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I'm Not the Boss, I Just Work Here

I'm Not the Boss, I Just Work Here

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Serial entrepreneur Howard Jonas has been creating successful enterprises since the age of fourteen, when he opened a hot dog stand near a local hospital. He went on to develop lucrative and prosperous businesses, the most successful being IDT, a multibillion dollar telecommunications corporation that is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
If All the Seas Were Ink: A Memoir Paperback

If All the Seas Were Ink: A Memoir Paperback

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**WINNER of the 2018 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the 2018 Sophie Brody Medal for achievement in Jewish literature**
**2018 Natan Book Award Finalist**
**Finalist for the 2017 National Jewish Book Award in Women's Studies **

The Wall Street Journal:
There is humor and heartbreak in these pages...Ms. Kurshan immerses herself in the demands of daily Talmud study and allows the words of ancient scholars to transform the patterns of her own life.

The Jewish Standard: "Brilliant, beautifully written, sensitive, original.

The Jerusalem Post: A beautiful and inspiring book. Both religious and secular readers will find themselves immensely moved by [Kurshan's] personal story."

American Jewish World: "So engrossing I hardly could put it down."

At the age of twenty-seven, alone in Jerusalem in the wake of a painful divorce, Ilana Kurshan joined the world's largest book club, learning daf yomi, Hebrew for daily page of the Talmud, a book of rabbinic teachings spanning about six hundred years. Her story is a tale of heartache and humor, of love and loss, of marriage and motherhood, and of learning to put one foot in front of the other by turning page after page. Kurshan takes us on a deeply accessible and personal guided tour of the Talmud. For people of the book--both Jewish and non-Jewish--If All the Seas Were Ink is a celebration of learning, through literature, how to fall in love once again.

** WINNER of the 2018 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the 2018 Sophie Brody Medal for achievement in Jewish literature **
** 2018 Natan Book Award Finalist **
** Finalist for the 2017 National Jewish Book Award in Women's Studies **

The Wall Street Journal:
 "There is humor and heartbreak in these pages ... Ms. Kurshan immerses herself in the demands of daily Talmud study and allows the words of ancient scholars to transform the patterns of her own life."

The Jewish Standard: "Brilliant, beautifully written, sensitive, original."

The Jerusalem Post: "A beautiful and inspiring book. Both religious and secular readers will find themselves immensely moved by [Kurshan's] personal story. "

American Jewish World :"So engrossing I hardly could put it down."

At the age of twenty-seven, alone in Jerusalem in the wake of a painful divorce, Ilana Kurshan joined the world's largest book club, learning daf yomi , Hebrew for "daily page" of the Talmud, a book of rabbinic teachings spanning about six hundred years. Her story is a tale of heartache and humor, of love and loss, of marriage and motherhood, and of learning to put one foot in front of the other by turning page after page. Kurshan takes us on a deeply accessible and personal guided tour of the Talmud. For people of the book ― both Jewish and non-Jewish― If All the Seas Were Ink is a celebration of learning, through literature, how to fall in love once again.

Impossible Love: Ascher Levy's Longing for Germany

Impossible Love: Ascher Levy's Longing for Germany

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This book isa grand epic in which Roman Frister reconstructs the real-life story of the Levy family to produce a unique portrait of a Jewish family swept along in the rise and fall of German history. We follow them through the hard times and the happier ones, in business and in their personal lives. As history is interwoven with Frister's interpretation of the Levy family's experiences, this intellectually engaging bookin truth a historical documentreads like an epic novel."
Just Love Them: The Life and Legacy of Rabbi Dovid Trenk

Just Love Them: The Life and Legacy of Rabbi Dovid Trenk

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Rabbi Dovid Trenk seemed to walk in a little cloud of simchah, energy and life, lifting spirits and souls as he walked. But reaching that lofty level took a lifetime of work, from a childhood in Boro Park, a community still discovering its own identity, to his first job teaching the boys no one else would have. <p style="margin-top:6pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">That's where he made his mark, driven by an unshakable belief in the power of a neshamah. The special way he looked at people -- seeing the greatness in them before they ever saw it themselves -- taught them to see the brilliance and splendor of their own neshamos. <p style="margin-top:6pt;margin-bottom:6pt;">This book will bring you into the exuberant world of Rabbi Trenk: He was a respected talmid chacham, a wise guide and master listener, but most of all, he was a builder of people. This work shows us the magic that lies inside - students, children, spouses and ourselves, bursting with stories that will allow you to hear the laughter, see the tears, and share the triumph of the human spirit. Meticulously researched, masterfully told, each delightful story will feel like a new gift- and the whole book, a guide on how to really start living, with joy, confidence and simple faith.

Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel- PB

Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel- PB

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Winner of the 2017 National Jewish Book Award/Everett Family Foundation Book of the Year, this is the definitive biography of the iron-willed leader, chain-smoking political operative, and tea-and-cake serving grandmother who became the fourth prime minister of Israel.

Born in tsarist Russia in 1898. Golda Meir immigrated to America in 1906 and grew up in Milwaukee. where from the earliest years she displayed the political consciousness and organizational skills that would eventually catapult her into the inner circles of Israel's founding generation. Moving to mandatory Palestine in 1921 with her husband, the passionate socialist joined a kibbutz but soon left and was hired at a public works office by the man who would become the great love of her life. A series of public service jobs brought her to the attention of David Ben-Gurion, and her political career took off. Fund-raising in America in 1948, secretly meeting in Amman with King Abdullah right before Israel's declaration of independence, mobbed by thousands of Jews in a Moscow synagogue in 1948 as Israel's first representative to the USSR, serving as minister of labor and foreign minister in the 1950s and 1960s, Golda brought fiery oratory, plainspoken appeals, and shrewd-making to the cause to which she had dedicated her life--the welfare and security of the State of Israel and its people.

As prime minister, Golda negotiated arms agreements with Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger and had dozens of clandestine meetings with Jordan's King Hussein in the unsuccessful pursuit of a land-for-peace agreement with Israel's neighbors. But her time in office ended in tragedy, when Israel was caught off guard by Egypt and Syria's surprise attack on Yom Kippur in 1973. Resigning in the war's aftermath, Golda spent her final years keeping a hand in national affairs and bemusedly enjoying international acclaim.

Francine Klagsbrun's superbly researched and masterly recounted story of Israel's founding mother gives us a Golda for the ages.

Living Legend: Rabbi Grossman of Migdal Haemek

Living Legend: Rabbi Grossman of Migdal Haemek

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How did the 21-year-old newlywed from Meah Shearim form an immediate bond with street kids, gangsters, and hardened prisoners? How did he transform a crime-ridden city into a place of hope, learning, and Torah? How did he begin with 18 boys who needed a home, and create a vast empire of chesed for tens of thousands of children? How did Rav Grossman of Migdal HaEmek become a symbol of Jewish unity, revered by religious and non-religious alike, beloved by all of Klal Yisrael. How did he become a Living Legend? In one amazing story after another, bestselling author Rabbi Nachman Seltzer shows us the mesirus nefesh, compassion, vision and incredible siyata d’Shmaya that have always been a part of Rav Yitzchak Dovid Grossman’s life. And as we are entertained and engaged by these truly remarkable stories, we will also be learning just how he did it — through the incomparable power of absolute Ahavas Yisrael.

Lone Wolf: A Biography of Vladimir (Ze'Ev) Jabotinsky 2 Vol.

Lone Wolf: A Biography of Vladimir (Ze'Ev) Jabotinsky 2 Vol.

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A thoroughly documented but highly readable biography of Zionist leader Jabotinsky (1880-1940), organizer of the Haganah self-defense force in Palestine in 1920, highest authority in the breakaway Irgun underground created in 1931 and political opponent of Chaim Weizmann and Ben Gurion. Includes 32

A thoroughly documented but highly readable biography of Zionist leader Jabotinsky (1880-1940), organizer of the Haganah self-defense force in Palestine in 1920, highest authority in the breakaway Irgun underground created in 1931 and political opponent of Chaim Weizmann and Ben Gurion. Includes 32 glossy pages of photographs.

