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Stories of faith, emphathy and more than a touch of the miraculous

Stories

Stories

Stories of faith, empathy, and more than a touch of the miraculous...

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Volume 1
These contemporary Chassidic stories about the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, give a kaleidoscopic picture of his leadership and provides many insights into his personality.
Volume 2
These contemporary Chassidic stories about the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, give a kaleidoscopic picture of his leadership and provides many insights into his personality.
She lived in Balaclava, and from her youth had felt a strong attraction to Judaism. Whenever she heard stories of the Holocaust, she was deeply touched...
It was in Paris in the 1930s. Hitler had already risen to power in Germany. I was a student in the “City of Light,” and I was not having an easy time.
I was told that I had a special mission, one that should take precedence over everything else I was doing. I was instructed to take as much time off from my studies as necessary.
For a while, it seemed that all was lost... then came a leader's bold response to the crippling tragedy
Editor's note: In light of the recent tragedy which struck the Chabad-Lubavitch community, we find the following account, penned more than fifty years ago, particularly poignant--and most relevant
“I concluded my letter,” Dr. Greene recalls, “by saying that the Rebbe had best stick to his field of expertise, Torah, and leave science to scientists . . .”
“I have a friend called Sarah,” said the woman on the other end of the line. “She’s pregnant and says she can’t afford another child, so she decided to have an abortion . . .”
Mrs. Lipchitz had been advised by Jewish leaders that the phoenix is a non-Jewish symbol. How could it be placed in Jerusalem, no less? I was standing near the door to the Rebbe's office that night, when he called for me and asked that I bring him the book of Job from his bookshelf.
I used to be in the police escort that once a week escorted the Lubavitcher Rebbe to the Montefiore Cemetery, where the Rabbi’s father-in-law and predecessor is interred. One time, I stood by door of his car when he got out, and asked him: “Excuse me, Rabbi, do you only bless Jewish people or non-Jews too?”
Two Stories
A Mexican rabbi visiting Teheran; a Jew in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
"Tell him," said the Rebbe, "that not everything in the Dark Ages was dark"
400 apartments housing 1,200 people were destroyed or damaged. Tel Aviv hospitals were prepared to handle mass casualties
Our daughter has informed us that she has fallen in love with a non-Jew, and that they intend to marry. We have tried everything to dissuade her, but our arguments, appeals, threats and tears have all been to no avail . . .
In the wee hours of a sleepless night, Eli thought of the Rebbe.
The Rebbe demonstrates his miracle-working technique to a group of high-school students
The young woman left the room, but the Rebbe immediately told me to call her back in, explaining: "I don't want her to think that we are discussing her behind her back..."
Rosh Hashanah 1956
It was a drenching downpour. Three minutes outdoors was enough to soak you to the bone. But the annual march proceeded as usual. We arrived at the park, however, only to find the gates closed and locked.
It was raining very, very hard. I would never have gone out, but it was the final day to pay some bills and I had to get to the bank.
The day following the audience, my father received an alarming call from the secretariat. He was told that the father of the groom abruptly fled the Rebbe's office in middle of the conversation...
He had everything he wanted, a wonderful wife, a happy family and then along came the Nazis
He had everything he wanted, a wonderful wife, a happy family and then along came the Nazis and his life was destroyed, like so many others.
"This [dollar] is for your mother." Rabbi Hecht froze; his mother had passed away many years ago
Louis had sadly become a drunk and had drifted away from family life. "Do you know if anyone might know how to contact him?" the Rebbe asked.
The Rebbe suggested that since we are financially secure, we should close our store on Shabbat and that G‑d will then send our daughter her bashert...
A trip to Russia to answer three professors’ questions
The Rebbe sends a scientist to Russia to help Jews—whom the Rebbe had never met—move forward in their Judaism.
How one soon-to-be-intermarried couple’s relationship collapsed
In the 1970’s one of those we were acquainted with was facing a crisis: One of their children was engaged to a non-Jewish girl.
Why the Rebbe stopped the publishing of an important scholarly volume
In 1965 the Rebbe requested of Rabbi Mordechai Schusterman, the owner of a printing press, to print a series of Rabbi Shalom Dovber’s scholarly discourses. Several weeks later, the Rebbe requested that the printing of the discourses be canceled. Read the story behind the story.
Mr. Shalom asked, "Lubavitcher Rebbe, I do not understand you. Why don’t you write a letter to G‑d asking Him to send you the money."
On the way to a fundraiser in Canada via New York, the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, arranges for the rabbi to visit a lonely person.
Sitting in front of a classroom year after year challenges teachers to bring new enthusiasm to their students. Rabbi Yechiel Malov often found himself dealing with this difficulty.
How a non-chassidic rabbi helps with some very chassidic tasks.
...and a lesson in breaking free from natural desires
One sunny morning found quite a large group of chassidim gathered outside Lubavitch World Headquarters. There were more than the usual few spectators on that day, for word had spread that the Rebbe would for the first time be using a new stretch Cadillac that had been purchased for his use.
A Story of Reb Yosef Nemotin
Throughout the years, Reb Yosef took care of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak’s gravesite. He’d visit, clear the weeds, and sit there reciting Psalms, often wondering sadly why the Rebbe, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak’s son, never came to visit.