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Sabbath- PB

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Elegant, passionate, and filled with the love of God's creation, Abraham Joshua Heschel's The Sabbath has been hailed as a classic of Jewish spirituality ever since its original publication-and has been read by thousands of people seeking meaning in modern life.

In this brief yet profound meditation on the meaning of the Seventh Day, Heschel introduced the idea of an "architecture of holiness" that appears not in space but in time Judaism, he argues, is a religion of time: it finds meaning not in space and the material things that fill it but in time and the eternity that imbues it, so that "the Sabbaths are our great cathedrals."

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Scholarly Man of Faith: Studies in the Thought and Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

Scholarly Man of Faith: Studies in the Thought and Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

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This book sets forward a series of interesting and less-explored aspects of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik's teachings. These essays delve into the Rav's approach toward understanding biblical figures, his views on emotions and intellect, his appreciation of R. Yehudah ha-Levi, his understanding of medieval history, and the implications for modernity.

This book sets forward a series of interesting and less-explored aspects of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik's teachings. These essays delve into the Rav's approach toward understanding biblical figures, his views on emotions and intellect, his appreciation of R. Yehudah ha-Levi, his understanding of medieval history, and the implications for modernity.

Scripture and Tradition: Rabbi Akiva and the Triumph of Midrash

Scripture and Tradition: Rabbi Akiva and the Triumph of Midrash

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The earliest rabbinic commentary to the Book of Leviticus, the Sifra, is generally considered an exemplum of Rabbi Akiva's intensely scriptural school of interpretation. But, Azzan Yadin-Israel contends, the Sifra commentary exhibits two distinct layers of interpretation that bring dramatically different assumptions to bear on the biblical text: earlier interpretations accord with the hermeneutic principles associated with Rabbi Ishmael, the other major school of early rabbinic midrash, while later additions subtly alter hermeneutic terminology and formulas, resulting in an engagement with Scripture that is not interpretive at all. Rather, the midrashic terminology in the Sifra's anonymous passages is part of what Yadin-Israel calls a hermeneutic of camouflage, aimed at presenting oral traditions as though they were Scripture-based injunctions.

Scripture and Tradition offers a radical rereading of the Sifra and its authorship, with far-reaching ramifications for our understanding of rabbinic literature as a whole. Using this new understanding of the Sifra as his starting point, Yadin-Israel demonstrates a two fold break in the portrayal of Rabbi Akiva: hermeneutically, the sober midrashist who appeared in earlier rabbinic sources is transformed into an inspired, oracular interpreter of Scripture in the Babylonian Talmud; while the biographically unremarkable sage is recast as a youthful ignoramus who came to Torah study late in life. The dual transformations of Rabbi Akiva--like the Sifra's hermeneutic of camouflage--are motivated by an ideological shift toward a greater emphasis on scriptural authority and away from received traditions, an insight that sheds new light on the vexing question of midrash and oral tradition in rabbinic sources. Through this close examination of a notoriously difficult text, Scripture and Tradition recovers a vital piece of the history of Jewish thought.

Search Engine: Vol. 1- Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts: Jewish Life H/C

Search Engine: Vol. 1- Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts: Jewish Life H/C

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An innovative thinker who applies classical Jewish texts to contemporary life questions, and a pioneer of the Jewish internet, Rabbi Gil Student has been exploring the big and small Jewish questions to wide acclaim. In Search Engine, he examines Jewish life in this era of social media and mobile technology through the lens of Jewish law, surveying topics in accessible and engaging ways, and offering depth and breadth to the novice and the expert. With the back-and-forth of proof and counterproof, early and late commentaries are brought to bear on both the what and why of contemporary issues.

An innovative thinker who applies classical Jewish texts to contemporary life questions, and a pioneer of the Jewish internet, Rabbi Gil Student has been exploring the big and small Jewish questions to wide acclaim. In Search Engine, he examines Jewish life in this era of social media and mobile technology through the lens of Jewish law, surveying topics in accessible and engaging ways, and offering depth and breadth to the novice and the expert. With the back-and-forth of proof and counterproof, early and late commentaries are brought to bear on both the what and why of contemporary issues.

SECRET OF THE TORAH H/C

SECRET OF THE TORAH H/C

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Rabbi Abraham Ibn Ezra is one of the most important Jewish personalities of all time. Aside from being a Bible commentator of great consequence, his works in Jewish philosophy - though less famous - impacted many of his successors, including Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed, Nahmanides, and Rabbi Joseph Albo, as well as the Jewish mystics and Kabbalists. The Yesod Mora is one of the first books of Jewish philosophy written in Hebrew, which blazed the trail for philosophy to enter those parts of the Jewish world that were unfamiliar with Arabic.

