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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...  


The Holiness of a Shabbat Gathering - Vayakhel  
  The Holiness of a Shabbat Gathering - Vayakhel  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:49
 
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...  


Iyov  
  Iyov's Penny - VaYakhel  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:50
 
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...  


The Redemption of Sparks - Pekudei  
  The Redemption of Sparks - Pekudei  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:48
 
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...  


A Heavenly Teacher -  Pekudei  
  A Heavenly Teacher - Pekudei  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:48
 
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...  


Stealing From a Widow -Vayikra  
  Stealing From a Widow -Vayikra  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:53
 
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...  


The Humble Healer - Vayikra  
  The Humble Healer - Vayikra  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:54
 
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."  


The Revolving Wheel - Vayikra  
  The Revolving Wheel - Vayikra  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:55
 
As “luck” would have it, the wheel of fortune turned in favor of the friend who had remained in his childhood Polish city, while it turned against his friend in...  


Being Invisible - Tzav  
  Being Invisible - Tzav  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:56
 
Lord Vasily grew pale and was speechless. Finally, after a long pause he said, "What do you mean, dear sir? Are you saying the Rabbi was here and I didn't see him?"  


A Canopy of Fire - Shemini  
  A Canopy of Fire - Shemini  
 
By Tzvi Meir Cohane
Publish date: 12/25/2007, 19:42
 
But when she entered the hall, she saw them still dancing in a circle with flames of fire burning above their heads in the shape of a circular canopy…  


A Kosher Animal - Shemini  
  A Kosher Animal - Shemini  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:56
 
“Perhaps,” the Baal Shem Tov reasoned, “the problem is not a halachic one. Perhaps the shochet is in a spiritual “position” that he needs to be removed from?”  


Naming at the Circumcision - Tazria-Metzora  
  Naming at the Circumcision - Tazria-Metzora  
 
By Tzvi Meir Cohane
Publish date: 12/25/2007, 19:42
 
"Please do not ask me these questions,” responded the Baal Shem Tov, “for the time for me to be known in this world has not yet come...  


A Cold Mikvah - Metzora  
  A Cold Mikvah - Metzora  
 
By Tzvi Meir Cohane
Publish date: 12/25/2007, 19:42
 
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".  


A New Way of Serving - Acharei Mot  
  A New Way of Serving - Acharei Mot  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:14
 
At this time before the coming of the Moshiach," the Baal Shem Tov continued, "there is usually no need for self torment...  


Reb Mottel - Emor  
  Reb Mottel - Emor  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:57
 
Finally, Reb Mottel had overextended himself with his wholesalers to the point that he had to sell all his property to repay his debts. Only his modest house...  


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