THE HOLY HORSES

THE HOLY HORSES

One Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Dovid of Lelov was at the court of the Seer of Lublin. It was time to blow the shofar, but Rabbi Dovid was missing and the Seer did not want the shofar sounded until Rabbi Dovid was present. Eventually someone found him in a barn, with a sack...
THE HOLY CHEESE

THE HOLY CHEESE

Perhaps nothing better attests to the paramount importance that Reb Yaakov Kamenetzky placed on his wife’s needs than his willingness to break his own minhagim to keep from hurting her feelings. Shortly after his second marriage, Shavuos fell on Friday. The...
TO LOVE A YID

TO LOVE A YID

Reb Laizer Geltzhaler taught by example what it meant to be concerned for another talmid, another Yid.   New blinds were installed in the Yeshivah’s dining room, and a mischievous young talmid climbed up on the windowsill to check them out. Reb Laizer, the Rosh...
RETURNING A NEEDLE AND MATCHES

RETURNING A NEEDLE AND MATCHES

One time Rav Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky, known as the Steipler Gaon, asked a batim-macher (someone who makes tefillin) if he could come to his home and repair the stitching on his tefillin. The Steipler stood over the craftsman’s shoulder and supervised every...
THE BEST GIFT

THE BEST GIFT

It was not unusual for those waiting to speak to the Skverer Rebbe to be standing in line in his home at 2 a.m. People came to ask questions or receive advice about their children, businesses, and other matters. This particular time, the line included a young man...
THE TALMUD LEHRER

THE TALMUD LEHRER

Once in the middle of his speech, Rabbi Moshe Sherer pulled from his wallet a copy of an order, issued November 23, 1940, from the German High Commander I.A. Eckhardt to the German Army of Occupation on Poland, which he always carried with him. In this order Eckhardt...