Highlights of Ibn Ezra's Yesod Mora include

  • the claim that we cannot properly understand the Bible and Talmud without studying logic, philosophy, and science;
  • when we are obligated to accept standard rabbinic interpretations of verses, and when we are permitted to draw our own conclusions;
  • the reasons for - and classification of - the commandments in the Torah;
  • the composition of the soul according to Jewish philosophy;
  • how we connect to God by achieving deveikut (communion) with God

  • This edition of Yesod Mora is based on a version originally published in 1995, with additional notes and critical analysis. The original Hebrew text has been supplied as well.


    Editor, interpreter, and translator H. Norman Strickman is Rabbi emeritus of the Marine Park Jewish Center in Brooklyn and is a Professor emeritus of Jewish Studies at Touro College in New York City. He earned his ordination from Rabbi Dr. Joseph B. Soloveitchik and Rabbi Dr. Samuel Belkin of Yeshiva University. Dr. Strickman received his B.A. and M.H.L. degrees from Yeshiva University, and his Ph.D. from Dropsie University.

    Sefer Nishmat Habayit

    Sefer Nishmat Habayit

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    During the past 20 years, Women Halachic Consultants have provided responses/answers to tens of thousands of women in the fields of family purity and women's health. The questions in this book reflect the questions that the consultants received from Nishmat's open hotline and yoatzot.org. Each chapter includes a short answer and then a deep halachic explanation from the Rishonim and Achronim. The second part of the book contains medical appendices explaining the medical background to the responses. The responses were written by a team of respondents and edited by Rabbi Yehuda and Rebbetzin Chana Henkin.
    Sefer Nishmat Habayit -English

    Sefer Nishmat Habayit -English

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    This book was born following seventeen years of Yoatzot Halakha work in the field. It is not intended to be a sefer psak, but rather to foster awareness of the halakhic challenges experienced by observant women, and to organize the halakhah for the benefit of those who are learning, with the aim of strengthening proper observance of halakhah and alleviating the grief which clouds the lives of many couples. Out of the thousands of anonymous questions in our database, this book is a collection of questions dealing with pregnancy, childbirth, and contraception. Their unique value lies in their addressing issues which women are facing today.
    SEVEN LEVELS OF TESHUVA

    SEVEN LEVELS OF TESHUVA

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    Everyone hears an internal voice within their soul, especially as the High Holidays approach. We want to be better. OK - So let us say one wants to "do Teshuva", the Jewish approach of Return (often mistranslated as Repentance). The question is, "How?" How best to achieve Teshuva? What does the word Teshuva and "doing Teshuva" really mean? This work is intended to provide practical steps to achieve true Teshuva. We will explore and provide suggestions as we follow along the emblematic teaching of the Talmud that describes the seven levels of Teshuva.
    SEVENTY CONVERSATIONS IN TRANSIT

    Seventy Conversations In Transit - with HaGaon HaRav Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt”l Hardcover

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    The Talmud (Berakhot 7b) relates that ''Attending to one's teacher of Torah is more meritorious than studying under him'' – גדולה שימושה של תורה יותר מלימודה.
    This work is a compilation of seventy edited conversations conducted between our great Rebbe, HaGaon HaRav Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt''l (1903-1993) and me predominantly while in transit.

    SHAAR HABITACHON OF CHOVOS HALEVAVOS

    Shaar HaBitachon of Chovos Halevavos - Jaffa Family Edition

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    From the team that brought us the bestselling classics Mesillas Yesharim and Shaarei Teshuvah comes another monumental work, Shaar HaBitachon of Chovos HaLevavos. The Jaffa Edition Shaar HaBitachon of Chovos HaLevavos includes: Phrase-by-phrase translation, in the format of the Schottenstein Talmud, the Sapirstein Rashi, and Ramban, which shows us the richness and depth of the sefer, a classic work of both mussar and Torah hashkafah. Extensive explanatory notes, based on a broad range of commentaries, as well as Torah and mussar classics, give us a deeper understanding of this classic work. The unique Insights section brings the words of Shaar HaBitachon into our lives, showing us how we can live in tranquility when we fully trust in Hashem's goodness - and how to achieve that trust.

