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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
  • 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

  • Pardes Moshe

    Moshe Eichhorn

    How is Chanukah connected to the Creation of the world? Why do we tie the left shoe first? What is the difference between Moshiach ben Yosef and Moshiach ben Dovid? How does the water of a mikvah purify? What was the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden? Why do we cut a child’s hair at 3 years of age? What is the purpose of shaking the lulav?

    Living the Jewish Holidays explores these topics and more in a manner that brings the centuries old traditions to life. The manna and Lag BaOmer, the connection between Tu B’Shvat and Tu B’Av, the judgment of Shavuos, and Purim’s walled cities, are yet a few more examples how our every day lives are shaped by a rich history and G-d given responsibility to observe and practice the Jewish holidays.

    Incumbent upon every Jew is the obligation to learn G-d’s commandments so that one may observe them in a more profound manner. Jewish traditions are not meant to simply relive the experiences of our forefathers, but rather, to instill in us the same experience as we live today. Living the Jewish Holidays is an analysis of various traditions and rituals of the Jewish Holidays throughout the year, in the hope of providing the reader with an introduction to a deeper and more meaningful practice.

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  • Silver from the Land of Israel

    Chanan Morrison

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    National Jewish Book Award 2010 Finalist Winner in the category of Modern Jewish Thought and Experience
    Because of their poetic and mystical nature, Rav Kook's writings are difficult even for readers who are fluent in Hebrew and rabbinic texts. Silver from the Land of Israel uses a clear, succinct style to provide the reader with a window into Rav Kook's original and creative insights.
    Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook (1865–1935), the celebrated first Chief Rabbi of pre-state Israel, is recognized as being among the most important Jewish thinkers. Just as his writings reflect the mystic's search for underlying unity in all aspects of life and the world, his unique personality united a rare combination of talents and gifts. A prominent rabbinical authority and active public leader, Rav Kook was, at the same time, a deeply religious mystic. He was both Talmudic scholar and poet, original thinker and tzaddik.
    A companion volume to Gold from the Land of Israel on the Torah, this book presents Rav Kook's thoughts on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. It elucidates his views on many topics, including:
    What is the inner meaning of the shofar blasts?
    Why are we instructed to drink on Purim?
    What were Rav Kook's views on secular Zionism?
    What is the role of art and literature?
    Why do we need both an oral and written Torah?
    Why must the Jewish calendar be set in the land of Israel?
    Why does a Jewish king need his own sefer Torah?
    In what way is the Shabbat like a bride?
    Why do we not celebrate Chanukah with a festive meal?
    Why is the Temple so important to us?

    About the Author

    After graduating with a B.A. in mathematics from Yeshiva University (New York), Rabbi Chanan Morrison studied for several years at Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav, the Jerusalem yeshiva founded by Rav Kook in 1924. He was ordained after completing rabbinical studies in the Ohr Torah Stone (Efrat) and Midrash Sephardi (Jerusalem) rabbinical seminaries.
    Rabbi Morrison taught Jewish studies for several years in Harrisburg, PA, before returning to Israel. He and his family subsequently settled in Mitzpe Yericho, an Israeli community in the Judean Desert.
    In an effort to maintain contact with former students, Rabbi Morrison began emailing articles on the weekly Torah portion based on Rav Kook's writings. Over the years, this email list grew quickly and now reaches thousands of readers from all over the world. Rabbi Morrison is frequently featured in the Torah section of the Arutz Sheva website, and his work can be read on his own website at His first book of essays of Rav Kook's writings, Gold from the Land of Israel, was published by Urim Publications in 2006.

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  • Rejoice in Your Festivals: Penetrating Insights into Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot

    Tzvi Dov Kanotopsky

    David A. Zomick

    Thirty eight previously unpublished sermons of Rabbi Zvi Dov Kanotopsky, a brilliant disciple of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik, and a dynamic orator and communal leader. At once timeless and timely, many 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 the miraculous Israeli victories against the Arab armies. Each chapter provides valuable insight and inspiration to help us address the complex challenges we face today as a people and as individuals. Learn More
  • Simply Delicious: Classic Kosher Cooking

    Sara Finkel

    When it comes to cooking, there's a lot we want. We want easy, foolproof recipes we can whip up in a hurry. We want to serve healthy food that will nourish our families. We want delicious dishes that will become family favorites. Sara Finkel's latest cookbook, 'Classic Kosher Cooking: Simply Delicious' delivers it all.

    Using easy techniques, basic equipment, and ingredients you're bound to have in your kitchen, Sara Finkel helps you create mouthwatering meals in a hurry. An expert cook, she combines decades of practical experience with vast culinary knowledge to create a tantalizing collection of classic and contemporary recipes.

    Here's a taste of what's inside:

    • Delicious dishes for Shabbos, every day, & holidays
    • Over 300 tried-and-tested recipes
    • Excellent and elegant holiday menus
    • Invaluable section on microwave cooking
    • Expert articles on nutrition and tradition
    • Helpful tips and handy hints

    Sara Finkel's first cookbook, 'Classic Kosher Cooking', has been a bestseller and all-time favorite in Jewish homes throughout the world. This wonderful collection of new recipes offers the same ease of preparation and spectacular results that made her first book famous. Whether you're a novice cook looking for good recipes that never fail, or an accomplished chef seeking fresh ideas, you'll find 'Classic Kosher Cooking: Simply Delicious' a virtual treasure trove.

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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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