Stories & Legends

The Ba’al Shem Tov Reads A Holy Book

by Rabbi Daniel Lev

The Ba’al Shem Tov, also known by his acronym “BeSHT,” inspired the founding of the Hassidic spiritual movement of the eighteenth century. He brought great innovations into the religious identity and practice of the common… Continue reading

All the Way to Simchat Torah!

Contributed by Rabbi Daniel Lev, adapted from Reb Shlomo Carleback

Elyah the Chassidic shoe maker was in a quandary – what should he do!? Here he was on Erev Yom Kippur, on the eve of the holiday, and he had… Continue reading

And G!d Spoke

Contributed by Rabbi Daniel Lev

Why is it that the Jewish master, Reb Zusha, never recalled any of the Torah wisdom he heard from his Rebbe, Dov Ber, the Maggid of Meseritch? I know that you’re burning to know this… Continue reading

Reb Naftali, the Healing Rebbe

Contributed by Rabbi Daniel Lev

Chaim was a sensitive ten-year-old boy who lived with his humble parents in the river town of Shplotz. Sadly, Chaim was not able to run around like other kids in town because he had been… Continue reading