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Chassidic Stories

There's no better way to make a point than to tell a story...

Classic chassidic tales. There's no better way to make a point than to tell a story...

His Name Shone
The Rebbe picked up a note: “Who wrote this note? His name glistens and shines!”
The Man Who Sold His Place In Heaven
“My pockets are practically empty,” the man said. “I only have one coin left.”
Summoned by a Soul
Eventually, the stress affected the butcher, and he died broken-hearted and exhausted.
The Tailor Who Did Not Know He Was Special
The poor tailor became a beggar, and it seemed to the local population that he had lost his mind.
Waters of Goodness
A transformation had occurred. Word soon spread that the innkeeper had delicious water in his well.
The Rebbe Who Did Not Praise
When I was newly married and living with my in-laws in Kotzk, I fell ill to the point of no return. The family sent word to my father in Biala that he should come immediately.
The Faithful Innkeeper
The inn, meanwhile, had undergone a drastic reformation. With his son in charge, it was no longer a quiet and sleepy roadside tavern. The local nobility began to frequent the inn and held their meetings, parties, and events there.
The Innkeeper Almost Abandoned Judaism
Zelig felt distant from his Judaism and contemplated his next move. Then he took a trip to his Rebbe…
The Runaway Convert
"After the Jewish businessman left, the mother called her son and reprimanded him. The child looked at his mother in surprise. His eyes conveyed his thoughts: Mom, what’s the big deal? After all, he is just a Jew"
The Unlikely Bandit
The thump of the bandit falling to the ground aroused the captive from his reverie. With the small amount of water he had, he managed to revive him from his faint.
Deaf Angels and Failed Dates
When a matchmaker dispaired of arranging fitting spouses for the children of R. Levi Yitzchak, the rabbi replied with a keen spiritual insight.
This group of 12 worked seamlessly together, transmitting information back to the Rebbe, and quite a few evil decrees were subverted.
The Stolen Ring and the Surprised Thief
“You are young and agile; run after the thief and tell him that he can have the ring as a gift.”
The Marriage That Was Meant to Be
As the visit wore on, a sense of unexplained anxiety seemed to overcome the groom.
The Odd Prayer and the Lost Bandit
“Oh Eliyahu, you’ve stopped praying with me, said the Baal Shem Tov. “Let me tell you why I repeated that verse over and over.”
The Untold Story of Gittel, an Early Chassidic Rebbetzin
The constellation of Chassidic heroes is crowded with great men. Less well known are the great women, whose influence has rarely been documented.
The Bookbinder in Heaven
Head bowed and cheeks burning, overwhelmed by a sense of self-disgust, I accepted the verdict.
The Rabbi and the King
Another man, whom I didn’t recognize, sat opposite the rabbi, learning with him.
When the Baal Shem Tov Laughed
A delightful tale in which we learn how the actions of two simple Jews were felt miles away.
The Blessing and the Bottle
Why did Rabbi Baruch send the townspeople to receive a blessing from a perpetual drunk?
The Afterlife of the Man Who Always Washed
Rabbi Elazar of Kozhnitz would tell this tale, which illustrates the immense value and spiritual power of even a single mitzvah.
Why the Czar Remembered
Silent looks were thrown around, frantically trying to pinpoint the one responsible.
The Two-Fold Remedy
They rested and grazed, and after a day or two, the rancher prodded them along to the fair where, plump and agile, they sold nicely.
The Terrified Inkeeper and a Mysterious Letter
For almost 20 years the innkeeper had avoided paying his annual dues to the baron from whom he leased the property.
The Burial Society's Tefillin
An assortment of tefillin—some old and worn, others glossy and new—lay neatly arranged.
The Buckwheat Seller's Secret
Reb Avraham was known to be a kind but a simple and almost illiterate Jew, barely able to follow the prayers or read Tehillim.
Why the Wedding Preparations Stalled
“Why are you worrying?” chuckled the rabbi. “Heaven directs everything, and there isn’t a person alive who knows what needs to happen or when.”
Saved From Fire
“The only question is,” the Rebbe murmured, “will that be before or after the incident?”
The Story That Was a Prayer
The Rebbe continued speaking, even as the clock ticked closer to midnight.
The Miracle of the Missing Menorah
Whether it was a silver goblet, an ornate spice box, or the Shabbat candlesticks, all they could do was acknowledge the disappearance
The Sudden Change of Heart
At the age of 93, Reb Shlomo Rafaels was one of Sventiany’s oldest residents.
The Simple Vintner of Slonim
Scrunching his face with concentration, Ephraim enunciated each word again and again. He appeared to be begging for his life.
The Long Lost Brother
The widow approached the Rebbe Rashab, seeking his guidance…
To everyone, it was an impossible dream. But not for Reb Yekel.
She Learned From Leibel the Thief
The Rebbetzin understood that her father wanted her to follow his practice of blessing people who sought Divine help.
The Story Behind the Shorn Lock
"When the duke responded with a showering of compliments, I hardly believed my good fortune."
The Learned Thief, the Studious Visitor, and the Kind Innkeeper
“My daughter is betrothed to a fine young man, but I have no idea of how to pay for the wedding.”
The Wayward Shochet and the Holy Hitchhikers
Moshe was known to frequent the local watering holes, whiling away entire nights in a drunken stupor.
The Woman at the Train Depot
“If you are presented with an opportunity to help someone, even if it’s an ordinary stranger from the bazaar, don’t hesitate to do so.”
How Reb Elimelech Quelled the Rebellion in Nikolsburg
Some of the town’s most distinguished community members hinted that perhaps the rabbi was wrongly suited for a city as “modern and developed” as Nikolsburg.
The Only Person Who Responded to the Ad
“I have something to say,” he announced. “I was wrong about the Rebbe and I want to apologize"
A Story About a Salesman and Life’s Purpose
The haze was thicker than usual—a mixture of cigarette and furnace smoke—but Rabbi Shmuel could see the man.
The Mystery Man in the Carriage
With that, he signaled his driver and the carriage sped off before the rabbi had a chance to ask any questions.
The Man Who Stopped the Wedding Procession
The man blinked tears from his eyes. "I lease an inn from a local duke, and the business… it’s bad."
The Baal Shem Tov Heals the Duke's Daughter
Despite the girl’s many fine qualities, living around her became insufferable due to her bizarre and unpredictable behavior.
The Ruse of the Three Letters
Noticing his father’s return to a life of wealth, Zalman’s son revived their kinship and stopped by to talk more often.
The Incompetent Apprentice
“Please, forgive me,” muttered the wagon driver. “I had no idea who you were, and I request forgiveness for wronging you.”
The Man Who Gave Charity to Himself
“I will not travel with you,” stipulated Rabbi Menachem Mendel, “unless you give me twenty silver coins.”
The Mystery Grave
Creeping through the brush to investigate, they discovered, to their surprise, a lone candle in a clearing, burning atop a small headstone.
Did You Know That G-d Loves Stories?
Trouble was brewing in St. Petersburg, and the Tzemach Tzedek immediately set to work to have the decree abolished.
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