Both giants of Torah rose higher and higher in the intellectual battle, each one asking and the other answering.
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.”
Suddenly a thought entered his mind. Of course, that was the way. It could yet save their lives.
It happened that Reb Moshe was once staying at an inn, together with a great scholar who was a misnaged.
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.
Not only did Rav Avraham give tzedakah himself, but he also sought to get others to give as well.
How the Sages of the Talmud used to honor Shabbos! Each day of the week was only an introduction to the coming Shabbos and everything was done with an eye towards Shabbos.
Rabba Bar Bar Chana related the following, “Sailors told me that once they were threatened with gigantic waves that could have sunk their ships. These waves appeared with a ray of whitish light at their crest and when they struck it with clubs engraved with the words ‘I will be what I will be, L-rd G-d, King of Hosts, Amen, Amen, Selah,’ the waves subsided.”
The king felt bad and he tried to argue against such a harsh verdict being meted out to so prominent a man as Daniel.
While they were distributing relief to the poor, they saw a man give money to his divorced wife.
Yehudis understood that her only hope lay in her willingness to risk her very life.
The man was overjoyed to see his benefactor and gave them food and water besides shelter and safety.
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 great giant of his time, the Vilna Gaon, once said that the Shaagas Aryeh had the entire Talmud and its commentators at his fingertips and that he could relate the gist of all of them and their sources in one hour.
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 bereaved woman felt that some punishment was due her and she appealed to the rabbanim to punish her.
Oh, wise man, I have had a dream.
One Shavuos, the people of Slutzk walked their beloved rav home and ate with gusto the foods that the rebbetzin had cooked. When they had finished they waited for the customary divrei Torah.
It is related that one of his customs was to wrap himself in his tallis and cover his eyes with it while judging of a case of law.
Is There A Drunk In Here? One Yom Kippur Eve, as the sun began to set and the congregation prepared to say Kol Nidrei, everyone...
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.
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.
The man vehemently proclaimed his innocence, but the loser would not hear of it.
Before the startled eyes of the people, she rushed at her son and began to beat and slap him.
G-d gave Daniel and his companions knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom, and to Daniel, especially he gave understanding of all visions and dreams.