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ANIMAL SUFFERING AND THE HOLOCAUST: THE PROBLEM WITH COMPARISON

ANIMAL SUFFERING AND THE HOLOCAUST: THE PROBLEM WITH COMPARISON

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Book is a response to PETA campaign, "Holocaust on Your Plate." Author is an animal rights activist, but objects to comparison of Holocaust with animal suffering on the grounds that the Holocaust was the result of complex and religious forces which PETA's campaign cannot address. Also, photographs have limited efficacy in explaining complex matters.
CEREMONY & CELEBRATION: INTRODUCTION TO THE HOLIDAYS

CEREMONY & CELEBRATION: INTRODUCTION TO THE HOLIDAYS

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When did Rosh HaShana, the anniversary of creation, become a day of judgement? How does Yom Kippur unite the priest's atonement with the prophet's repentance? What makes Kohelet, read on Sukkot, the most joyful book in the Bible? Why is the remembrance of the Pesah story so central to Jewish morality? And which does Shavuot really celebrate the law or the land? Bringing together Rabbi Sacks's acclaimed introductions to the Koren Sacks Mahzorim, Ceremony & Celebration reveals the stunning interplay of biblical laws, rabbinic edicts, liturgical themes, communal rituals and profound religious meaning of each of the five central Jewish holidays.
COMMENTATORS' SHAVUOS

COMMENTATORS' SHAVUOS

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Of the three Yomim Tovim known as the ”Shalosh Regalim“, it seems that the least celebrated is the festival of Shavuos. Pesach is celebrated by eating matzah, drinking the four cups of wine, and holding an elaborate Seder. During Sukkos we sit in a Sukkah and take the lulav and esrog. On Shavuos, though there is neither a “special” food to eat nor a particular commemorative mitzvah to perform, the holiday is commemorated in other ways. During the time of the Beis Hamikdash, we commence bringing the annual Bikkurim offering to the Beis Hamikdash on Shavuos; we commemorate the yahrzeit of Dovid Hamelech; we offer the ‘Shtei Halechem’ bread on the Mizbeach. This fascinating sefer illuminates a range of topics, giving the reader a deeper and broader appreciation for this Yom Tov. Among the many issues illuminated are:

  • The connection between Bikkurim and Shavuos
  • The life and legacy of Dovid Hamelech
  • Man’s unique role in fulfilling the Torah
  • The authoritative stature of Moshe Rabbeinu
  • The Mitzvah of Aliyah L’Regel
  • The division of Tanach
  • Prophecy

With its rich diversity of opinions and close study of the various themes of the holiday of Shavuous, Rabbi Sender once again demonstrates what has made the Commentators’ Series so popular and valued.

Days Are Coming: A Journey Through the Jewish Year

Days Are Coming: A Journey Through the Jewish Year

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"In Days Are Coming, Sivan Rahav-Meir guides us on our journey through the year: How are we liberated on Passover? How do we experience the true joy of Sukkot? What can we learn from Hanukka, Purim, Tu BiShvat, and the fast days? Why do we even celebrate all the holidays and festivals, and how do they enrich our existence in the contemporary world? As one of Israel's leading journalists, lecturers, and authors, Sivan Rahav-Meir has her finger on the pulse of the Jewish world today. Days Are Coming is her collection of short insights for all to enjoy. It is a treasure-trove of thoughts and advice - from Jewish sages throughout the generations, to artists and authors of our own time, as well as personal stories sent to the author by readers from around the world." --

The cycle of the Jewish year is a journey, taking each of us through a process of growth. Every holiday adds something special to our lives and personalities. In order to truly appreciate the gifts these holidays bring, we need to prepare for them, learn about them, and understand their relevance to our own lives.

In Days Are Coming, Sivan Rahav-Meir guides us on our journey through the year: How are we liberated on Passover? How do we experience the true joy of Sukkot? What can we learn from Hanukka, Purim, Tu BiShvat, and the fast days? Why do we even celebrate all the holidays and festivals, and how do they enrich our existence in the contemporary world?

As one of Israel's leading journalists, lecturers, and authors, Sivan Rahav-Meir has her finger on the pulse of the Jewish world today. Days Are Coming is her collection of short insights for all to enjoy. It is a treasure-trove of thoughts and advice - from Jewish sages throughout the generations, to artists and authors of our own time, as well as personal stories sent to the author by readers from around the world. 

