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  • Probing the Parsha

    Nathan Aviezer

    On Shabbat and festivals, it is a universal practice in the Jewish world to read the weekly Torah portion - the parsha. There are many books that deal with the weekly parsha, but one seeks explanation and ideas that are new. Therefore, there is place for another book on this subject that emphasizes the p'shat - the literal meaning of the Torah verses. There are ''seventy approaches'' to the Torah and the p'shat is surely one of the most important.

    Careful reading of the Torah verses according to the p'shat reveals new and deep insights. The goal of this book is to present these new ideas to the reader. Probing the Parsha contains eighty-five chapters, each dealing with a single topic. It is my hope that Probing the Parsha will enrich the Shabbat and festival table and will also provide food for thought during the week.

    About the Author

    Nathan Aviezer is Professor of Physics at Bar-Ilan University He has served as visiting professor at the Universities of Cambridge and Leeds in England. In recognition of his research contributions, Aviezer was elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

    Aviezer also has a long-standing involvement in Torah and science, and he has authored three books on this subject: In the Beginning (translated into nine languages), Fossils and Faith (translated into four languages) and Modem Science and Ancient Faith.

    Born in Switzerland, raised in the United States, Professor Aviezer received his doctorate in physics from the University of Chicago, and subsequently held a senior research position at the IBM Watson Research Center near New York. In 1967, Nathan and his wife Dvora made aliya to Israel. The Aviezers have four children and sixteen grandchildren, and they live in Petach Tikva.

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  • The Tree of Life Haggadah and Songbook

    Deborah Weiss

    TRADITIONAL & CONTEMPORARY  - JOYFUL & INCLUSIVE
    The family friendly TREE OF LIFE HAGGADAH AND SONGBOOK inspires Passover Seders that embrace traditional Judaism in a contemporary context, while resonating with Seder participants from diverse spiritual and cultural backgrounds. Providing meaningful narrative that joyfully engages the participants in a story of finding freedom and reaching our own promised lands, we are able to reflect on the journey of the Jewish people who followed their dreams almost 4000 years ago, while setting intentions for our own goals of internal and external freedom.
    The accompanying Songbook contains 12 Passover songs with musical notation and English transliterations, making it easy to enjoy Seders full of song and light, generation after generation. 

    EXCERPT: PRELUDE TO THE SEDER
    The days, weeks and months have passed and we enter the spring season once again. Though we pass through the same festivals in the same seasons year after year, we move not in a circle, but in a spiral. Unlike the circle that repeats infinitely, the spiral is additive and each time we pass through the same season, it is with spiritual breadth and expansion acquired in the year past. It is our prayer to understand and experience gratitude for the gifts that come with this spiritual expansion.

    EXCERPT: MAGGID
    The story of Passover can be illuminated by imagining the voices of those who participated in the journey.
    ABRAHAM:
    I was born in the land of Ur Kasdim and lived a simple life until one day I heard the voice of God calling me to leave. I took my wife Sarah, my nephew Lot and all my animals and belongings… (cont’d)
    JACOB:
    I heard the voice of God call me: “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will go with you, and I will surely bring you back again” (Genesis 46: 3-4)…(cont’d)
    JOSEPH:
    “With seventy souls we went down to Egypt, and now God has made us as numerous as the stars of heaven” (Deuteronomy 10:22). Things were good for my family while I served as Vizier to the Pharoah….(cont’d)
    MIRIAM:
    But even with the heavy handed labor afflicted upon us, we did multiply and gain strength…(cont’d)
    MOSES:
    My people suffered and were tortured in Egypt. “And we cried unto the Lord God of our fathers and God heard our voice and saw our affliction and our travail” (Deuteronomy 26:7)“…(cont’d)
    TZIPORA:
    My husband Moses wanted to be sure that he could carry out the decree of God and he asked: “What if they do not believe me..(cont’d)
     
    The TREE OF LIFE HAGGADAH Includes Hebrew, English, English Transliterations, and music with English transliterations.  Beautiful and uplifting illustrations throughout.
     
     
     
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  • Shabbat - 2 Volume set

    Rabbi Yosef Zvi Rimon

    ''Shabbat,'' by Rabbi Yosef Zvi Rimon, discusses topics related to eleven of the thirty-nine primary categories of labor (avot melakha) of Shabbat, those connected to the bread-making process (sidura dePat), from Sowing (zore'a) through Cooking (mevashel). The book presents the halakha by analyzing all relevant sources from the Torah, through the Mishna and Talmud, earlier and later halakhic authorities (Rishonim and Aharonim), as well as contemporary halakhic authorities, tracing each halakha from the source through the latest practical applications.


