The powerful story of the time when Reb Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev was walking down the street with his chassidim and a masnagid was walking by and spat in his face! When the Rebbe did not even react, the chassidim could not believe it and asked him, so he gave them a lesson on happiness that they were not expecting.
An incredible conversation between the great tzaddik Reb Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev and someone struggling tremendously with their relationship with God and Judaism, and demonstrates to us how to have the space to hear another opinion.
In the time that the great Chief Rabbi, Reb Yosef Chaim Zonenfeld, was approached by a new school for a letter of recommendation and he asked them a deep and insightful question, if they felt that their institution could produce Moshiach?
A special story from Reb Elimelech about his brother Reb Zusha, it is one of the most beautiful descriptions of what went on their household, as Reb Elimelech describes going to sleep in the same room as Reb Zusha as he did his daily Cheshbon Hanefesh, the accounting of his soul.
The Noam Elimelech, Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk refers his top esteemed student Reb Yaakov Yitzchak Horowitz to his brother Reb Zusha; to learn the one area left for him to learn, how to help & advise someone who is sinning.
From age 14 (!) & on, Rav Kook had a long going love-affair with the concept of Kerem B'Yavneh, & dreamt of starting a new universal, modern & Zionist yeshiva there. The beginning of this class mentions the various stages of the implemention of this dream, which was ironically realized after his, & his benefactor, R. Gutz's passing. But the main topic dealt with is Rav Kook's explanation why this is the only yeshiva, & only "stop" of the Sanhedrin, which was uniquely & consistently called: Kerem (vineyard)? Rav Kook thought that if the Torah left Jerusalem via Yavneh, than it should conversely, 1st return to Yavneh, with the dream of Yr-m coming later. He connects this to division which enables indiv. development, & exile/sparks gathering.
Upon visiting Israel, Jews from America are surprised to find that "The Rav" here (even among such notables as Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach) is Rav Kook, and not Rav Soloveitchik. Rav Kook's influential and popular standing for millions of Jews, makes it that much more tragic, that his writings are not known in American or Haredi yeshivot. In the Jubilee of the State of Israel, surveys found that he was the most in-consensus figure among Israelis, and the question is: Why is his Torah and personality so popular? This overview deals with the historic background of Rav Kook, his generation, and his harmonious, holistic synthesizing (rational, emotional and mystical) Torah, which may very well be that which is missing, to be mekarev the masses.