    Shaarei Teshuvah – Jaffa Edition

    Shaarei Teshuvah – Jaffa Edition

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    A masterpiece of mussar thought, translated and elucidated for our generation. From the team that brought us the bestselling classic Mesillas Yesharim/Way of the Upright comes another monumental work, Rabbeinu Yona's classic Shaarei Teshuvah. The Jaffa Edition Shaarei Teshuvah/Gateways of Repentance includes: Phrase-by-phrase translation, in the format of the Schottenstein Talmud and the ArtScroll Rashi and Ramban, which shows us the richness and depth of Rabbeinu Yona's sefer, a work that has been studied and loved for more than 800 years. Extensive explanatory notes, a broad range of commentaries, as well as Torah and mussar classics, give us a deeper understanding of this classic work. The unique Insights section that bring the words of Shaarei Teshuvah into our lives, taking us on a wondrous journey to self-discovery and enhanced closeness to Hashem.

    Shema: Spirituality and Law in Judaism

    Shema: Spirituality and Law in Judaism

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    The Shema is the central prayer of the Jewish faith. Jews utter this single sentence, affirming God's unity as their final words before dying, as well as at the beginning and ending of each day. Using the Shema as his focus, Lamm, prominent Orthodox scholar and long-time president of Yeshiva University, explores the relationship between spirituality and law in Judaism. Dr. Norman Lamm is the author of The Shema: Spirituality and Law in Judaism.
    Song of Teshuvah Vol I. Commentary on Oros Hatshuvah

    Song of Teshuvah Vol I. Commentary on Oros Hatshuvah

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    Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook's seminal work on repentance, Oros HaTeshuvah, is recognized as a classic of Jewish thought but has, because of its difficult language and its theological depth, remained inaccessible to many. This book presents readers with the original Hebrew text of Oros HaTeshuvah with a new translation into English, as well as expert commentary in English from Rabbi Moshe Weinberger. Weinberger draws on his extensive knowledge of Jewish philosophical and inspirational literature to provide profound, moving, and fresh insights into the text, richly explicating the ideas in Oros HaTeshuvah in an accessible and clear but not superficial manner. Readers will come away with a firm grasp on the profound truth at the heart of Kook's classic work: that teshuvah--repentance--is not a somber process of self-deprivation but a joyful journey back to God and to the core of each individual. This volume covers chapters one through seven of Oros HaTeshuvah.
    Song of Teshuvah Vol IV. A Commentary on Rav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook's Oros Hateshuvah

    Song of Teshuvah Vol IV. A Commentary on Rav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook's Oros Hateshuvah

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    This is the only English translation of the esteemed Rav Kook's book on repentance and self-improvement

    Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook's seminal work on repentance, Oros HaTeshuvah, is recognized as a classic of Jewish thought but has, because of its difficult language and its theological depth, remained inaccessible to many. This book presents readers with the original Hebrew text of Oros HaTeshuvah with a new translation into English, as well as expert commentary in English from Rabbi Moshe Weinberger. Weinberger draws on his extensive knowledge of Jewish philosophical and inspirational literature to provide profound, moving, and fresh insights into the text, richly explicating the ideas in Oros HaTeshuvah in an accessible and clear but not superficial manner. Readers will come away with a firm grasp on the profound truth at the heart of Kook's classic work: that teshuvah--repentance--is not a somber process of self-deprivation but a joyful journey back to God and to the core of each individual. This volume covers chapters 14 through 17 of Oros HaTeshuvah and is the final volume in this series.

    Steinsaltz Tanya V1: Likkutei Amarim 1-32

    Steinsaltz Tanya V1: Likkutei Amarim 1-32

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    In this groundbreaking commentary on the Tanya, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi's classic work, Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz seeks to reveal the author's powerful fire and spirit contained therein. In doing so, he unmasks his own burning spirit, his own love, awe, and closeness to God.

    Through vivid explanations and metaphors from our daily lives, along with stories from the lives of hasidim of the past, Rabbi Steinsaltz draws the world of the Tanya into our world, providing a detailed elucidation of foundational concepts in Kabbala and in Judaism in general. 

    The Tanya is one of the most important books of mussar (ethical instruction) ever written. It provides a complete and comprehensive worldview, penetrating the depths of the spiritual struggles a person will face in life, while offering practical ideas and guidance.

