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Devarim: A Speedy Journey  
  Devarim: A Speedy Journey  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/18/2020, 22:12
 
“Why are you so worried about time? Time is a creation like anything else. If the Almighty has created it for us, then it is to be used to serve Him...  


Masei: A Journey of the Baal Shem Tov  
  Masei: A Journey of the Baal Shem Tov  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/14/2020, 07:48
 
“Rabbi, do not be too upset. I had a vision that several of your adversaries will be killed, and the entire city of Shargorod will be set ablaze.”  


Pinchas: The Baal Shem Tov  
  Pinchas: The Baal Shem Tov's Intuition  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/5/2020, 19:23
 
When the students of the Baal Shem Tov heard of the situation, they marveled at the prophetic nature of their Rebbe. “Indeed,” one student remarked, “these the Land divided.”  


The Meaning of Hospitality - Vayeira  
  The Meaning of Hospitality - Vayeira  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 13:08
 
The love and joy in which Rabbi Eliezer and his wife Sarah carried out the mitzvah of extending hospitality to those in need did not go unnoticed in the Heavenly realms...  


Vayeitzei: The Wedding Blessing  
  Vayeitzei: The Wedding Blessing  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 11/21/2020, 18:52
 
After about three weeks of traveling in the freezing Ukrainian countryside, with no food or money left, they had no idea where to go next. They were cold...  


The Werewolf - Vayishlach  
  The Werewolf - Vayishlach  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:30
 
Everyone was afraid of the charcoal burner because rumors had spread that he was a sorcerer. In fact, people said, at night, evil spirits would creep into him...  


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...  


Tetzaveh: Eating for Atonement  
  Tetzaveh: Eating for Atonement  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 2/19/2021, 10:42
 
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 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?"  


Shmini: A Canopy of Fire  
  Shmini: A Canopy of Fire  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 4/2/2021, 11:33
 
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…  


Shmini: A Kosher Animal  
  Shmini: A Kosher Animal  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 4/2/2021, 11:34
 
“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?”  


Tazria-Metzora: Naming at the Circumcision  
  Tazria-Metzora: Naming at the Circumcision  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 4/9/2021, 10:22
 
"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...  


The Pre-dawn Request - Shalach Lecho  
  The Pre-dawn Request - Shalach Lecho  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 13:03
 
He stepped down and wandered off into the dense forest. I quietly followed at a short distance behind him. He wandered aimlessly for a few minutes and then...  


The Sip of Wine - Balak  
  The Sip of Wine - Balak  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 13:06
 
The wine merchant's servant fulfilled his master’s instructions and waited until the Baal Shem Tov had taken a sip of the wine. Then he returned and reported to his master...  


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