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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...  


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...  


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