But the furious merchant would not listen to his word and slapped him across the face – twice! Rav Avraham Abush suffered the blows in silence, refusing to use his name or prestige to protect himself.
Even on the coldest and snowiest days one could see Rav Avraham Abush standing at someone’s front door, asking for help for a needy person.
They all gathered in the main synagogue to formulate a plan of action. At the height of the discussion, someone suggested using Nachumka.
Rav Ephraim Zalman would therefore dress modestly – he would not purchase silk or satin clothes, which were very expensive, although he could well afford it.
The Ibn Ezra awoke with a start. Rushing into his library he picked up a sefer given to him by a talmid. Sure enough, it attempted to prove that Shabbos was to be observed from Saturday morning until Sunday morning.
Every day a casket filled with gold would be lowered from the walls of Jerusalem and in return the army of Aristobulos would send up cattle for the korbanos.
I am the daughter of Rav Nechuniah, the one who has dug all the wells and water holes for the people, and I fell into this pit last night. Please help me to get out of here for I cannot do it alone.
All the disciples were eager to accompany their master and they all piled into the coach.
Before the startled eyes of the people, she rushed at her son and began to beat and slap him.
What is so great about being able to fill a kiddush cup from a bottle of wine? Let us see if you can use your wisdom to fill the kiddush cup from an empty bottle.
Nadav was lifted on the horse and he hung on for dear life as the soldiers charged swiftly through the city streets.
Our sages have advised us that we should repent one day before we die. Inasmuch as no persons knows when he is to die, he should therefore consider every day his last day.
They praise the man who, in the midst of his sorrows and suffering, does not lift up his voice in complaint to G-d...
“Suddenly the Baal Shem Tov looked out of the window and exclaimed, ‘We too have a spiritual soul to save! Hurry get the coach and horses ready – we have a journey to make.’
The yearning of man is to do kindness’ refers to the fact that all people, especially the poor, want to do good deeds.
How is it possible that the two contradictory events, happiness and tragedy, evoke the same reaction?
Both giants of Torah rose higher and higher in the intellectual battle, each one asking and the other answering.
He would often ask: “Why is it that all the tractates of the Talmud begin with page two and not page one?”
Why does your G-d grow angry at the idolaters? Is it not more logical for Him to pour out His wrath upon the idols themselves?
Whatever the heathens have made has not been for the good of the world but only for their own pleasures.
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.
A few stragglers managed to stagger back to Mitzrayim where they told the whole tragic story.
The agent, watching his behavior, thought to himself, “Could this man, who appears so poor, have so much oil to sell? Surely the people in town were making fun of me.”
Rav Chaim gave him wine to drink and sat him near the fire to thaw out. He then gave him a meal and prepared a bed for him to sleep in.
The Chofetz Chaim, the great Rav Yisroel Meir HaCohen, was known throughout the world for his scholarship and understanding of human nature, and as...