MAKERS OF JEWISH MODERNITY

MAKERS OF JEWISH MODERNITY

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A unique reference to leading Jewish figures who helped shape the modern world

This superb collection presents more than forty incisive portraits of leading Jewish thinkers, artists, scientists, and other public figures of the last hundred years who, in their own unique ways, engaged with and helped shape the modern world.

Makers of Jewish Modernity features entries on political figures such as Walther Rathenau, Rosa Luxemburg, and David Ben-Gurion; philosophers and critics such as Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt, Isaiah Berlin, Jacques Derrida, and Judith Butler; and artists such as Mark Rothko. The book provides fresh insights into the lives and careers of novelists like Franz Kafka, Saul Bellow, and Philip Roth; the filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen; social scientists such as Sigmund Freud; religious leaders and thinkers such as Avraham Kook and Martin Buber; and many others. Written by a diverse group of leading contemporary scholars from around the world, these vibrant and frequently surprising portraits offer a global perspective that highlights the multiplicity of Jewish experience and thought.

A reference book like no other, Makers of Jewish Modernity includes an informative general introduction that situates its subjects within the broader context of Jewish modernity as well as a rich selection of photos.

Mark Rothco

Mark Rothco

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From the prizewinning Jewish Lives series, a fascinating exploration of the life and work of Mark Rothko, one of America's most famous and enigmatic postwar visual artists

"Cohen-Solal subtly demonstrates the link between Rothko's three outsider statuses (artist, immigrant, and Jew), his color-block canvases, and his essential Americanness."--New Yorker

"Gripping. . . . A rewarding close-up of Rothko's . . . experience as a Jewish immigrant."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Mark Rothko, one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century, was born in the Jewish Pale of Settlement in 1903. He immigrated to the United States at age ten, taking with him his Talmudic education and his memories of pogroms and persecutions in Russia. His integration into American society began with a series of painful experiences, especially as a student at Yale, where he felt marginalized for his origins and ultimately left the school. The decision to become an artist led him to a new phase in his life. Early in his career, Annie Cohen-Solal writes, "he became a major player in the social struggle of American artists, and his own metamorphosis benefited from the unique transformation of the U.S. art world during this time." Within a few decades, he had forged his definitive artistic signature, and most critics hailed him as a pioneer. The numerous museum shows that followed in major U.S. and European institutions ensured his celebrity. But this was not enough for Rothko, who continued to innovate. Ever faithful to his habit of confronting the establishment, he devoted the last decade of his life to cultivating his new conception of art as an experience, thanks to the commission of a radical project, the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas.

Cohen-Solal's fascinating biography, based on considerable archival research, tells the unlikely story of how a young immigrant from Dvinsk became a crucial transforming agent of the art world--one whose legacy prevails to this day.

About Jewish Lives:

Jewish Lives is a prizewinning series of interpretative biography designed to explore the many facets of Jewish identity. Individual volumes illuminate the imprint of Jewish figures upon literature, religion, philosophy, politics, cultural and economic life, and the arts and sciences. Subjects are paired with authors to elicit lively, deeply informed books that explore the range and depth of the Jewish experience from antiquity to the present.

In 2014, the Jewish Book Council named Jewish Lives the winner of its Jewish Book of the Year Award, the first series ever to receive this award.

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"Excellent." - New York times

"Exemplary." - Wall St. Journal

"Distinguished." - New Yorker

"Superb." - The Guardian

Martin Buber

Martin Buber

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From the prizewinning Jewish Lives series, the first major biography in English in over thirty years of the seminal modern Jewish thinker Martin Buber

"A scrupulously researched, perceptive biography."--Robert Alter, New York Times Book Review

An authority on the twentieth-century philosopher Martin Buber (1878-1965), Paul Mendes-Flohr offers the first major biography in English in thirty years of this seminal modern Jewish thinker. The book is organized around several key moments, such as his sudden abandonment by his mother when he was a child of three, a foundational trauma that, Mendes-Flohr shows, left an enduring mark on Buber's inner life, attuning him to the fragility of human relations and the need to nurture them with what he would call a "dialogical attentiveness."
Buber's philosophical and theological writings, most famously I and Thou, made significant contributions to religious and Jewish thought, philosophical anthropology, biblical studies, political theory, and Zionism. In this accessible new biography, Mendes-Flohr situates Buber's life and legacy in the intellectual and cultural life of German Jewry as well as in the broader European intellectual life of the first half of the twentieth century.

