Tefillah

Matzliach the Merchant gives up everything for water to wash negel vaser

“The time has come for me to depart this world,” the father whispered to his son, Matzliach. “But before I die, I wish to impart to you something I was told by own father before he passed away: Choose one mitzva (commandment) to observe...
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Man didn’t become rich until he davened/asked Hashem for riches

The Baal Shem Tov stayed in someone’s house with a group of his students. The man did not seem rich at all, quite to the contrary. After a number of days when all the food had been finished the man sold off some of his household belongings to continue...
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baal shem tov valued teffilos of simple, but sincere Jews

The Baal Shem Tov displayed a remarkable affection for simple pious folk. This approach was widely known and was a major reason for the tremendous number of simple Jews who became his devotees in a short while, as many accounts attest. However, his greatest...
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Boy only knew Alef Beis – his sincerity shattered the decree

2 bochurim come to visit Russia after the iron curtain fell. People were streaming to shul (sometime during) tishrei. there were very few machzorim and hundreds, if not thousands of people. and most people didn’t know how to daven anyway. So one...
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Saying Alef-Beis with kavana – break decrees – Jews in Russia

2 bochurim come to shul after the iron curtain fell. After finally being given the opportunity to attend shul, people were streaming to shul (sometime during tishrei). There were very few machzorim and hundreds, if not thousands of people. And most people...
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davening with the wooden amud – davening is real in this world and not just otherworldly meditations

One year, following the Rosh Hashanah prayers, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi asked his son, Rabbi DovBer: “What did you think of during your prayers?” Rabbi DovBer replied that he had contemplated the meaning of the passage, “and every...
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Tzemach Tzedek’s scholarship came from tefillos of a chossid

story is written in The third judge – letter of friedeker rebbe Tzemach Tzedek was having a halachic discussion with his sons and after coming to a conclusion the sons realized that despite their great scholarship they didn’t come close to...
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davening the whole siddur – crossed the river just like the besht

Summary: A man didn’t know what to daven so he read the entire siddur every day. He met the Besht who gave him placemarks. After the Besht left the placemarks fell out so he followed the Besht and crossed the river by putting down his handkerchief...
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boy couldn’t read alef beis, whistled in shul – loved Hashem

A simple shepherd boy was in shul on Yom Kippur and wanted to express his love to Hashem but didn’t know how so he gave a shrill whistle and the Besht said he was able to annul a terrible decree that was hanging over the community. http://www.chabad.org/kids/article_cdo/aid/82112/jewish/What-the-Rebbe-Said-Yud-Tes-Kislev.htm
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the boy who made rooster sounds in shul – kavana

http://www.chabad.org/holidays/JewishNewYear/template_cdo/aid/4473/jewish/Cock-a-Doodle-Do.htm   Once during the Neilah prayer, the Baal Shem Tov cried and entreated more than usually. The disciples understood that there was a great prosecution Above...
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Davening with a group – like trying to get a bird from a tree

In addition to the Chevra kaddisha that would daven with the Baal Shem Tov, there were other simple Jews that davened with him as well. The Baal Shem Tov would daven Shemoneh Esrei for a very long time, so the simple Jews decided to go home to eat breakfast...
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Baal Shem Tov was unsure if he would survive davening

The Baal Shem Tov used to say every day that he doesn’t know if he would survive until the end of his davening because he got so involved in the davening and had such feelings of closeness to Hashem that he didn’t know if his Neshama would...
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The man who would not interrupt his Tefillah

From Our Sage Showed the Way by Yocheved Segal (based on Berachos 32b) A jew was once traveling on a long road. The sun was about to set and he had not yet davened Minchah. He looked all around, but there was no shul in sight. Not wanting to miss the...
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Modeh Ani – 12 Seconds

  In a United States convention of neurologists from all over the world, one of the main topics was the phenomenon of people fainting upon getting up from bed. One of the speakers was Professor Linda McMaron of Great Britain and she gave a lengthy...
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