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A Place of Holiness - Vayishlach  
  A Place of Holiness - Vayishlach  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:31
 
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...  


The Dream Interpreter - Vayeishev  
  The Dream Interpreter - Vayeishev  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 13:10
 
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...  


The Bad Shabbat - Mikeitz  
  The Bad Shabbat - Mikeitz  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 13:11
 
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...  


The Two Treasure Chests - Vayigash  
  The Two Treasure Chests - Vayigash  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:33
 
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...  


The Passing - Vayechi  
  The Passing - Vayechi  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:33
 
“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...  


The Gartel - Shemot  
  The Gartel - Shemot  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:34
 
Without a thought, Reb Dovid took off his gartel, stretched it out, and seemingly danced on it as he crossed the raging river...  


The Secret Meeting - Vaeira  
  The Secret Meeting - Vaeira  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:35
 
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...  


The First Revelation - Bo  
  The First Revelation - Bo  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:36
 
The Rabbi took the Baal Shem Tov aside and asked him, “Who are you? Please tell me the truth.” The Baal Shem Tov disclosed to the Rav that in fact he was a holy man...  


100 Questions - BeShalach  
  100 Questions - BeShalach  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:42
 
I asked myself; perhaps this man is not human? How could a person achieve such holy power? Had he perhaps fallen from Heaven?  


The Stocking Maker - Yitro  
  The Stocking Maker - Yitro  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:42
 
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. He’s on his way to shul, just as he does at this...  


Reincarnation - Mishpatim  
  Reincarnation - Mishpatim  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:43
 
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...  


A Pinch of Snuff - Teruma  
  A Pinch of Snuff - Teruma  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:44
 
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...  


The Man Who Thought He Was God - Tetzaveh  
  The Man Who Thought He Was God - Tetzaveh  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:45
 
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."  


Eating for Atonement - Tetzaveh  
  Eating for Atonement - Tetzaveh  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:46
 
The women rushed to prepare the meat broth while the men stood around the sick man’s bed saying Tehillim (Psalms). Almost everyone, except for the doctor, felt relieved because...  


The Holy Shabbat Beans - Ki Tisa  
  The Holy Shabbat Beans - Ki Tisa  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:47
 
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...  


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