16 Adar 5781 / Sunday, February 28, 2021 | Torah Reading: Tetzaveh
 
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Tetzaveh: The Man Who Thought He Was God  
  Tetzaveh: The Man Who Thought He Was God  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 2/21/2021, 07:52
 
Later, when Lord Elokim, the master of the castle, returned, his servants ran to him and said, "Lord Elokim, a Rabbi has come to visit. He is waiting for you in the library."  


Terumah: A Pinch of Snuff  
  Terumah: A Pinch of Snuff  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 2/13/2021, 19:28
 
Once, a poor man came with a group of beggars to collect charity at the shul of the Baal Shem Tov. The shammos (caretaker) of the shul gave each beggar a few coins...  


Mishpatim: Reincarnation  
  Mishpatim: Reincarnation  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 2/6/2021, 19:54
 
Suddenly, in a dream-like vision, Rabbi Dov Ber saw a handsome prince and a female friend come to a river for a picnic and a swim. The only other person there was a border guard...  


Yitro: The Stocking Maker  
  Yitro: The Stocking Maker  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 1/30/2021, 19:20
 
The host looked out the window at the man as he continued walking down the road. "Oh, that's just Reb Dovid, the stocking maker...  


Beshalach: 100 Questions  
  Beshalach: 100 Questions  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 1/23/2021, 19:19
 
I asked myself; perhaps this man is not human? How could a person achieve such holy power? Had he perhaps fallen from Heaven?  


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  Va'eira: The Secret Meeting  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 1/9/2021, 20:16
 
On that particular night, there was a secret meeting of select people at the beit medrash (study hall) of the “Chachmeigh Kloiz of Brody.” In this same study hall...  


Vayechi: The Passing  
  Vayechi: The Passing  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 12/26/2020, 19:05
 
“My friends, when I leave this world, both clocks in this room will stop.” His followers saw the hands of the big clock stop while he...  


Vayigash: The Two Treasure Chests  
  Vayigash: The Two Treasure Chests  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 12/19/2020, 19:07
 
As soon as he was out of sight, Reb Moshe started running towards his house. When he finally arrived, he rushed over to the oven and started digging underneath...  


Mikeitz: The "Bad" Shabbat  
  Mikeitz: The "Bad" Shabbat  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 12/12/2020, 19:34
 
Once, I dropped a platter of food and the Rebbetzin gave me a strong look because I wasn't paying attention. It made me feel so bad, I started to cry and ran to my room...  


Vayeshev: The Dream Interpreter  
  Vayeshev: The Dream Interpreter  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 12/5/2020, 18:28
 
Just then, Reb Yankel had an intense dream. In the dream, the King came to visit him. He treated the King with his usual generosity. While they...  


Vayishlach: A Place of Holiness  
  Vayishlach: A Place of Holiness  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 11/28/2020, 19:50
 
The Baal Shem Tov, after instructing Alexei to continue on their journey, turned to his Chassidim and said: “I have good reason to be so joyful...  


Vayeitzei: The Three Brothers  
  Vayeitzei: The Three Brothers  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 11/21/2020, 18:50
 
The Baal Shem Tov repeated the same question several times, but Reb Dovid remained silent. Finally, the Baal Shem Tov raised his voice...  


Toldot: The Magical Sheepskin  
  Toldot: The Magical Sheepskin  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 11/14/2020, 18:23
 
On his way to see the Baal Shem Tov, Moshe thought, “What in the world am I going to do with a sheepskin?"  


Toldot: A Special Little Horse  
  Toldot: A Special Little Horse  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 11/14/2020, 18:23
 
“Rabbi, you know how much I respect you, but this horse is special to me. Usually two larger horses have trouble pulling a wagon up the hill to my inn...  


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