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  • The Ayeka Shabbat: Hearing Your Own Voice

    Aryeh Ben David

    “Can Shabbat conversations impact my life?”
    The Torah invites us to meet someone we desperately want to meet, but who remains just out of reach. Who is this person? Ourselves – upgraded. Deep personal conversation on Shabbat is the perfectopportunity to meet a better version of ourselves.
    The original edition of Around the Shabbat Table offered questionsto stimulate meaningful conversations. In this new edition, a fourthquestion has been added, aimed at bringing the ideas of the weekly portion into our lives and inviting our personal and spiritual growth.


    Lech Lecha: What do you think is the next step on your journey?
    Toledot: Who in your family do you need to ask for forgiveness?
    Tzav: What part of your Jewish identity has lost its fire?
    Metzora: Who in your community do you think may be lonely?
    Kedoshim: Who is the most loving person you know? What can you learn from
    this person?
    Bamidbar: If you were given five minutes to talk to the Jewish People, what would
    you say?
    Devarim: What wisdom did you receive from your grandparents? What do you
    hope your grandchildren will receive from you?

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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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  • Treasure of Shabbat

    Jonathan G. Bressel

    "Finding meaning and inspiration through Shabbat celebration at home" A step-by-step guide to Shabbat celebration at home. Easy instructions gently guide the reader through the Shabbat ceremonies. All Hebrew text is translated and transliterated. Heartening stories and clear explanations enable readers to follow along at someone else's home or celebrate in their own home. Full index. Two thousand source notes. Includes blessing after the meal and food blessings. Illuminated with two hundred color photos. Learn More
  • The Passover Seder

    Arthur Gilbert

    An abbreviated Haggadah including all the major elements of the Seder service with transliterations of the major prayers and color illustrations.

    2018 printing includes new colorful cover design, thick glossy pages and better print quality.

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  • The Haggadah Connection

    Rabbi Reuven P. Bulka

    In The Haggadah Connection Rabbi Reuven P. Bulka addresses these and many other relevant questions and topics. Rabbi Bulka's translation and thought-provoking commentary offer readers a refreshing outlook on the Haggadah in a clear and easy-to-read format that everyone can enjoy.
    The recitation of the Haggadah at the Pesach seder is one of the most powerful and inspiring collective experiences that the Jewish people have shared throughout millennia. Rabbi Bulka's clear commentary brings the story of exile and redemption to life. making the seder experience relevant and meaningful. From Kiddush to ''Had Gadya,'' we see the interrelatedness of every one of the fifteen components of the seder and how these components reveal the major themes of the Haggadah.

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  • MeOtzar HoRav: Selected Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik # 08

    Days of Deliverance

    Joseph B. Soloveitchik

    Eli D. Clark, Joel B. Wolowelsky and Reuven Ziegler

    "The Megillah contains two stories: the story of human happiness and fulfillment, as well as the story of human misery and distress. The reading of the Megillah is a dialectical performance. We pray to the Almighty while we read the Megillah, because we are in distress; we thank God and relate His wonders while we read the Megillah, for we have found refuge in Him; He has saved us."

    ~ Excerpted from "The Duality of Purim" Days of Deliverance

    "Hanukkah is a holiday that has general human underpinnings; it is a holiday of political victories, a holiday of the smashing of political might. Matityahu and his sons had the strength and the courage to confront the Syrian-Greek legions, to liberate the city of Jerusalem and its Temple, and to re-establish an independent Jewish kingdom. This history of dramatic bravery appeals to all, Jew and non-Jew, especially when the revolutionaries compose a small group, unorganized and poorly armed, yet unafraid of declaring war on an enemy."

    ~ "The Everlasting Hanukkah," Days of Deliverance


    Purim and Hanukkah share a rabbinic origin, a festive character, and a generally informal nature. In the essays collected here, the eighth in the series MeOtzar HoRav: Selected Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, both holidays serve as subtext for Rabbi Soloveitchik's classic search for religious meaning in a seemingly cold and arbitrary universe. For him, Purim and Hanukkah stand at the nexus of faith and history, of human effort and divine intervention, of solemnity and joyous celebration.

    In the Purim essays, the Rav offers not only commentary and textual interpretation, but, primarily, a rich blend of religious existentialism and Jewish historiosophy. He transforms the verses of Megillat Esther, and the Purim story as a whole, into a text about man in general and the Jew in particular. Employing classical midrash, historical analogy, a deep understanding of human nature, and a fine ear for textual nuance, he breathes vivid life into the characters and events of the Megillah, and demonstrates the story's universal and contemporaneous messages.

    In the Hanukkah essays, too, the Rav draws universal lessons from the story of the Hasmonean rebellion and victory. He applies his exegetic and homiletic skills to the account of Hanukkah in Maimonides' Code and in liturgical texts, such as Al ha-nissim and Ha-nerot hallalu. For the Rav, the spiritual core of the Hanukkah story also provides the key to explaining distinctive Halakhic features of the holiday. He views the spiritual struggle waged by Matityahu and his sons as symbolic of the battle for Jewish self-realization carried on by generations of Jews, from Jacob and Joseph in the Bible to our own day.

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  • Junior Jewish Cookbook

    Aunt Fanny's Junior Jewish Cook Book was published in 1956 originally, and was a wonderful book that helped Jewish children make recipes that were very similar to the food they had with their parents and grandparents. While it's been many years since, the recipes are still really great and easy for kids to make, and help connect them to their Jewish roots.

    YaYa (Grandma) Marlena Spieler is a food writer who has written more than 70 cookbooks as well as contributing to Bon Appetit, Saveur and The New York Times, and writing the San Francisco Chronicleaward-winning food column ''The Roving Feast.'' As YaYa, her grandma name, she loves cooking with her grandchild, Mondo, and teaching him how to make many of the recipes you can find in this very book.

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  • The Jewish Holidays

    Yosef Gabay

    The Jewish Holidays - Precursor to Redemption will fascinate the reader with challenging concepts written in an essay format presented for each Jewish holiday, Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh. Rabbi Yosef Gabay explains that, in our intricate relationship with God, man's essence is mostly defined by his deeds rather than by his theoretical knowledge. Learn More
  • The Emoji Haggadah

    Martin Bodek

    Emojis are the hieroglyphics of the 21st century, so have a blast deciphering the traditional Haggadah text written in a most untraditional format - entirely in emojis! Tips for decoding are included at the end of The Emoji Haggadah, along with the full traditional Hebrew and English Haggadah text..

    About the Author

    Martin Bodek is co-founder of TheKnish.com - a Jewish version of The Onion. He is the beat reporter for JrunnersClub.org, a Brooklyn-based organization for athletes and researches surnames for Jewishworldreview.com. He has been writing freelance for more than 15 years for The Denver Post, The Washington Times, The Jewish Press, The Huffington Post, bangitout.com and other sites and media outlets as well as Germany's only weekly Jewish newspaper, The Judische Allgemeine. He was born and raised in the wilds of Brooklyn, has worked most of his life in the badlands of New York City and settled in the jungles of northern New Jersey with his strong wife and three above average children. As you can tell, he wants to be a writer if and when he grows up.

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