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  • Beurei HaTefillah

    Rabbi Isaiah Wohlgemuth

    Asher Reichert and Rashie Reichert

    Rabbi Isaiah Wohlgemuth was a legendary teacher who pioneered the teaching of Jewish prayer with his outstanding Beurei HaTefillah course at Maimonides School in Boston, Massachusetts. In this updated and expanded edition, the reader can now share in the knowledge that Rabbi Wohlgemuth lovingly transmitted to his students.


    RABBI ISAIAH WOHLGEMUTH (1915 – 2008) was part of a “greatest generation” of post-World War II Jewish leadership who helped to rejuvenate an American Jewish community badly in need of educational direction. During his tenure at the Maimonides School in Boston, Massachusetts, Rabbi Wohlgemuth attracted generations of young people to the warmth of Torah. He was a gentle man and a beautiful teacher with a brilliant mind and a clear philosophy.
        Rabbi Wohlgemuth was ordained at the Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary in Berlin. In 1935, he returned home to Kitzingen, in the district of Bavaria, where he became the youngest pulpit rabbi in Germany at the time. In 1938, his synagogue was among the thousands devastated on Kristallnacht. Rabbi Wohlgemuth was confined to Dachau, and after his release in 1939, he was able to escape to the United States. Shortly thereafter, he came to Boston where he embraced the ideals of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik in the teaching of Torah and Yiddishkeit. It was also here that he met his wife Bertha Oberndoerfer. They were married in 1943. Rabbi Wohlgemuth developed a close relationship with Rav Soloveitchik, founder of the Maimonides School, who took a particular interest in Rabbi Wohlgemuth’s tefillah course and insisted that no student graduate without it.
        Rabbi Isaiah Wohlgemuth was, above all, a master teacher whom few could match and who was able to instill a love of learning in all his students. He cared and empathized with each of his students and they reciprocated with their admiration and respect.
        Rabbi Wohlgemuth’s classroom and this book are his legacy to us.


    ABOUT THE EDITORS

        Asher Reichert received semicha from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Rashie, live in Israel with most of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
        Eliyahu Krakowski is Associate Editor of OU Press.

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  • Middot Ledorot

    Rabbi Yakov Chaim Hilsenrath

    PASSIONATELY BELIEVING that Talmudic and Midrashic writings contain meaningful lessons for every generation, Rabbi Hilsenrath offers practical advice for the numerous challenges of interpersonal relationships. Grandparents, parents and children, husbands and wives, scholars and students, and individuals in their daily interaction with others, will find these teachings of Torah wisdom remarkably refreshing and “real.”

    Published posthumously, Torah Ethics of Interpersonal Relationships allows the reader to bring the author's eternal lessons to life.

    Rabbi Yakov Chaim Hilsenrath was born in 1932 in Vienna, Austria. Escaping with his family after Kristallnacht, he was raised in the immigrant Chassidic world of Williamsburg and studied in the American yeshiva world of Lithuania. In his life mission to change the world for the better, Rabbi Hilsenrath illuminated people’s lives with his magnetic personality, contagious sense of humor, and most importantly, his ability to make Torah relevant and enjoyable.
        Shabbos after Shabbos, Yom Tov after Yom Tov, people came to shul to be mesmerized by the manner in which Rabbi Hilsenrath wove a tapestry of the Weekly Parsha utilizing Chazal, current events, and the challenges of interpersonal relationships. Young and old knew the Rabbi was speaking from the heart to the heart, and the message remarkably hit its mark as if the words were tailored for each individual.
        Overt in his emunah, private in his family life, embracing of people of all walks of life, Rabbi Hilsenrath’s essence was to serve as a meaningful and relevant link from generation to generation for his children and for the Jewish People.

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  • The Light of the Ben Ish Chai on Megillas Eichah

    The Light of the Ben Ish Chai on Megillas Eichah is a translation of the Ben Ish Chai’s commentary on the Book of Eichah. The Ben Ish Chai masterfully illuminates the text through pardes exposition. Pardes is exposition of 1) pshat, the plain meaning of the verse; 2) remez, holy numerical exposition; 3) drash, extrinsic source exposition and 4) sod, kabbalah. The Ben Ish Chai weaves all into this work along with memorable allegories to delight readers and bring out the shine of Torah.

    This sefer should be a core part of everyone’s library and will benefit both the advanced and beginner scholar. Sefer Eichah cannot be understood simply by a superficial read; the Ben Ish Chai brings out the sefer’s beautiful themes of wisdom and modesty, which are the hallmark of the Jewish people. 

    Acclaim for
    The Light of the Ben Ish Chai on Megillas Esther

    "We thank our dear friend, Rabbi Yerachmiel Bratt, for making this sefer available to the English speaking public. Rav Yerachmiel is a true Torah scholar who knows that hasmadah is the key to Torah scholarship. I have had the privilege of watching his diligence and devotion to limud HaTorah...And I am proud to call him a friend. Let us hope and pray that the life and teachings of the Ben Ish Chai will inspire us, as I know they have inspired him." 

     Rabbi Yisroel Reisman, Author
    The Laws of Ribbis, (Artscroll 1995)
    Pathways of the Prophets, (Artscroll 2009)

    "There is a phrase which is used to depict an outstanding sefer – beautiful wisdom in a beautiful vessel. This would serve as an appropriate description of R’ Yerachmiel Bratt’s The Light of the Ben Ish Chai. The wisdom of the exalted Master, zt”l, is presented to the modern reader in a manner that makes Torah accessible to every individual. More power to the author."

    Rabbi Dovid Cohen
    Rav, Congregation Gvul Yaavetz
    Brooklyn, NY

    "To our loss, the erudition of the Ben Ish Chai has been largely unknown in the Ashkenazic community.  Yerachmiel Bratt has now made the wisdom of this outstanding scholar readily accessible to all.  He has succeeded in combining lucidity in translation with fidelity to the original.  This classic text will serve as a source of knowledge and inspiration to scholar and student alike."

    Rabbi J. David Bleich
    Rosh Yeshiva and Rosh Kollel Le’Horaah
    Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary


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  • Torah Giants on Chumash

    Rabbi Yitzchok Meir Goodman

    Including Rare, Out-of-Print, and Hard-to-Find Seforim From More than 350 Torah Giants

    Praise for Torah Giants on Chumash

    “Far more than simply a delightful smorgasbord of diverse Torah commentaries throughout the ages and across the spectrum, Torah Giants on Chumash offers the reader an astounding array of true Torah gems on each parsha, eloquently expressed by a masterful Rabbi and brilliant teacher. Rav Yitzchak Meir Goodman, shlit”a, shares with us his youthful excitement and boundless love of Torah as he draws from myriad sources, inviting us to join him in his grand library of timeless Torah treasures.

    Sprinkling his presentations with his own enlightening comments and penetrating insights, Rav Goodman has gifted us with a precious collection that we will savor for many years to come, leaving us with an ever greater appreciation for the breadth and depth of our hallowed Torah. Sit back and imbibe the profound wisdom you will find aplenty in this wonderful work, while the unmatched beauty and joy of Torah accompany you on every page of the journey.”

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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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