About Jewish Lives:

Jewish Lives is a prizewinning series of interpretative biography designed to explore the many facets of Jewish identity. Individual volumes illuminate the imprint of Jewish figures upon literature, religion, philosophy, politics, cultural and economic life, and the arts and sciences. Subjects are paired with authors to elicit lively, deeply informed books that explore the range and depth of the Jewish experience from antiquity to the present.

In 2014, the Jewish Book Council named Jewish Lives the winner of its Jewish Book of the Year Award, the first series ever to receive this award.

More praise for Jewish Lives:

"Excellent." -New York Times

"Exemplary." -Wall Street Journal

"Distinguished." -New Yorker

"Superb." -The Guardian

Meir Kahana

Meir Kahana

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The life and politics of an American Jewish activist who preached radical and violent means to Jewish survival

Meir Kahane came of age amid the radical politics of the counterculture, becoming a militant voice of protest against Jewish liberalism. Kahane founded the Jewish Defense League in 1968, declaring that Jews must protect themselves by any means necessary. He immigrated to Israel in 1971, where he founded KACH, an ultranationalist and racist political party. He would die by assassination in 1990. Shaul Magid provides an in-depth look at this controversial figure, showing how the postwar American experience shaped his life and political thought.

Magid sheds new light on Kahane's radical political views, his critique of liberalism, and his use of the "grammar of race" as a tool to promote Jewish pride. He discusses Kahane's theory of violence as a mechanism to assure Jewish safety, and traces how his Zionism evolved from a fervent support of Israel to a belief that the Zionist project had failed. Magid examines how tradition and classical Jewish texts profoundly influenced Kahane's thought later in life, and argues that Kahane's enduring legacy lies not in his Israeli career but in the challenge he posed to the liberalism and assimilatory project of the postwar American Jewish establishment.

This incisive book shows how Kahane was a quintessentially American figure, one who adopted the radicalism of the militant Left as a tenet of Jewish survival.

Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl: Upright Practices

Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl: Upright Practices

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The publication of the Classics of Western Spirituality(TM) represents a cultural event of the greatest importance. It transcends all sectarian boundaries and brings to the spiritually sensitive reader the choicest creations of the human spirit when it is touched by the encounter with God. Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl: Upright Practices, The Light of the Eyes translated and introduced by Arthur Green preface by Samuel H. Dresner All began with a single point-the point of supernal wisdom, hokhmah. The power of the Creator is present in all of His creations; the wisdom of God fills and takes on the garb of every thing that is. Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl (1730-1797) Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl (1730-1797) was rabbi of the small Jewish community of Chernobyl, near Kiev in the Ukraine. A member of the Maggid school of Miezrich, he was part of the Hasidic movement that played a key role in the history of Eastern European Jewry. In this volume, two of Rabbi Nahum's works are made available to the general reader for the first time in English. Upright Practices is a devotional manual of personal practices recommended by the Hasidic master for his disciples. The Light of the Eyes is a collection of homilies based on the Book of Genesis. Until now chiefly the sacred property of the Hasidim, these homilies are prime examples of the genre that, more than any other, reveals the earnestness and depth of Hasidic spirituality. +
MY SHTETL BALTIMORE

My Shtetl Baltimore

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Come along with me and catch a glimpse of a community through the loving eyes of its native son. My Shtetl Baltimore takes you from where you are to a world you want to know. You will meet its vivid personalities and vicariously experience its happenings – from the hilarious to the tragic and everything in-between.

MY STORY:

My Story: Forty-one Individuals Share Their Personal Encounters With The Rebbe

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From the first-time mother to the commander in Israel's Air Force; the struggling dentist to the community rabbi, My Story features 41 inspirational true stories of the Rebbe from the My Encounter with the Rebbe oral history project, complemented by family photos and documents, as well as a stunning selection of portraits of the Rebbe from the Living Archive picture collection, printed on beautiful glossy paper on over 400 full color pages. Many of these stories are published here for the first time, while others are more complete versions of the popular weekly Here's My Story publication. With incredible insight and sensitivity, the Rebbe's wisdom and sensitivity shine an unexpected ray of hope in the face of challenge and adversity. The outcomes have a transformational impact on the lives of the storytellers, and are sure to do the same for you.

Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People

Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People

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A classic account of courage, integrity, and most of all, belonging
In 1977, Natan Sharansky, a leading activist in the democratic dissident movement in the Soviet Union and the movement for free Jewish emigration, was arrested by the KGB. He spent nine years as a political prisoner, convicted of treason against the state. Every day, Sharansky fought for individual freedom in the face of overt tyranny, a struggle that would come to define the rest of his life.
Never Alone reveals how Sharansky's years in prison, many spent in harsh solitary confinement, prepared him for a very public life after his release. As an Israeli politician and the head of the Jewish Agency, Sharansky brought extraordinary moral clarity and uncompromising, often uncomfortable, honesty. His story is suffused with reflections from his time as a political prisoner, from his seat at the table as history unfolded in Israel and the Middle East, and from his passionate efforts to unite the Jewish people.
Written with frankness, affection, and humor, the book offers us profound insights from a man who embraced the essential human struggle: to find his own voice, his own faith, and the people to whom he could belong.
Rabbinate in Stormy Days: The Life and Teachings of Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac Halevi Herzog, Chief Rabbi of Israel

Rabbinate in Stormy Days: The Life and Teachings of Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac Halevi Herzog, Chief Rabbi of Israel

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From his days as a precocious youngster in Lomzha to his service as rabbi of Belfast and Dublin, chief rabbi of the Irish Free State, and then chief rabbi of Mandate Palestine and finally Israel, Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac HaLevi Herzog blazed trails all his life. With a doctorate in literature by age twenty-five as well as degrees in classical and modern languages and mathematics, Rabbi Herzog was fully equipped with the education of the modern secular world as well as a deep immersion in Torah. All of these tools, together with his loving yet uncompromising Jewish faith, were brought to bear throughout a lifetime of leadership that traversed stormy days indeed. World War I, World War II, and the struggle of the fledgling Jewish state for independence made for constant challenges that the rabbi negotiated with grace and wisdom. Throughout his tireless activism lobbying presidents and popes on behalf of Holocaust refugees and then the nascent Jewish state, Rabbi Herzog wrote prolifically on topics in Jewish law in numerous books and papers that are still authoritative today. The rabbi's life is a model of the struggle for balance between religious faith and modernity, a path that he navigated with a steadiness and warmth that made him both revered and beloved, in his day and into the present.

First published in Hebrew, this portrait of the life of one of modern Judaism's most prominent figures is now available for the first time in English and will introduce the rabbi to a new generation as a model of a person of faith fully participating in modernity.

RAV BELSKY: The Life Of A Multi-dimensional Gadol

Rav Belsky - The Life of a Multi-dimensional Gadol: Rosh Yeshivah, Rebbi, Posek, Genius, Adviser, and Friend Hardcover

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Rosh Yeshivah; renowned posek; av beis din; kashrus expert; mohel; sofer; shochet, musician, artist . And the list goes on. Rav Yisroel Belsky was all of these and much, much more. He was brilliant beyond description and was fluent not only in all of Torah but in the sciences and other fields of worldly knowledge -- and he applied that knowledge to Torah and psak halachah. As senior Posek for OU Kosher, his vast knowledge of Jewish law, combined with his deep understanding of food technology, impacted every kosher consumer - but all of this does not define Rav Belsky's greatness. In this riveting and carefully researched biography, we will learn of Rav BelskyÂ’s incomparable passion for learning and teaching Torah, his burning desire to share Hashem's greatness with others. We will be moved by story after story of how he connected with generations of talmidim both at Mesivta Torah Vodaath where he was Rosh HaYeshivah and at Camp Agudah, where he served as Mara D'Asra. We will be inspired by the selfless hachnasas orchim of Rav and Rebbetzin Belsky, of his dedication to the mitzvah of tzedakah, of his willingness to extend himself on behalf of total strangers, if only he could make anothers Jew's life a bit brighter. Rabbi Shimon Finkelman a talmid of Rav Belsky, shares with us shares with us story after story about this towering Torah personality. We meet him as a brilliant youngster and later as a camp counselor, learning Mishnayos between pitches as he umpires a baseball game. We see him at a turning point of his life, as he defers and ultimately declines a prestigious scholarship in order to learn Torah. We see him with his talmidim. With gedolei hador. With campers, young and old. With Jews who have emigrated from the former Soviet Union. With Klal Yisrael, whom he loved so deeply. Rav Belsky is the unforgettable biography of a truly unforgettable gadol baTorah.