Festivals of Faith

Festivals of Faith

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Festivals of Faith: Reflections on the Jewish Holidays is a collection of Rabbi Norman Lamm's thoughts on the Jewish holidays culled principally from his sermons and divrei Torah delivered while he was Rabbi of The Jewish Center in New York City. Each discourse is an individual gem, and together they constitute a treasure trove of profound insights and inspiring teachings. Spanning the entire year, Festivals of Faith contains several selections for each holiday. Those familiar with Rabbi Lamm and his work will find numerous examples of Rabbi Lamm's consummate ability to captivate his audience with intellectually compelling concepts masterfully expressed in his eloquent style. Celebrate the holidays with Rabbi Lamm as they take on new meaning in the hands of this master of Jewish thought and tradition. Rabbi Norman Lamm, Chancellor of Yeshiva University and Rosh HaYeshiva of its affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, is one of the most gifted and profound thinkers of the Modern Orthodox community. He was the founding editor of Tradition, the journal of Orthodox thought published by the Rabbinical Council of America, and to this day convenes the Orthodox Forum, a think tank of rabbis, academicians, and community leaders that meets annually to discuss topics of concern in the Orthodox community. Rabbi Lamm served for many years as Rabbi of The Jewish Center, one of New York City's most prominent and vibrant Orthodox synagogues. A prolific author in the field of Jewish philosophy and law, a distinguished academician, and a charismatic pulpit rabbi, Rabbi Lamm has made, and continues to make, an extraordinary impact on the Jewish community. With a rare combination of penetrating scholarship and eloquence of expression, he has successfully presented a Torah view of contemporary Jewish life that speaks movingly to all. David Shatz is Professor of Philosophy at Yeshiva University. Simon Posner is Executive Editor of OU Press

From Ashes to Healing: Mystical Encounters With the Holocaust: Fifteen True Stor

From Ashes to Healing: Mystical Encounters With the Holocaust: Fifteen True Stor

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A followup to Beyond the Ashes. Fifteen gripping stories of people who have found healing through past-life recall of the Holocaust.
INSIDE TIME 3 VOL. SET

Inside Time Hardcover

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Inside Time by acclaimed author, Rabbi Yanki Tauber, is a three-volume book series exploring the soul of time as defined by the Torah and illuminated by Chassidic thought, particularly by the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. The three volumes of this series examine the essence of time and its origins in the primordial phases of creation; the cycles and systems that characterize it and define the trajectories of our lives; and the particular time-qualities that are brought into focus by the festivals and special dates of the Hebrew calendar. Volume 1 addresses the mystical view of time and its cycles. Volume 2 covers all the holidays and significant days from Rosh Hashana through Purim. Volume 3 covers all the holidays and significant days from Passover through Elul, the closing month of the Hebrew year.

MOADEI HASHANAH: 10 DAYS OF REPENTANCE

Moadei Hashanah: The Ten Days of Repentance and Yom Kippur Hardcover

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Moadei Hashanah, The Ten Days of Repentance and Yom Kippuris the ninth sefer from Rav Shimshon Dovid Pincus zt"l to appear in English. It is part of the enormously popular Hebrew Sichos series, read by thousands of people across the world. Rav Pincus, venerated Rosh Yeshivah, beloved Rav of Ofakim, and worldwide lecturer, spoke passionately concerning the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah and Yom Kippur and the proper way to approach them. These lectures are transcribed in this powerful work.

Rav Pincus clarifies the ways of teshuvah and opens their gates to all. He explains profoundly how the Thirteen Attributes of Divine Mercy work, helping us effect real change and renew our close attachment to Hashem. And he offers practical advice on how to make Yom Kippur into what we know it should be. These insights can surely transform lives.

This latest volume of the Moadei Hashanah series enriches and adds new dimensions to these crucial days that hold the key to the entire year. Rav Pincus' depth, relevance, and wit as expressed in this book are sure to inspire each person and raise him to a new level of teshuvah and kirvas Hashem.

RAV ASHER WEISS- ELUL/TISHREI

RAV ASHER WEISS- ELUL/TISHREI

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Rav Asher Weiss, shlita, has quickly become known as one of the leaders of our generation. His mastery of halachah, his open heart and door to every Jew who needs him, and his leadership during a very difficult time have set him apart as one of the gedolim of our generation.
In this series on the mo'adim, we discover not only Rav Asher Weiss' scholarship but also his heart; included here are some of the wonderful derashos that he has put together and said over the years about the chagim of Klal Yisrael.
Hagaon Harav Asher Weiss, shlita, is a towering Torah giant and one of the world's leading Torah sages and orators. Rav Weiss possesses a vast encyclopedic knowledge of Jewish law and is known for his eloquence, insight, and clarity. His lectures are broadcast throughout Israel and across the globe to tens of thousands, and he speaks to all types of Jews. Rabbis and leading Torah authorities around the world, spanning the full spectrum of Jewish life, contact him regularly for his rulings and advice.

