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  • The First How-To Handbook for Jewish Living

    Ron Isaacs and Kerry Olitzky

    Fact-filled manual contains the basics on living a Jewish life. Topics include: How to make tzitzit, how to lay tefillin and 50 more How-To's. Learn More
  • The Second How-To Handbook for Jewish Living

    Ron Isaacs and Kerry Olitzky

    Presents basic Judaism in a readily accessible format. As we live Jewish lives, we are guided by a certain rhythm of daily prayers, weekly Torah readings, holidays and special occasions. These have been treated in the very successful How-To volumes by Rabbis Kerry Olitzky and Ron Isaacs. As Jews go about their daily lives, they encounter challenges that are often not anticipated and not as rhythmic. Learn More
  • The Jewish Mourner Handbook

    Ron Isaacs and Kerry Olitzsky

    An easy-to-follow guide for the bereaved that answers questions that mourners have been asking for years: Customs and rituals, buriel, mourning and post-mourning observances. The appendix includes prayers, meditations, visiting the cemetary, reflections and readings. Learn More
  • Essential Judaism in a Nutshell

    Ron Isaacs

    Essential Judaism in a Nutshell provides the basics of Jewish knowledge and vocabulary. It gives the reader the ability to function Jewishly and have an appreciation of Jewish life. The book discusses terms, dates, concepts, holidays and the Jewish people. Essential Judaism in a Nutshell is a handy reference guide to Judaism both as a religion and a way of life. It is useful both to Jews and non-Jews who are interested in learning more about the Jewish people and their way of life in a user-friendly way. Learn More
  • Count Your Blessings

    Ron Isaacs

    From biblical times onward, Jews have used blessings to consecrate the special moments of their lives. The ancient sage Rabbi Meir used to say that "a person should say one hundred blessings daily." This book is your opportunity to take notice of what is happening around you, and spiritualize it. Included in it are all the blessings that you will need to say to show appreciation for the daily gift of life. Sample blessings include: arising from sleep, dressing, eating foods, recovering from an illness, and seeing wondrous things in nature. We invite you to use the book daily and count your blessings every day! Learn More
  • Life’s Little Book of Big Jewish Advice

    Ron Isaacs

    It is said in the Book of Proverbs that a wise person hearkens to advice. Over the centuries the Bible and its personalities, rabbinic authorities, poets, writers and teachers have offered a plethora of advice on a wide range of timely topics. Gathered in this little book are more than 400 of these sayings, listed alphabetically by topic, on a variety of subjects, all meant to inspire, guide and offer advice. This is the book for all people who seek to expand their wisdom and live a better life. Learn More
  • Reflections

    Ron Isaacs and Leora Isaacs

    REFLECTIONS: A JEWISH GRANDPARENT'S GIFT OF MEMORIES
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  • Reflections

    Leora Isaacs and Ron Isaacs

    Ktav Publishers and the United Synagogue's HAZAK have teamed up to produce a gift book that will allow grandparents to record the details of their lives and preserve them for future generations. Grandchildren, on receiving the completed book, will come to love and appreciate their Jewish heritage as they learn what makes their family unique. Both generations will thus ensure that a precious legacy is not lost forever. The book has space for a family tree, photos, documents, a memory disk, and an ethical will. Now that we have our first grandchild, we too are eager to record the details of our lives as our gift to her.
    - Ron and Leora Isaacs (co-authors of Reflections)
    This beautiful giftbook is in the form of a memento album. It allows grandparents to record the details of their lives and preserve them for future generations. Grandchildren, on receiving the completed Reflections, will come to love and appreciate their Jewish heritage as they learn what makes their family unique.
    * Designed to become an heirloom
    * Contains blank family tree
    * Space for photos and documents
    * Perfect gift for any family occasion
    * Great family project
    About the Authors
    Rabbi Ron Isaacs is spiritual leader of Temple Sholom in Bridgewater, New Jersey. He has a doctorate from Columbia University's Teacher's College. Author of numerous books, he has led numerous teacher workshops for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Dr. Leora W. Isaacs, is JESNA Vice President for Programs and Organizational Learning, and Director of its Learnings and Consultation Center. Together the Isaacs have led numerous Grandparenting Workshops throughout the tri-state area. They are also the proud grandparents of Emilia Abigail. Learn More
  • Have a Good Laugh

