A Near Tragedy

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 Love Of A Parent

The young woman was stunned at her father’s words and her heart was filled with bitterness at this apparent ill will.

The Earthquake (Conclusion)

The man was overjoyed to see his benefactor and gave them food and water besides shelter and safety.

Puzzling Solutions

The yearning of man is to do kindness’ refers to the fact that all people, especially the poor, want to do good deeds.

Love Of Fellow Jews

He was so persuasive that he managed to convince the landlord. The prisoner was ordered freed.

An Expensive Agreement (Continued from last week)

It was only worth a few marks, but you had no money for it and you said that if I gave it to you, you would give me all the money you would eventually have over 10,000 marks.

The Unmerciful Doctor

The following story is told about the Vilna Gaon who was called upon to decide a case of a bill that was due a doctor.

A Torah-Sharpened Mind

No, it is not so, I am an honest and God-fearing Jew. Because of this I returned your lost wallet to you. If you do not wish to give me the reward I gladly waive all right to it. I only ask that you do not accuse me falsely.

The Chassidim Of Germany

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries the struggle between chassidim and their opponents, the misnagdim, reached its peak. In many cases, chassidim were barred from areas where the misnagdim were the majority. Certainly it was unheard of for a city to choose a chassidic adherent as its rav.

Respect For Our Fellow Human Beings

Rabi Elazar looked down from his mule and perceived that the stranger was truly the ugliest man he had ever seen.

The Celebration Of The Water-Drawing

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.

Nicholas Tries To Russify The Jews

In the 19th century, the heart of European Jewry – its centers of Torah learning, its crown of glory – was centered in the vast expanse of the Russian Empire. There, under the hand of the czars, lived millions of Jews – poor in material wealth but blessed with a love of Torah and a dedication to their faith that was unshakeable.

The Story Of Chanukah

In the end, the kingdom was divided into three main parts and the tiny kingdom of Judea fell to the Syrian-Greeks.

Never Embarrass A Person

“Let us ask that gentleman to explain this difficult passage to us,” they said to one another.

Who Bought The Romans To Israel?

If you were to ask the average Jew who destroyed the Beis Hamikdash and who sent Klal Yisrael into galus (exile), he would instantly answer, “The Romans.”

Camp Mommy – Week 1

Sure, you could purchase a package of clean, saliva-free popsicle sticks, but where’s the fun in that?

Thrown Into The Fire

Through the influence of Daniel, who was one of the ministers of King Nevuchadnezar, his three companions, Chananiah, Mishael and Azariah were appointed as governors over various provinces in Bavel.

Be Kind To Others So G-d Will Be Kind To You

While they were distributing relief to the poor, they saw a man give money to his divorced wife.

Moshe And The Wondrous Staff

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.

HaMelech Moshe (Continued from last week)

With cries of joyful anticipation, the soldiers ran for the storks and climbed on their horses.

The Modern And The Old Jew

The name of the Gaon, Rav Yitzchok Elchonon Spektor, was known to Jewry throughout the world. He was also well know to Russian royalty, having visited the Czar many times to plead for his fellow religionists.

Shmuel Hakatan

In the days of Shmuel Hakatan a terrible drought held the land in its deadly grip. The wheat withered in the field and the grass dried and died. Day after day, the skies remained leaden and no clouds appeared to bring rain and salvation to the parched land.

Poverty Tests The Man

When his students saw the mule, they decided to clean it and smooth it for their teacher.

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