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Stories

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

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

The Stroke of a Pen
The Rebbe sent him to fetch a pen, and he ended up getting more than he could have expected.
To Know and To Care Vol. 1
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.
To Know and To Care Vol. 2
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.
I will forever attribute the first step of my restoration to sanity and self-respect to one man who, with unfathomable intuition and faith in humanity, made a selfless, precise therapeutic intervention in my spirit, and demanded neither my soul nor my bankbook as recompense . . .
A History Lesson
"Tell him," said the Rebbe, "that not everything in the Dark Ages was dark"
A Jew in Brooklyn
Rabbi Hodakov, the Rebbe’s secretary, was on the line. “The Rebbe says to tell the young woman that there is a Jew in Brooklyn who cannot sleep at night because she intends to marry a non-Jew.”
An Irish Kid with a Jewish Name
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?”
Fans and Players
A Baseball Lesson from the Lubavitcher Rebbe
"How was the game?" asked the Rebbe. "By the sixth inning," the young fan confessed, "the Dodgers were losing nine-to-two. So we decided to leave"
Holocaust Survivor Finds Fatherly Figure
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.
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.
Marked by Fire: The Making of Rabbi Adin Even-Israel (Steinsaltz)
On his first yahrtzeit, an exploration of his journey from adrift teenager to "modern day Rashi"
How a teenager adrift in Jerusalem was transformed into an internationally acclaimed scholar and educator.
Philanthropist to the Sage: “Pray to G-d for Money”
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."
Prayerbooks and Scholastic Enthusiasm
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.
Purim Saddam
400 apartments housing 1,200 people were destroyed or damaged. Tel Aviv hospitals were prepared to handle mass casualties
Rabbi Routs Robbers
There was Mr. Schwartz in the newspaper! It was a small picture of him standing with two large policemen, one scratching his head in wonder looking at the bullet holes in the ceiling of the grocery
Remember Your Mother!
"This [dollar] is for your mother." Rabbi Hecht froze; his mother had passed away many years ago
Seeing the Blind
"What is it?" he snapped. In the Bronx, it's proper etiquette to snap when greeting someone. I noticed the loaf of rye bread sitting on the table, definitely not a traditional Seder food. I said, "The Rebbe sent me."
The 3:00 am Audience
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..."
The Astonished Messenger
How a non-chassidic rabbi helps with some very chassidic tasks.
The Blow
In the wee hours of a sleepless night, Eli thought of the Rebbe.
The Forgotten File With 200 Years of Chassidic Heritage
The story of a lost-and-found child of Chassidic roots who had become a high-powered American attorney and advocate for Soviet causes.
The Girl Who Had To Be Jewish
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...
The Groom and the Cup of Water
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.
The Miracle Worker
The Rebbe demonstrates his miracle-working technique to a group of high-school students
The Newark Riots and a Match Made in Heaven
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...
The Phoenix
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.
The Poor Man's Livelihood
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.
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.
The Rebbe and a Young Man With Autism
“We have another son, who, unfortunately, is not well. He is autistic. He needs a blessing.”
The Rebbe and the Teenager
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.
The Rebbe and Viktor Frankl
The Rebbe's Communiqué to the Founder of Logotherapy
Marguerite steeled herself and continued: "Dr. Frankl, the Lubavitcher Rebbe sent a message for you: Remain strong! Continue your work with complete resolve. Don't give up. Ultimately you will prevail."
The Rebbe Arranges a Visitor for a Lonely Man
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.
The Rebbe Said Thank You
The Rebbe's encounter with a group of disabled Israeli war heroes
The Rebbe Who Saved a Village
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
The Rebbe’s Lag BaOmer Message of Hope to Soviet Jewry
The 1980 Russian-language address that took the world by surprise and placed the Soviet regime on notice
The Rebbe's
Following the established custom, Joseph composed a lengthy letter to the Rebbe.
The Rebbe's Reach
Two Stories
A Mexican rabbi visiting Teheran; a Jew in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
The Scientist Goes to the Soviet Union
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.
The Seven Children That Weren’t
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...
The Sun Can Shine on a Rainy Day
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.
When the Rebbe Climbed the Fence
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.
When the Rebbe Invited Louis to Celebrate With Him
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.
When the Rebbe Sent Me to the Other End of the World
A special mission to inspire a Jew in the most isolated city in the world.
When the Rebbe Spurned a New Car
...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.
Why Would G-d Let the Torahs Burn?
It was the 1960s, and a large synagogue in Toronto, Canada, had been set ablaze . . .
Zahavah’s Friend
“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 . . .”
My Special Wine Was Stolen. Would I Recover My Loss?
My car window had been smashed and my purse stolen. Feeling violated, I realized the tiny bottle of wine I’d received from the Rebbe was gone!
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