    Ron Isaacs

    Throughout the centuries Jews have used humor to cope with their history of trauma and stress. In fact, they have been sharpening their wits for over two thousand years and have always used jokes and humorous characterizations as teaching aids and as a means to illustrate, enlighten and improve. Have a Good Laugh: Jewish Jokes for the Soul presents a vast array of Jewish jokes that will surely bring a smile to your face and tickle your fancy. If you are a professional or even an amateur speaker, you can use the jokes (which are categorized by topic for easy access) to beguile your audiences at lectures, parties and presentations. And the good news is that there are no crude or offensive jokes in this book. Just good, clean fun. So enjoy this collection of Jewish humor, and hope you do have a good laugh.
    The Unexpected Delivery
    Moshe, the owner of a small Kosher New York deli, was being questioned by an IRS agent about his tax return. He had reported a net profit of $80,000 for the year. Why don't people leave me alone?' the deli owner said. I work like a dog, everyone in my family helps out, the place is only closed for Jewish Holidays and Shabbat. And you want to know how I made $80,000?' It's not your income that bothers us,' the agent said. It's these travel deductions. You listed ten trips to Israel for you and your wife.'
    Oh, that?' the owner said smiling. Well... We also deliver.'
    On the Sixth Day
    On the sixth day of creation, God turned to the angel Gabriel saying: "On this day I shall create a magic land. It shall be called Israel and will stand as holy. And its magnificence
    will be known all over the world. And I will choose to send to this land special people of goodness, intelligence, and conviction, so the land shall prosper. I shall call these inhabitants Jews." "Pardon me, God," asked Gabriel, "but aren't you being too generous to these Jews?" "Not really. Wait and see the neighbors I'm giving
    them."
    Oy, Yoy, Yoy
    Three bubbes (Jewish grandmothers) sitting on a park
    bench. The first one lets out a heartfelt "Oy."
    A few minutes later, the second bubbe sighs deeply
    and says, "Oy, vey."
    A few minutes later, the third lady brushes away a tear
    and moans, "Oy, vey iz mir."
    To which the first bubbe replies, "I thought we agreed
    we weren't going to talk about our children."
    Lost and Found Wallet
    A poor Jew finds a wallet with seven hundred dollars. At his shul he reads a notice stating that a wealthy Jew has lost his wallet and is offering a fifty dollar reward to anyone who returns it. Quickly he locates the owner giving him the wallet.
    The rich man counts the money and says, " I see you have already taken your reward."
    The poor man responds, "What are you talking about?"
    The wealthy Jew continues, "This wallet had seven hundred and fifty dollars in it when I lost it."
    Both men present their case. The poor man first, then the wealthy man who concludes by saying, "Rabbi, I trust you believe me."
    The rabbi says, "Of course." The rich man smiles, and the poor man is devastated. Then the rabbi takes the wallet out of the wealthy man's hands and gives it to the poor man who found it.
    "What are you doing?" the rich man yells angrily.
    The rabbi responds, "You are of course an honest man, and if you say that you're missing wallet had seven hundred and fifty dollars in it, I'm sure it did. But if the man who found this wallet is a liar and a thief, he wouldn't have returned it al all. Which means that this wallet must belong to somebody else. If that man steps forward, he'll get the money. Otherwise, it stays with the man who found it."
    "What about the money?" the rich man asks.
    "Well, we'll just have to wait until somebody finds a wallet with seven hundred and fifty dollars in it!"
    Post Office
    A rabbi arrived in a small town to raise funds for his Yeshiva. He was scheduled to speak on Shabbat at the local synagogue the next day. He needed to mail a letter back home to his Yeshiva with the collections he received to help pay the bills. As he walked down the street he saw several children playing together. They were Jewish so he asked the little boy, "What's your name?"
    He responded, "Michael."
    Then the Rabbi asked, "Michael, where is the post office?"
    Michael said, "Three blocks down on your left side with the huge flagpole in the front."
    The Rabbi thought, What a smart child as he thanked him adding "Tomorrow I'll be speaking at the neighborhood shul. My sermon will be about making Gan Eden (Garden of Eden) your home. I hope to see you and your family."
    Michael responded, "I don't think so, Rabbi, you don't even know your way to the post office." Learn More
  • Do Animals Have Souls?

    Ron Isaacs

    Are dogs mentioned in the bible? Is it permissible to hunt animals for sport? Can I bless my cat? Do animals have souls? Is there an afterlife for my pet? How do I grieve for my dog and what prayer can I say?

    From the mundane to the perplexing, Rabbi Ron Isaacs answers all your questions about animals and pets in a warm, wise, and witty manner. He brings his many years of personal experience as both a pet owner and a rabbi to create a family-friendly resource whose advice you will cherish and use repeatedly in your day-to-day lives. If you’ve ever wanted a guide to turn when you have an animal or pet question, Do Animals Have Souls will fill the bill beautifully.

    Rabbi Ron Isaacs, Ed.D. is the rabbi of Temple Sholom in Bridgewater, New Jersey and co-director of its Hebrew High School. A former adjunct lecturer in the Graduate Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological School, he is the author of more than one hundred books. Rabbi Ron Isaacs can be reached directly through his website at www.rabbiron.com.

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