Rosenfeld's Lives: Fame, Oblivion, and the Furies of Writing

Rosenfeld's Lives: Fame, Oblivion, and the Furies of Writing

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Born in Chicago in 1918, the prodigiously gifted and erudite Isaac Rosenfeld was anointed a genius upon the publication of his luminescent novel, Passage from Home and was expected to surpass even his closest friend and rival, Saul Bellow. Yet when felled by a heart attack at the age of thirty-eight, Rosenfeld had published relatively little, his life reduced to a metaphor for literary failure.

In this deeply contemplative book, Steven J. Zipperstein seeks to reclaim Rosenfeld's legacy by opening up his work. Zipperstein examines for the first time the small mountain of unfinished manuscripts the writer left behind, as well as his fiercely candid journals and letters. In the process, Zipperstein unearths a turbulent life that was obsessively grounded in a profound commitment to the ideals of the writing life.

Rosenfeld s Lives is a fascinating exploration of literary genius and aspiration and the paradoxical power of literature to elevate and to enslave. It illuminates the cultural and political tensions of post-war America, Jewish intellectual life of the era, and most poignantly the struggle at the heart of any writer s life."

Secrets of the Soul

Secrets of the Soul

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Rav Shlomo Hoffman attended the Chevron Yeshiva and was a very close talmid of Rav Isaac Sher. He then became an outstanding Torah luminary, influencing generations of mechanchim and talmidim.

This extraordinary, must-read sefer offers an astounding collection of shiurim and one-on-one conversations with Rabbi Hoffman – with an emphasis on Chinuch and developing practical tools to maximize one’s Kochos HaNefesh.

This uplifting, heartfelt, clearly written sefer is essential reading for all parents, educators, scholar, layman, and b’nai Torah of all ages.

First volume of an upcoming series, sold over 20,000 in Hebrew!

Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin: The Inside Story

Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin: The Inside Story

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TWO BOOKS IN ONE: Book 1: Trials, Tribulations, and a Triumph of Trust Book 2: A Jew in "A Place Called Prison" --- For nearly a decade, it was the court case at the forefront of every Jew's mind. It was what kept Klal Yisrael's insides churning, and our heartfelt tefillosgoing strong. It's the story of Sholom Rubashkin, and it has never been told so intimately and on such a personal level--until now. The story of Sholom Rubashkin is one of faith and trust in Hashem, despite the destruction of a life's work and in the face of seemingly inevitable doom. It's a story of unflagging strength behind bars and under the weight of a decades-long prison sentence. It's the story of a person's clarity and ability to rise above the daily struggles and see in them a Divine mission. Who is Sholom Rubashkin? How did he land in jail with a near life-sentence, incriminated by the very people for whom he'd done so much good? What was the secret of his soaring faith? How did he survive--no, thrive!--as a Jew in the ugliness of a place called prison? For the first time ever, Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin's personal struggle during his seemingly never-ending saga is recounted, from start to finish, with many firsthand details and much of the emotion he and his family actually experienced. This eye-opening account of Jewish survival in a tough federal prison will leave you spellbound, inspired, and grateful to be a member of the Jewish nation. Sholom Rubashkin's saga—from his initial arrest until, at long last, his thrilling release--is not only his own. It is all of Klal Yisrael's. And his triumph of trust and faith in Hashem can be all of ours to emulate, as well.