REJOICE IN YOUR FESTIVALS: Penetrating Insights into Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot

REJOICE IN YOUR FESTIVALS: Penetrating Insights into Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot

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Containing 38 previously unpublished sermons of the late Rabbi Zvi Dov Kanotopsky, this book adds new dimensions to readers' understanding and enjoyment of Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot. At once timeless and timely, many of these sermons were written at historic moments, such as the end of World War II and the rescue of Holocaust survivors, the establishment of the State of Israel, and Israeli victories against Arab armies. Firmly rooted in the teachings of the Talmudic sages and biblical commentators, these pieces provide valuable insight and inspiration that help Jewish readers address the complex challenges they face as a people and as individuals. They also reveal the creativity and passion of Rabbi Kanotopsky, a dynamic orator and communal leader.
Rendezvous With G-d

Rendezvous With G-d

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A highly original holiday book, Rendezvous with God will make you see the holidays as you have never seen them before. In the words of R. Yitz Greenberg: "In this wondrous book, Nathan Laufer gives us a stunningly fresh reading of the biblical holidays, illustrating how they celebrate the seven revelations of the Divine Presence during the first year of the marriage of God and Israel. A remarkable tour de force, Rendezvous with God weaves together thousands of biblical rituals with later rabbinic ordinances and popular holiday customs into a seamless whole, inseparably uniting Judaism's ethical and ritual dimensions. The book is so rich, it will provide understanding and pleasure to every kind of reader from the wise, informed expert to the unlearned lay reader."
Sefiros: Spiritual Refinement Through Counting The Omer

Sefiros: Spiritual Refinement Through Counting The Omer

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Sefiros offers the modern reader techniques for achieving spiritual growth and improvement.

Take a seven-week journey to spiritual refinement. Improve your relationship with God and mankind while bringing out your own finest qualities.

Rabbi Yaacov Haber is the Rav of the Shivtei Yeshurun Community in Ramat Bet Shemesh, Israel. He is also the founding publisher of Mosaica Press and the spiritual guide to numerous educational institutions throughout Israel.

Rabbi Haber was a close student of Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, zt”l, and enjoyed a relationship with many of the Jewish leaders of the past generation. He has served as a rabbi and teacher in communities in the United States, Australia, and Israel and as National Director of Jewish Education for the Orthodox Union. His mastery of complex Torah issues, coupled with his ability to explain them in simple, down-to-earth terms, make Rabbi Haber a much sought after speaker, writer, and educator.

Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust

Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust

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"This is an excellent book for sensitizing young people of any denomination to recognize injustice."--Church & Synagogue Libraries

Child Study Children's Book Committee Book of the Year Selection

The animals in the clearing were content until the Terrible Things came, capturing all creatures with feathers.

Little Rabbit wondered what was wrong with feathers, but his fellow animals silenced him. "Just mind your own business, Little Rabbit. We don't want them to get mad at us."

A recommended text in Holocaust education programs across the United States, this unique introduction to the Holocaust encourages young children to stand up for what they think is right, without waiting for others to join them.

Ages 6 and up

The Origins Of The Final Solution

The Origins Of The Final Solution

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Published by the University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, and Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

In 1939, the Nazi regime's plans for redrawing the demographic map of Eastern Europe entailed the expulsion of millions of Jews. By the fall of 1941, these plans had shifted from expulsion to systematic and total mass murder of all Jews within the Nazi grasp. The Origins of the Final Solution is the most detailed and comprehensive analysis ever written of what took place during this crucial period--of how, precisely, the Nazis' racial policies evolved from persecution and "ethnic cleansing" to the Final Solution of the Holocaust.
Focusing on the months between the German conquest of Poland in September 1939-which brought nearly two million additional Jews under Nazi control--and the beginning of the deportation of Jews to the death camps in the spring of 1942, Christopher R. Browning describes how Poland became a laboratory for experiments in racial policies, from expulsion and decimation to ghettoization and exploitation under local occupation authorities. He reveals how the subsequent attack on the Soviet Union opened the door for an immense radicalization of Nazi Jewish policy--and marked the beginning of the Final Solution. Meticulously documenting the process that led to this fatal development, Browning shows that Adolf Hitler was the key decision-maker throughout, approving major escalations in Nazi persecution of the Jews at victory-induced moments of euphoria. Thoroughly researched and lucidly written, this groundbreaking work provides an essential chapter in the history of the Holocaust.

