Yehoshua ben Gamla

“Did you not read the proclamation requesting that the restoration of the jewelry be made within 30 days?”

The Long Sleep

Choni was astounded at what he had heard. “Apparently, I must have been sleeping for 70 years,” he thought to himself.

Rabi Yehudah And Antoninus

Rabi Yehudah Hanasi (the prince) known as Rebbe had an amazingly warm friendship with the Roman Caesar, Antoni­nus. The friendship began at the birth of the two men and continued until their dying days.

The Wedding

The groom was happy about the fulfillment of the pledge and the wedding ceremony was held. They danced and made merry the entire night.

The Writing On The Wall

In the midst of his merrymaking, the king ordered his servants to bring out the golden vessels that were taken from the Beit HaMikdash by his father Nevuchadnezzar. The king and his men drank from them and praised the gods of gold and silver.

Outwitting The Dishonest Innkeeper

He walked out of the room, making sure to leave the door ajar so that the two litigants could hear his voice.

The Rich Who Appear As Poor

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.”

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.

Stories About Tzedakkah

He followed her advice and, before departing, the rabbanim offered him a bracha. “Aba Yudin, may the Lord return your wealth, for all the kind deeds you do.”

His Prayers Answered Through Charity

The bidding reached the sum of 500 rubles. When the bidding stopped at this figure the shammos announced an anonymous bid to top it.

The Beginning Of Anti-Semitism

“With either of these two plans you can keep the Children of Israel in Egypt forever.”

The Earthquake (Conclusion)

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

Days Of Awe

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

Rav Yonason Eybeschutz

By the time Yonason was four years old he already knew Sefer Bereshis by heart.

A Time To Throw Away

The great Shlomo HaMelech, wisest of all men, wrote that there is a time for all things. There is a time to be born and a time to die, a time to cry and a time to laugh, a time to preserve and a time to throw away.

Humility

The arguments, however, could never appease his wife and one Thursday she came to him for money to purchase food for Shabbos.

The Translation Of The Torah (continued from last week)

The first question the king asked was, “What shall a king do to make his rule successful so that he can reign all of his life in peace and happiness?”

G-d Raises The Lowly

Chazal tell the story of a very rich man, who as he grew old began to worry about his future. "What good is all my wealth?" he asked, "if I may soon have to leave it behind me."

The Translation Of The Torah (Continued from last week)

Ptolemy, King of Egypt, had requested of Elazar Kohen Gadol, that he send sages to his country to translate the Torah. Elazar complied by sending 72 sages. They were wined and dined and then the king put to them 72 questions, to test their wisdom.

Shlomo HaMelech and The Three Brothers

“You can have your choice,” said the wise king. “You can choose to take this gold, 100 pieces each, or I can give you each three pieces of advice.”

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.

The Age Of Haskala

Rushing over to the table, he saw a precious diamond, magnificent in its sparkling beauty, inside the fish.

The Virtues Of Tzedakah

You are called both sons and servants. When you carry out the desires of the Omnipresent, you are called ‘sons.’ When you do not carry out the desires of the Omnipresent, you are called, ‘servants.’

Despises A Liar

‘Look at that hypocrite; he does not have a kosher home. He eats treif, it is a mitzvah to complain about him to the government.’

The Translation Of The Torah

By having a powerful army ready and prepared to do battle at a moment’s notice. But he should be discreet in using the army. He should carry a big stick but speak softly.

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