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  • Orthodox Forum # 19

    Toward a Renewed Ethic of Jewish Philanthropy

    Yossi Prager

    The essential premise of this book is that recent decades have brought about social and economic changes within the Jewish community generally, and Orthodoxy in particular, that generate a need to revisit issues relating to Jewish charity and philanthropy. The collection of articles in this book, written for and discussed at the 2008 Orthodox Forum, attempts to provide the background for a renewed ethic of Jewish charitable giving by examining the current reality through the lens of sociology, history, Jewish public policy and halacha.

     

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  • A Time to Speak

    Martin Stern

    Martin Stern does not mince words with those who seek to dilute the beauty that Judaism has to offer. This book looks at an array of subjects pertaining to Jewish life and thought, including the importance of decorum in the synagogue, the correct response to missionaries, balancing piety with derech eretz, and much more.

    You may agree or disagree vehemently about any number of topics he discusses. But one thing is certain: You won’t be bored by the insights of this eclectic defense of Judaism.

    About the Author

    Martin Stern is a staunch advocate for Orthodox Judaism and for the State of Israel in the general media. He is a former mathematics lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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  • Living in the Shadow of Death

    Rabbi Stuart G. Weinblatt

    A heartfelt account of how Rabbi Weinblatt confronts cancer after receiving this devastating diagnosis, this memoir traces his journey from beginning to end. It deals with his emotions, fears, and treatment and offers comfort, encouragement, and inspiration from a Jewish perspective. Using humor and coupling it with the wisdom of Jewish and Biblical sources as reflected in his sermons and other communications and writings, his words are a vehicle for sharing his experience and insights as he battles this disease. As a comforter to others, as well as a recipient of comfort, support, and love from family, friends, and members of his congregation, this book is also a valuable tool for clergy and health care professionals who interact with and counsel individuals in similar situations. Learn More
  • Seventy Faces

    Volume 2

    Norman Lamm

    Each book of the two volume set is a compendium of 60 articles and lectures written and delivered over a period of 50 years. The articles are divided into l0 sections.
    These articles offer the reader a felicitous entree into Dr. Lamm's thoughts and feelings on some of the most significant issues in our era. It also provides insights into the evolution of the viewpoints of one of the most prominent and influential Jewish thinkers of our time.
    Volume 1 includes Modern Orthodoxy, Faith, Community, Morality and Family and Education.
    Volume 2 includes Halakhah (Jewish Law), Holidays, the Rabbinate, Zionism, and the Holocaust.
    These articles offer the reader a felicitous entree into Dr. Lamm's thoughts and feelings on some of the most significant issues in our era. It also provides insights into the evolution of the viewpoints of one of the most prominent and influential Jewish thinkers of our time. Learn More
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    Majesty and Humility

    Reuven Ziegler

    Jacob J. Schacter

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    Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik was not only one of the outstanding Talmudists and religious leaders of the twentieth century, but also one of its most creative and seminal Jewish thinkers. This comprehensive study of Rabbi Soloveitchik's religious philosophy offers a broad perspective and balanced understanding of his work. By interpreting and analyzing both individual essays and overarching themes in an accessible and engaging manner, it uncovers the depth, majesty and fascination of his thought.
    "Rabbi Soloveitchik was well-known and highly respected for his original mind and charismatic personality, his intimate knowledge of the totality of Jewish tradition and mastery of Western philosophy, his intense fealty to the mesorah combined with a real openness to the best in the surrounding world, his radical intellectual honesty and demanding search for truth, his dazzling intellect and total lack of pretense, his extraordinary power of self-revelation and deep-seated sense of privacy, his courage to blaze his own trail and do what he felt was right even when it was not easy." ~ From the Foreword by Rabbi Dr. J.J. Schachter
    What needs to endure for the future is the substance of his ideas, the compelling nature of his teachings, and the content of his Torah. And for this we express deep and profound gratitude to Rabbi Reuven Ziegler. Rabbi Ziegler has devoted many years to studying the works of the Rav and we are the beneficiaries of his wisdom and his efforts He has done a masterful job in formulating the teachings and world-view of the Rav in a clear, organized, thoughtful and comprehensive way. Through a careful analysis of the many works of the Rav, Rabbi Ziegler has succeeded in explicating his complex ideas and complicated language in a comprehensible manner and making them accessible to a wide audience interested in more fully understanding and appreciating the world of this spiritual and intellectual giant of Torah. Moving from theme to theme and through essay after essay in the Rav's multi-faceted oeuvre, and with complete mastery of the growing secondary literature on his subject, Rabbi Ziegler's careful and sensitive analysis is extraordinarily insightful, highly compelling and exceptionally well-done. The world of Rabbi Soloveitchik the person has been lost, but the world of Rabbi Soloveitchik the thinker, author and teacher has been gracefully and magnificently preserved.




