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On Story of the Week, “journalist” Joel Stein chooses an article that fascinates him, convinces the writer to tell him about it, and then interrupts a good conversation by talking about himself. Sometimes the story will be the one everyone is talking about, like the New Yorker article on smoking hallucinogenic toads. Other times we’ll find a story you might have missed, like the one in the Verge about the rock groupie turned hacker who had huge corporations at her mercy. These are stories yo ...
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The Story Of The Week

J Cleveland Payne

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An unlikely source of weekly commentary produced by The Conversation Project, 'The Story Of The Week' allows the owner and curator of news articles for The Conversation Project a chance to take a deep dive into one of the more conversational news stories of the week. J Cleveland Payne chooses a story that was featured in the top ten stories of the week per data on engagement presented in "The Weekly Wrap-Up," offering his person view along with notes of how the story's coverage was received ...
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This week I have two stories for you, the first is about a wedding dowry and the controversy that it creates and the second about a very insistent milkman who finds a bag of coins in the street.If you're enjoying these chasidic stories, please take a quick moment to buy me a coffee. https://ko-fi.com/barakhullman Thank you! I deeply appreciate your…
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This week I have two stories for you, the first is about how the Maggid of Mezritch came to find out if the Baal Shem Tov is truly holy or just does miracles and the second about a special chevruta of two Torah scholars and one of them having doubts about Hashem's existance.If you're enjoying these chasidic stories, please take a quick moment to bu…
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This week I have two stories for you, the first is about a Misnaged (an opposer to the Chassidim) who came to Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk to determine whether he was really a tzadik or a big fake and the second a story I heard on shabbos when a Haredi rabbi was asked by an injured former solider why Haredim like him don't have to serve in the IDF.If …
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This week I have two stories for you, the first is about a wealthy Torah scholar who insists that the Baal Shem Tov teach him the secret of understanding the birds' speech and the second about an unlikely Chassidic minyan in the middle of nowhere in Italy.If you're enjoying these chasidic stories, please take a quick moment to buy me a coffee. http…
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You’ve heard of artist Jackson Pollock, but you may have never heard of Lee Krasner. Krasner was an artist, Pollock’s wife, and the woman who made him famous. She also changed everything about the landscape of modern art. Death of an Artist: Krasner and Pollock is a story about love, power, alcoholism and an ill-timed death. Hosted by curator, auth…
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This week I have two stories for you, the first is about a German Jewish businessman who comes to Reb Yishochor DovBer of Radoshitz (known also as the Saba Kadisha) for a blessing to heal his son who has been deaf since birth and the second about Rabbi Yaakova Landa, a close Chassid of the Rebbe Rashab who asks the rebbe for an unual request.If you…
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This week I have two stories for you, the first is about a Jewish businessman falsely accused of stealing who comes to the Shpoler Zayde for a blessing not to have to go to jail and the second about the love Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe had for his wayward son.If you're enjoying these chasidic stories, please take a quick moment to buy me a coffee. https://k…
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This week I have two stories for you, the first is about Rabbi Asher Zeev Werner of Tiberias who can't figure out how to pay for his yeshiva's expenses until he has a dream and the second a gift given by Rabbi Meir Shapiro to a young boy that does wonders.If you're enjoying these chasidic stories, please take a quick moment to buy me a coffee. http…
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This week I have two stories for you, the first is about an old Torah scholar in Tzfat who asks for a crazy blessing from the Baba Sali and the second about a wealthy Jew in Toronto who needed help from the Sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe.If you're enjoying these chasidic stories, please take a quick moment to buy me a coffee. https://ko-fi.com/barakhullma…
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This week I have two stories for you and then all of the previous Pesach stories from past years, the first story this week is about a chassid of the Baal Shem Tov who comes to visit his grandson, the Rebbe Reb Baruch of Mezibuz just before Pesach and the second about a wine merchant who wants to get a Kosher for Pesach certification from Rabbi Yec…
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This week I have two stories for you, the first is about an Agunah, a Jewish woman stuck in her marriage because her husband can't or won't give her a divorce, who comes to the Tzemach Tzedek for help and the second about Reb Mendel Futerfas and Pesach in the Gulag.If you're enjoying these chasidic stories, please take a quick moment to buy me a co…
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This week I have two stories for you, the first is about a visiting beggar that spreads a rumor that gets him invited to the wealthiest Jews homes and the second about the Apta Rav having divine inspiration that contradicts the Torah.If you're enjoying these chasidic stories, please take a quick moment to buy me a coffee. https://ko-fi.com/barakhul…
