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  • Festivals of Faith

    Norman Lamm

    David Schatz

    Festivals of Faith: Reflections on the Jewish Holidays is a collection of Rabbi Dr. 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 was Chancellor of Yeshiva University and Rosh HaYeshiva of its affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary until his retirement in mid 2013, and 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.  Learn More

  • The Royal Table

    Norman Lamm

    Joel B. Wolowelsky

    Compiled and Edited by Joel B. Wolowelsky
    Published in Association with the OU Press.
    The Passover Haggadah is perhaps the most popular Jewish liturgical book after the siddur. Each year families gather around their tables to retell the story of the Exodus of the nascent Jewish community from Egypt, using an ancient text made ever-relevant by each generation's added commentaries. Now the OU PRESS has the honor of publishing Rabbi Norman Lamm s Haggadah commentary, a work of brilliant insights expressed in Rabbi Lamm s inimitable style, articulate and engaging, while sensitive and moving.

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  • The Seder Night: An Exalted Evening

    Joseph B. Soloveitchik

    Menachem D. Genack

    Published in Association with the OU Press
    "In my experiential - not intellectual - memory, two nights stand out as singular, as endowed with a unique and fascinating quality, exalted in their holiness and shining with a dazzling beauty: the night of the Seder and the night of Kol Nidrei. As a child I was fascinated, indeed entranced, by these two clear, moonlit nights, both wrapped in grandeur and majesty. I used to feel stimulated, aroused, inspired; illuminating vision heightened my senses, which were sharpened and liberated from all inhibitions. A strange silence, stillness, peace, quiet, and serenity enveloped me. I surrendered to a stream of overflowing joy and ecstasy."

    ~ Excerpted from The Seder Night: An Exalted Evening

    Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, known to all as "the Rav," was one of the Torah giants and seminal Jewish thinkers of the Twentieth century. For him, the Seder night was a magnificent experience, an exalted evening like no other in the year. Uplifted by the grandeur of the Seder, the Rav filled page after page of his writings and lectures with his extraordinary insights and brilliant analysis of its text, the Haggadah.
    In an attempt to convey the excitement and inspiration felt by the Rav on the Seder night, many of his most remarkable and penetrating commentaries have been collected in this Haggadah. It includes excerpts from his public lectures, from published works and unpublished tapes, as well as reconstructions of his lectures on the Haggadah and Pesah (the laws of Passover). The Seder Night: An Exalted Evening offers a glimpse into the originality and brilliance of the Rav's teachings as he uncovers new dimensions of meaning and significance in the Haggadah.


    About the Author

    Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt"l (1903–1993) was not only one of the outstanding talmudists of the Twentieth century, but also one of its most creative and seminal Jewish thinkers. Drawing from a vast reservoir of Jewish and general knowledge, "the Rav," as he is widely known, brought Jewish thought and law to bear on the interpretation and assessment of the modern experience. For over four decades, Rabbi Soloveitchik commuted weekly from his home in Brookline, Massachusetts to New York City, where he gave the senior shiur (class in Talmud) at Yeshiva University's affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), where he taught and inspired generations of students, among them many of the future leaders of all areas of Jewish communal life. By his extensive personal teaching and influence, he contributed vitally to the dynamic resurgence of Orthodox Judaism in America.

     

    http://www.thejewishstar.com/stories/anticipating-an-exalted-evening-with-the-rav,15243
    Review by Alan Jay Gerber, Kosher Bookworm | The Jewish Star

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  • Coming of Age

    Mandell I. Ganchrow

    Yeshiva University Roshei Yeshiva, medical doctors, and prominent rabbis come together in this anthology of 81 derashot devoted to a young person's entrance into Jewish adulthood, arranged by weekly parashah and a special section on the festivals.

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  • We’re Missing the Point

    Gidon Rothstein

    We're Missing the Point argues that many communities of Orthodox Jews today have lost sight of basic, indispensable aspects of what it means to be a Jew. Building from sources that should be unequivocal and unarguable, Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein shows how a Judaism more focused on the core essentials would express itself differently from what we see today, in directing us more insistently toward a certain type of a God-centered focus, while also laying out many areas of autonomy and personal choice we similarly neglect. Working his way from sources to practical suggestions, Gidon Rothstein lays out a vision for how Jews can get back at least to making progress on the main road God wanted, instead of stumbling down side alleys.