    This first section of the Tanya, Likkutei Amarim, comprises fifty-three chapters. In The Steinsaltz Tanya, this section has been divided into two volumes. Volume 1 contains chapters 1-32, and the forthcoming volume 2 comprises chapters 33-53.

    This first section of the Tanyawhich its author refers to as the "Book of Beinonim", presents a novel human and ethical archetype: the beinoni, or the intermediate-level person. The beinoni is neither righteous nor wicked, but he is not an average person either. The beinoni is a category of its own, which expresses the ideal level that each an every individual, in accordance with his specific capabilities, can and should aspire to achieve. 

    The Tanya is presented in a format that invites a person to put the ideas presented here into practice, one concept building on another, one leading to the next so that the reader is guided toward attaining the level of beinoni that is the focus of this book. Its ideas are condensed, its words packed with meaning, and the one who studies the Tanya cannot help but appreciate its subtle and beautifully crafted writing style. 

    The Steinsaltz Tanya includes a vocalized Hebrew Tanyatext and a groundbreaking translation of the Tanya alongside Rabbi Steinsaltz's novel commentary. One does not have to come from the world of Hassidism to study the Tanya. Rabbi Steinsaltz's clear, readable elucidation makes this dense, concise work accessible to all. 

    STRAUSS, SPINOZA & SINAI

    STRAUSS, SPINOZA & SINAI

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    More than three centuries after Baruch Spinoza's excommunication from the Jewish community of Amsterdam, his legacy remains contentious. Born in 1632, Spinoza is one of the most important thinkers of the Enlightenment and arguably the paradigm of the secular Jew, having left Orthodoxy without converting to another faith.

    One of the most unexpected and provocative critiques of Spinoza comes from Leo Strauss.
    Strauss grew up in a nominally Orthodox home and emigrated from Germany to the United States in the 1930s. He taught at the University of Chicago and was one of the most influential political philosophers of the twentieth century until his death in 1973.

    Though Strauss was not an Orthodox Jew, in a well-known essay that prefaced his study of Spinoza, he critically examines modern philosophy's challenge to traditional religion. There he argues that while the Enlightenment had failed to decisively refute Orthodoxy, at the same time, Orthodoxy could only claim to believe its core tenets were true but could not claim to know they were true. Strauss leaves the question at an impasse; both the Enlightenment and Orthodoxy rest on axioms that neither side can fully prove or fully refute.

    Curiously, Strauss never asks Orthodox Jewish thinkers if his approach to defending Judaism against the claims of the Enlightenment is the same as theirs. This volume poses the question to a group of serious Orthodox Jewish thinkers in an attempt to find out if Orthodoxy has a better answer to the questions raised by Strauss than the one Strauss advanced on its behalf.

    The seventeen essays in this volume use a variety of approaches, drawing on traditional primary Jewish sources like Scripture, Talmud, and Midrash; medieval rationalists like Maimonides; Enlightenment-era Orthodox sources; Jewish mystical writings like Kabbalah and Chasidut; modern philosophical movements including postmodernism and analytic philosophy; and contemporary Jewish Bible interpretation. While the answers differ, what unites these essays is the willingness to take Strauss' question seriously and to provide "inside" answers, that is, answers given by Orthodox Jews.

    Much of modern thought tries to square the circle of how to live in a world without belief. The better question is whether it is possible to recover authentic religious belief in the modern world. This volume is an Orthodox Jewish attempt to answer that question, one that no serious person can approach with indifference.

    Tallis & Tefillin, Bagels & Lox

    Tallis & Tefillin, Bagels & Lox

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    There are two components to Jewish life:
     
    Tallis and tefillin, and bagels and lox. Both are important to living a spiritual life.
     
    Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski, renowned author, talmid chacham, and psychiatrist, shares a refreshing, candid perspective on how we can enjoy the good in life, get along with others, and overcome challenges — all while maintaining our positivity and self-respect. Filled with timeless Torah wisdom, inspiring stories, and intriguing personal accounts,
     
    Tallis and Tefillin, Bagels and Lox is a savory reminder of where our priorities should be.
    TALMUD ON THE MIND: BERACHOS

