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Rosh Chodesh Elul means one very important thing: Rosh Hashanah is just a month away. The time to start preparing yourself and stock up on inspirational reading material is now. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Spend this month learning and reading books and seforim that will inspire you to do teshuvah and better yourself.
Here are ten great books to guide you through this time of awe – order today to make sure you get them in time for the High Holy Days!
1) ArtScroll Machzor: For years, the ArtScroll Machzorim have guided Jews all over the world through the High Holy Days prayers. With seven different layout options, we have the right fit for everyone. Browse our innovative Machzor Shop to find the one that’s right for you.
2) The Power of Teshuvah: Best-selling author Rabbi Heshy Kleinman has changed the way people approach davening with his Praying With Fire books. And now, in just a few minutes a day, you’ll learn about the power of Teshuvah, it’s laws and significance, as well as strategies to make sure your repentance lasts.
3) Twerski on Machzor: Rosh Hashanah: The wisdom and insights of Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D. are renowned throughout the world. With this guide to Rosh Hashanah davening, he’ll take your hand and guide you through the prayers of Rosh Hashanah with insights and stories to inspire you and enrich your holiday.
4) Twerski on Machzor: Yom Kippur: Just like the Rosh Hashanah companion, Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D. guides you through the prayers and practices of Yom Kippur – starting with the significance of Erev Yom Kippur, right through Ne’ilah.
5) Pathway To Prayer: If you’ve ever found yourself lost during the Amidah portion of the Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur davening, or you feel that you don’t understand the words well enough and want to add a whole new level of understanding and meaning to your davening, this is the book for you. Line by line, Rabbi Mayer Birnbaum provides an in-depth translation to the Shemonah Esrei portion of the prayers, ensuring that you understand – and mean -ever word you recite.
6) Mesilas Yesharim (Coming soon in pocket sized!): This historic work from ArtScroll makes the classic mussar work of the Ramchal understandable and relatable to its readers. With phrase by phrase translation, extensive notes and unique insights, this sefer will help you live Mesilas Yesharim.
7) Lights Along the Way – In this moving book, Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D. demonstrates, through the text of Mesilas Yesharim, how we can better ourselves and improves our lives.
8) A Touch of Purity: With his unique ability to inspire and touch his readers, Rabbi Yechiel Spero shares stories and insights into the mitzvah of Teshuvah. The perfect companion for the Elul and the Aseres Yemei Teshuvah, this book will give you inspiration as well as practical advice for the repentance process.
9) Inspiring Days: Featuring writings from top Jewish authors, this book give you timely insights into important issues such as connecting with the holiday prayers, becoming a better person, and achieving your personal goals.
10) Stories that Awaken the Heart: We are taught that this is a time of year to wake up and repent. This book will wake your heart and rejuvinate you and your will to do teshuvah through stories told by master storyteller and best-selling author Rabbi Binyomen Pruzansky.
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Review by Chedva Haber of Jewish Joy Reading:
When I first saw that the biography of Maran HaRav Ovadia had been published, I thought, “Nah, this book isn’t relevant to me. He was Sephardi, I’m Ashkenzi. Nothing doing.” But I decided to give it a chance anyway and, whoa, am I happy I did! You can read my full review of Maran HaRav Ovadia on my blog.
Rabbi Heimowitz did an amazing job gathering information on many aspects of HaRav Ovadia’s life. The quotes from friends and family throughout the book gave me a feeling of closeness to HaRav Ovadia. I especially enjoyed reading how HaRav Ovadia related to his grandchildren. Although he was involved in the klal and constantly learning on his own, HaRav Ovadia still made time to sign his grandchildren’s report cards and make sure they were advancing properly. In one case, a grandson was behind in his studies, and HaRav Ovadia arranged for a tutor and also reviewed the material himself with the child.
To get back to the personal relevance, I was awed by the stories of hasmada, highlighting how much a person can push himself and be able to accomplish. HaRav Ovadia lived through many hard times, going from living without plumbing in Egypt to living in Israel during wartime. HaRav Ovadia served as a Rav to many, becoming a dayan and then the Rishon L’Tzion, Chief Rabbi of the Sephardic community in Israel. After that, he became involved in the political party Shas. Being involved, the book explains, meant that he accomplished everything required in only 10 minutes a day, devoting the rest of his time to Torah study.
Sometimes the book read like a thriller, as one very exciting story began in Egypt, but then followed the Ovadias to Eretz Yisrael. It started when HaRav Ovadia was delving into the shechita (or, rather, lack of it) situation in Egypt. To avoid financial loss, many butchers had been taking shortcuts, which is 100 percent forbidden by Torah law. HaRav Ovadia made it very clear that proper shechita is not something the Jewish nation compromises on. Well, not everyone took that so easily, to say the least. One such shochet would not leave his profession, no matter how many warnings he was given. On several occasions, he even tried to have HaRav Ovadia killed so that the shochet could continue to selling non-kosher meat In the 1950’s, when the Ovadias were already living in Petach Tikva, this same man’s name came up as being a practicing shochet in Mevaseret Yerushalayim. It didn’t take long before this evil man learned that HaRav Ovadia was once again foiling his plans, and he threatened HaRav Ovadia, who was compelled to call the police to investigate. Much later, Rav Yaakov Ovadia, HaRav’s oldest son, read that the man had been murdered by a fellow criminal. The part of the story that most impressed me was HaRav’s determination and dedication to the Torah even when his very life was at stake.
Maran HaRav Ovadia is well over 500 pages, but by the end, it is clear that the life of a gadol can hardly be described in such a short piece. This is a book that I highly recommend for each Jewish household. It’s something that can be read a chapter or so at a time and enjoyed at each reading.
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Rabbi Shimon Finkelman, master teacher, best-selling author and master-storyteller’s best-seller, Shabbos Stories shares an inspirational story for you to enjoy every week, share with your family, and discuss at the shabbos table. Conveniently arranged by the weekly parashah, Shabbos Stories will be enjoyed week after week and year after year.
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Believe it or not, Rosh Hashanah is just 6 1/2 weeks away! Now is the time to start preparing. Make sure you have an ArtScroll Machzor for your whole family, inspirational reading material, and all of the Judaica you’ll need for the Holidays.
For two days only, ArtScroll is offering a special discount on all purchases over $50 – with bigger savings for bigger orders. So make sure to take advantage of this special sale and prepare for the rapidly-approaching holidays all at once!
- The Power of Teshuvah by Rabbi Heshy Kleinman
- Twerski on Machzon Rosh Hashana by Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, MD
- Twerski on Machzon Yom Kippur by Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, MD
- Stories That Awaken the Heart by Rabbi Binyamin Pruzansky
- Mesillas Yesharim – Jaffa Edition
- A Touch of Purity by Rabbi Yechiel Spero
- Pathway to Prayer
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What If… makes a wonderful addition to our Shabbos table. Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein shlita is a noted rav and posek, as well as a son-in-law of Rav Elyashiv zt’l. What If… presents hundreds of halachic questions and answers in the order of the weekly parashah, making it the perfect starting point for fascinating Torah conversations.
The questions are short, and each includes a practical, real-world scenario. The answers, too, are concise, and though they contain a world of Torah knowledge, they are easy to follow.
- A man jokingly tells his friend to microwave an esrog to make it ripen quickly – who is responsible for the damage?
- A surgeon learns a new technique from a presentation, without paying the entrance fee. May he use that technique, or is it stealing?
- A mother doesn’t want to reveal her child’s illness, thus keeping people from praying for him. Is that permitted?
Challenge your family or guests with these thought-provoking halachic questions, and watch the energy around the table begin to surge. This is Torah conversation at its best.