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  • Honeycombs

    Rabbi Reuven P. Bulka, C. M. and Rikki (Bulka) Ash

    ...What follows is an eye-opening and perception altering understanding of the Amidah. Davening, praying, will never be the same. Hopefully, it will be much more meaningful and impactful. ~From the prelude Learn More
  • Tiferet Yisrael

    Volume 1 - Introduction and Chapters 1-9 The Maharal of Prague (HaRav Yeuda Loew)

    Rabbi Ramon Widmonte

    The famed Maharal of Prague, a 16th-century mystic, is known for the legend of the Golem, but his Torah scholarship has remained a closed book to English speakers for far too long. While several attempts have been made to translate or abridge the Maharal’s Torah, the complexity of his thought has defied standard translation methodologies. This edition of the Tiferet Yisrael (the Splendor of Israel) seeks to present the Maharal’s thought in all its majesty and to enable beginners and scholars alike to grasp the overall structure of the Maharal’s concepts through the addition of innovative summaries and graphical aids. In the work, the Maharal contemplates questions of Jewish life, such as:
    - How can there be ritually observant Jews who behave immorally?
    - What is the reason for performing Mitzvot (commandments)?
    - Is there any relevance or meaning to performing Mitzvot if one doesn’t understand God’s reasons for commanding them?
    - What is the path to self-fulfillment?
    The translation is lucid and faithful, with in-line comments to guide the reader in exploring the Maharal’s depths.

    This volume contains the complete Hebrew text of Tiferet Yisrael together with a full and parallel English translation, as well as commentary in English and sources. The text is complemented by an informative introduction which includes an historical overview. In addition, there is a unique graphical summary of every chapter which allows the reader to immediately grasp the structure and overarching ideas in an integrated fashion.


    The Maharal of Prague was an important 16th-century Talmudic scholar, Jewish mystic, and philosopher who served as a leading rabbi in the cities of Mikulov in Moravia and Prague in Bohemia.

    Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Rabbi Ramon Widmonte attended Yeshivat Har Etzion in Alon Shvut, Israel, where he was privileged to learn from Rabbi Yehuda Amital, z”l, Rabbi Aaron Lichtenstein, z”l and Rabbi Mosheh Lichtenstein, shlit”a. He also holds a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. He directs Mizrachi South Africa and is the co-founder and Dean of the Academy of Jewish Thought and Learning (www.TheAcademy.org.za), a cutting-edge adult education program. Rabbi Widmonte and his wife, Julie, are blessed with three children, Batya Chaya, Yonatan Ya’akov Yitzchak and Aryeh Tzvi. You can read more of Rabbi Widmonte’s writings on the website, www.RavRamon.net.

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  • Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik Vol. 7

    Volume VII

    Aharon Ziegler

    Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, one of the towering figures of twentieth-century Judaism, was not just a Talmudic scholar and philosopher. He was primarily a man of Halakhah, and Rabbi Ziegler has dedicated himself to publicizing the Rav's halakhic rulings and positions. In this series, Halakhic Positions of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Rabbi Ziegler has compiled the Rabbi Soloveitchik's rulings and presented them in an easy-to-read format, with each issue crystallized down to a brief summary. Learn More
  • Gender Equality and Prayer in Jewish Law

    Rabbi Ethan Tucker and Rabbi Micha'el Hadar

    As gender equality has spread throughout society, including its religiously observant sectors, traditional communities turn to their guiding sources to re-examine old questions. This book opens the reader’s eyes to the wealth of Jewish legal material surrounding gender and prayer, with a particular focus on who can lead the prayers in a traditional service and who can constitute the communal quorum—or minyan—that they require. With honesty, transparency, and rigor, Gender Equality and Prayer in Jewish Law is a powerful resource for grappling with these complex questions. The authors not only explore this specific issue in depth, but they also model how we can mine the Jewish legal tradition for its underlying values, enabling its complex sources to serve as effective guides for contemporary communal decision-making.

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  • Vatisaeni Ruach - Borne Upon A Spirit: Mo'adim

    Rabbi Shabtai Sabato

    The present work is a collection of Rabbi Shabtai Sabato's uniquely original ideas and profoundly comprehensive insights into the festivals and holy days.

    Rabbi Shabtai Sabato is the founder and Dean of Yeshivat Netivot Yosef in Mitzpeh Yericho. He is renowned for his recorded lectures on some 2,700 pages of the entire Babylonian Talmud and for his educational flow-chart diagrams on the Talmud (both computerized and in print) that have revolutionized the study of Gemara in schools around the world.

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  • From Mourning to Morning

    Simeon Schreiber

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    Rabbi Simeon Schreiber, Senior Staff Chaplain at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, translates his many years of experience into a greater understanding of the emotions surrounding death, grieving, mourning, and bereavement in Judaism. From Mourning to Morning presents these principles in a comprehensive format. Focusing on the Shiva, the seven day period of mourning in Judaism, Rabbi Schreiber explains the foundation of visiting a house of mourners, and suggests proper etiquette in conducting a visit. With sensitivity and expertise, Rabbi Schreiber provides unique and practical advise on how to cope with death, mourning, and the related issues that we all will inevitably face.