    TALMUD ON THE MIND: BERACHOS

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    Where do we turn to better understand ourselves? For many people, the insights of modern psychology provide a way to be in touch with the inner-workings of their minds. However, for those familiar with traditional Jewish literature, the penetrating psychological insight of the Talmudic Sages provides a framework for spiritual and personal growth through profound self-understanding. In this volume, Ethan Eisen, a Yeshiva University-ordained rabbi and clinical psychologist, explores the seeds of contemporary psychology that are woven through the pages of the Talmud and its commentators. Based on passages from Maseches Berachos, Rabbi Dr. Eisen takes the reader on an illuminating journey through many topics-procrastination, bullying, mindfulness, and microaggressions, among many others-bringing traditional Jewish sources side by side with findings of modern psychology. He concludes each chapter with a life-enhancing practical lesson that emerges from these two mutually enriching sources of knowledge and wisdom.
    Taming of the Jew

    Taming of the Jew

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    For months on end, Tuvia roamed through the four nations that make up the United Kingdom Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales. He interacted with anyone and everyone who came his way throughout his journey: from the terrifying ghosts long dead to the highly esteemed lords and baronesses very much alive, most of whom happened to be anti-Semites. But that's not all. While wandering around, Tuvia caught a nap in Winston Churchill's room, curled up in Hillary Clinton's European bed, played cat-and-mouse with the most famous Labour politician, Jeremy Corbyn, and enjoyed excellent tobacco with the Brexit architect, Nigel Farage. In between, he drank the blackest of coffees with a well-known bank robber, maintained close contact with an eagle, swallowed a monster, and chatted with Jewish leaders who fervently defended every anti-Semite in Her Majesty's Kingdom.

    What differentiates this book from other books is this: This book is very funny.
    Yaron London, Channel 11 TV (Israel)

    Amazingly frank, amusing, fearless and chuzpadik wonderfully readable. Highly recommended.
    Neville Teller, The Jerusalem Report (Israel)


    If J.D. Salinger and John Steinbeck collaborated on antisemitism in the UK, they might have written The Taming of the Jew.
    H. Fragman Abramson, Jewish Press (USA)


    This is a frightening book and deserves to be read.
    David Herman, The Article(UK)

    A pointed, savage and often comic travelogue about attitudes in Britain and Ireland ... Most excruciating, he finds perfectly 'tamed' British Jews who equivocate about the Jew-hatred in their country.
    Melanie Phillips, Jewish Chronicle (UK)


    Quizzical and tragic at the same time, the sort of comedy sketches that Samuel Beckett might have written if he were Jewish rather than Irish.
    David Goldman, Algemeiner (USA)


    An accurate picture of reality, more accurate than BBC and CNN.
    Roman Joch, Lidové Noviny (Czech Republic)


    Razor sharp, sarcastic, occasionally even shocking, and very entertaining.
    Petr Kolář, MF DNES (Czech Republic)


    Tenenbom's books are easy to read and digest. They are funny, full of self-depricating humor, and describe situations the writer finds himself in, accidentally or intentionally, that lead the reader to be fully engaged.
    Zvika Klein, Makor Rishon (Israel)


    Knowing how to deal with the everyday comic moments of life, while integrating the bizarre parts of the same life, is a craft and Tenenbom has it.
    Christopher Wimmer, taz, die tageszeitung (Germany)


    You will be amused, and often laugh out loud because Tenenbom is funny.
    Walter Kaufmann, Neues Deutschland (Germany)


    Full of investigative chutzpah and laughter, poetic like a bird flapping its wings, and sensual like a man loudly enjoying his meal ... mixing British wit and Talmudic subtleties.
    Matthias Matussek, Die Weltwoche (Switzerland)


    Without prejudice, and employing subtle humor, Tenenbom listens to his interviewees as they are desperately justifying themselves.
    Steffen Könau, Mitteldeutsche Zeitung (Germany)


    Tenenbom is the Egon Erwin Kirsch of our time.
    Henryk M. Broder, Achgut (Germany)


    Tenenbom's writing is laced with great entertainment, while at the same time providing much knowledge.
    Ulrike Borowczyk, Hamburger Abendblatt

    "Full of investigative chutzpah and laughter, poetic like a bird flapping its wings, and sensual like a man loudly enjoying his meal...mixing British wit and Talmudic subtleties."
    Die Weltwoche (Switzerland) The Taming of the Jew, Israel's number one best-selling e-book, is Tuvia Tenenbom's funniest and most disturbing book to date. For months on end, Tuvia roamed through the four nations that make up the United Kingdom Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales. He interacted with anyone and everyone who came his way throughout his journey: from the terrifying ghosts long dead to the highly esteemed lords and baronesses very much alive, most of whom happened to be anti-Semites. But that's not all. While wandering around, Tuvia caught a nap in Winston Churchill's room, curled up in Hillary Clinton's European bed, played cat-and-mouse with the most infamous British politician, Jeremy Corbyn, and enjoyed excellent tobacco with the Brexit architect, Nigel Farage. In between, he drank the blackest of coffees with a well-known bank robber, maintained close contact with an eagle, swallowed a monster, and chatted with Jewish leaders who fervently defended every anti-Semite in Her Majesty's Kingdom.

