The Maharam MiRottenberg

Rav Meir of Rottenberg, known as the Maharam MiRottenberg, was a rishon who lived in Worms, Germany. A libel was brought against him by a former talmid who had gone astray, and Rav Meir was imprisoned. The Jewish community wanted to ransom him, yet the king was demanding the astronomical

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The Sdei Chemed

The following story was told over by Rav Sholom Schwadron. The Sdei Chemed was one of the great Sephardic rabbonim; a tremendous talmid chacham who was well versed in the entire Torah. One Sukkos, the Sdei Chemed was sitting in his sukkah, radiating unadulterated joy. He was asked what was

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Rabbeinu Shimshon

Rabbeinu Shimshon Rabbeinu Shimshon was a tremendous talmid chacham and tzaddik who learned in the yeshiva of the great Rabbeinu Tam. The Rabbeinu Shimshon is quoted many times by the Bais Yosef, Tosafos, and Rabbeinu Tam. Despite his wealth in Torah, Rabbeinu Shimshon had little money, since he did not

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Slippery Slope

Slippery Slope Rav Yonasan Eibshitz was one of the gedolei hador of his time. He authored many popular seforim, such as Karti U’Palti, Yaaros Dvash, Urim Vetumim, Ahavas Yonasan, and more. His two older sons, Rav Mordche and Rav Nosson, were tremendous talmidei chachomim who soon moved away from their

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Achilah

It was erev Pesach, and the Vilna Gaon was in the town of Pinsk, where he would be spending yom tov. The visit of such an esteemed personage made a stir in Pinsk, and everyone wanted to get a glimpse of the famed gadol. After the zman for burning the

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The Ibn Ezra

The Ibn Ezra led an extremely difficult life. In the introduction to his commentary on Koheles, he writes that he could not find success in any area of parnasah that he tried. His bad fortune was such that if he would have become a gravedigger, he writes, people would have

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The Pnei Yehoshua- Ameilus B’Torah

When Rav Shiyele Frankfurter, famously known as the Pnei Yehoshua, was a young man, he once found himself in a burning home. As the room filled with smoke and the flames crept closer, he offered a desperate promise to Hashem. “Ribono Shel Olam!” He cried out. “If you save me

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The Meshulach that changed Vienna

Many years ago, a meshulach came to the city of Vienna, capital of Austria, to raise funds from the Jewish community. Over the course of his stay, he discovered something shocking. The community was made up of a good, pious Jews. They were involved in chesed and tzedakah, they scrupulously

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Moshe Known as Menashe

In a small Jewish cemetery on the outskirts of a Polish village lies a nondescript tombstone with the following inscription: פה נטמן משה המכונה מנשה – here lies Moshe, known as Menashe. Who was the man buried here? And why does his tombstone bear such a cryptic inscription? Was he

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