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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...

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.
The Ship Builder's Carriage
It was an unusual job for a religious Jew, and his success aroused jealousy, even among his own artisans.
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The driver’s mother didn’t say much, but half an hour before sunset she placed two candles on the table and lit them.
Buried in the “Wrong” Plot
With time, the tailor turned gray and decided to travel to visit his daughter…
The Forgiven Loan
Reb Shalom’s daughter waited to be wed, but without a somewhat respectable dowry her chances of meriting a fine groom were virtually nonexistent.
The Miracle of the Menorah and the Deadbeat Husband
“Please, Berish,” said the dying man, closing his eyes, “protect the menorah as though your life depends on it.”
The Kidnapped Groom
Baila, an orphan adopted by Rabbi Levi Yitzchak and his wife, was marrying an exceptional young man who was also parentless.
Where Is That Merchant From?
"If you realize that the entire day you spend in the store is just so you can learn for one hour, you will never lose touch with the Torah.”
Seeing Is Believing
“Look outside. You see this wagon loaded with straw rolling down the road? Walking behind it is a Jew . . ."
The Holy Tailor
Incensed by the jab, the son-in-law renewed his rant, which had now become personal.
The Dry Sukkah and the Holy Bagel Seller
With no destination to guide him, he slowly traversed sprawling forests and small towns, hoping to finally encounter what his rebbe had in mind.
Reb Zusha and the Tormentors
“And what are you going to claim on Judgement Day, eh, Zusha? Your soul will know no peace when that time comes!”
The Story of His Life
“The boy isn’t at all what he seems. Don’t be fooled by superficiality."
Shloyme Came Home for Shofar
Wordlessly, the Rebbe curled his arm around Shloyme’s elbow, and together they strode through the crowded sanctuary.
Is Hillel Evil?
“You’re invited to dine with me but I have one simple request: for each meal, please prepare a small dvar Torah to share at the table.”
Reunited Under a Downpour
When a couple couldn't procreate, they went to their Maggid, who gave them a unique mission.
The Friday-Afternoon Blessing
Living as a downtrodden shell of her former self, Leah's blank eyes reflected the agony that gripped her heart.
The Lost Boy and the Secret Slip of Parchment
“I have three very strong horses, fast as deer,” he whispered. “If you’re willing to pay, I’ll take the innkeeper and his family to a city far from here. Tonight.”
In the Nick of Time
He Got the Wrong Man!
It did not take long until they had dragged me before the town rabbi, demanding that I divorce my “wife.”
The Yellow Ointment
“So make it yellow,” replied Kusheh. And that is exactly what he did.
Saved by Leeches (and Faith)
The husband laughed bitterly. “See?” he said, “You spent all that time and money to visit your rebbe, and he gave you the most useless advice. How are leeches going to bring us the funds we so desperately need?”
When the Odessa Matzah-Bakers Outfoxed the KGB
In the Soviet Union, even getting a piece of matzah for the Seder was fraught with danger
The Wagon Driver and the Stranger
“Please invite the wagon driver to come see me,” said the Rebbe upon hearing that the man was in town.
Why Only the Postman Jumped Up
Despite his efforts to maintain a low profile, word of Reb Eizel’s arrival traveled quickly . . .
The Secret Benefactor
"Now you know why I felt compelled to attend the funeral of such an extraordinary person.”
The Boy Who Could Not Walk
They crisscrossed Russia, trudging from doctor to doctor, but even the greatest specialists threw their hands up in despair.
In time, rumors began to circulate that she had been acting improperly with another man.
Like every eligible male in Czarist Russia, Peretz Chein eventually received a letter stating that he was required to show up at a conscription office.
How the Simple Villager Changed His Ways
Although the villager was a simple Jew, he hoped that his children would one day surpass his meager knowledge of Torah.
How the Gulag Judge Lit the Menorah
As the Siberian winter deepened, Chanukah came, and a group of young Jewish prisoners convened for a short meeting.
Saved by His Honesty
Besides his day job, he had another duty, one that he carried out secretly and with great devotion . . .
Saved From the Monastery
The landlady on the floor wailing hysterically. Her only son, she sobbed, had agreed to convert to Christianity, and was being held in a locked room in a monastery.
The Man Who Wanted to Be Poor
Though people in the synagogue pitied him, he felt no shame.
The Golden-Ruble Sheepskin
"When you are approached by a villager who offers to sell you something, buy it at once."
A Match Made In Mockery
“But the magnate is a simple man, not a Torah scholar!” interjected the rabbi. “How can I allow this match to happen?”
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