    TEFILLIN

    Tefillin by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan (1993-05-04)

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    An explanation of the mitzvah of tefillin. Includes photos of tefillin being made and how they should be worn.

    An explanation of the mitzvah of tefillin. Includes photos of tefillin being made and how they should be worn.

    That Jewish Moment

    That Jewish Moment

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    The stirring sound of the shofar, munching on a bagel and cream cheese sandwich, passing windows with lit menorahs, and spotting a kippah in an unexpected place ... There are so many reasons to celebrate Jewish life. The popular Instagram series, That Jewish Moment, has earned the affection of thousands of Jews of all ages, backgrounds, and parts of the globe. They unite by the vivid and heartfelt images of moments in Jewish life. As the readers turn the bright pages in this book, feelings of nostalgia, excitement, and pride will fill their hearts. This collection contains over 250 original illustrations and captions featuring the special Jewish moments in life, along with behind the scenes stories, interactive activities, and a bunch of never-been-seen-before drawings. Welcome to That Jewish Moment.

    That You May Live Long

    That You May Live Long

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    That You May Live Long: Caring for Our Aging Parents, Caring for Ourselves offers Jewish perspectives on helping those close to us as they grow older as well as perspectives to help us deal with our own feelings of confusion and anguish at such times. This collection of essays by Jewish professionals based on Jewish text-based insights is interspersed with personal reflections of those involved in caring for an aging parent.
    Eight Chapters of the Rambam

    The 8 Chapters of the Rambam

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    The 8 Chapters of the Rambam: Shemonah Perakim Discover eight chapters of wisdom, 800 years old. The Rambam's Shemonah Perakim, his classic introduction to Pirkei Avos, has long been considered an essential of Jewish thought and ethics. Now, you too, can tap into his wisdom with this first-ever, masterful English translation from Rabbi Yaakov Feldman that elucidates core Jewish beliefs, ethics, and principles of character development crucial to our growth as Torah Jews.

    The Aggadic Mindset: How Talmudic Tales Shape the Jewish Outlook

    The Aggadic Mindset: How Talmudic Tales Shape the Jewish Outlook

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    The deceptively simple nature of the Aggada leads many to mistakenly view it as an entertaining diversion from the Halachic portions of the Talmud. Quite the contrary is true. The stories of the Talmud are Chazal’s exquisite manner of expressing profound lessons of Hashkafa, Torah outlook. InThe Aggadic Mindset, Rabbi Chaim and Binyamin Jachter extract meaning from more than sixty Talmudic tales and show their contemporary relevance. Their analysis develops a rich appreciation for the Aggada and a life-enhancing Aggadic mindset and worldview.

    The Alternative

    The Alternative

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    A must read on the subject of Moshiach, "The Alternative" is a halachic analysis of the unfolding global and empirical Messianic events involving Yisrael and the nations. Rabbi Yehuda Schwartz, the author, presents a significant alternative to the rallying call of "We want Moshiach Now," delving into the halachic implications of the State of Israel's resurrection in 1948 on its ancient homeland. Until now, most students of the Redemption have only been taught half the possibility for Redemption, which is the achishena, the "hastened" mode, mainly because of political exigency. Within halachic parameters, "The Alternative" describes the be'itoh probability, "in its proper time," and as verified by empirical events of the last six decades of the State of Israel. The new school of thought no longer speaks of the "coming of Moshiach." Rather, modern understanding supports the probability that the Jewish nation, returned to its homeland through a series of "natural" events, is now preparing its infrastructure for the eventual appointment of the King of Israel by the future Sanhedrin. Rabbi Schwartz, for 30 years a student of the Gaon Harav Chaim Zimmerman, zt'l, has built this book based on the end of the Gemara Sota describing "the End of Days" and the depiction of the ikvata de'Meshicha, "the footsteps of Moshiach," and the beginning of the Gemara Megilla describing the atchalta de'Geula, "the beginning of the Redemption," and the logical process that follows that beginning. The significant difference in the language used and its implications for all mankind form the basis for this book.