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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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  • The Haggadah Connection

    Rabbi Reuven P. Bulka

    In The Haggadah Connection Rabbi Reuven P. Bulka addresses these and many other relevant questions and topics. Rabbi Bulka's translation and thought-provoking commentary offer readers a refreshing outlook on the Haggadah in a clear and easy-to-read format that everyone can enjoy.
    The recitation of the Haggadah at the Pesach seder is one of the most powerful and inspiring collective experiences that the Jewish people have shared throughout millennia. Rabbi Bulka's clear commentary brings the story of exile and redemption to life. making the seder experience relevant and meaningful. From Kiddush to ''Had Gadya,'' we see the interrelatedness of every one of the fifteen components of the seder and how these components reveal the major themes of the Haggadah.

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  • The Light That Unites

    Aaron Goldscheider

    Anyone seeking the deeper meaning, the true spirituality of Chanukah, will want to have this book as a holiday companion and guide. This first-of-its-kind book offers a teaching for each candle of Chanukah gathered from the most beloved and esteemed sages and masters: Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, and other great luminaries. Be prepared for a new appreciation of Chanukah, the holiday of light and unity. Learn More
  • Dayenu! FAMILY PACK

    Carol Boyd Leon

    Family pack includes:

    4 x Dayenu! Passover Haggadah - softcover
    1 x Companion music CD

    About the Dayenu! Haggadah

    Created by early childhood educator and award-winning composer Carol Boyd Leon, Dayenu! A Passover Haggadah for Families and Children is a joyous telling of the Passover story the whole family can enjoy. 

    Reading-age children will appreciate the 32-page haggadah s big-font text and children of all ages will enjoy the lovely watercolor illustrations. Text in black is read; take your choice whether to sing or read the text in blue. 

    Dayenu! A Passover Haggadah for Families and Children has proven itself perfect for model seders at schools and synagogues as well as for home seders. Whether at school or at home, each participant should have a haggadah to read in conjunction with teachers or parents.

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  • The Emoji Haggadah

    Martin Bodek

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    Emojis are the hieroglyphics of the 21st century, so have a blast deciphering the traditional Haggadah text written in a most untraditional format - entirely in emojis! Tips for decoding are included at the end of The Emoji Haggadah, along with the full traditional Hebrew and English Haggadah text..

    About the Author

    Martin Bodek is co-founder of TheKnish.com - a Jewish version of The Onion. He is the beat reporter for JrunnersClub.org, a Brooklyn-based organization for athletes and researches surnames for Jewishworldreview.com. He has been writing freelance for more than 15 years for The Denver Post, The Washington Times, The Jewish Press, The Huffington Post, bangitout.com and other sites and media outlets as well as Germany's only weekly Jewish newspaper, The Judische Allgemeine. He was born and raised in the wilds of Brooklyn, has worked most of his life in the badlands of New York City and settled in the jungles of northern New Jersey with his strong wife and three above average children. As you can tell, he wants to be a writer if and when he grows up.

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  • Sacred Scrolls in Plain English

    Aaron Lichtenstein

    Translated into clear and comprehensive English by a professor of English and scholar of the Bible, Sacred Scrolls in Plain English presents a whole new and widely accessible understanding of the short biblical books of Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Proverbs, Ruth, and Lamentations. ­These books are part of the ancient wisdom literature of the Bible, and contain colorful and heartfelt stories of the past as well as advice and guidance for living. 


    About the author
    Aaron Lichtenstein is the author of ­The Book of Psalms in Plain English and Reading the Sacred Text. He teaches at the City University of New York, and has taught at New York University, Yeshiva University, University of Denver, Jews' College (London), and Yeshiva Hechal HaTorah. He was also staff editor at the Encyclopedia Judaica and authored a dozen of its articles. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.  

    Praise for The Book of Psalms in Plain English:
    "I cannot imagine anyone seriously interested in prayer and in the constant use of Tehillim [Psalms] as a means to express our deepest yearnings who will not find this translation of great interest. Yeats said, 'Out of the quarrel we have with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel we have with ourselves we make poetry.' For some, this translation will produce much rhetoric, but for others it will speak with the poetry of their selves. As such, it is worth serious consideration." 

