Jewish Personalities

    10 Facts about Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai

    10 Facts about Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai

    During the years he hid in a cave, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai wrote down the esoteric teachings of the Torah.…
    Rabbi Avraham Elimelech Firer: A Lifetime of Pure Kindness – Watch

    Rabbi Avraham Elimelech Firer: A Lifetime of Pure Kindness – Watch

    Over the last 40 plus years Rabbi Firer has saved thousands of lives by providing them with the most accurate…
    The Incredible Journey of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ZT”L – Watch

    The Incredible Journey of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ZT”L – Watch

    Four years after the passing of Maran, Rabbi Rabbi Ovadia Yosef ZT"L, Hidabroot presents a remarkable film about his life…
    Rare Footage of the Chafetz Chaim Surfaces – Must Watch

    Rare Footage of the Chafetz Chaim Surfaces – Must Watch

    Rare footage of Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan, known as the Chafetz Chaim, attending the First Agudat Yisrael Congress in Vienna.…
    Meet the Commentators – Maimonides

    Meet the Commentators – Maimonides

    Meet the Commentators Series with Rabbi Rashi Simon. The Life and Legacy of great Torah personalities who have shaped Jewish…
    Watch: The Kaliver Rebbe Zt”l Reciting Shema at The Tomb of Yosef

    Watch: The Kaliver Rebbe Zt”l Reciting Shema at The Tomb of Yosef

    The Admor of Kaliv zt"l, who survived Auschwitz, passed away at the beginning of last week. Etrog Studios published a…
    Baruch Dayan HaEmet – The Kaliver Rebbe Passes Away at 96

    Baruch Dayan HaEmet – The Kaliver Rebbe Passes Away at 96

    Rabbi Menachem Mendel Taub Z"tl, The Kaliver Rebbe Passes Away at the age of 96 in Jerusalem
    Watch: The Gravesite of the Maharsha in Ukraine

    Watch: The Gravesite of the Maharsha in Ukraine

    Moving video: The gravesite of the Maharsha, Rabbi Shmuel Eliezer Eidels, on the anniversary of his passing (Yahrzeit), the 5th…
    Why Did the Gentile who Bought Chametz from Rav Elyashiv Convert?

    Why Did the Gentile who Bought Chametz from Rav Elyashiv Convert?

    In honor of the sixth anniversary of the passing of Rabbi Yosef Sholom Elyashiv Zt "l. A fascinating story and…
    Watch: Rare Footage of the Great Sage Rabbi Elyashiv Learning Torah

    Watch: Rare Footage of the Great Sage Rabbi Elyashiv Learning Torah

    Get a glimpse of greatness. The Holy Sage Rabbi Yosef Sholom Elyashiv Zt”l was the leading Torah authority of the…
    What Did Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach Say at His Wife’s Funeral?

    What Did Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach Say at His Wife’s Funeral?

    Rabbi Auerbach reveales an amazing secret about a person’s psyche: If one wants something to really penetrate and reach another…
    7 Facts About Rabbi Yaakov Ben Asher on The Anniversary of His Passing

    7 Facts About Rabbi Yaakov Ben Asher on The Anniversary of His Passing

    He wrote his commentary on the Torah in one night: Today, the 12th of Tammuz is the anniversary of the…
    The Man Behind ArtScroll – Architect Of A Revolution – Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz

    The Man Behind ArtScroll – Architect Of A Revolution – Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz

    What was the secret of Rabbi Zlotowitz's phenomenal success? How did he attract supporters from the entire spectrum of Jewish…
    Rabbi Shteinman’s Last Will and Testament Read at his Graveside

    Rabbi Shteinman’s Last Will and Testament Read at his Graveside

    His genuine humility was astounding, he really believed himself just a regular person
    Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, We Miss You!

    Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, We Miss You!

