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.
The question bothered him very much and he decided to go to the town square where all the poor were gathered and ask them.
Going to the Bais HaMikdash, Yosef Ben Yoezer’s son showed the magnificent diamond to the Kohanim. They were stunned by its brilliance and beauty and could hardly speak.
In the middle of the voyage, a terrible storm arose and the ship began to sink. They all barely managed to scramble aboard a lifeboat.
Rabi Yochanan immediately dismounted from the mule, wrapped himself in his tallis and sat down on a stone beneath an olive tree.
Rav Hershel was perplexed. While he could tell from the fine features and behavior of the merchant that he was the true merchant and being victimized by a scoundrel, he had no proof.
The bidding reached the sum of 500 rubles. When the bidding stopped at this figure the shammos announced an anonymous bid to top it.
Why does one escape death and the other does not? Because one prayed and was answered and the other prayed and was not answered. Why was one answered and the other not?
He was so persuasive that he managed to convince the landlord. The prisoner was ordered freed.
When word reached the Jewish community they began to tremble. They knew only too well the meaning of the king’s threat.
The Magid Reb Pinchas of Kuritz despised falsehood and haughtiness and he loved honesty. He would usually say, “Arise very early in the morning...
No, I will not go home until this house is repaired and made fit for people to live in. Are these people any worse than me?
When Shammai heard these words he was deeply hurt and was sure that the man had come only to offend and mock him.
His wife being the prototype of an aishes chayil hurried and diligently prepared a truly delicious meal, fit for the finest table.
The story goes back over 150 years to the days of Catherine the Great, who ruled all of Russia with a firm but fair hand.
With cries of joyful anticipation, the soldiers ran for the storks and climbed on their horses.
Nikanos now turned to the south side only to meet a terrible disaster as the hordes of snakes and scorpions wreaked havoc on his foot soldiers.
The fact is that people create idols out of many things and it is literally impossible to destroy them without destroying the whole world.
Yehudis understood that her only hope lay in her willingness to risk her very life.
Many long hours were spent carefully planning for the Greek attack. Finally, all that could be done was done and the city waited tensely for the Greek hordes to come.
Mattisyahu knew that Antiochus would be enraged when he heard what had happened, so he and his sons fled to the Judean Hills.
In the end, the kingdom was divided into three main parts and the tiny kingdom of Judea fell to the Syrian-Greeks.
On the way home from the funeral, the crowd surrounded Reb Pinchas and demanded to know why he had attended.
Though he wanted a child more than anything in the whole world, Rav Yitzchak never complained, but continued to live his life according to the dictates of the 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.