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  • Rediscovering Judaism

    Kerry Olitzky

    Equips Bar/Bat Mitzvah students and their families with important information religious milestone. Learn More
  • Every Day I Bless You

    Norman J. Fried

    Though the days of shiva are seven, containing a distinct beginning and a certain end, the days of our mourning continue on indefinitely, always searching for resolution. How we manage through our days, and the lessons we learn along the way, are our perpetual bounty to work with toward growth and understanding. Every Day I Bless You introduces the many lessons that shiva can teach by bringing the reader into the house, the heart, and the mind of one who grieves. In addition, it offers essential and healing insights gleaned from the Torah and current psychological thought on grief and bereavement.
    While the lessons we learn vary for each of us, one theme resounds throughout: Man "in need" seeks God, and God, through grief, seeks man. Like the "beloved" in Song of Songs who stands at the front of his lover's tent and says "Open to me" (Songs 5:2), God stands before us, concealed, but never far away. This theme is at the very heart of Every Day I Bless You. For when we are lost in the midst of a despairing world, it is our grieving spirit that leads us to a healing encounter with God.


    About the Author

    Norman J. Fried, Ph.D., is past director of psycho-social services for the Cancer Center for Kids and the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Winthrop University in Long Island, New York. A clinical psychologist with graduate degrees from Emory University, he has also taught in the medical schools of New York University and St. John's University, and has been a fellow in clinical and pediatric psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fried is a Disaster Mental Health Specialist for The American Red Cross of Greater New York, and he has a private practice in grief and bereavement counseling in Long Island. He is the author of the acclaimed The Angel Letters: Lessons that Dying Can Teach Us About Living (Ivan R. Dee Press, 2007). Dr. Fried is married with three sons and lives in Roslyn, New York.


    Praise for Every Day I Bless You


    In this beautifully written book, Dr. Norman Fried brings deep insights to the nature of the healing process provided by shiva. Based on his personal journey during the shiva for his mother, Dr. Fried presents a brilliant integration of psychological and Jewish thinking about grief, loss, and acceptance. The readers of this book will benefit from the wisdom garnered by Dr. Fried in his decades of experience as a respected psychologist who has provided solace and therapy to those facing end-of-life issues. I strongly recommend this book to anybody seeking a deeper understanding of the growth process and healing powers of the experience of Jewish ritual and thought.
    ~ David Pelcovitz, Ph.D., Yeshiva University, New York

    In this emotionally moving and powerful book, Dr. Fried takes the reader on a spiritual journey of coping. He invites the reader into his heart and mind as he reports his observations and responses during the traditional and religious mourning process of shiva. More importantly, he provides meaningful guidance for people of all faiths and helps them to find strategies and strength to carry on."
    ~ Gerald P. Koocher, Ph.D., Children's Hospital Harvard Medical School, Boston; Past President of the American Psychological Association

    Dr. Norman Fried's latest book Every Day I Bless You, is a thought-provoking and accessible volume that contains solid Judaic scholarship and flashes of psychological brilliance. It is a guide for those who struggle in the roiling waters and tears of the shiva period. His insights into the nuances of the human condition and man's existential challenges are presented with clarity and conviction. We look forward to more works from this truly gifted author."
    ~ Rabbi David Etengoff, Magen David Yeshiva

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  • Journey to Heaven

    Leila Leah Bronner

    What happens when we die? Does the soul die with the body? Is there a possibility of life after death? Throughout human history, every civilization – and probably every individual – has asked these questions. In this fascinating and accessible volume, Dr. Leila Leah Bronner explores Judaism’s teachings about the afterlife. 

    Journey to Heaven invites readers to rediscover some of the basic tenets of Jewish belief concerning the hereafter, resurrection, immortality, judgment, messianism, and the World to Come. Starting with the Bible’s references to Sheol and allusions to resurrection, this comprehensive survey explores immortality and bodily resurrection in Second Temple literature; the Mishnah’s discussions of olam ha-ba, the World to Come, and how to merit entering it; and the Talmud’s depictions of Gan Eden (paradise), Gehinnom (hell), and the soul’s journey through these metaphysical landscapes. Bronner also explores the views of medieval scholars such as Maimonides and Nahmanides, Jewish mystical teachings about reincarnation, and modern views of faith and belief. A separate chapter is devoted to views about the Messiah over the course of Jewish history. 

    Bronner demonstrates that the afterlife is indeed a vital part of Judaism, as she reveals how generations of Jews, from Biblical times to the present, have grappled with its core ideas and beliefs about the hereafter. 

    About the Author

    Leila Leah Bronner is a noted scholar who formerly served as Professor of Bible and Jewish History at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has also been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, Bar Ilan University in Israel, and Yeshiva University’s Institute of Adult Studies in New York. She is the author of numerous books, including Eve to Esther: Rabbinic Reconstructions of Biblical Women, Stories of Elijah and Elisha, Sects and Separatism During the Second Jewish Commonwealth, Biblical Personalities and Archaeology, and Stories of Biblical Mothers: Maternal Power in the Hebrew Bible. Dr. Bronner lives with her husband in Los Angeles, where she devotes much of her time to teaching and writing. 

     



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  • The Third How- To Handbook for Jewish Living

    Kerry Olitzky

    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 One and Second 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.
    The Third How-To Handbook intends to help readers with these new challenges. Learn More
  • Rites of Passage

    Ronald Pressman Isaacs

    Traditional life cycle ceremonies Learn More
  • A Woman's Mitzvah

    Meira Svirsky

    Based on the lectures of Rav Yitzchak Berkovits, ''A Woman's Mitzvah'' provides a clear and beautifully written explanation of the principles, details and practical application of the laws of Taharat Hamishpacha (family purity). Halachic (Jewish legal) sources are given in the footnotes, and interesting background and historical information is included. In order to suit the needs of a wide spectrum of teachers and students of the subject, clear definitions between Halacha (law), Minchag (tradition) and Chumrah (stringencies) are given.

    About the Author

    Miera Svirsky came to Israel in 1984 after leaving a career in journalism. She studied under the guidance of Rav Yitzchak Berkovits at EYAHT, Eish HaTorah's Jewish Studies College for Women. 

    Meira has become a reknowned author and lecturer on the topics of family purity and women's issues in Judaism. She received a Bachelor's of Art in philosophy from the University of Michigan and a Master's of Art in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin.

    Miera lives with her husband and children in Jerusalem's Old City

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  • Lifetime Companion to the Laws of Jewish Family Life

    Deena Zimmerman

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    A Lifetime Companion to the Laws of Jewish Family Life was written to help married -- or about to be married -- couples of all ages learn the halachot of taharat hamishpachah, the laws of Jewish marital life. In addition, particular emphasis was placed on achieving an understanding of the interplay between Jewish law and women’s health issues throughout the life cycle. 

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  • Kaddish, Women's Voices

    52 Authors

    Michal Smart and Barbara Ashkenas

    2013 National Jewish Book Award -- For centuries, Jews have turned to the Mourner’s Kaddish prayer upon experiencing a loss. This groundbreaking book explores what the recitation of Kaddish has meant specifically to women. With courage and generosity, 52 authors from around the world reflect upon their experiences of mourning. Learn More
  • When Your Jewish Child Asks Why

    40 questions asked by Jewish children, answered by reowned rabbis, religious educators and developmental experts. Learn More

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