Category Archives: Stories

Change the World

When the Chofetz Chaim was young, he wanted to change the world.  He tried, but didn’t succeed.  He instead tried to change Poland, but this too was too ambitious, so he decided to just try to change his town of … Continue reading

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A Holocaust Story

It was during those difficult and dark years in Auschwitz that the Nazis ym”s gathered together a group of girls and women and transported them in cattle cars to the hills to construct a dam. Stopping at the bottom of … Continue reading

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The Chosen Ones

During a television interview in Germany, Reb Shlomo Carlebach zt”l was asked “The Jewish people claim that they are the Chosen people.  What makes you different from the Nazis [yemach shemam] – who also said they were the superior race?” … Continue reading

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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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