    A letter of longing to the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
    Marc Zuckerberg Shares his Yom Kippur Introspection

    Marc Zuckerberg Shares his Yom Kippur Introspection

    Maybe we too should question our past deeds and fix what we can
    The Holy Ari – Rabbi Yitzchak Luria Zt”l

    The Holy Ari – Rabbi Yitzchak Luria Zt”l

    10 facts about his life in Honor of his Yohrzeit on the 5th of Av (Today)
    9 Facts About the Ohr HaChaim in Honor of his Yohrzeit

    9 Facts About the Ohr HaChaim in Honor of his Yohrzeit

    Learning his books can bring salvation. Countless stories describe the great miracles people experienced by praying at his grave
    The Messiah’s Coming is Imminent

    The Messiah’s Coming is Imminent

    10 quotes from Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman in honor of his Yohrzeit today the 11th of Tammuz
    12 Facts about Joseph in Honor of His Yohrzeit

    12 Facts about Joseph in Honor of His Yohrzeit

    The 1st of Tammuz is the day Joseph died over 3400 years ago in the year 2309
    The Father of Modern Day Yeshivot

    The Father of Modern Day Yeshivot

    Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin passed away on the14th of Sivan (This Wednesday night) Some facts about his productive life in…
    Leonard Cohen, a Lover of Judaism and Tradition

    Leonard Cohen, a Lover of Judaism and Tradition

    Correspondence between Leonard Cohen and Cantor Gideon Zellermeyer from The Shaar Shamayim Synagogue in Montreal shed some light on the…
    Samuel The Prophet’s Yohrzeit

    Samuel The Prophet’s Yohrzeit

    10 facts in honor of the day of his passing
    The Merit of Rabbi Meir Baal Haness

    The Merit of Rabbi Meir Baal Haness

    Some facts and stories about Rabbi Meir Baal Haness in honor of his yohrzeit
    10 Facts about Rabbi Chaim Vital in Honor of His Yohrzeit

    10 Facts about Rabbi Chaim Vital in Honor of His Yohrzeit

    Today, the 30th of Nisan is Rabbi Chaim Vital’s Yohrzeit, the preeminent student of The Ari and his Kabbalistic teachings
    13 Amazing Facts About Rabbi Aryeh Levin, on His Yohrzeit

    13 Amazing Facts About Rabbi Aryeh Levin, on His Yohrzeit

    Today the ninth of Nissan, is the anniversary of the passing of Rabbi Aryeh Levin. 13 facts about his unique…
    In Honor of His Yohrtzeit: Ten Facts About Rabbi Elimelech of Lyzhensk

    In Honor of His Yohrtzeit: Ten Facts About Rabbi Elimelech of Lyzhensk

    Today the 21st of Adar is his Yohrtzeit. What can we learn from Rabbi Elimelech’s ways?
    10 Facts about Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch

    10 Facts about Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch

    In honor of his 129th Yohrtzeit which takes place today.
    The Baal Hatanya’s Yohrzeit

    The Baal Hatanya’s Yohrzeit

    10 facts about the Baal Hatanya in honor of his Yohrzeit, today
    Maimonides – The Rambam: 10 Facts in Honor of His Yohrtzeit

    Maimonides – The Rambam: 10 Facts in Honor of His Yohrtzeit

    Is this what he really looked like? Which books didn’t he complete?  Today the 20th of Tevet is his Yohrtzeit.…
    Magnificence

    Magnificence

    Insights from the life of Harav Yaakov Yisrael Twerski, the Rebbe of Hornosteipel, from his daughter-in-law, Rebbetzin Feige Twerski.
    YAHRTZEIT (15 Cheshvan): 10 Quotes from the Chazon Ish

    YAHRTZEIT (15 Cheshvan): 10 Quotes from the Chazon Ish

    What is the purpose of a Jew who keeps the mitzvos? What is the most basic thing necessary to perfect…
    10 Facts about Hacham Rabbi Yehuda Fattiah, on the Anniversary of His Passing

    10 Facts about Hacham Rabbi Yehuda Fattiah, on the Anniversary of His Passing

    Today, the 27th of Av, is the anniversary of the passing of Hacham Rabbi Yehuda Fattiah, one of the greatest…
    The Avot – Hashem’s Chariot

