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Rabbi Nachman and Miriam Zakon

Who was the leader who had a miraculous horse and buggy that could travel great distances in a very short time? Don’t know? Here’s a hint, his name was Yisrael. Still don’t know? He started a movement that grew to over 1 million followers in only 100 years. You guessed right! I’m talking about the founder of chassidus himself: The BAAL SHEM TOV

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

There are many stories about this holy tzaddik. I want to tell you one of them, and though there are many different versions of the story, I’ll tell you the one I like best, the way I heard it when I was a little boy. In the times of the Baal Shem Tov there were some Jewish families who lived on farms, isolated and far away from other Jews, surrounded by non-Jews. The children in these families wanted to be good Jews, but the only Jewish schools were in big towns, far from where they lived, so no cheder for them. Can you imagine growing up not knowing how to read a siddur, daven, or learn Chumash?! Well, this story is about one of these boys.

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