In explaining the unique properties of the month of Elul, the Alter Rebbe, the first Lubavitcher Rebbe, invokes a parable of a loving king who comes to visit his subjects in their world, the ‘field’. An examination of the details of this parable reveals a template for successful parenting, education and marriage. (Based on Ani L’dodi 5726)
Rabbi Yisrael Ba’al Shem Tov was born on the 18th of Elul 5458 (1698). When he was a small child, his parents passed away and he joined a group of hidden tzaddikim, wandering with them throughout Ukraine. In his youth, the Ba’al Shem Tov worked as an assistant melamed (teacher of small children), concealing his righteousness and greatness in Torah behind the persona of an uneducated orphan.
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A wrenching true story of enslavement, torture and liberation.
nfielder and pitcher Elie Kligman has been running the bases as long as he can remember. One of the top-ranked youth players in Nevada, the eighteen-year-old has competed at all levels, but when the sun goes down on Friday, Elie is not on the field.
During the 29 years that Rivky (Deren) Berman lived with Bloom syndrome, she inspired those who knew her (and even those who did not) with her zest for life, deep faith and positive attitude. Even though she passed away in June of 2016, her legacy of joy and love live on.
It was devastating to watch as the cruelty of the mental illness began to steal his independence and the identity that he had established for himself. What was it that G‑d expected from me as we became engulfed by the darkness that seemed to control our lives?
As a single mother, my life has not been easy. But raising my daughter Jessica was like walking through a sun-drenched park; she was blessed with many gifts. Brilliant, beautiful, athletic, a talented dancer, Jess was destined to achieve great things in life. She had two goals: joining the U.S. Marine Corps and hospitality management.
Eighteen is the numerical equivalent of the letters י"ח, which when inverted form the Hebrew word chai (“alive”). Thus the Eighteenth of Elul is commonly referred to as Chai Elul.