    The Avot – Hashem’s Chariot

    All Jews inherit a deep spiritual connection from the forefathers
    Watch: The Life and Times of Maran Harav Ovadia Yosef OBM

    Watch: The Life and Times of Maran Harav Ovadia Yosef OBM

    This movie describes in detail the extraordinary accomplishments of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the foremost Sephardic Rabbi of his time. Rabbi…
    Belated delivery

    Belated delivery

    The man was horrified as the memory came flooding back and he realized that he had never fulfilled his promise
    A permanent mud puddle

    A permanent mud puddle

    His doorstep was graced by a perpetual pool of mud
    A special drunkard

    A special drunkard

    In the middle of his journey he heard the sound of a woman sobbing, He stopped his wagon and went…
    In Her Illustrious Father’s Footsteps

    In Her Illustrious Father’s Footsteps

    A Conversation with Rabbanit Adina Bar Shalom, daughter of Rav Ovadia Yosef, zt”l
    Give And Let Give

    Give And Let Give

    He insisted on paying the entire amount, wanting the whole mitzvah for himself
    Reversal of Fortune

    Reversal of Fortune

    It was sorrowful to see someone who had always been busy with the klal reduced to sitting in an attic…
    Second Time Around

    Second Time Around

    The yeshivah followed a five-year cycle of talmudic study
    Reb Abishel Is Put To The Test

    Reb Abishel Is Put To The Test

    Most of his money went to feed and clothe the poor
    A Not So Simple Man

    A Not So Simple Man

    Visiting the rebbe, the Chozeh of Lublin
    The Tie That Binds

    The Tie That Binds

    Recognizing the perils he would be forced to face in combat both spiritually and physically
    A New Level of Self-Sacrifice

    A New Level of Self-Sacrifice

    At each stop the Chofetz Chaim fled so as not to be seen
    A Rebbe Has His Own Diagnostic Tests

    A Rebbe Has His Own Diagnostic Tests

    Doctors don’t know everything
    Gentle Persuasion

    Gentle Persuasion

    Love of all yidden
    Rabbi Yosef Rosen – The Genius of Rogatchov

    Rabbi Yosef Rosen – The Genius of Rogatchov

    A little game of numbers - A glimpse into the life of the famous Rogatchover Gaon, a true Talmudic genius
    The Ohr Hachaim – An Exclusive Pair of Tefillin

    The Ohr Hachaim – An Exclusive Pair of Tefillin

    What happened to the tefillin of Rabbi Chaim ibn Attar after he passed away?
    The Maharal’s Engagement

    The Maharal’s Engagement

    A large dowry is lost , but the Maharal did not despair
    The Vilna Gaon: Righteous Sins

    The Vilna Gaon: Righteous Sins

    The pupils of the famous Sage 'The Vilna Gaon' experience a miracle at sea
    The Holy Ari

    The Holy Ari

    10 facts about his life in Honor of his Yohrzeit on the 5th of Av (Tonight)
    Samuel the Prophet

    Samuel the Prophet

    He came from the tribe of Levi, was a descendant of Korach, and his mother Chana was barren for many…
    Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhansk

    Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhansk

    There is a legend which relates that during the Holocaust, the Nazis smashed the stone over his grave and wanted…
    10 Facts About Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki (Rashi) on The Anniversary of His Passing

    10 Facts About Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki (Rashi) on The Anniversary of His Passing

    Because of the sacrifice Rashi’s father made, the prophet Elijah appeared to him and promised him offspring that “would illuminate…
    Genuine and Phony Kabbalists

    Genuine and Phony Kabbalists

    "The Baba Sali was not just a 'kabbalist', and one should in particular learn from him to which rabbis not…
    Shifra – Yocheved

    Shifra – Yocheved

    According to tradition, Yocheved is buried in the 'Tomb of the Mothers' in Tiberias, along with Zipporah, Moses' wife; Elisheva…
    Rabbi Akiva

    Rabbi Akiva

    The Talmud testifies to Rabbi Akiva’s greatness in Torah by relating that when Moses envisioned Rabbi Akiva, he said to…
    Rabeinu Tam