    About the Author
    Rabbi Simeon Schreiber serves as Senior Staff Chaplain at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida, and is the first chaplain of the Bal Harbour Police Department in Florida. He is also the founder, director, and lead chaplain of Visiting Chaplain Services, Inc., a non-for-profit agency providing comfort and support to anyone in spiritual or emotional distress. He has written and lectured extensively on the guidelines and protocols for those who are sitting Shiva, the seven day period of mourning in Judaism. He is also the author of “A Caring Presence,” which contains an in-depth guide to the etiquette of visiting the sick.

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  • Who Stole My Religion?

    Richard H. Schwartz, PhD. With Rabbi Yonassan Gershom and Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    "Who Stole My Religion?" is a thought-provoking and timely call to apply Judaism's powerful teachings to help shift our imperiled planet onto a sustainable path. While appreciating the radical, transformative nature of Judaism, Richard Schwartz argues that it has been "stolen" by Jews who are in denial about climate change and other environmental threats and support politicians and policies that may be inconsistent with basic Jewish values. Tackling such diverse issues as climate change, world hunger, vegetarianism, poverty, terrorism, destruction of the environment, peace prospects in Israel, and American foreign policy, he offers practical suggestions for getting Judaism back on track as a faith based on justice, peace, and compassion. He urges the reader to reconsider current issues in line with Judaism's highest values in an effort to meet the pressing challenges of today's world. Learn More
  • Biblical Seductions

    Sandra E. Rappaport

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    Biblical Seductions retells six compelling stories in which women of the Bible become heroines as a direct result of their audacious acts. These stories are often skipped or censored because of their disturbing and provocative subject matter. First- and fiftieth-time readers alike will be mesmerized by this interweaving of Bible and legend which entertains, reflects and reproves. Through Rapoport's deft storytelling, readers revisit the story of Lot's daughters, who seduce their father in a mountain cave and bear his sons. The tale of Dinah, who is abducted and raped by Shechem, the local prince. The drama of Tamar, who disguises herself and seduces her father-in-law. The story of King David's lust for Batsheva, wife of his prized officer, and of the king's plot to murder her husband so he can wed her. The tragic account of Princess Tamar, Daughter of King David, who is lured, trapped and raped by her half-brother, Amnon, sparking vengeful fratricide and a civil war. Finally, readers encounter the Moabite widow, Ruth, who seduces Boaz, a tribal leader, and becomes great-grandmother of King David. In Rapoport's skilled hands these transformative stories become accessible and relevant, and the women in them unforgettable.

    2011 National Jewish Book Award Finalist

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  • Maimonides - Between Philosophy and Halakhah

    Edited with an Introduction by Lawrence J. Kaplan
    Foreword by Dov Schwartz

    This is the first study of the philosophy of Maimonides by the noted 20th-century rabbinic scholar and thinker, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Based on a complete set of notes on Rabbi Soloveitchik’s lectures on Maimonides’ "Guide of the Perplexed" at the Bernard Revel Graduate School, this work constitutes a major contribution to our knowledge of both Maimonides and Soloveitchik.

    In these lectures, as recorded by Rabbi Gerald (Yaakov) Homnick and edited by the noted scholar Lawrence Kaplan, Rabbi Soloveitchik emerges as a major commentator on the "Guide". In a wide-ranging analysis he eloquently and incisively explores diverse topics in Maimonides’ philosophy, such as his views on prophecy; the knowledge of and approach to God; divine knowledge; human ethics and moral excellence; the divine creative act; imitation of God; and the love and fear of God. Rabbi Soloveitchik also undertakes an extensive and penetrating comparison and contrast of Maimonides’ and Aristotle’s philosophical views. Over the course of these lectures he develops a very profound and challenging overall approach to, and interpretation of, the "Guide’s" central and critical issue: the relationship between philosophy and divine law. An illuminating work, "Maimonides – Between Philosophy and Halakhah" sheds a bright light on the thoughts of two great philosophers and rabbinic scholars.

    “This…is an important work of R. Soloveitchik that fills a void by opening a window into a relatively unknown period in his philosophical development, while also enriching our knowledge of the connection between him and Maimonides. All those who study R. Soloveitchik’s teachings, general readers and professional scholars alike, will be in Lawrence Kaplan’s debt for his masterful editing, the systematic and virtuosic philosophical analysis in his introduction, and his uncovering of R. Soloveitchik’s ideas.” – From the foreword by Professor Dov Schwartz

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  • Moadei HaRav

    Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Pick

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    Moadei HaRav presents a collection of shiurim and lectures (based upon student notes) by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik on the Jewish festivals, including the High Holidays, Chanukah, Purim, and Passover. Rav Soloveitchik was not only one of the outstanding Talmudists of the 20th century, but was also one of its most creative and seminal Jewish thinkers. Through these shiurim and lectures, along with his own original essays on Jewish laws and rituals, Rabbi Dr. Shlomo H. Pick provides the Rav’s insights and thoughts on the Jewish holidays. An introductory essay analyzes the Rav’s methodology of Talmud analysis.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
    Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Pick teaches Talmud and Maimonidean thought at Bar-Ilan University's Ludwig and Erica Jesselson Institute for Advanced Torah Studies in Israel.

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