Weekly Download: Shabbos Stories

Everyone loves a good story, right? ssth

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.

 

Click here to view, print or download the chapter on Parashas Eikev from Shabbos Stories.

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Weekly Download: Parashas Va’eschanan

Start the Torah Conversation

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’lWhat 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.

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Weekly Download: Tishah B’Av Reading

With Tishah B’Av approaching, we want to help our readers prepare to have a meaningful fast. This week we are sharing two free downloads that will make your Tishah B’Av more meaningful.

First, a portion of the Kinnos: 

The destruction of the Six Million is our own generation’s stark connection to the eternal Tishah B’Av. Two great and inspiring spiritual leaders of our time, The Bobover Rebbe and Rav Shimon Schwab composed Kinnos lamenting and memorializing the unspeakable tragedy. Adopted by many congregations worldwide, these painful laments are read on Tishah B’Av.

Click here to download the excerpt from the Schottenstein Edition Interlinear Kinnos / Tishah B’Av Siddur.

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Second, a portion of the Talmud: 

On Tishah B ’Av, it is customary to study the interpersonal conflicts which led to the ruin of the Second Temple. One well-known source comes from the Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli Tractate Gittin, pages 55b-56a.

Click here to download the excerpt from the Schottenstein English Edition Talmud

Click here to download the excerpt from the Schottenstein Hebrew Edition Talmud

May we merit to see the speedy coming of Mashiach, and the transformation of Tishah B’Av from a day or mourning to a day of celebration. 

9 Days Recipes from Dairy Made Easy

Stumped by dairy menu planning for the 9 days? Dairy Made Easy is here to help.

During the nine days of mourning prior to the fast day of Tishah B’Av, it is traditional to abstain from eating meat and chicken. It can be a challenge to cook vegetarian for over a week, but with Dairy Made Easy, this task is easier than you think!

Dairy Made Easy by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek showcases over 60 dairy recipes, from breakfast favorites like cheese pancakes to suppertime classics like pizza and pasta. Here’s an easy and family friendly recipe to put on your menu: Creamy Cajun Penne. Click here for more dairy recipes from the Made Easy cookbook series.

 

Cajun Creamy Penne

Recipe from Dairy Made Easy by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek. Reproduced with permission from the copyright holders: ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications LTD.

4 servings creamy-cajun-penne

Ingredients:

¾ lb   penne

2 Tbsp   butter

2   plum tomatoes, diced

¼ tsp   paprika

¼ tsp   chili powder

½ tsp   cayenne pepper

½ tsp   garlic powder

2   scallions, diced

1¾ cups   heavy cream

½ tsp   kosher salt

¼ tsp   coarse black pepper

 Instructions: 

  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce: Melt butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add tomatoes and sauté over high heat for 4-5 minutes. Add paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Add scallions and heavy cream; cook an additional 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add pasta to cream, a little at a time, and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.

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Free Download: Learn the Laws of The Three Weeks and Tishah B’av

Practical. Comprehensive. Vitally important.

With the 9 days starting at the beginning of next week, and Tishha B’av following, it’s important to make sure you’re familiar with the practical laws and halachahs associated with this mournful time of year.

Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen, author of Laws of Daily Living: The Three Weeks and Tishah B’av told ArtScroll that the shailos that he commonly gets around this time of year are practical questions that we all encounter. For example:

My favorite store is running a sale, am I allowed to shop now?

I ran out of clean towels. Can I wash some?

Can I have my contractor continue the renovations on my bungalow, or should we wait until after Tishah B’av?

My children are constantly getting their clothes dirty. Can I wash their clothes during the nine days?

What should I do about taking showers during the nine days?

May I water my garden plants to keep them healthy?

In Laws of Daily Living: The Three Weeks and Tishah B’avRabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen answers these questions, along with all of the halachic queries you might have, from the simple to the most complex, This week’s download offers a selection from the laws pertaining to the 9 days preceding Tishah B’av.

We all hope that this Tishah B’av won’t be a day of mourning. But in case it is, it’s important to be prepared by learning the laws:

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Do a Mitzvah and You Could Win $100!

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What better time of year is there to focus on doing mitzvos bein adam lechaveiro, good deeds between man and his friend, than during the three weeks and leading up to Tisha B’av?

