Category Archives: Stories

Tefillin in the Concentration Camps

Rabbi Dr. Daniel Hershlowitz is a well-known Israeli scientist, professor at the Technion, Knesset speaker, etc. and his parents survived the concentration camps.  Once while he was speaking in West Hartford, CT, he mentioned his survivor father’s experience in Auschwitz … Continue reading

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Planted

I once received a letter from a girl who composed the most loving poem to Hashem, full of hope and optimism, from the deepest and darkest of places. In it she wrote: “Sometimes when you’re in a dark place, you … Continue reading

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Take Advantage of an Eis Ratzon

When one passes a difficult test, that time is an eis ratzon, a very auspicious time, for tefillah. There was a yungerman whose daughter was lo aleinu in a hospital in Be’er Sheva. The doctors lost hope for her survival. They … Continue reading

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The Empty Seat

As I once entered a wedding hall and scanned from side to side for an open seat, I spotted one a distance away at which several people I knew were seated. “That’s perfect,” I thought to myself, “I’ll be able … Continue reading

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Holding a Pen

There was once a famous strong man named Breitbart who became so weak due to illness that he was unable to hold a pen in his hand. At the time, an article was published which stated “the same hands that … Continue reading

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The Diamond Ring

Years ago, a student of mine bought a house from a non-Jewish woman who was getting on in her years. As the elderly lady was about to leave the house for the last time, she confided in the young man … Continue reading

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Shabbat Shalom Dave – Great Story

Growing up in a non-observant home, Dave wound up in yeshiva at Ohr Somayach. As time progressed, he began observing Shabbat and growing in his understanding of Torah and mitzvot. After spending a period of time in yeshiva, he decided … Continue reading

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