A few weeks later, the master killed the hog and made a banquet for his friends.
By the time Yonason was four years old he already knew Sefer Bereshis by heart.
Dug out beneath his bunk was a little chest which he guarded with his very life. It contained a small Sefer Torah, miniature size, but kosher, and a shofar.
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.
The communal leader hesitated for a moment because the total amount was very large and what would he do if he found it impossible to pay later?
They all gathered in the main synagogue to formulate a plan of action. At the height of the discussion, someone suggested using Nachumka.
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.
After the Chasmonaim defeated the Greeks their descendants assumed the throne of Eretz Yisrael and ruled over Bnei Yisrael. In the first years of their reign, they followed the path of Hashem and He was good to them.
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.
Mattisyahu knew that Antiochus would be enraged when he heard what had happened, so he and his sons fled to the Judean Hills.
Among the great giants of Chassidism were two brothers, Rav Zusha of Hanipoli and Rav Elimelech of Lizhensk. But the apple does not fall far from the tree and the deeds of the father are lessons for the children. These two tzaddikim owed much of their character to their father, Rav Eliezer Lippa.
On the third day, while waiting outside, they again heard a noise from the room.
Realizing that he couldn’t fulfill Avram’s request, Nimrod then decided upon another line of reasoning.
Nadav was lifted on the horse and he hung on for dear life as the soldiers charged swiftly through the city streets.
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.
Mercenary soldiers would enter Jewish homes at will and take everything they could lay their hands on. Anyone who protested was shot.
In the end, the kingdom was divided into three main parts and the tiny kingdom of Judea fell to the Syrian-Greeks.
When his students saw the mule, they decided to clean it and smooth it for their teacher.
He was so persuasive that he managed to convince the landlord. The prisoner was ordered freed.
Don’t you know Avraham, the famous dry goods merchant, who lives near the lake in a big mansion?
Realizing the grave danger they were in, Terach asked the king for three days time to discuss the matter with his wife and family.
Rav Nechuniah was a modest and exceedingly honest person who did good and kind things at every opportunity, without seeking rewards and honor for those deeds.
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.
If the earthly court decreed that today is Rosh Hashanah, Hashem commands the angels to call the heavenly court into session.
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.
Her deed found great favor in the eyes of the Almighty and He sent blessings on the work of her hands so that she became wealthy.
Thank G-d, I was sitting by the window when you came in and I was able to save you from sin.
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.
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.
As for myself, I can only answer that the yetzer hara has persuaded me to take the position because of the honor.