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This week I have two stories for you, the first is about a visit to the Gerer Rebbe's Tish in Jerusalem and the second about Reb Naftoli of Rophshitz collecting tzedakah for poor Jews.If you're enjoying these chasidic stories, please take a quick moment to buy me a coffee. https://ko-fi.com/barakhullman Thank you! I deeply appreciate your support!A…
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This week I have one long Baal Shem Tov story for you and then all of the previous Purim stories. Enjoy. Gut Purim, my sweetest friends.If you're enjoying these chasidic stories, please take a quick moment to buy me a coffee. https://ko-fi.com/barakhullman Thank you! I deeply appreciate your support!Also available at https://soundcloud.com/barak-hu…
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This week I have two stories for you, the first is about a simple Jew who the Baal Shem Tov sees has a holy fire burning above him and tries to understand why and the second is about a young boy with crooked legs that gets a bracha from the last Lubavitcher Rebbe.If you're enjoying these chasidic stories, please take a quick moment to buy me a coff…
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With the 96th Academy Awards this Sunday, we wanted to revisit this episode from last year. The Oscars seems to be cursed with a series of chaotic live television gaffes. But one moment in Academy Award history takes the cake. In 1974, a scrawny white man named Robert Opel ran across the stage butt naked, right as the Best Picture category was bein…
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This week I have two stories for you, the first is about a spice merchant that gives Reb Leib Sarah's a loan and gets back much more than he could imagine and the second a couple that hosts is tested by Heaven.If you're enjoying these chasidic stories, please take a quick moment to buy me a coffee. https://ko-fi.com/barakhullman Thank you! I deeply…
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Gary Goldman was a writer on “Total Recall”, a Philip K. Dick adaptation directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Arnold Schwarzeneger. It was a big hit. So why do Gary and his writing partner, Angus Fletcher, have so much trouble selling another Philip K. Dick adaptation? They tell Malcolm that it all came down to a roller coaster ride of plot twis…
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This week I have two stories for you, the first is about a chassid of the Rebbe Mordechai of Nadvorna who is asked to do a favor for a gentile woman and the second about the Rebbe Maharash visiting the fanciest casino in Paris.If you're enjoying these chasidic stories, please take a quick moment to buy me a coffee. https://ko-fi.com/barakhullman Th…
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This week I have two stories for you, the first about a simple woodchopper who gets a bracha from Reb Moshe Lieb of Sassov and the tzadik's bracha can never be stopped and the second about a desperate tavern owner that comes to Reb Zusha for help.If you're enjoying these chasidic stories, please take a quick moment to buy me a coffee. https://ko-fi…
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This week I have two stories for you, the first about a Chassid of the Rebbe Rashab who is down on his luck but discovers a lost wallet and the second about a wealthy Jew who makes a special reminder for himself to remember to remain humble and a third very short story about the last Lubavitcher Rebbe.If you're enjoying these chasidic stories, plea…
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This week I have a two stories for you from the archives since I'm recovering from the flu and couldn't record this week, the first is about a woman who gives tzedakah to the Pressburg yeshiva to say kaddish for anyone who doesn't have someone to say kaddish for them and the second about a wealthy Chassid delivering a letter for Baal Shem Tov.If yo…
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Last week, Britney Spears fans played a prank on Justin Timberlake by streaming her 2011 song "Selfish" after the of a new song under the same name by her former boyfriend. So we use that as the inspiration for this edition of “The Story of The Week,” which doesn’t bring sexy back, but does dig up dirt with Spears, a very ‘selfish’ interruption of …
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This week I have a two stories for you, the first is about a Misnaged that hated the Baal Shem Tov, but has no choice than to go to him and the second about the son of the Pnei Yehoshua being an ignoramus.If you're enjoying these chasidic stories, please take a quick moment to buy me a coffee. https://ko-fi.com/barakhullman Thank you! I deeply appr…
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This week, the House Ethics Committee investigating Rep. Matt Gaetz has reached out to Joel Greenberg, a one-time close friend of Gaetz who was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges. The Committee also reached out to other new witnesses, much to the disdain of Gaetz. My commentary goes into the basics of the probe…
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This week I have a two stories for you, the first is about a high ranking KGB officer who comes looking for the local mohel and the second about a chassid of the Rebbe Rashab hoping for a miracle to get out of being drafted into the Russian army.If you're enjoying these chasidic stories, please take a quick moment to buy me a coffee. https://ko-fi.…
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This week I have a few stories for you about the Baba Sali, the Lubavitcher Rebbe and Reb Meir Abehsera and the power of tzadikim. If you're enjoying these chasidic stories, please take a quick moment to buy me a coffee. https://ko-fi.com/barakhullman Thank you! I deeply appreciate your support!Also available at https://soundcloud.com/barak-hullman…
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