HOLY  REBUKE

HOLY REBUKE

There were some Jews in Satmar, Romania who were lenient about eating dairy made by gentiles. But the Satmar Rebbe cleverly and sweetly put an end to this. One day he announced, “I’m sure everyone here keeps the time honored Jewish custom to eat milchigs on...
THE BETTER HIDDUR

THE BETTER HIDDUR

In advance of Pesach each year, Rav Avraham Pam joined a distinguished group of Torah Vodaath alumni in overseeing the baking of the matzos which they would use for the Seder. One year, a new bakery opened which employed a number of hiddurim (halachic stringencies) in...
Stories About the Mitzva of Privacy

Stories About the Mitzva of Privacy

Reb Moshe’s sensitivity when offering advice took on many forms. Once, a young man wrote a note to Reb Moshe, seeking his advice in a very delicate, personal problem. Upon receiving the note, Reb Moshe immediately took another piece of paper and wrote a...
Stories About the Mitzva Not to Cheat

Stories About the Mitzva Not to Cheat

When Rav Dovid Luria went on trial in Russia, falsely accused of treason for sending money to Palestine, under Turkish rule, the death penalty was lurking in the background. When the judges deliberated, they did so in French because no one else in the courtroom...