    Rabeinu Tam

    The commentary of Rabeinu Tam is the foundation of all the Tosfos commentaries to the Talmud. He also wrote the…
    Ramchal — Rabbi Moshe Chayim Luzzatto

    Ramchal — Rabbi Moshe Chayim Luzzatto

    The Ramchal’s unique talents, along with the divine revelations he was privy to, aroused suspicion. The damage caused to the…
    Bruriah

    Bruriah

    Bruriah used to participate in Jewish legal discussions with scholars, and even disputed her father on the laws of purity…
    10 Facts About Gaon of Vilna

    10 Facts About Gaon of Vilna

    According to his son’s testimony, the Gra intended to create a new Code of Jewish Law that would decide all…
    Samson the Mighty

    Samson the Mighty

    The Bible indicates that the number of Philistines that Samson killed at his death, was greater than the total number…
    King David

    King David

    After the death of Saul and his sons, David was anointed king of Judah and began the Davidic dynasty that…
    Judah Maccabee

    Judah Maccabee

    Mattisyahu the Hasmonean decides to raise the banner of revolt. A year later, before his death, he passes the leadership…
    Rabbi Yosef Chaim (ben Elijah) – the Ben Ish Chai

    Rabbi Yosef Chaim (ben Elijah) – the Ben Ish Chai

    He was a leading disciple of Rabbi Abdallah Somech, the greatest scholar in Baghdad in the mid-nineteenth century
    Rabbi Yitzchak Kadoori

    Rabbi Yitzchak Kadoori

    He knew the Ben Ish Chai, was called a prodigy at the age of 17, and smoked to rectify souls.…
    The Author of the “Sulam”, Rabbi Yehuda Leib Ashlag

    The Author of the “Sulam”, Rabbi Yehuda Leib Ashlag

    What is the real name of the holy Jew who was called Baal HaSulam (the author of the “Sulam”), and…
    10 Facts About The Maharal of Prague on The Anniversary of His Passing

    10 Facts About The Maharal of Prague on The Anniversary of His Passing

    He descended from King David, he created a golem in Prague, he married at age 32, and wrote his first…
    Abraham: The First Jew

    Abraham: The First Jew

    He was the first to disseminate awareness of the one G-d in the world, the first to pass ten grueling…
    Rabbi Judah HaNasi

    Rabbi Judah HaNasi

    Rabbi Judah HaNasi was the president of the Sanhedrin, the Supreme Court of Jewish Law in the Second Century. He…
    10 facts on Maimonides (the Rambam)

    10 facts on Maimonides (the Rambam)

    Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon was considered one of the greatest codifiers of Jewish law throughout the ages. Why is he…
    10 Facts About Rachel, the Wife of Jacob

    10 Facts About Rachel, the Wife of Jacob

    Jacob didn’t give up. He agreed to work another seven years, and was given Rachel in marriage. The source of…
    The Hidden Tzaddik: Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Dayan

    The Hidden Tzaddik: Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Dayan

    Only twenty-six years after the passing of Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Dayan of blessed memory, a memorial service (tikkun) was held…
    Who was Rashi?

    Who was Rashi?

    He was one of the greatest interpreters of the Bible throughout the ages, he innovated hundreds of words, and according…
    The Anniversary of the Holy Ohr Hachaim’s Passing

    The Anniversary of the Holy Ohr Hachaim’s Passing

    The "Ohr Hachaim" commentary and its author won the admiration of all Torah scholars, but especially those from the chassidic…
    10 Facts About Yehudah the Maccabee

    10 Facts About Yehudah the Maccabee

    One of the greatest warriors in Jewish history
    10 Facts About the Ramchal

    10 Facts About the Ramchal

    When the Ramchal was only fourteen, he already knew all of Kabbalah by heart…
    Noach vs Avraham – Passive vs Active

    Noach vs Avraham – Passive vs Active

    Avraham was proactive and self-motivated. He did not need external events to stimulate him to serve HaShem and perform acts…
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