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.
Not only did Rav Avraham give tzedakah himself, but he also sought to get others to give as well.
With that type of charity you shouldn’t come unto G-d. It is not sufficient; you must also try to help other poor people.
The man was still unconvinced, but he went to the room he rented and hoped that Rabi Shimon was correct.
When Rav saw that his wife was serving him what he really wanted, he was amazed and constantly surprised.
He then complained to the emperor that the Jews were rebelling against him.
I am warning you that as of now, if you do not sell 100 percent pure milk, without water added, I will declare an issur, a ban, upon you all, and no Jew will partake of your milk.
The groom was happy about the fulfillment of the pledge and the wedding ceremony was held. They danced and made merry the entire night.
I will stop by your place of business tomorrow and you can give me some money at that time.
It appeared that she and her husband were getting a divorce and a sum of money was in dispute, which she now turned over to the rav for safekeeping.
Who can count the number who died? Who can number those who succumbed to the tortures and embraced Christianity in order to escape the pain and suffering?
Three days later the man died. The following week his son had a dream in which he saw his father in a very happy frame of mind.
Making sure he did not awaken his father, he returned to the room where the sages sat and said, I am afraid that I cannot sell you the gem.
The question bothered him very much and he decided to go to the town square where all the poor were gathered and ask them.
Going to the Bais HaMikdash, Yosef Ben Yoezer’s son showed the magnificent diamond to the Kohanim. They were stunned by its brilliance and beauty and could hardly speak.
In the middle of the voyage, a terrible storm arose and the ship began to sink. They all barely managed to scramble aboard a lifeboat.
Rabi Yochanan immediately dismounted from the mule, wrapped himself in his tallis and sat down on a stone beneath an olive tree.
Rav Hershel was perplexed. While he could tell from the fine features and behavior of the merchant that he was the true merchant and being victimized by a scoundrel, he had no proof.
The bidding reached the sum of 500 rubles. When the bidding stopped at this figure the shammos announced an anonymous bid to top it.
Why does one escape death and the other does not? Because one prayed and was answered and the other prayed and was not answered. Why was one answered and the other not?
He was so persuasive that he managed to convince the landlord. The prisoner was ordered freed.
When word reached the Jewish community they began to tremble. They knew only too well the meaning of the king’s threat.
The Magid Reb Pinchas of Kuritz despised falsehood and haughtiness and he loved honesty. He would usually say, “Arise very early in the morning...
No, I will not go home until this house is repaired and made fit for people to live in. Are these people any worse than me?
When Shammai heard these words he was deeply hurt and was sure that the man had come only to offend and mock him.