    ''Shabbat'' is written in clear prose, presented in an intuitive manner. It begins with a brief summary of all the topics discussed in the book and it includes charts and pictures to enhance the reader's understanding of the laws and their applications. There is also additional material relating to the spiritual meaning of Shabbat, and biographical information about the authorities cited in the book. The book is suitable for anyone seeking to study the laws of Shabbat in depth, regardless of one s background in the study of halakha in general or in the laws of Shabbat in particular.

    Volume 1:
    Gateway to Shabbat
    Halakhic Overview
    Cooking

    Volume 2:
    Sowing
    Plowing
    Reaping
    Gathering
    Threshing
    Selecting
    Sifting
    Winnowing
    Grinding
    Kneading

    [Rav Rimon] is an acknowledged expert whose books have made a meaningful contribution to the Torah world on many levels, both for those engaged in full-time Torah study in Yeshivot and Kollelim, as well as for lay people.
    --Rav Aharon Lichtenstein (zt''l) was Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivat Har Etzion


    The esteemed author was privileged to have his book placed on the ''table of kings'' . . . the Gaon, Rav ayim Kanievsky, who showered the author with holy blessings.
    --Rav Sim a HaKohen Kook, Chief Rabbi and President of the rabbinic court, Rehovot.

    About the Author

    Rabbi Yosef Zvi Rimon is the founder and chairman of Sulamot, an organization that promotes understanding of and appreciation for Judaism in Israel and around the world through the creation of in-depth Torah-focused content that is innovative and user-friendly, and that combines both the practical and spiritual aspects of Judaism. One of Sulamot s primary initiatives is the publication of Rabbi Rimon's Halakha MiMekora (Halakha from the Sources) Series.

    Rabbi Rimon is the Rosh Yeshiva of Lev Academic Center (JCT), Founder and Chairman of Sulamot and LaOfek, and Rabbi of Alon Shevut South. Rabbi Rimon writes extensively on Talmud and halakha-related topics and teaches these subjects in a variety of settings.
     

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  • Hiding in Plain Sight

    Rabbi David Shabtai MD

    We all know the Purim story, but when was the last time you actually read the Megilah? Not just listened to it on Purim, but read through the story? There’s a lot more there than we were taught back in grade school. 

    What is the point of the Megilah’s opening scene of excessive feasting and partying?

    Why did Achashverosh agree so quickly to Haman’s plot to destroy the Jews? 

    What was Esther’s actual plan to save the Jews? 

    Where is God and why doesn’t the Megilah ever talk about Him?

    While superficially a simple children’s story with fairytale-like qualities, a close reading of Megilat Esther reveals a complicated tapestry of political drama, palace romance, and personal ambition. In peeling back the various layers of the story, Hiding in Plain Sight reveals this hidden world. Far from just a brilliantly crafted saga, Megilat Esther emerges as a foundational text of Emunah with a clear message to the Jews in Exile, as relevant in ancient Persia as it is today.

     

    “If our mission when reading Megillas Esther is to be megaleh the nistar, to reveal that which is hidden, Rabbi Dr. Shabtai provides us with the tools, the vocabulary, the evidence and, most importantly, the inspiration needed to accomplish this task.” — Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, Boca Raton Synagogue

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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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  • Student's Companion to The Guide of the Perplexed

    Ben Zion Katz

    Student's Companion to The Guide of the Perplexed by Moses Maimonides lays out, in nontechnical terms, the main ideas contained in Maimonides' famous work so that it can be read by an ambitious beginner or a sharp-witted high school student. It provides a general introduction to Maimonides' life in outline form, the plan and outline of the Guide, the philosophical background needed to follow Maimonides' arguments, and a concise chapter-by-chapter overview and commentary.

    Moses Maimonides was one of the supreme Jewish minds of the Middle Ages. He was a halakhist par excellence and the greatest Jewish philosopher. Dr. Katz's book will be useful to those seeking a bird's eye view of the Guide.
    The book will also be very useful to those who have studied the Guide and seek to refresh their memory as to its contents. Teachers of the Guide will find Katz's work an excellent tool for preparing their lectures.
    Rabbi Moshe Isserles, one of the greatest Jewish scholars of Poland... speaks of the study of the metaphysical as tiyul be-pardes. Ben Zion Katz's Student's Companion to The Guide will serve as a useful handbook to those who desire to walk in the garden. --Rabbi Dr. H. Norman Strickman


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  • Le-Chaber es Ha-Ohel

    Michael Kaiser

    This highly original work consists of essays on an array of topics related to themes in Jewish thought and the Jewish holidays. In Le-Chaber es Ha-Ohel, readers will find a vast collection of ideas from the masters of machshavah, such as Sefas Emes and Shem Mi-Shmuel as well as Rabbi Gedalyah Schorr's Or Gedalyahu and Rabbi Chaim Yaakov Goldvicht's Asufas Ma'arachos, among many others. In addition, Michael Kaiser contributes his own close readings of the sources to reveal the underlying thematic connections between areas of the Torah which, on their face, seem unrelated.