TA'AROCH LEFANAI SHULCHAN: LIFE OF ARUCH HASHULCHAN

Ta'aroch Lifanai Shulchan [Hardcover]

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Ta'aroch Lifanai Shulchan [Hardcover]

By: Rabbi Eitam Shimon Hankin

 

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The life, time, and work of Rabbi Yechiel Michel Epstein, author of the Aruch Hashulchan.

 

Rabbi Yechiel Michel Epstein of Novardok is still considered by many to be the last arbiter, the ultimate authority in Jewish law. His book "Aruch HaRach" is almost the only book that has been written about the Shulchan Aruch in its entirety, with all its 1705 symbols. In addition, Rabbi Epstein wrote the "Aruch HaShulchan HaTofit" on laws that are not customary at this time, and thus his monumental work approaches his scope to that of Maimonides.

 

Rabbi Eitam Shimon Hankin's comprehensive and fascinating book explores in depth the life and period of R' Epstein.

 

Rabbi Eitam Henkin was known both as a brilliant historian and as a first-rate Torah scholar.

 

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Tales of Nehama

Tales of Nehama: Impressions of the Life and Teaching of Nehama Leibowitz

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Who was Nehama Leibowitz? This question is thoroughly and lovingly explored in Tales of Nehama, by Lea Abramowitz. The result is a fascinating, in-depth exploration of a leading bible scholar, and renowned and revered teacher. Through hundreds of anecdotes and memories, told by Leibowitzs students, colleagues and friends, Tales of Nehama outlines Leibowitzs profound personal impact on thousands of people, and on Jewish learning and biblical criticism. Nehama Leibowitz had requested only one word to be inscribed on her tombstone: teacher. This comprehensive volume details her personal qualities that contributed to her outstanding success as an educator -- her devotion to people and acts of kindness, her modesty, her tolerance and openness to all, and her sense of humour. But Tales of Nehama goes further, to explore Leibowitzs teaching methods, in which actualisation and entertaining played a major role. From an intimate analysis of her character and beliefs -- her stand on feminism and Zionism, her views on Hareidim, the secular world, and on education -- to the central chapter, which recounts dozens of Tales of Nehama, concise, true stories that serve to outline the tremendous impact and inner workings of this great scholar, the book also comprises comprehensive sections exploring many aspects of her intellectual endeavours. These include her studies of the weekly Torah portions; an appraisal of her teaching methods; a review of her pedagogical approach; her commentaries on certain Psalms; her essay entitled Active Learning in the Teaching of History; an exchange of letters between Nehama Leibowitz and Professor Hugo Bergman, portraying a fascinating dialogue between two very brilliant and committed Jewish scholars; and a section exploring published articles that recognise Leibowitzs unique contribution to Jewish thought and study. The book not only answers the question Who was Nehama Leibowitz? but it also creates a vivid portrayal of a genius whose impact on Judaism was unparalleled, and will reverberate for generations to come.

Who was Nehama Leibowitz? This question is thoroughly and lovingly explored in Tales of Nehama, by Lea Abramowitz. The result is a fascinating, in-depth exploration of a leading bible scholar, and renowned and revered teacher. Through hundreds of anecdotes and memories, told by Leibowitzs students, colleagues and friends, Tales of Nehama outlines Leibowitzs profound personal impact on thousands of people, and on Jewish learning and biblical criticism. Nehama Leibowitz had requested only one word to be inscribed on her tombstone: teacher. This comprehensive volume details her personal qualities that contributed to her outstanding success as an educator -- her devotion to people and acts of kindness, her modesty, her tolerance and openness to all, and her sense of humour. But Tales of Nehama goes further, to explore Leibowitzs teaching methods, in which actualisation and entertaining played a major role. From an intimate analysis of her character and beliefs -- her stand on feminism and Zionism, her views on Hareidim, the secular world, and on education -- to the central chapter, which recounts dozens of Tales of Nehama, concise, true stories that serve to outline the tremendous impact and inner workings of this great scholar, the book also comprises comprehensive sections exploring many aspects of her intellectual endeavours. These include her studies of the weekly Torah portions; an appraisal of her teaching methods; a review of her pedagogical approach; her commentaries on certain Psalms; her essay entitled "Active Learning in the Teaching of History"; an exchange of letters between Nehama Leibowitz and Professor Hugo Bergman, portraying a fascinating dialogue between two very brilliant and committed Jewish scholars; and a section exploring published articles that recognise Leibowitzs unique contribution to Jewish thought and study. The book not only answers the question Who was Nehama Leibowitz? but it also creates a vivid portrayal of a genius whose impact on Judaism was unparalleled, and will reverberate for generations to come.