THE TRIPOD: A New Perspective On The Shalosh Regalim

The Tripod: A New Perspective On The Shalosh Regalim

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I was totally mesmerized by this outstanding, extraordinary original and creative analysis of the role the Shalosh Regalim play in representing the most fundamental elements of Jewish faith. In this work, which is organized, compelling, and full of deep wisdom, Rabbi Neil Lauer combines highly rigorous halakhic analysis with deeply thoughtful homiletical insights in a most seamless and clearly presented way. He extracts great wisdom hitherto hidden in plain sight on these important celebrations as well as on a multitude of other Jewish concepts and practices. Over and over again I found myself saying, “I knew this source, but never realized its true full meaning and significance. Of course, now it is obvious.” We owe Rabbi Lauer a great debt for the exceptional gift he has given us. Your understanding and appreciation of the Shalosh Regalim, like mine, will never be the same again.

Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter

Eye opening insights that will benefit scholar and layman alike. Will most certainly enhance the spiritual pleasure of the hagim.

Rabbi Eli Mansour

A refreshing and unique viewpoint. For those looking for a deep and penetrative fresh look at the Jewish holidays, enjoy The Tripod!

Rabbi Shalom Rosner

Neil (Nachman) Lauer received rabbinic ordination from RIETS, an MA in medieval Jewish philosophy from the Bernard Revel Graduate School, and an MS in secondary Jewish education from the Azrieli Graduate School. He commutes every workday between his home in Teaneck, New Jersey, and his suspender factory in Brooklyn, New York.

Under His Very Windows - PB

Under His Very Windows - PB

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Pope Pius XII has often been criticized for his silence during the extermination of European Jewry during World War II. In his defense, some have alleged that the pope was doing a great deal to help the Jews but that his efforts were necessarily behind the scenes. This meticulously researched and balanced book examines exactly what the pope, his advisers, and his assistants at the Vatican Secretariat of State did to help the Jews of Italy. It finds that they did very little. The book begins by discussing prewar Vatican and Jesuit publications, in which Zuccotti uncovers a hitherto unsuspected prevalence of anti-Jewish sentiment. These publications, along with archival documents, indicate that Vatican protests against Italian anti-Jewish laws were limited to measures affecting converts and Jews in mixed marriages with Catholics, as was help with emigration; the papal nuncio's visits to foreign Jews in Italian internment camps did not differ from those to non-Jews and in no way eased their material discomfort; and interventions by diplomats of the Holy See for Jews threatened with deportation were rare, always polite, and seldom decisive. Above all, Zuccotti finds no evidence of a papal directive to church institutions to shelter Jews and much evidence to suggest that the pope remained uninvolved. The notion that Pius XII was benevolent and helpful to Jews behind the scenes proves to be a myth.
Waiting for Rain: Reflections at the Turning of the Year

Waiting for Rain: Reflections at the Turning of the Year

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In Israel, the High Holiday cycle marks the transition from summer to the rainy season.


In Waiting for Rain, the acclaimed teacher Bryna Levy offers a compelling collection of meditations that examine the biblical and liturgical readings associated with the High Holidays, from Rosh Hashanah to Simhat Torah. Based on a series of lectures given in Jerusalem at Matan - the Women's Institute for Torah Studies, and known as "The Hoshana Rabbah Lectures," Levy's readings of the traditional texts echo the natural and spiritual tenor of this season.


Waiting for Rain joins the field of biblical interpretation known as parshanut ha-mikrah. It offers fresh insights into traditional rabbinic interpretation, together with the author's perspective as a modern Orthodox woman bible scholar. Levy explores the psyches of the biblical characters and addresses issues such as our connectedness to others, the tragedy of wasted opportunity, confronting evil, the denial of death, faith and doubt, personal and communal responsibility, universalism versus particularism, the challenge of leadership, sin and atonement, and the efficacy of prayer. The result is a highly personal approach to the meaning of the High Holidays that resonates with our own modern lives. Stories about heroes and heroines, love, faith, hope, and dreams make this book a moving and engaging source for study and reflection as well as an excellent companion to the traditional High Holiday prayer services. To read more about Bryna Jocheved Levy and her work, visit her website.

Chol Hamoed

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Passover Labels

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Purim Revealed

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RAV ASHER WEISS- Pesach to Shavuos

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SICHOT RAV PINKUS ON PURIM

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SUKKAH LIGHT

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Sukkos: A Symphony Of Joy

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TESHUVA- GUIDE FOR MIND AND HEART

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