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  • Covenantal Imperatives

    Walter S. Wurzburger

    Eliezer L. Jacobs and Shalom Carmy

    Covenantal Imperatives, a collection of essays selected from the nearly six decades of Rabbi Walter Wurzburger's illustrious career, combines the author’s mastery of Halakhah with a deep understanding of Jewish philosophy. Covering topics ranging from cooperation with non-Orthodox branches of Judaism, the Sabbath, and his concept of modern Orthodoxy, Rabbi Wurzburger’s essays are a true representation of the work of an original thinker and leader in the American Jewish community.

    About the Author

    Rabbi Walter S. Wurzburger, Ph.D. (1920–2002), a distinguished leader and teacher in the Jewish community for nearly sixty years, was a vital force in modern Orthodox thought. He taught philosophy at Yeshiva University for thirty-five years and held rabbinic posts in Boston and Toronto prior to leading Congregation Shaaray Tefila in Lawrence, New York from 1967 to 1994, remaining rabbi emeritus until his death. 

    During his quarter-century as the Editor of Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought, he helped shape the agenda of the modern Orthodox community and elevated its ideological discourse significantly. Rabbi Wurzburger served as the President of the Rabbinical Council of America, the Rabbinical Council of Canada and the Synagogue Council of America. He is the author of two books: Ethics of Responsibility: Pluralistic Approaches to Covenantal Ethics and God Is Proof Enough. He also co-edited A Treasury of Tradition. 

    Rabbi Wurzburger, who received rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and remained one of his most faithful students, was ordained at Yeshiva University and received his MA and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is survived by Naomi, his wife of fifty-five years, and their children and grandchildren. 


    About the Editors

    Rabbi Shalom Carmy, who teaches Jewish studies and philosophy at Yeshiva University, is an Editor of the series Me-Otzar ho-Rav: Selected Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Rabbi Carmy is also the Editor of Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought. 

    A graduate of Rutgers University, Eliezer Jacobs attended Yeshivat Sha’arei Mevaseret Zion in Israel. Eliezer works as a public relations consultant and lives in New York City.

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  • Prophecies for the Era of Muslim Terror

    Rabbi Menachem Kohen

    See where & how Torah prophesied:

    - The attack on the Twin Towers (date & number of buildings)
    - The unrelenting efforts to dismantle Jewish Israel
    - The invasions of Afghanistan & Iraq by Coalition forces
    - Saddam Hussein's fall from power and its year
    - Operation Desert Storm (the code-name & combatants)

    Dozens of actualized prophecies are discussed in this unusual book. In a comprehensive manner, this book treats the real issues behind: the long-standing Arab-Israeli quagmire & the increasing number of Muslim terror wars worldwide. Many authors have analyzed the volatile situation in the Middle East, but Rabbi Menachem Kohen's book is unique because startling documentation is presented from sources that are usually overlooked from Torah, as well as from participants and eyewitnesses.

    Many books have been published on the topic, but few from the perspective of Torah prophecy. Rabbi Kohen clearly demonstrates that: World events are not coincidental or haphazard & the Almighty is intervening in accordance with that which has already been recorded as prophecy. This is an electrifying book that will be read again and again, because it will also bolster spirits during these unbelievably terrifying times.

