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Not Just Stories/

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Not Just Stories
The chassidic spirit through its classic stories.

By Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski (Author) 
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Catalog #: NOTH
ISBN-10: 0899063861
ISBN-13: 9780899063867
Binding: Hardcover / Pages: 370
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches / Weight: 1.70 LBS
Published: by ArtScroll Mesorah Publications

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It is true. There is much more to Chassidism than “just stories” -- even though many popular and scholarly authors have portrayed the movement more as the province of storytellers than thinkers.

Chassidism has a rich spiritual, moral, and intellectual core, but its stories are often the best entrance to the treasures within. And some of the movement’s greatest thinkers have used its tales to captivate their listeners, and then initiate them into the thought-world of the Baal Shem Tov and his spiritual heirs.

In this time-honored craft, Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski M.D. has few peers. As a scion of a family that traces its roots to the founders of Chassidism, son of noble parents who planted and nurtured a slice of Galicia in Middle America, and close kin of renowned grand rabbis, Rabbi Twerski is steeped in the richness of Chassidic tradition. As an outstanding Torah scholar, master of homiletics, pioneering psychiatrist, and healer of torn psyches, he understands people’s hurts and needs.

In his hands, stories are “not just stories” -- they are precision tools that teach and enlighten, that heal and encourage.

This book is a masterpiece on many levels. It is a superb collection of stories, chassidic and otherwise, told by a master. It is a thoughtful and provocative exposition of great spiritual themes. It is a magnificent overview of Chassidus, a movement that breathed life, pride, and vigor into millions of Jews.

Not Just Stories will become a milestone publication, a book that will be read over and over again, for the stimulation of its message and the sheer joy of its text.


Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D., is a descendant of the founders of the Chassidic movement, whose philosophy he embraces and applies in his psychiatric practice. An ordained Rabbi, Dr. Twerski is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pitttsburgh School of Medicine and founder and Medical Director of Gateway Rehabilitation Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Dr. Twerski’s earlier works, Living Each Day, Living Each Week, Growing Each Day, Smiling Each Day, I Am I, Self Improvement? -- I’m Jewish!, Mesillas Yesharim -- Lights Along the Way, and Positive Parenting have established his position as a Torah scholar who possesses psychological insights that enhance application of Torah principles to everyday life.

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Seize the Moments
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The Zeide Reb Motele

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Table of Contents


    1. To Feel for Others
    2. A Joyous Farewell
    3. The Essence of Teshuvah
    4. When Bad Things Happen to Good People
    5. The Spirit of Tzeddakah
    6. The Healing Pearl
    7. In Pursuit of Truth
    8. It's Not What You Do but How You Do It
    9. Faith in Righteous People - Emunas Tzaddikim
    10. The World As a Mirror
    11. Just a Bit of Light
    12. Return of a Favor
    13. The Joy of Being Upstaged
    14. We Shall Do and WE Shall Listen - Naaseh VeNishma
    15. Not Just Pranksters
    16. Don't Look for Excuses
    17. The Fall of the Prodigy
    18. Two Paths to the Same Goal
    19. Love for the Holy Land
    20. Songs of the Heart
    21. It Can Be Done
    22. Wherever You Happen to Be
    23. His Mercy is to All
    24. Tough Love
    25. The Paragon of Storytellers
    26. And When Life is Over
    27. A Self-Made Man
    28. Prayer
    29. Simchah
    30. The Childhood of a Tzaddik
    31. Channeling the Energy
    32. As the Sun in Its Brightness
    33. Keeping It Simple
    34. Never Too Late
    35. Wisdom Surpasses Prophecy
    36. Priorities
    37. Empathy
    38. When the Guilty Are Innocent
    39. The Teacher and the Disciple
    40. Gain Through Loss
    41. Pleading for One's People
    42. The Chassidic Existentialist
    43. The Heart and the Mind
    44. In Deference to Authority
    45. By Special Merit
    46. The Greatest of all Mitzvos
    47. More Humble Than Any Person on Earth
    48. And Walk Modestly With G-d
    49. Rigorous Honesty
    50. The Hierarchy of Torah
    51. Nuggets
    52. Like the Sun at Its Mightiest
    53. What Life Is All About
    54. The Secret Ingredient
    55. Forgiveness
    56. A Veritable Aishel Chayil
    57. Nothing New Beneath the Sun
    58. Avoiding the Bottomless Pit
    59. Effort Is Essential
    60. The General Principle of Torah
    61. There Is No Justifiable Rage Epilogue: And Just What Is Chassidus?

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