    -Rabbi Dr. David Ebner, Jewish Action magazine  

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  • The Light of the Ben Ish Chai on Megillat Esther

    Joseph Hayyim Ben Elijah Al-Hakam

    The Light of the Ben Ish Chai on Megillat Esther is a translation of the Ben Ish Chais commentary on the Book of Esther. Learn More
  • Pillars of Righteousness

    Ben Ish Hai

    Hacham Yosef Hayyim of Baghdad (1833-1909) was one of the most brilliant and prolific Sefardic sages of his time. Best known for his halachic work, the Ben Ish Hai, he wrote over seventy books on all areas of Torah study, from response to mussar to Kabbalah. He was the undisputed leader of Sefardic  Jewry, and his work remains one of the major influences on the Torah world today.

    The Ben Ish Hai Athology offers a select translation of Otzrot Hayyim, a thirty-five volume encyclopedia of the writings of H. Yosef Hayyim, published by Yeshivat Ahavat Shalom of Jerusalem. Each volume of Otzrot Hayyim is a collection of the Ben Ish Hai's teachings on a specific topic, such as Torah, Prayer, Repentance, and the Jewish holidays. The Ben Ish Hai Athology, these teachings have been made available to the English-speaking public for the first time.

    In this volume, Pillars of Righteousness, the Ben Ish Hai examines Torah Scholars and the righteous on the one hand, and amei haaretz and the wicked on the other. How does a humble tzaddik, who holds no public office, affect the world more than kings and presidents? If God loves the righteous, why do they sometimes suffer? Is the am haaretz of the Talmud identical with the unlearned today? How do Torah scholars contribute to society, and what is our obligation to them?

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  • Days of Peace

    Ben Ish Hai

    Hacham Yosef Hayyim of Baghdad (1833-1909) was one of the most brilliant and prolific Sefardic sages of his time. Best known for his halachic work, the Ben Ish Hai, he wrote over seventy books on all areas of Torah study, from response to mussar to Kabbalah. He was the undisputed leader of Sefardic  Jewry, and his work remains one of the major influences on the Torah world today.

    The Ben Ish Hai Athology offers a select translation of Otzrot Hayyim, a thirty-five volume encyclopedia of the writings of H. Yosef Hayyim, published by Yeshivat Ahavat Shalom of Jerusalem. Each volume of Otzrot Hayyim is a collection of the Ben Ish Hai's teachings on a specific topic, such as Torah, Prayer, Repentance, and the Jewish holidays. The Ben Ish Hai Athology, these teachings have been made available to the English-speaking public for the first time.

    In this volume, Days of Peace, the Ben Ish Hai looks at the future redemption and final period in human history: the days of peace and joy, when the exiles of the Jewish people will be redeemed and the knowledge of God will fill the earth. He discusses the coming of the Messiah and what we can do to hasten his arrival: the resurrection of the dead; and the world to come.

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  • Walking in his Ways

    Ben Ish Hai

    Hacham Yosef Hayyim of Baghdad (1833-1909) was one of the most brilliant and prolific Sefardic sages of his time. Best known for his halachic work, the Ben Ish Hai, he wrote over seventy books on all areas of Torah study, from response to mussar to Kabbalah. He was the undisputed leader of Sefardic  Jewry, and his work remains one of the major influences on the Torah world today.

    The Ben Ish Hai Athology offers a select translation of Otzrot Hayyim, a thirty-five volume encyclopedia of the writings of H. Yosef Hayyim, published by Yeshivat Ahavat Shalom of Jerusalem. Each volume of Otzrot Hayyim is a collection of the Ben Ish Hai's teachings on a specific topic, such as Torah, Prayer, Repentance, and the Jewish holidays. The Ben Ish Hai Athology, these teachings have been made available to the English-speaking public for the first time.

    In this volume, Walking in his Ways, the Ben Ish Hai teaches us how to develop ourselves into fine human beings who reflect God's image. With sensitivity and perceptiveness, he explains how to delicately balance the medley of character traits; how to use our Divinely given power of speech constructively; and how to build healthy, happy relationships.

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