The fact is that people create idols out of many things and it is literally impossible to destroy them without destroying the whole world.
Yehudis understood that her only hope lay in her willingness to risk her very life.
Many long hours were spent carefully planning for the Greek attack. Finally, all that could be done was done and the city waited tensely for the Greek hordes to come.
Mattisyahu knew that Antiochus would be enraged when he heard what had happened, so he and his sons fled to the Judean Hills.
In the end, the kingdom was divided into three main parts and the tiny kingdom of Judea fell to the Syrian-Greeks.
On the way home from the funeral, the crowd surrounded Reb Pinchas and demanded to know why he had attended.
Though he wanted a child more than anything in the whole world, Rav Yitzchak never complained, but continued to live his life according to the dictates of the Torah.
It is related that one of his customs was to wrap himself in his tallis and cover his eyes with it while judging of a case of law.
Taking pity on the pilot, the Ramban wrote the Holy Name on a piece of paper and told the pilot to place it in a corner of the boat, and when he arrived at the city of Barcelona, to make sure to destroy the note.
Realizing that he couldn’t fulfill Avram’s request, Nimrod then decided upon another line of reasoning.
Realizing the grave danger they were in, Terach asked the king for three days time to discuss the matter with his wife and family.
The young woman was stunned at her father’s words and her heart was filled with bitterness at this apparent ill will.
Four ladders led up to each candlestick, and four youths from a family of Kohanim went up, holding in their hands 24-log jars of oil, which they poured into the bowls.
While they were distributing relief to the poor, they saw a man give money to his divorced wife.
Nadav was lifted on the horse and he hung on for dear life as the soldiers charged swiftly through the city streets.
The community leaders were taken from their cells and brought before the governor. He shouted at them, accusing them of plotting the prisoner’s escape.
The people looked at each other in amazement. What did he mean? Why was this Rosh Hashanah so special?
If the earthly court decreed that today is Rosh Hashanah, Hashem commands the angels to call the heavenly court into session.
They protested their innocence, but the tax collector would not listen to them and they were subsequently jailed.
Even if a king greets you, you should not answer him. Even if a snake winds itself about you, you must not interrupt your prayers.
But what did the foolish servants do? They put on the royal robes and went about their work. Being very busy with their work, they forgot that they were wearing the king’s garments.
A few weeks later, the master killed the hog and made a banquet for his friends.
One Shavuos, the people of Slutzk walked their beloved rav home and ate with gusto the foods that the rebbetzin had cooked. When they had finished they waited for the customary divrei Torah.
Despite all the evil that she had done to him in the years gone by, Rabi Yosi now forgot the past.
Rushing over to the table, he saw a precious diamond, magnificent in its sparkling beauty, inside the fish.