Outwitting The Rich Wine Dealer

“I would appreciate if you could give me some pointers on how to improve my wine,” said the wine merchant eagerly.

The Hasty Decision

"Interrogate the witnesses extensively; yet be cautious with your words, lest they learn from them to lie,” the sage and leader of the generation, Rabi Shimon ben Shetach admonished the chief justice, Rabi Yehudah ben Tabai. This was because of a grievous error the chief justice had committed.

He Made Them Deaf

“What could I do? Your wife is hard of hearing,” whispered the poor woman barely able to talk.

The Study Of Torah Is Not Enough

The life of our sages was never an easy one. Although persecuted by the Romans, they continued to devote all their efforts to the study of Torah and doing good deeds.

The Man Who Forgot G-d

So began a marvelous period of good fortune. He invested the twenty-four gold pieces in many types of businesses and everything his hand touched turned to gold.

G-d’s Helper

One winter morning a terrible blizzard raged, the weather dropped to below zero, and the woman became desperately ill.

Deserting His Classification

Now let me ask you, what would happen to an infantryman if he deserted his regiment and went to serve in the cavalry? He would be court-martialed, wouldn’t he?”

The Story Of Daniel

In the third year of the reign of Yehoyakim, melech Yehuda, Nevuchadnezzar, melech Bavel, lay siege to Yerushalayim and conquered it. He took many treasures from the Beis HaMikdash back with him to the land of Shinar.

The Answer (Continued From Last Week)

Running into his house, he told the good news to his wife and then sat down to say Tehillim in praise to the Almighty.

Days Of Awe

There lived in his time a Ukrainian Jew who had strayed from the path of Torah.

A Fortune Lost (Conclusion)

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.

Learning The Language Of The Country

Czar Nicholas was a rabid anti-Semite and constantly sought means and methods to convert the Jews to Christianity. But the harsher the decrees he issued against the Jews, the more tenaciously they adhered to the tenets of their forefathers.

Always Give A Person The Benefit Of The Doubt

Chazal taught: He who judges his associates (in questionable acts) with favor will be judged with favor from Above.

The Greatness Of Modesty

Modesty, both in conduct to people and in dress and speech has always been a deeply praised virtue — especially for Jewish women. In Yerushalayim there once lived a woman named Kimchis, who symbolized this virtue and was blessed for it.

The Terrible Decree

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?

Hillel HaZakein

His wife being the prototype of an aishes chayil hurried and diligently prepared a truly delicious meal, fit for the finest table.

Rav Elazar Rokeach

In his youth, tradition tells us, he lived the life of a pauper. Many a week he would fast two days, and even during his fast he would sit in the beis midrash and continue his studies.

The Honesty Of The Congregation

In front of all the people, the traveler gave the rav the money and he went away perfectly confident that his treasure was in good hands.

The Wonderful Diamond

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.

The Stingy Host

Don’t you know Avraham, the famous dry goods merchant, who lives near the lake in a big mansion?

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