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Reb Elimelech M’Lizhensk (Part IV)

26 Tevet 5772 – January 20, 2012
Reb Elimelech M’Lizhensk was considered one of the finest students of the Baal Shem Tov’s successor, the Maggid MiMezretch. When the Maggid passed away, his disciples gathered for the funeral and then had to decide who would succeed their master.

Reb Elimelech M’Lizhensk (Part III)

26 Kislev 5772 – December 21, 2011
Wherever the two holy brothers went on their self-imposed exile they generated a spirit of repentance. Their standard routine was to admonish themselves out loud for their supposed crimes, when in fact their “sins” were precisely the ones that the villager within earshot needed to rectify.

Reb Elimelech M’Lizhensk (Part II)

28 Heshvan 5772 – November 24, 2011
The parents of Reb Elimelech M’Lizhensk, Eliezer Lipman and his pious wife, Mirish, emanated from families that could trace their lineage all the way back to Rashi, Rav Yochanan Hasandlar of Talmudic fame and even King David. They lived in the townlet of Lapachi, not far from Tiktin.

Reb Elimelech M’Lizhensk (Part I)

21 Tishri 5772 – October 19, 2011
Just when it seemed that the Jews could never recover from the ruinous events of the 17th and 18th centuries, their plight was worsened yet, by even heavier taxes imposed by the Polish government.

Salek Discovers Apt

25 Tammuz 5767 – July 11, 2007
Whereas Salek's father's appearance was rather modern for that period - sporting only a short beard, just like his cousins - his grandfather, Avrohom Orenstein, had a flowing beard and wore a shtreimel on Shabbos.

Education In The Shtetl

20 Sivan 5767 – June 6, 2007
The shtetl of Apt would rise early every weekday morning when the men would rush to one of the houses of prayer, better known as shteiblech.

Shabbos In The Shtetl

28 Iyyar 5767 – May 16, 2007
In preparation for Shabbos, Salik Orenstein's (our protagonist, and through his eyes and his memoir are we viewing the shtetl) mother baked challos.

The Termination Of Shtetl Life

30 Nisan 5767 – April 18, 2007
Over a year ago, I suggested that our knowledge of the Holocaust was limited because of our familiarity with only a few, well-known stories from that period.

The Belzer Rebbe’s Flight To Freedom

2 Nisan 5767 – March 21, 2007
Beginning in the tiny Galician town of Belz, Rabbi Aharon Rokeach, better known as the Belzer Rebbe, maintained his chassidic court despite the constant danger.

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