The Autobiography of Solomon Maimon

The Autobiography of Solomon Maimon

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The first complete and annotated English translation of Maimon's influential and delightfully entertaining memoir

Solomon Maimon's autobiography has delighted readers for more than two hundred years, from Goethe, Schiller, and George Eliot to Walter Benjamin and Hannah Arendt. The American poet and critic Adam Kirsch has named it one of the most crucial Jewish books of modern times. Here is the first complete and annotated English edition of this enduring and lively work.

Born into a down-on-its-luck provincial Jewish family in 1753, Maimon quickly distinguished himself as a prodigy in learning. Even as a young child, he chafed at the constraints of his Talmudic education and rabbinical training. He recounts how he sought stimulation in the Hasidic community and among students of the Kabbalah--and offers rare and often wickedly funny accounts of both. After a series of picaresque misadventures, Maimon reached Berlin, where he became part of the city's famed Jewish Enlightenment and achieved the philosophical education he so desperately wanted, winning acclaim for being the sharpest of Kant's critics, as Kant himself described him.

This new edition restores text cut from the abridged 1888 translation by J. Clark Murray, which has long been the only available English edition. Paul Reitter's translation is brilliantly sensitive to the subtleties of Maimon's prose while providing a fluid rendering that contemporary readers will enjoy, and is accompanied by an introduction and notes by Yitzhak Melamed and Abraham Socher that give invaluable insights into Maimon and his extraordinary life. The book also features an afterword by Gideon Freudenthal that provides an authoritative overview of Maimon's contribution to modern philosophy.

The Insider: Famed war journalist Yisroel Katzover (A. Peer) and his unforgettable adventures and encounters with gedolim and world leaders

The Insider: Famed war journalist Yisroel Katzover (A. Peer) and his unforgettable adventures and encounters with gedolim and world leaders

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Gedolim and world leaders. Politicians, spies and soldiers.
Inspiration and mystery, bullets and bitachon.
This book has it all.


• How did a young journalist create a revolution in the Israeli government -- by defending the honor of Shabbos?

• What did the Pnei Menachem say about Yitzchak Rabin -- and how did his words eerily come true?

• What is the inside story of the Iranian nuclear program -- and how is Israel managing to defend itself?

• Could a Polish non-Jew possibly be Reb Yisroel’s brother, who’d disappeared during the terrible Holocaust years?

For more than 50 years Reb Yisroel Katzover -- also writing for Hamodia under the name A. Pe’er -- has been one of Israel’s premier military journalists. As an observant Jew, he has often served as an unofficial liaison between the country’s military and political leadership and the nation’s gedolei Torah. As a pioneer in the world of Jewish music, he’s encouraged the careers of some of today’s most preeminent musicians.

In this unforgettable memoir, we learn the inside story about the personalities that he’s met, the travels he’s taken, and the lessons he’s learned from a half century of journalistic adventures. As the “ultimate insider,” we hear stories that we’ve never heard before, that we never dreamed could be true.

No one tells a story quite like Rabbi Nachman Seltzer, author of almost 40 books including the bestsellers Incredible! and Living Legend. Combine his unique storytelling talents with a man who has countless fascinating stories -- and you get a book that’s part thriller, part secret history, part inspiration -- and 100% excitement!

THE KIDDUSH CUP

THE KIDDUSH CUP

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The Kiddush Cup is a story of a young girl fleeing Poland alone in 1939 with nothing but a kiddush cup to remind her of her childhood. The book describes the everyday life in a Jewish community and the rising tensions leading up to the main character's adolescent journey to the promise land. The author recounts her mother's stories of the journey from Poland to Israel, while integrating her own journey back to Poland in the early 2000s to trace her mother's steps. The author shares personal family photos and heartwarming reflections on her mother's journey and the importance of perseverance.