web analytics
March 2, 2015 / 11 Adar , 5775
At a Glance
Judaism
Sponsored Post


Home » Judaism » Parsha »

Shabbos Mevorchim Tammuz

Weiss-062014

Yossel was arrested on suspicion of theft nonetheless. The town was in an uproar… an innocent man languished in jail while his wife and children were bereft of their breadwinner. At the same time, the postal service offered a reward of 500 gulden to anyone who would be of help in recovering the stolen money.

Yossel’s agitated wife retrieved the envelope from its hiding place and made her way to R’ Baruch Frankel-Teomim, who was widely known for his extraordinary wisdom and perceptiveness.

As she neared the rav‘s home she could hear him learning with his talmidim. Not wishing to disrupt their Torah study, she discreetly tossed the envelope through an open window of the rav’s study and left before anyone noticed her presence.

When the rav saw the markings on the envelope, he instantly knew it was the one poor Yossel had been accused of stealing. R’ Baruch Taam was in a quandary… if he returned the money to the postal authorities, the simple truth of how he had acquired it could possibly create a worse predicament for the city’s Jews, who might then all be accused of collaborating together to cover the crime of one of their own.

R’ Baruch stepped out to clear his mind and reflect upon this unexpected dilemma that had literally landed at his feet. On his walk he encountered none other than the city’s priest who greeted him warmly. The rav’s deep contemplation had the priest inquire whether he could be of any help.

Turning to face the priest, R’ Baruch asked, “If someone confides something to you in the way of a confession, are you obligated to keep it a secret?”

“Of course,” replied the priest. “These are confidences I am not permitted to reveal to anyone!”

After ascertaining that the priest was allowed to receive confession from “outsiders” as well, the rav said he had a confession to make – with one caveat: that it take place in the priest’s home rather than in the church. The bewildered priest agreed; an exception could certainly be made for the rabbi whom he held in high esteem.

At the appointed time, R’ Baruch appeared at the home of the priest, where he confessed the truth about how he had obtained the envelope in his possession. The rav then asked the priest to take it from him and present it to the postal authorities, having “received it in the process of confession.” The priest would not be obliged to reveal any further detail, for confessions were known to be held in the strictest of confidentialities.

The priest was pleased with R’ Baruch’s proposal, and by the following day word quickly circulated that the money had been found. Yossel was promptly freed and sent home.

Effusive in her praise of R’ Baruch and his wisdom, Yossel’s wife advised him to pay the rav a visit to personally convey his gratitude in person and to confess the entire truth to him.

R’ Baruch was overjoyed at seeing Yossel before him – who, in turn, let the rav know that he was not innocent and expressed his sincere regret at having had allowed himself to fall prey to his evil inclination.

Just then the priest stopped by to give the rav the reward money from the postal authorities. Declining to accept it, the rav insisted the money belonged to the priest who had extricated him from his untoward dilemma. The priest adamantly refused to take ‘payment’ for his deed and advised the rav to give it to the poor if he didn’t wish to keep it for himself.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Shabbos Mevorchim Tammuz”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Americans have a more favorable view of Netanyahu than they do of Obama.
Americans’ Favorable View of Netanyahu at Record High, Says Gallup Poll
Latest Judaism Stories
Esther Denouncing Haman

Purim is the battleground of extremes, Amalek and Yisrael, with Zoroastrian Persia in between.

Niehaus-022715

One should not give the money before Purim morning or after sunset.

Mendlowitz-022715-Basket

The mishloach manos of times gone by were sometimes simple and sometimes elaborate, but the main focus was on the preparation of the delicious food they contained.

Winiarz-022715-Kids

Does Hashem ever go away and not pay attention to us?

In other words, the Torah is an expression of the Way that we must follow in order to live a divine-like life and to bond in the highest way possible with God or Being Itself.

The Chasam Sofer answers that one of only prohibited from wearing a garment that contains shatnez if he does so while wearing the garment for pleasure purposes.

The avodah (service) of the kohen gadol is vital and highly sensitive; the world’s very existence depends on it.

Moreover, even if the perpetrator of the capital offense is never actually executed, such as when the fatal act was unintentional, Kam Lei applies and the judge cannot award damages.

Forever After?
‘Obligated for Challahh and Not Terumah’
(Kesubos 25a)

Question: If Abraham was commanded to circumcise his descendants on the eighth day, why do Arabs – who claim to descend from Abraham through Yishmael – wait until their children are 13 to circumcise them? I am aware that this is a matter of little consequence to our people. Nevertheless, this inconsistency is one that piques my curiosity.

M. Goldman
(Via E-mail)

“We really appreciate your efforts in straightening the shul,” said Mr. Reiss. “How is it going?”

This was a spontaneous act of rest after the miracle of vanquishing their respective foes. The following year they celebrated on the same days as a minhag.

The way we must to relate to our young adult children is to communicate with genuine loving-kindness

Jewish prayer is a convergence of 2 modes of biblical spirituality, exemplified by Moses and Aaron

In holy places it’s important to maintain a level of silence permitting people to dialogue with God

More Articles from Rachel Weiss
Weiss-021315

Hashem placed Esther in the right setting at the right time.

Weiss-112114-Sufganiot

According to the Sefer Yetzirah, the nature of the month of Kislev is sleep.

Hashem recalls everything – nothing is hidden from His eyes.

Just as the moon waxes, wanes and renews itself, so has the nation of Israel renewed itself through the millennia.

Known by all as a happy-go-lucky fellow, Yossel’s lackluster parnassah never got the better of him. His dejected-looking wife, however, hardly shared his simchas ha’chayim and Yossel would often attempt to cheer her with words of chizuk.

The girl who had remarkably survived the accident had previously not led a religious lifestyle – which unsurprisingly changed after this event.

“Is my husband’s Olam Haba’ah really worth the sume of 1,000 ruble?”

Readers who have kept up with this series since its inception will have noted a consistent emphasis on the role women have played in our rich heritage.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/judaism/parsha/shabbos-mevorchim-tammuz-2/2014/06/20/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: