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  • Ya Amna From Djerba to Israel

    Ya Amna (in Tunisian Arabic: ''Our Mother'') captures Shoshana Cohen-Levran's journey from Djerba, the Tunisian island where she was born, to Israel, where she grew up. In Israel, Shoshana's older relatives taught her the secrets of traditional Tunisian cuisine, and she became renowned for her cooking. She passed her knowledge on to her six daughters, all born in Israel. Today Shoshana is a grandmother, and she continues to cook rich meals and to transport them all over the country. Somehow, the food is always fresh and warm when it arrives.

    Fricassee with the proper rolls, brik with egg, spicy harissa, pkaila stew with mangold paste, meatballs for Shabbat--these are just some of the famous Tunisian dishes that Shoshana cooks with an expert hand, a generous heart, and a gentle spirit. This book holds the knowledge that she gathered over 70 years, and she is giving to you, her readers. Each dish in this book has been tested and tasted countless times by Shoshana and by her daughters, who helped to collect the recipes and to write them down in meticulous detail. The ingredients are simple, the instructions are easy to follow, and the results are incredible.

    Ya Amna serves up a taste of the essence of Shoshana and the Cohen family, a spirit of boundless generosity, simplicity and modesty, together with common sense and faith rooted in love and in human and female strength. This spirit is revealed in every recipe in this book, and in the stories and memories that tie them together.

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  • Pirkay Avos on Marriage

    Rabbi Reuven P. Bulka

    This book brings together two themes on which the author has previously written. In As a Tree by the Waters, which later became Chapters of the Sages, Rabbi Bulka presented a commentary on Pirkay Avos, showing how each Mishnah was linked to the previous Mishnah and the ensuing Mishnah. It was a thematic and psychological commentary.

    Later, he wrote Jewish Marriage: An Halakhic Ethic, which was a detailed analysis of marriage from an halakhic and psychological perspective.

    This present volume brings these two themes together, as Rabbi Bulka gleans vital messages concerning marriage from each Mishnah in Pirkay Avos. In a distinct manner, this book is itself a marriage of two vital themes in Jewish life.

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  • Chords of Comfort

    Rabbi Ron Isaacs

    For the past five years Rabbi Ron Isaacs has used his musical skills as a bedside musician for people in hospice.  This book chronicles some of his most memorable experiences with his patients and the lessons learned regarding the healing power of music. The experiences have profoundly inspired him to record his spiritual encounters and share with readers the healing power of music.

    Rabbi Isaacs' personal and touching vignettes on his visits to terminally ill hospice patients is a timely and needed contribution to the post-pandemic world in which we live. As society sets its gaze towards an uncertain future, I can't think of a more vital source for wisdom and guidance than the observations and commentaries of a man who has brought music and surprising joy into the lives of those who are preparing to embark to another shore. Tapping into his forty years of experience as a Rabbi, his life-long love for music, and masterful use of his warm and affable approach to people, Rabbi Isaacs demonstrates over and over how ''listening'' to the lives of others holds the promise of healing, redemption and serendipitous discoveries. Perhaps, we can all take a lesson from him and be more open to the possibilities that await us if we could be fully present to the community and world around us. --Rev. Yeong J. Bae, M.Div.,MSW Executive Director The Martin and Edith Stein Hospice

    About the Author

    Rabbi Ron Isaacs is currently the rabbi of Beth Judah Temple in Wildwood New Jersey. He is also the Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Sholom in Bridgewater New Jersey. In recent years he has used his guitar skills in his role of Chords of Comfort at  The Martin and Edith Stein Hospice, offering therapeutic music.

    A prolific author, his most recent books include Ask the Rabbi,  and Unpacking the Torah: Lessons for Everyday Living. He can be reached directly at rabbiron.com
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  • A Single Life

    Daniel Ross Goodman

    To marry, or not to marry? From a philosophical point of view, there is really no good answer to this question. ''Marry, and you will regret it,'' said the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. ''Don t marry, you will also regret it. Marry or don't marry, you will regret it either way.'' From a Jewish point of view, there is really only one appropriate answer to this question: marry.

    Houston native Eli Newman, the most learned of all his classmates at Yeshivas Chelkas Yaakov in Baltimore, would like to get married. No one, however, seems to want to marry him. Having made his peace with the prospect of becoming the first Talmudic scholar to remain a lifelong bachelor since the second-century sage Ben Azzai, Eli leaves his yeshiva community in Baltimore to take a position as a Judaic Studies teacher at a Hebrew high school in West Hartford, Connecticut. Content at last (or so he thinks), Eli meets someone who challenges his every assumption, tests all of his convictions, and who leads him on an emotional and spiritual adventure he could never have imagined in his most spellbinding dreams

    A Single Life blends a literary style and a Talmudic sensibility with the romance tradition. It addresses universal issues--racism and racial identity, religious conflict, and the persistent human quest for love--through the prism of the particular experience of a single Jewish man. Fraught with dramatic tension throughout and sprinkled with generous doses of humor and feeling, it is a timely novel with a timeless story--a story about the joys and sorrows, the pangs and torments, the doubts and dreams of romantic love.

    About the Author

    Daniel Ross Goodman is a writer, rabbi, and scholar from western Massachusetts. He writes on art, film, literature, and sports for the Washington Examiner, and his short stories have been published in over a dozen literary journals. He is also the author of Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Wonder and Religion in American Cinema. He currently lives in New York, where he is a Ph.D. candidate at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
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  • I Am for My Beloved

    David S. Ribner and Talli Y. Rosenbaum

    Forthright and frank, yet respectful and sensitive, I Am for My Beloved: A Guide to Enhanced Intimacy for Married Couples will help couples enrich their marital and sexual lives, and maintain passion and intimacy within the framework of Jewish tradition.
    Written by two Orthodox Jewish sex therapists with over 50 years combined experience, I Am for My Beloved conveys essential information about intimacy, sexual anatomy and physiology, sex within the life cycle, and Jewish values and attitudes towards sex – with an informative and practical approach. The information provided in this book will enable couples to enjoy a more open and fulfilling intimate connection, both emotionally and physically.
     

    About the Authors

    Talli Y. Rosenbaum is an individual and couple therapist and is certified as a sex therapist by The American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), as well as the Israeli Society for Sex Therapy (ISST). She cohosts the Intimate Judaism podcast and co-edited the Springer textbook entitled "The Overactive Pelvic Floor". She has authored over 40 journal articles and several book chapters on sexual pain disorders, sexual health, unconsummated marriage, and sexuality and Judaism and is an associate editor of the Sexual Medicine Reviews. Talli earned a Masters in Clinical Sociology and Counseling and a certificate in Mental Health Studies from the University of North Texas in Neve Yerushalayim.  She holds a bachelors degree in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University and before training in psychotherapy, treated patients as a physical therapist for 25 years. In addition to maintaining an active private practice, Talli is the academic advisor for Yahel: The Center for Jewish Intimacy. Talli frequently lectures both in Israel and abroad, to lay as well as professional audiences.  

    David S. Ribner earned his BA, Rabbinic Ordination, MS and MSW degree from Yeshiva University and his doctorate from Columbia University. He is the founder and chairman of the Sex Therapy Training Program, Bar-Ilan University, Israel and is certified as a sex therapist and supervisor in the U.S and Israel. He is in private practice as a sex and marital therapist in Jerusalem, has authored some 40 articles and book chapters and writes and lectures extensively on cultural sensitivity and sexuality. He is also the co-author of Et Le’ehov (A Time to Love): The Newlywed’s Guide to Physical Intimacy. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy and in addition to AASECT, is a member of the Israel Society for Sex Therapy and the International Academy for Sex Research.


    Praise for I Am For My Beloved

    “This is a wonderful book, with every chapter bringing a tremendous amount of information using clear language, illustrations, case studies, and insights from other professionals. The two professional and experienced authors share decades of valuable research and insights gleaned from their work. A worthwhile and important read.”

    –Rabbanit Nechama Goldman Barash, Yoetzet Halakha and Sex Educator

     

    “David Ribner's and Talli Rosenbaum's new book, I Am for My Beloved, is a masterful educational guide in sexuality for a Jewish couple.”

    –Rabbi Simcha Feuerman, LCSW-R, President Emeritus, Nefesh International

     

    “The present work by David Ribner and Talli Rosenbaum is an important resource for religious Jews who seek to understand the essentials and nuances of sexuality and sexual intimacy through the lens of their tradition. The book's presentation is sophisticated, accessible, practical, scientifically current, religiously sensitive, and wise.”

    –Nachum (Andrew) Klafter M.D., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

     

    “Ribner and Rosenbaum have written an extraordinary book, filled with the authors’ special blend of profound religious and clinical wisdom. It is destined to become a classic for Jewish couples seeking to enrich and deepen marital intimacy at every stage throughout the life cycle.”

    –Peggy J. Kleinplatz, Ph.D., Director of Sex and Couples Therapy Training, University of Ottawa

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  • Modeh Ani

    Rabbi Reuven P. Bulka

    Modeh Ani is all about gratitude, and so much more. Discover the hidden but powerful layers of meaning contained in the twelve words that comprise Modeh Ani, in this fascinating study. Your Modeh Ani, or Modah Ani, will never be the same.

    About the Author
    Rabbi Reuven P. Bulka is Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Machzikei Hadas in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He is the author of close to 40 books, chairs the Trillium Gift of Life Network, and is President/CEO of Kind Canada Généreux. Together with his wife Leah, they are grateful for their children in many generations, all of whom say Modeh Ani or Modah Ani every day.

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  • Jewish Marriage

    Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka C.M.

    This book was the first comprehensive manual to deal with all facets of marriage within a halakhic framework. It was informed by the author's experience as an orthodox rabbi and psychologist specializing in marriage issues. Included are chapters dealing with the dating experience, the place of love in life and marriage, the ethics and goals of marriage, marital harmony, conjugal relations in theory and practice, and what happens when the marriage encounters difficulties. This valuable work formulates basic guidelines and gives advice for the development of a sound marriage. It also contains comprehensive notes anchoring the text to authentic Jewish tradition, and incorporates observations from the world of psychology.

    This highly acclaimed guide to marriage has now been reprinted for the first time, and includes an additional chapter on second marriages.

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  • 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
  • Reaching for Sinai

    Bnai and Bnot Mitzvah guide Learn More
  • The Shidduch Crisis

    Michael J. Salamon Ph.D.

    The Shidduch Crisis: Causes and Cures takes a hard, honest look at the real difficulties faced by the dating public in today’s Orthodox world. With the rates of divorce and eating disorders rising, complaints regarding the shortage of men and the move away from socializing activities to the extensive use of third-party matchmakers, a true crisis exists and may be worsening. In this book, the author explores these issues, particularly those related to how matches are made. He finds that most are made based on availability, not compatibility, and on superficial criteria that have no relevance to what truly makes a marriage successful. Citing relevant data from the fields of psychology, sociology, and neurology, along with a host of anecdotes from a wide range of people, Dr. Salamon, a well-known psychologist, author, and lecturer, provides guidelines to help alleviate this crisis.

    Dr. Salamon looks at the lists of criteria, the questions that people ask and the expectations for a mate that have developed over the last several years within the shidduch (matchmaking for marriage) process, and shows how they are counter-intuitive for forming healthy marriages. He also shows how much of what passes for background checking, in fact, may be lashon ha-ra (tale bearing). But most importantly, Dr. Salamon provides real suggestions for going beyond the physical, superficial standards that have contributed to a developing shidduch crisis. He advocates an approach where a measure of personal maturity is returned to those who are dating and makes the case for alleviating the external pressures on the dating couple.

    About the Author:

    Michael J. Salamon, Ph.D., FPPR, has worked with the Jewish communities of the Greater New York area for more than two decades. He has been at the forefront of influencing the Jewish community to acknowledge and deal with the challenges it faces, including dating and relationship issues, substance and alcohol abuse, eating and other disorders relating to body image issues, and physical abuse. Dr. Salamon is a sought after speaker by synagogues, yeshivas, and Jewish communal institutions throughout the United States. He is the author of many assessment tools including the Life Satisfaction Scale and the Addiction Dependency Scale, as well as the book Home or Nursing Home: Making the Right Choice. He has presented more than 100 papers at national and international conferences.

    Dr. Salamon is the founder and director of the Adult Developmental Center, Inc., a comprehensive psychological consulting practice in Hewlett, NY. He empowers individuals and families to cope with the various psychological challenges that arise throughout the life span. Among his areas of specialization are substance abuse and alcoholism counseling, crisis management, child, family, and marital counseling, therapeutic interventions, and gerontology.

    Dr. Michael Salamon received his doctorate in psychology from Hofstra University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America’s Behavioral and Social Sciences Section and a board certified Diplomate- Fellow Prescribing Psychologist Register.

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