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  • MeOtzar HoRav: Selected Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik # 01

    Family Redeemed

    Joseph B. Soloveitchik

    The essays in this volume focus on family relationships--between husbands and wives, parents and children. The analyses are rooted in a theory of personality which emerges from the Rav's brilliant interpretations of biblical, talmudic, midrashic, kabbalistic and halakhic texts, as well as from his command of Western philosophy and literature.

    "The lonely person yearns on the one hand to join another real person, to fill his life with the essence of another real life which has been summoned by God into his service, and, on the other hand, to create a new life to whose growth and development the lonely individual commits himself a priori fully and unreservedly.
    "Two lonely individuals with their urge to love commit themselves to creativity in order to love someone who will emerge in the course of time as a new member of the small community they founded together. This someone, as yet hidden in the recesses of the anonymity of non-being, gives purpose and meaning to the community and helps father and mother to find themselves and their exact position in the creation." ~ excerpted from Family Redeemed

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  • KTAV # 2

    Song of Teshuvah: A Commentary on Rav Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook's Oros HaTeshuvah - Volume 2

    Volume 2

    Moshe Weinberger

    Adapted by Yaacov Dovid Shulman
    Includes the original Hebrew text of Oros HaTeshuvah, a new translation into English by Yaacov Dovid Shulman, and commentary in English from Rabbi Moshe Weinberger.
    "Teshuvah - repentance - does not come to embitter life but to sweeten it."
    HaRav Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook wrote these inspiring words in Oros HaTeshuvah, a work in which he delivers the message that teshuvah is not a somber process of self-deprivation but a joyful journey back to Hashem and to the core of who we are.
    When Oros HaTeshuvah was published in 1925, it was immediately accepted as a classic of Jewish thought and hailed for its brilliance of ideas, warmth of feeling, depth of psychological insight, holiness of spirit and mastery of Torah knowledge.
    However, because of the difficulty of its language and the profusion of its exalted concepts, Oros HaTeshuvah has remained for many a sealed book.
    Now Rav Moshe Weinberger, Mara D'Asra of Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, New York, has composed a commentary that reveals the treasures embedded within Oros HaTeshuvah. Based on an extensive knowledge of Jewish philosophical and inspirational literature, Rav Weinberger's commentary is profound, moving and fresh, richly explicating Oros HaTeshuvah's ideas in a clear and accessible but not superficial manner. His masterful expositions on a variety of topics (such as the difference between depression and a broken heart) are both lucid and invigorating.
    This book will fulfill the hopes of those who are looking for a holy text written in a contemporary style that will inspire them to renew their spiritual passions, strengthen their religious commitments and energize their personal growth.
    About the Author:
    With his genuine warmth and obvious love for Klal Yisrael, Rav Moshe Weinberger - founder and Mara D'Asra of Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, NY - has been imparting clarity and spiritual meaning to his congregants and talmidim across the world for over thirty years.
    A captivating speaker and master educator, Rav Weinberger combines his encyclopedic grasp of Gemara, halachah, chassidus, machshavah and mussar with gentle inspiration and practical guidance.
    In this way, he conveys the teachings of YiddishkeIt's greatest teachers with a unique brand of expression that helps people from all walks of life satiate their thirst for knowledge and attain a deeper intimacy in their avodas Hashem.
    Over 2,900 of Rav Weinberger's shiurim are available in MP3 format for download at www.ravmosheweinberger.com.
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  • History of Jewish Mysticism

    Ernst Mueller

    A comprehensive, yet concise survey of the historical development of Jewish mysticism in both its devotional, or practical side, and its intellectual, or speculative side, along three lines (theological, psychological and ethical) throughout four clear epochs (the biblical period; the period of old Jewish esoteric teaching; the period of the Kabbalah proper, with a very clear explanation of the Zohar; and the era of Hassidism). The book's final chapter includes brief mention of the non-Jewish movements similar to the Kabbalah. Learn More

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