“And Hashem told Moshe, lift up thy rod over the sea and divide it”... And Moshe ordered the sea to divide. But the sea refused. “Why should I obey you,” it said, “You are but a man born of a woman and besides, I am three days older than you, I was established on the third day of creation, and you were created on the sixth day.”
The trial was the next day and he hadn’t as yet told the family what he would do.
Rav Chaim Soloveichik, the Torah luminary of the city of Brisk, was a legendary figure when it came to charity and good deeds.
It was the night of Shavuos, the anniversary of the giving of the Torah, and the Jews in Jerusalem adhered to the custom of remaining up all night and studying the Torah. Not all, however, could do so, and as the night wore on, a few got up to go home.
Is There A Drunk In Here? One Yom Kippur Eve, as the sun began to set and the congregation prepared to say Kol Nidrei, everyone...
Yonadav was greatly impressed at the vast sums of money the young man had in his possessions.
1) למה הפרה הלכה לבית הכנסת? כי היא רצתה להתפלל מוּוּוּוּוּוּוּסף. גדליה Gedalya Gerstle Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy 2) למה אחשורוש חצה את הכביש? ללכת לארמון שלו. Miriam...
There was once a tzaddik from Poland, Reb Velveli, who decided to settle in Eretz Yisrael. The land was poor and inhabited by very few people, but he and his wife had such love for the land that they were willing to suffer privation and hunger just to be one of its citizens.
Ordering his servants to take Moshe out of the pit, he had him brought to his home, where he was bathed and given fresh clothing.
Ptolemy, King of Egypt, had requested that 72 sages be sent to his country to translate the Torah. They were wined and dined and...
The merchant realized he had done something wrong by nearly causing the holy rav to commit a sin, so he was crestfallen as he took the box and departed.
The fact is that people create idols out of many things and it is literally impossible to destroy them without destroying the whole world.
“I do nothing worthwhile,” he modestly replied and refused to discuss any of his deeds. For the man was a very modest and humble person.
One of the great gaonim was Rav Yaakov Berlin, the father of the Netziv (Naftali Tzvi Yehuda of Berlin), the rosh yeshiva of the Volozhin Yeshiva and a leader of European Jewry at the close of the 19th century.
Do you wonder at times what possible purpose some little insect might have for being?
The simple man was very impressed with these stories and the following morning he told his wife that he was preparing a sumptuous feast for erev Yom Kippur.
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