Our sages teach us that the Bais HaMikdash, our holy Temple, was destroyed due to baseless hatred between Jews. Thus, these three weeks of mourning the destruction of the Bais HaMikdash are an excellent time to bridge the gap between fellow Jews by going out of your way to do good deeds for another person. Sometimes an action which only takes a minute or two of your time can make a person’s day.

Stop and think to yourself. What can you do to make someone else’s life better? How can you improve the life of your friend? What do you have to give that could be of service to another person? Everyone has something they can do or something they can give, that will help bring the Beis HaMikdash closer. So make your mitzvos a priority this week, and then come back and tell us about it.

While the reward you get for doing a mitzvah is definitely enough of an incentive, we want to hear about your good deeds so that it can inspire others to do more mitzvos as well. One of our readers will get an extra reward: a $100 eGift Card to ArtScroll.com!

To enter the giveaway for a $100 eGift Card:

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**Giveaway ends on Sunday, July 27th at 11:59 pm eastern time. Winner will receive a $100 eGift Card to spend at ArtScroll.com. Prize will be sent via email. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Valid email address must be provided to claim prize. Limit one entry per day per person. 

Weekly Download: Yearning With Fire

On Tuesday we fasted for Shivah Assar B’Tammuz, marking the beginning of saddest weeks of the Jewish calendar. During the three weeks, and leading up to Tisha B’av, we mourn the destruction of Jerusalem and the Bais  Hamikdash, the holy Temple, and our current exile in galus.

Our sages teach us the importance of feeling a deep longing for for mashiach and the days of redemption. But achieving that seep inner longing is much easier said than done. How does one go about feeling that burning desire in the depths of their heart? How does one really learn to feel that yearning?

The answers lie within Yearning With Fire by Rabbi Heshy Kleinman, author of the best-selling and revolutionary Praying With Fire books.The deep insights and inspirational messages surrounding this important topic are broken down into daily learning segments. In just five minutes each day, you can change your outlook on life, and approach this Tisha B’av with the proper thoughts and feelings about galus and geulah.

To help you prepare for the nine days and tisha b’av, we’re offering you a sampler download of Yearning With Fire. Download it. Print it. Learn it. Be inspired! And of course, please tell your friends about this valuable resource available from ArtScroll: every Thursday we offer an inspirational Torah download, related to the weekly parasha or other timely topics.

Click here to download a sample chapter of Yearning with Fire

 

Finding a Path in Darkness: The Three Weeks

Mourning came early this year.

The Three Weeks are approaching and as I write this column and our brethren in many parts of Eretz Yisrael are in bomb shelters, missiles are raining down from Gaza, sirens are going off. The shivah for the three kidnapped boys, Hy’d, has just finished and r’l six Jewish boys are in custody for confessing to the murder of an Arab youth.

Now, more than ever, we need the Torah to help us find a path in the darkness; to guide us to the meaning in our mourning. And when a Jew needs to find that path – he turns to halachah.

For tens of thousands of readers, Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen‘s books of halachah, Jewish law, are synonymous with extraordinary clarity.Laws-of-the-Three-Weeks

In The Laws of Daily Living: The Three Weeks, Tisha B’Av, and Other Fasts Rabbi Cohen examines the laws of all the fast days (with the exception of Yom Kippur), the restrictions of the Three Weeks, the heightened sense of loss that builds up as we approach the Nine Days, and the climactic mourning of the Tishah B’Av fast.

The book is enriched and deepened by a discussion of the historical background of the momentous events that led to the Temple’s destruction, based on the teachings of the author’s grandfather, the renowned Rabbi Avigdor Miller zt’l. This adds a new and important dimension to the way we mark this period. Rabbi Miller’s thought provides a moving and profound discussion of the Beis HaMikdash, its role in our lives, and the all-consuming loss that the Jewish People suffered with its destruction.

Those who truly mourn the loss of the Temple, say our Sages, are destined to rejoice in its rebuilding. As we study and learn to properly follow the laws of these sad weeks, we bring that long-awaited moment ever closer.

Yes, mourning came early this year. As we mark the Three Weeks, Nine Days, and Tisha B’Av, we pray that in the merit of our mourning, geulah will come early as well.

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