Inspiring Stories

A Childhood Prayer and a 2000-Year-Old Dream

 

I grew up in Syosset and Woodbury, Long Island, New York and attended public school, but also Hebrew School at the conservative Midway Jewish Center for two hours three times a week. I enjoyed reading stories about the Hebrews starting from when Yehoshua ben Nun led the conquest of…

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shidduchim

Some disturbing news once reached the ears of the Chofetz Chaim. A certain student in his yeshiva was involved in a shidduch, and since the girl was reluctant to say yes, there was no progress. The boy’s friends in the yeshivah advised him to shave off his beard, thinking that…

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Marrying an Angel

"It was August, 1942 in Piotrkow, Poland. The sky was gloomy that morning as we waited anxiously. All the men, women and children of Piotrkow's Jewish ghetto had been herded into a square. Word had gotten around that we were being moved. My father had only recently died from typhus,…

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The Tapestry

The Tapestry

The Tapestry

by Moishe Kormornick (www.ShortVort.com)

Rabbi Shochet and his wife had moved from Florida to become to newest Rabbi of an old Shul in the suburbs of Brooklyn that had closed down may years before. Knowing that they had a huge task ahead of them, they approached the…

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Chunnel Vision

In the 1860’s, the British and French first began thinking about building a 30-plus mile tunnel under the English Channel to connect their two countries. The engineering companies estimated that it would cost over $10 million (U.S.) to complete– not a small piece of change 150 years ago.…

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A Response to Current Affairs in Israel

A Response to Current Affairs in Israel

As Eretz Yisroel faces rockets from the South, attacks in Yerushalayim and the tragic murder of a young family last week I wanted to mention some brief thoughts on the current situation…

 

The Gemora explains that every person is obligated to say “the entire world was created just for…

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Shabbos – pikuach nefesh

Horav Yissachar Frand, Shlita, tells the story of the Z'viler Rebbe, Horav Gedaliah Moshe Goldman, who was interred in a Siberian labor camp during World War II. It was a miserable, back-breaking experience, but at least the one solace was that it was not a Nazi extermination camp. One Shabbos,…

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EVERY little COUNTS

Towards the end of her life, the wife of the Vilna Goan made a deal with her righteous friend that which ever of them would die first would come to the other in a dream and tell over what it is like in the World to Come.

After some time,…

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stories

There is a beautiful explanation found in the "Tzelach" (a commentary on the Talmud by Rav Yechezkel Landau) on Pesachim 50a, that I heard from my Rebbi. The Gemoro says that one of the differences between Olom Hazeh (This World) and Olom Haboh (The Next World) is the following.
"Rabi…

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My Pain in the Back and the lesson I learnt

For many years I suffered from excruciating back pain, rarely letting up for more than a half an hour of sitting still. In truth, it was not so terrible, especially when I was on my feet, but let’s just say that it affected my life in a big way. A…

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incredibly moving story...

incredibly moving story...


D
uring the Holocaust, a large group of Polish women were rounded up to be sent to the gas chambers. As the group gathered their possessions to take with them into the camp the evil Nazi officers called out to all the villagers who were standing by watching, “Anything that these…

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