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  • Unsevered

    Chaya Hudie Moskovits

    “We, the undersigned, promise…”

    “Chaim’ke, remember that you are a Yid! Don’t forget, Chaim’ke!”

    A group of cheder-boys-turned-soldiers seal a pact. Can they stay true to their word, despite the impossible circumstances?

    Chaim’ke and Srulik Segal, twin brothers, are forcibly separated. Can they remain connected, despite the great physical distance between them?

    During the 1840s, the Cantonist Decree hung over the Jewish communities in Russia like a hangman’s noose. The struggle to remain faithful to Yiddishkeit was both an external and an internal challenge that the Cantonists faced daily. Many did not survive physically, while others weakened their resolve and converted, to be forever lost to the Jewish nation. It was practically impossible for a boy to live through the horrors of the cantons and remain faithful to his heritage.

    However, with emunah in the Basheffer, one can achieve the impossible.

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  • Kalman's Big Questions

    Ziona Greenwald

    We don’t always understand why things happen as they do. When Moshiach comes, we’ll have the answers... That’s the promise of “Teiku.”

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  • Four Rabbis at Lunch

    Dov Peretz Elkins

    Many people want to know what rabbis talk about when they know that no layperson is listening. Four Rabbis At Lunch provides a fictional attempt at replicating some of these intimate, no layperson present conversations by listening in on four rabbis as they meet for their weekly lunch. 

     About the Author

    Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins is a nationally known lecturer, educator, workshop leader, author, and book critic, and is a popular speaker on the Jewish circuit. Rabbi Elkins is a recipient of the National Jewish Book Award and is the author of over fifty books. His Chicken Soup For The Jewish Soul was on the NY Times best-seller list. His most recent books are Jewish Stories from Heaven and Earth: Inspiring Tales to Nourish the Heart and SoulTales of the RighteousSimple Actions for Jews to Help Green the PlanetHeart and Scroll: Inspiring Stories from the MastersIn the Spirit: Insights for Spiritual Renewal in the 21st Century; and For Those Left Behind: A Jewish Anthology of Comfort and Healing.

    Praise for Four Rabbis At Lunch:

    “What do rabbis discuss when they get together in private? Dov Peretz Elkins, a rabbi of many years and a writer, makes that question the intriguing basis for his new novel, Four Rabbis at Lunch.”

    Professor Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College

     

    Four Rabbis at Lunch is a marvelous discussion sprinkled with seriousness, humor and a great amount of important information about what rabbis have to deal with whatever their denomination and struggles. Much to learn from, to have a good laugh, and think what Judaism is all about and why it is of crucial importance.”

    Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo, author of Jewish Law as Rebellion

     

    “Based on his lifetime of experience in the Conservative rabbinate, Dov Peretz Elkins invites readers to eavesdrop as four fictional rabbis – Conservative, Orthodox and Reform – gather weekly to converse and schmooze. Major issues that rabbis face in their work – everything from intermarriage and Israel to circumcision and sex – fill out these conversations, which are punctuated by learning, humor and practical wisdom. More eye-opening than any sermon, this is a guide to what rabbis really talk about among themselves.”

    Professor Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University

     

    “Through the lunch-table conversation of four imaginary rabbis, Four Rabbis at Lunch offers the reader an original perspective on the Jewish community and Jewish religious leadership in our time by a master rabbi drawing on his decades of experience in the Jewish community.”

    Professor Raymond Scheindlin, Jewish Theological Seminary

     

    “Rabbi Elkins has written a book that richly reflects his many years on the pulpit. His liberal Conservative perspective is balanced by other rabbinic voices he has created. The result is a book that teaches his valuable Torah in an engaging and charming way.”

    Rabbi David A. Teutsch, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

     

    “The rabbis may be fictional, but the brilliant Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins is sharing truths stranger and more meaningful than fiction. If you’ve ever wondered how rabbis make decisions, grab this book. You’ll find it hard to put down!”

    Professor Ron Wolfson, American Jewish University

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  • A Lodging Place in the Wilderness

    Gilit Chomski

    On one fateful night in a hotel near the silent shores of the Dead Sea a baby is born. Who is the father? His mother refuses to disclose, but every year the child is invited to recreate there on his birthday, hoping he would meet him. Every year a regular, seemingly random, group is being comprised and accompanies the child as he develops.

    When a parcel appears at the hotel with an amulet and regret letters, the child knows his entire world is about to change. and not only his own.

    ''A Lodging Place in the Wilderness'' is a gentle and magical story about parenthood, love and family, about choice and destiny and of the numerous ways one has to go home.

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  • The Queen & The Spymaster

    Sandra E. Rapoport

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    She was queen of all Persia, beautiful and mysterious. In a royal court rife with intrigue, she was also the ultimate coup for a spymaster: she was perfectly placed to influence the most powerful king in the ancient Near East. Only when her people faced certain genocide was the Bible's highest-placed sleeper agent activated.

    In The Queen & The Spymaster, a novel based on the story of Esther, award-winning author and scholar Sandra E. Rapoport, inspired by midrashic legends, hews to the ancient text while imagining the suspenseful, gripping and ultimately triumphant backstory of the unlikely heroes of Xerxes' Persia.

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  • Forever One

    Chani Altein

    Leah Goldberg and Tzippy Weiss are popular seniors whose parents run competing kiruv organizations. When their high school merge, the two girls become classmates, and old animosities quickly surface, turning their classroom into a battleground between them and their friends. Only one girl, Leora Weinstein, seems bothered by the tension. She makes several attempts to create peace, but when all of them fail, her discouragement leads her to take drastic measures. Catastrophe ensues, and as Leah and Tzippy pray for their friend's survival, they wonder - is there any way the two of them can set aside their differences to make Leora's dream a reality? Learn More
  • Tip of the Iceberg

    F.H. Einhorn

    Precisely one hundred years after the Titanic sank in the Atlantic, facts and memories resurface. In this heart-wrenching historical novel, Esther Hoffer's childhood is laid to rest on the ocean floor, along with the glamorous Titanic. Memories haunt her, poking their blame-laden fingers at her as she attempts to build a new life. Making the transition from Plawo, Poland, to Manhattan, New York, would be difficult for anyone, but for Esther it is nearly impossible. Courage and cowardice. Bravery and betrayal. Guilt grows on both sides of the Atlantic. Can they escape its clutches? Learn More
  • No Ordinary Yarmulka

    Dawn Wilensky

    Holden’s incredible journey through Jewish history begins when he tries on a yarmulke at Yentl’s Judaic Treasures, but what other surprises does the mysterious shopkeeper have in store for him as he prepares for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah? Learn More
  • Let My Rv Go

    Nicole Nathan

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    It's nearly Passover. Two families are driving to Florida laden with frozen brisket and enough matzoh to feed the entire Panhandle. But angst slips onto Pauline Berkovitz's lap in the form of a package: a mysterious box of matzoh with a name but no address. To find the rightful owner, Pauline must hone her inner trust and veer off course, yet deliver her motley convoy to their destination in time for the Seder. Ever had Passover in an RV? Hop aboard and celebrate with a twist.
    Let My RV Go! is an honest, humorous and refreshing account of one woman's search for meaning even if it requires turning her life upside down and tearing out the kitchen sink.


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  • Legends of Chinese Jews

    Xu Xin

    This book gives readers a fascinating look at the legends and oral tradition in general of the unique Jews of Kaifeng, China.

    The community lived in peaceful existence with their Chinese neighbors and developed a truly distinct culture.

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