A king wished to build a magnificent palace for himself, the likes of which had never before been seen. The king’s officers therefore hired a world-renowned architect who was known to be an expert in his field.
Its a new season and Philmont is being staffed for the adventures that follow. Some will discover that the stories of the Philmont Rebbe, a maggid of day gone by will guide them on their treks.
People of all ages enjoy stories more than any other form of entertainment. They laugh, cry, smile, and sigh as they enjoy age-old lessons and tales of communities throughout the world. They can travel through time with but a whisper.
The Jewish storytelling rabbi (maggid), in days gone by, would travel from community to community to strengthen the heart and soul of Jewish people. The stories told of greatness, nobility, and wisdom while at the same time raising the hopes for a better tomorrow.
One such maggid is Rabbi Rachmiel (Rock) Tobesman who has shared and taught people from childhood through the golden years in many areas of the United States. He has been invited to teach educators and community leaders how to use the power of storytelling to improve the quality of services to the people of all backgrounds. As a traditional spiritual storyteller, Rachmiel Tobesman touches the heart and soul with stories long forgotten.
This maggid shares stories that contain wondrous, lofty, and healing messages that each person understands in their own way. The stories told by this maggid will arouse the heart and elevate spirituality so one can see the holy Sparks in every day deeds. If a person looks at the maggid and his stories with an open mind and heart, they will understand their messages and begin the process of healing on their spiritual journey.
The plain, simple meaning of the maggid’s stories strongly motivates a person toward the Holy One, Blessed be He. All the stories consist of mysteries, wonder, beauty, honor and spirituality, aside from their secret meanings, they have a great power to uplift everyone and help them on their spiritual journey
The Palm Beach Sun Times observed that
“Rabbi Tobesman weaves stories and spreads magic as the medieval wizard cast spells…. Everyone felt the wonder and excitement as he told stories long forgotten…. His stories kept everyone spell bound from young to old.”
He is the former Storyteller-in-Residence at the Walter’s Art Museum and was one of the featured storytellers at the CAJE (Coalition for Advancements in Jewish Education) conferences in Maryland, Georgia, Washington, Ohio and New York. He has presented at the annual conferences of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), in Florida, Missouri and Washington, DC. He combines the skills of educator and maggid (spiritual storyteller) to touch the heart of all who listen. The St. Louis Jewish Times reported that
“Rabbi. Tobesman teaches through stories and tells Jewish stories in the tradition of the Breslover Chasidim. He stirs the memory and sparks the heart and soul of everyone.”
The plain, simple meaning of the spiritual storyteller’s stories strongly motivate a person toward the Holy One, blessed be He. All the stories consist of mysteries, wonder, beauty, honor and spirituality, aside from their secret meanings, they have a great power to uplift everyone and help them on their spiritual journey.
May all your tales end with Shalom (peace)
Well Thursday night I went with my father to a reception at Scout HQ where the National Chaplain for the Jewish Committee spoke and than my father made a comment.
Can you believe it just a little comment. He tells stories to hundreds, teaches students and discusses religious stuff with no problem, but when it comes to being recognized for his work, he has nothing to say.
We went to the Council Dinner, I wore my Venturing uniform, where he was presented with the Silver Beaver. There was easily over 500 people there. There were a lot of cheers as my father stepped up onto the stage.
Would you believe they spelled “Rock” wrong? Here is the citation that put in the program book about my father:
Rabbi Rachmiel “Rach” Tobesman
Rachmiel Tobesman came to Scouting as an adult. His motivation was to become a Scoutmaster under very special circumstances. He saw a need for fervently observant Jewish Boy Scouts to be able to participate in the outdoor program and still be consistent with their religious practices.
As an enthusiastic new leader. Rach brought maturity, passion and energy to this responsibility. Very quickly. Troop 13. sponsored by Ner Tamid Congregation was seen as successfully blending traditional standards and religious purpose. This successful combination established the groundwork for future units with the same focus.
As a unit leader, Rach combined his roles as a Rabbi. teacher, story teller and spiritual guide. Through his energy, he initially revitalized the Jewish Religious Retreat (kinus). As chair of the Jewish Committee. he worked to establish one combined truly ecumenical religious program involving all Scouts: Jewish, Catholic and Protestant. He has been so committed to his ministry that he is believed to be the only Rabbi who is a member of the National Catholic Committee on Scanting.
In 2005, Rach accepted the challenge to serve as a Mashgiach at the National Boy Scout Jamboree. In this role, he became the person who resolved both the religious and practical challenges of supervising and serving ten days worth of Kosher meals three times a day to Jewish and Muslim Scouts. Despite personal hardships, he proved that it could be done.
As a direct outcome of Rabbi Tobesman’s successes. he became a part of the Northeast Region Jewish Committee assuming responsibility for program planning for their annual conference. Similarly. he has served for a number summers as Chaplain at the Philmont Scout Ranch.
Rabbi Tobesman is creative and willing to serve God and our youth in any way he can. He serves as an inspirational example of what it truly means to be a man of God. Daily he shows us how to combine an active. Scout presence and yet still be a humble and dedicated servant, cheerfully giving of his time and talents for the benefit of others.
Scoutmaster, Venture Crew Advisor, Roundtable Commissioner, District Committee, Wood Badge, Wood Badge Staff, National Jamboree Staff, Philmont Scout Ranch Chaplain, Philmont Training Center Faculty, Shofar Award, Interfaith Committee, Chairman of Jewish Committee, Regional Jewish Committee