One of the tasks of great Torah leaders is to inspire their students to go out into the Jewish community and fight for the observance of Torah and mitzvos.
Thank G-d, I was sitting by the window when you came in and I was able to save you from sin.
When he was not yet 10 years old, tragedy struck and he lost both his parents. Alone in the world, he was fortunate to have a cousin, Reb David of Tarnow, who took him in.
Rabi Yosi heard all this in silence but Rabi Shimon was constrained to answer.
The bereaved woman felt that some punishment was due her and she appealed to the rabbanim to punish her.
Rav Yosef Hochgelanter was the rav of the city of Zamushet. He was a great scholar and the author of Mishnas Chachamim. When he...
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.
I’ll pay you whether you cure her or kill her, shouted the loyal husband.
Mercenary soldiers would enter Jewish homes at will and take everything they could lay their hands on. Anyone who protested was shot.
Rabi Chanina prayed and suddenly the room became brilliantly lit and a huge hand appeared and snatched the golden leg and disappeared with it.
The simple man was very impressed with these stories and the following morning he told his wife that he was preparing a sumptuous feast for erev Yom Kippur.
Not only did Rav Avraham give tzedakah himself, but he also sought to get others to give as well.
With that type of charity you shouldn’t come unto G-d. It is not sufficient; you must also try to help other poor people.
The man was still unconvinced, but he went to the room he rented and hoped that Rabi Shimon was correct.
When Rav saw that his wife was serving him what he really wanted, he was amazed and constantly surprised.
He then complained to the emperor that the Jews were rebelling against him.
The woman felt relieved and she departed, thanking him profusely.
I am warning you that as of now, if you do not sell 100 percent pure milk, without water added, I will declare an issur, a ban, upon you all, and no Jew will partake of your milk.
The groom was happy about the fulfillment of the pledge and the wedding ceremony was held. They danced and made merry the entire night.
I will stop by your place of business tomorrow and you can give me some money at that time.
It appeared that she and her husband were getting a divorce and a sum of money was in dispute, which she now turned over to the rav for safekeeping.
Who can count the number who died? Who can number those who succumbed to the tortures and embraced Christianity in order to escape the pain and suffering?
Three days later the man died. The following week his son had a dream in which he saw his father in a very happy frame of mind.
Making sure he did not awaken his father, he returned to the room where the sages sat and said, I am afraid that I cannot sell you the gem.