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Sincere Prayer - Behar Bechukotai  
  Sincere Prayer - Behar Bechukotai  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:59
 
"Umm," he sighed. "It's been a long time and 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...  


The Professor - Behar Bechukotai  
  The Professor - Behar Bechukotai  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:58
 
“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.”  


Reb Yossele  
  Reb Yossele's Tshuva - Bamidbar  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 13:00
 
"That's true,” retorted Reb Yossele’s father, “but I didn't know then how devastated I would feel about it. Everyday I feel sick and angry when I think about how my son is acting."  


The Tavern Keeper - Nasso  
  The Tavern Keeper - Nasso  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 13:00
 
The Baal Shem Tov listened intently and then responded, "Reb Berel, don't worry. Everything will work out just fine and you won’t lose your tavern." Then the Baal Shem Tov wrote…  


The Light - Nasso  
  The Light - Nasso  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 13:01
 
The Almighty first created light. Light illuminates — if one can use it correctly, one can see from one end of the world to the other — and even use it to find a lost child...  


The Most Humble Man - Behaalotecha  
  The Most Humble Man - Behaalotecha  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 13:02
 
"If after six pages of Talmud one is so excited that his hat slips over his ears, how many pages does it take for one’s hat to fall off completely?”  


The Language of Birds and Animals - Behaalotecha  
  The Language of Birds and Animals - Behaalotecha  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 13:02
 
The language of the animals, birds and even the plants and rocks is always known by at least one person in every generation. At that time, this knowledge was known by...  


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...  


Korach: Swallowed by the Earth  
  Korach: Swallowed by the Earth  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 13:04
 
As soon as Yisroelik came into view, everyone rushed towards him and begged him to release the boy being swallowed by the earth.  


Korach: A Simple Misunderstanding  
  Korach: A Simple Misunderstanding  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 13:05
 
“Your son is not ill. It is simply a misunderstanding. Allow me to talk to your son for a few minutes, and then allow me to do so again privately for about an hour...  


The Thirsty Student - Chukat  
  The Thirsty Student - Chukat  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:16
 
“Rebbe,” he said, “I am extremely thirsty.” However, the Baal Shem Tov ignored him and continued to walk briskly. “Rebbe please,” he pleaded, “If I do not...  


The Holy Letter - Chukat  
  The Holy Letter - Chukat  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 12:15
 
It was not windy outdoors, yet suddenly from out of nowhere, a piece of paper fluttered down landing at his feet. He bent down and picked it up. Looking at the...  


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...  


The Baal Shem Tov  
  The Baal Shem Tov's Successor - Pinchas  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/10/2020, 13:06
 
"My son, don't be afraid to take my place. I promise you that whenever you need me, whenever you call, I'll always come to help you."  


The Baal Shem Tov  
  The Baal Shem Tov's Anger - Matot  
 
By Rabbi Tzvi Meir Cohn
Update date: 7/13/2020, 12:36
 
"I can't ever remember seeing anyone being so angry. And then raising his hand to strike someone, even a servant. And especially on Shabbat," he kept thinking.  


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