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  • The Megillah: Majesty & Mystery

    Norman Lamm

    Joel B. Wolowelsky

    Purim is one of the most festive days on the Jewish calendar, but the trappings of joy and merrymaking mask a more serious message. Join Rabbi Norman Lamm as he thoughtfully reveals the underlying themes of Megillat Esther and the Purim holiday.

    OU Press and RIETS/Yeshiva University Press are proud to offer Rabbi Lamm's unique and eloquent insights into Torah, human nature, God's role in history, the relation of God and humankind, and other timeless themes.
    This compelling commentary consists of Rabbi Norman Lamm's insights on Megillat Esther and the Purim holiday, as well as on Tefillat Ma'ariv, the evening prayer service, gleaned from the vast corpus of his oral and written offerings.
    Together with several complete derashot on other "days of thanksgiving," this new presentation of Rabbi Lamm's thought provides a broad canvas on which Rabbi Lamm portrays, in his inimitable style, God's repeated salvation of His people, a salvation which is sometimes clear and bold, at others times ambiguous and obscure.
    The holiday of Purim takes on new and deeper meaning with Rabbi Lamm's keen insight and nuanced perspective.


    From Rabbi Lamm's commentary 

    A famous Talmudic statement concerning Purim is that one ought to drink more than his usual standard of sobriety. It permits one to drink so that he does not distinguish between accursed Haman and blessed Mordecai (Megillah 7b). This does not mean, assuredly, that one must intoxicate himself to the point where he loses his capacity for analytic distinctions. Rather, it means that one must drink only slightly more than usual so as, on the contrary, he gains greater spiritual insight. This spiritual insight will show that, indeed, there is truly no difference at all between "accursed Haman" and "blessed is Mordecai." . . . It is when the anti-Semite accuses us of fostering the unity of Israel, the differentness of Judaism, and the resistance to idolatry that is part of our national character, that we can rise to our fullest stature as being loyal to our spiritual destiny and vocation. There is, and there should be, no difference between Haman's curse and Mordecai's blessing. Haman's indictment is a "true bill," it points to the source of our strength and our blessing.

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  • The Mind of the Mourner

    Joel B. Wolowelsky

    The universal human experience of death and mourning is accompanied in Jewish tradition by a detailed array of ritual observance. The Mind of the Mourner analyzes this ritual framework, exploring how it was constructed to reflect the values and importance of the community and at the same time to address the emotional and psychological needs of the individual mourner with understanding, sensitivity and compassion.

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  • The Mind of the Mourner

    Joel B. Wolowelsky

    The universal human experience of death and mourning is accompanied in Jewish tradition by a detailed array of ritual observance. The Mind of the Mourner analyzes this ritual framework, exploring how it was constructed to reflect the values and importance of the community and at the same time to address the emotional and psychological needs of the individual mourner with understanding, sensitivity and compassion.

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  • Vision from the Prophet and Counsel from the Elders

    Hayyim J. Angel

    In this survey of Nevi'im and Ketuvim, Rabbi Hayyim Angel achieves a rare combination of breadth and depth. While focusing on broad themes and universal messages, the treatment is far from superficial or perfunctory. Rabbi Angel presents one or more chapters on each book of Nevi'im, and Ketuvim, with each chapter analyzing in depth a representative aspect of the book. Using primarily peshat, the plain meaning of the text, Rabbi Angel marshals the Talmud and Midrash, traditional commentaries, and modern scholarship in expressing a view of Scripture that is creative as well as subtle and nuanced. With his direct and engaging style, Rabbi Angel conveys his erudition and wealth of knowledge to the reader in a most enjoyable fashion.

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  • Talking About Intimacy and Sexuality

    Yocheved Debow


    This book helps parents meet the challenge and engage in a scientifically factual, accurate, honest and helpful conversation about intimacy and sexuality. It is rooted in the belief that we foster a commitment by engaging our children in thoughtful dialogue, sharing with them our values on these topics. Although written from an Orthodox perspective, there is much in the volume that is relevant for all parents. Anyone interested in imparting values and knowledge regarding intimacy and sexuality will find much useful information as well as many thought provoking suggestions for educating their children in these areas.

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