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Behar-Bechukotai: The Professor  
  Behar-Bechukotai: The Professor  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 5/1/2021, 20:50
 
“Reb Yid, please don’t worry. We are not afraid. May we spend the holy Shabbat with you? I promise that nothing will happen to you or us over the holy Shabbat.”  


Behar-Bechukotai: Sincere Prayer  
  Behar-Bechukotai: Sincere Prayer  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 5/1/2021, 20:50
 
"Umm," he sighed. "I really needed a good, strong drink. And that was really good and very strong. The only problem is that I don't have any money...  


Acharei Mot: A New Way of Serving  
  Acharei Mot: A New Way of Serving  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 4/17/2021, 21:48
 
At this time before the coming of the Moshiach," the Baal Shem Tov continued, "there is usually no need for self torment...  


Metzora: A Cold Mikvah  
  Metzora: A Cold Mikvah  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 4/10/2021, 20:59
 
It has been told that Rabbi Nachman of Horodenka (d. 1780) once said, "When I was a great Hasid I afflicted my soul and immersed in a mikvah every day".  


Pekudei: The Redemption of Sparks  
  Pekudei: The Redemption of Sparks  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 3/6/2021, 19:18
 
In any case, the Baal Shem Tov arrived a few days before Shabbat. He immediately met with Rabbi Yaakov Yosef (whom he affectionately called Yossele) and they...  


Pekudei: A Heavenly Teacher  
  Pekudei: A Heavenly Teacher  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 3/6/2021, 19:20
 
I was born in the village of Okup in the year 5458. When I was five years old I was orphaned from my father and mother, of blessed memory. The community...  


Vayikra: The Humble Healer  
  Vayikra: The Humble Healer  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 3/13/2021, 19:26
 
The couple quickly turned around and rushed down the stairs yelling to each other, "let's get out of here before the Holy Rabbi actually thinks he healed her."  


Vayikra: Stealing From a Widow  
  Vayikra: Stealing From a Widow  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 3/13/2021, 19:25
 
Once, a widow had assumed the “arrendeh” for an inn that was managed by her late husband. She was a capable woman, and able to successfully manage the business...  


Vayakhel: The Holiness of a Shabbat Gathering  
  Vayakhel: The Holiness of a Shabbat Gathering  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 3/6/2021, 19:20
 
After completing Havdalah (a brief service at the conclusion of Shabbat that separates Shabbat from the weekdays), two of the leading rabbis of the Brody community...  


Vayakhel: Iyov  
  Vayakhel: Iyov's Penny  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 3/6/2021, 19:21
 
A line of people wound its way from the door of the holy Baal Shem Tov’s office. Many stood in line to seek advice and blessings from the holy tzaddik...  


Ki Tisa: The Holy Shabbat Beans  
  Ki Tisa: The Holy Shabbat Beans  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 2/28/2021, 12:02
 
His wife brought a platter of cooked beans and placed a spoonful on each of their plates. Then she spoke, "May it be God's Will that these beans have the taste...  


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...  


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