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See the sefer Pardes Yosef on parshat Teruma chapter 25 sub ubb"b d"y [= ubibava batra daf yod] where it is described how the Besh"t was asked about a Talmudic source which says that every Torah prohibition has a permitted aspect to it, so where is heresy permitted? His answer was that in performing the mitzvah of charity, one should help the poor man as if ...


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From Sefer Ba'al Shem Tov al HaTorah, Parshat Breishit, #127 (quoting Arvei Nahal parshat Lekh and Amtahat Binyamin on Kohelet) : הבעל שם טוב אמר כי איש אשר הוא נקי לגמרי ולא פגם כלל מעולם אפילו כל שהוא, אי אפשר לו לראות רע בשום אדם או שישמע מרע שיעשה שום אדם כי לא יזמין לו ה' יתברך לראות רע או לשמוע שום רע. לכן כשרואה האדם איזה איש שעושה רע, או שמספרים ...


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This sounds very similar to the story with R' Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, but that story is about Tzedakah, not immigration. (Which makes sense, because I don't think there was a restriction against immigrating to Sedom. After all, Lot did it, and was even appointed judge there). Here's the story (Sippurei Chassidim link. I copied it from here) When Reb ...


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Harav Shneur Zalman Farkash, a Mashpia in the Chabad Yeshiva Gedola of Buenos Aires, wrote in Haoros.com there was no Halachic reason to stop the boat. The main reason was in order to say Kiddush Levana with Yishuv Hadaas.


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While I've heard of this concept before in the name of the Baal Shem Tov, I had never heard that there was a specific story about chillul shabbos. The Lubavitcher Rebbe quotes this teaching in a sicha on parshas Noach. The footnote there says: Meor Einayim, Parshas Chukas. See also Toldos Yaakov Yosef, Parshas Terumah and other sources. The Meor Einayim ...


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The comment is found on page 193 from Sefer Yamei Chabad. But looking at the language, it doesn’t appear to be discussing reincarnation (גלגול). It mentions that the Alter Rebbe once said that the Neshamah of his daughter, Fraida was connected to עולם דדוכרא. It says that the Alter Rebbe commented that for whatever reason, that Neshamah was dressed in the ...


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Rashi to Devorim 24 (19) about the forgotten sheaf says SO THAT [THE LORD, YOUR GOD,] WILL BLESS YOU: Although [the forgotten sheaf came into his hand without intention [of the owner]. How how much more so [will one be blessed] if he did it deliberately! Hence, you must say that if someone dropped a sela, and a poor man found it and was ...


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Source in Jewish Literature The Talmud (kiddushin 70b) states that one who stigmatizes another is guilty of the same: ותני: כל הפוסל - פסול, ואינו מדבר בשבחא לעולם, ואמר שמואל: במומו פוסל He who declares [others] unfit is [himself] unfit, and never speaks good [of anyone]; and Samuel said: With his own blemish he stigmatizes [others] as unfit.’ (...


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I came across a copy of ספורי חסידם, and at the end of the volume on festivals, there is a general source page. It lists the sources, but not specific page numbers, or specific sources for individual sources. I took a picture:


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I once heard the following explanation: In Parshas Beha'aloscha (Bamidbar 8:3), after Aahron Hakohen was tasked with lighting the Menorah, the Torah tells us that "ויעש כן אהרן" - Aaron did so. Rashi there cites the Sifrei (1:5) that it was necessary for the Torah to advise us that Aahron in fact complied with the Divine instruction, for "this shows Aaron’s ...


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The Hebrew original of ספורי חסידים does not include sources. Occasionally there is a footnote referencing some detail (e.g. story 231) but that is the exception, not the rule.


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This appears to be a general superstition: See here: Bulgaria: Skip sweeping after someone departs No matter how untidy your abode gets after you leave for a trip, make sure no one sweeps up after you. As the legend goes in Bulgaria, using a broom or vacuum to clean up is considered a symbol of sweeping that person away, hindering a safe ...


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The version I've seen on various sites is from Igrot Kodesh of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, the sixth Rebbe of Chabad, Igeret no. 1769 pgs. 319-321 on Hebrewbooks. It dates the epidemic to 1751 or 1752 (Hebrew year 5512). I'll see if I can earlier sources. Interestingly, in the Besht's famous Igeret Hakodesh to his brother-in-law, Rabbi Avraham Gershon ...


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I don't know if this is the exact story you're thinking of, but the first story in People Speak ("The Scar") is quite similar. The first few pages of the story are contained in the Google Books preview. Notably, in this version it was not a bandit that attacked the girl but a group of youths, and the weapon was a wooden beam with a nail sticking out rather ...


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In Ashkavta D'Rebbe by R' Moshe Dovber Rivkin (footnote 17), R' Rivkin saw that Chabad Chassidim do not have an Atara on their Tallit. But he knows the story that when the Alter Rebbe was in jail, the chassidim sold their Ataras and gave the money to the Baal HaTanya's legal fund. This means that there was a time when Chabad Chassidim did have Ataras on ...


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What is the source for this story? On page 32 of this booklet it attributes the story to Rav Kalonymus Kalman Shapira, better know as the Piaseczno Rebbe. And what year did it circulate? The Piaseczno Rebbe lived between the years 1889 and 1943. Here's the story as they bring it: פע"א סיפר הגה"ק האדמו"ר מפיעסצנא זצ"ל הי"ד בעל החובת ...


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Found it, sorry for bothering everyone. The content is Likutei Moharan Tanina 78 and the story is Sichot Haran 153.


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The Rebbe says this story in a sicha (19 Kisleiv tof shin chof beis) and explains that the Alter Rebbe wanted the boat stopped so that he could bentch the moon "with hisbonenus, with menuchas hanefesh, with kavannah."


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Offhand, these stories sound like parables. I've heard a similar point put forth by a local Chassidish rabbi (I don't recall in whose name) as a derasha on Tehillim 41:2: אַשְׁרֵי, מַשְׂכִּיל אֶל-דָּל; בְּיוֹם רָעָה, יְמַלְּטֵהוּ ה How can we say אַשְׁרֵי מַשְׂכִּיל, that praiseworthy is the maskil?! The answer is that everything is good in its place, ...


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