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26****Rabbi Asher of Stol

Rabbi Asher of Stolin

Born: 1760

Died: Stolin, 1828

Rabbi Asher of Stolin (the 1st), was the son of Rabbi Aharon HaGadol of Karlin. When his father passed away, he was raised by his successor Rabbi Shlomo of Karlin who became one of his main influences. Rabbi Asher later settled in Stolin. He was well known for his support of establishing Torah learning and a Chassidic presence in the Holy land. He was succeeded by his righteous son Rabbi Aharon of Karlin II.

His sermons and commentaries were compiled in the book entitled  Birkat Aharon , an anthology of sayings and anecdotes of all the rebbes of Karlin-Stolin.


Rabbi Asher of Stolin taught that we should always be looking forward to the coming of Shabbat the entire week, thinking to ourselves, “When will Shabbats come?” (Beit Aharon, Kikkutim, p. 286)     Every day of the week, remember the holy Shabbats by preparing, if possible, something for its honor.(Derech Chayim 7-42) 

One Hour of Repentance

Someone asked R' Asher of Stolin: "But how can I repent? I have committed one of the sins for which teshuva is not effective."

 "What has that to do with you?" answered the Rebbe. "You should go ahead and do what you are obliged to do. As to your concern as to whether you will be found worthy of being granted a share in Olam Habba, our Sages have already taught - "One hour of repentance and good deeds in This World is better than all the life of the World to Come." (Sipurei Chassidim)

May the merit of the tzaddik  Rabbi Asher of Stolin  protect us all, Amen.


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