    While this work requires effort on the part of the reader, those efforts are richly rewarded. In his foreword, Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter writes: ''I have consistently been absolutely overwhelmed by [the essays'] profundity, depth, wisdom, creativity and originality. I have learned a great deal from each one of them and been captured by their dazzling brilliance, one by one. They were never an easy read; I had to work at trying to understand them. But they have always been worth the investment of my time and energy Read them all thoughtfully and carefully, and then read them again. You will learn an enormous amount from them.''

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  • The Crowns on the Letters

    Rabbi Ari Kahn

    Rabbi Ari Kahn's The Crowns on the Letters represents a major achievement in the study of the lives of our sages, as well as in the study of rabbinic aggada.This work is an immensely learned and deeply creative interpretation of many fundamental aggadot relating both to the intellectual biographies of the tannaim and amoraim Hillel and Shammai, Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, Resh Lakish and Rabbi Yochanan, and many others as well as to major themes in Jewish thought including the nature of the Oral Law, mysticism and its perils, the messianic era, teshuva, and Eretz Yisrael. Rabbi Kahn's work is refreshingly original and he wears his erudition lightly, so that this is not only edifying scholarship but readable as well. Rabbi Menachem Genack

    About the Author

    Ari D. Kahn is a rabbi, author and educator living in Givat Ze'ev, Israel. He received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University's Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary where he studied with Rabbi Yosef D. Soloveitchik and Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein. He graduated Yeshiva University with a BA in Psychology and an MS in Talmud. Rabbi Kahn is Director of the Overseas Student Program at Bar-Ilan University, where he is a senior lecturer in Jewish studies. He also serves as rabbi of the Mishkan Etrog community in Givat Ze'ev. Rabbi Kahn has authored more than ten books on Jewish thought, including the highly acclaimed Echoes of Eden series, and has published hundreds of articles on Torah and Jewish thought.
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  • Siddur 'Alats Libbi

    Rabbi Isaac Sassoon and Rabbi Steven H. Golden

    Introduction in English by Rabbi Isaac Sassoon. Prayer counts. For many it counts far too much to be reduced to an exercise in mouthing liturgical formulae. Some would have us treat prayer as incantations that work their spell through the utterance of allegedly efficacious words. The sages of old did not conceive of Jewish prayer as incantation, but as 'service of the heart' and as a vehicle through which we are invited to speak our hearts before Hashem. Study of the liturgy's history, led to the realization that its ancient and inviolate core remains its most relevant component. However, this prayer book, despite its predilection for older forms (notably those embedded in Talmudic literature), is no antiquarian project.

    A great diversity of prayer books exists; each of them answering, no doubt, to the religious and human aspirations of its users. Those who have used this prayer book (or variants thereof) over the past decade report less dissonance between themselves and their words, and progress towards a state of peh ve'lev shavim. Who knows but what there are others - individuals or congregations - for whom it might prove meaningful.

    'Alats Libbi (My Heart Rejoices) is the result of long years of research and contemplative delving. More decisive has been Hashem's gift of Siyata Dishmaya.

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  • The Songs of Psalms

    Heinrich W. Guggenheimer

    A new translation of Psalms, based on an exact reading of mesoretic accents which considers each traditional verse as a strophe, composed mostly of three or four lines. The interplay of strophes of variable length shows that the compositions have the characteristics of songs, different from poetry of strophes of fixed length appropriate for declamations.

    The translation of difficult words in Psalms takes due note of the Arabic leaning environment of David's family.

    About the Author

    Heinrich W. Guggenheimer is a German born (1924), Swiss educated, American mathematician, since 1989 Professor Emeritus of Polytechnic University (today Polytechnic Institute of New York University). He received his advanced Jewish education at the Bet Midrash of Basel, Switzerland. After retirement following a successful career as research scientist, he turned his interests to Jewish subjects, writing with his wife Eva nee Horvics, Jewish Family Names, an etymological dictionary (1992, 2nd ed. 2017; German version 1996), and as sole author The Scholar's Haggadah (1995), Seder Olam, the rabbinic view of Biblical chronology (1998), a seventeen volume edition, translation, and commentary of the Jerusalem Talmud (2000 - 2014), and Reading the Torah (2019).
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