When the Bobover Found the Torn Page from Sanhedrin
the story of the time during World War 2 when the Bobover Rebbe found himself in the office of a General, he miraculously saw a torn page from Massechta Sanhedrin and as he held it close to him he felt like he had all the riches in the world. Today, one of the most beautiful parts of a Jewish home is the walls lined with Sefarim, the question we have to ask ourselves is 'how much simcha does it give us?'
A story of what happened just a number of weeks before the start of World War 2 at a great convention for the leading Rabbis in Poland, the topic was 'How are we going to great Moshiach?' and the Bobover Rebbe, who had approximately 10,000 Yeshiva bochurim, spoke about the tears that will bring Moshiach.
An inspiring story of the time when Reb Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev summoned the whole city of Berditchev to the shul to receive blessings and a broken-hearted woman's plea inspired Reb Levi to plea to Hakadosh Baruch Hu on behalf of Am Yisrael..
An insightful conversation about holiness and yearning between two great friends Reb Mendel of Vitebsk and Reb Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, whilst they were sitting in the holy court of the Maggid of Mezritch in Mezeritch.
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.
What is the source for people getting drunk on Simchas Torah? Is it the correct thing to do? Based on what the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch says I would assume that since on Purim (where it is an explicit halacha) one is only allowed to drink if he wont miss or desecrate any teffilot or mitzvot and only if he wont act improperly, how much more so on Simchas Torah where (1) it isnt mentioned as an explicit halacha and (2) where we dance with sifrei torah and have lengthened tefillot one would be in the wrong to get drunk and go overboard with the alcohol. Would this assumption be correct?
Getting drunk is the Mitzvah of Purim, not Simchat Torah.
Chabbad have the custom to drink a Lechayim of "Mashkeh" during Simchat Torah as a sign of Happiness and joy but definitely not getting drunk. (Otzar Minhagei Chabbad, Tishrei; p. 370)