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Yanki Tauber

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“Hundreds of mitzvot were about to be performed in Shchedrin! Never mind the eighteen rubles that will be raised—considering the sums of money that the yetzer hara deals with, this is a mere pittance. But the mitzvot . . . !”
“Fools!” cried the coachman. “Do you think that I gave you to drink so that the hay you devour should be more tasty?”
"Always remember," said my teacher, "that it is better to be on the outside looking in, than on the inside looking out..."
The Baal Shem Tov loved light. So his disciples always made sure to have many candles burning whenever they expected their master...
The Baal Shem Tov did not tell them where to go, nor did they ask; they allowed divine providence to direct their wagon where it may, confident that the purpose of their trip would be revealed in due time.
“Have you ever noticed,” remarked the Rebbe, “how a horse paws angrily at the water with his hooves when it’s led to a stream to drink? Why do you think he does this?”
The children had leaned a tall pole against a building and were competing with each other as to who could climb the highest...
One Friday afternoon, a man knocked on the door of Rabbi Yizchak Aizik, rabbi of Vitebsk. “I have a din Torah (a matter of litigation),” he said. “I request that you hear my case . . .”
Every week, the family cow tethered in my grandmother's yard received a special treat: the pan of water in which the Shabbat pots and dishes had been rinsed...
"What can I do?" replied the innkeeper. "This is my livelihood. There is nothing for me to do in the city." "How many Jewish households are there in the city?" I asked
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