Milton was lucky to survive with his life, but life as he knew it changed forever. He

Read More »

The View From Above

Rav Chaim Vital relayed the following story: Maariv is over, and a steady line of people stream out of the shul. They wish each other a good Shabbos and they part outside the brightly-lit shul building, heading out under the star-studded sky for home. Dovid waves to his friend and

Read More »

Hatzneiah Leches

Shaul was blessed with a lively brood of sons, and he toiled to raise them as true servants of Hashem. A tremendous yarei shamayim and a great mechanech, he worked to instill in his sons love and respect for Torah; and a desire for mitzvos and chesed. He explained the

Read More »

Poisonous Words

The great Chozeh of Lublin had a close talmid known as the Yid Hakadosh. Since he had the same first name as his rebbi, the Chozeh, his friends referred to him simply as ‘the Yid’. Later, when he became a great and holy rebbe in his own right, the moniker

Read More »

Passing The Test

Passing the Test Part I The following story is from the Midrash. There was an elderly Jew who reached the end of his life. He was a prosperous man and planned on leaving his only son a vast inheritance. Shortly before he passed away, he summoned his son to his

Read More »