Weekly Learning Download: Parashas Shemini

This week’s free learning download is about this week’s Torah portion, Parashas Shemini. Excerpted from Living The Parashah (Volume 3) by Rabbi Shimon Finkelman, this excerpt gives us a deeper understanding of what it means to “be with Hashem.”

There is nothing quite like a good story with a timely message. And there is nothing that enhances the Shabbos table more than an inspiring insight on the weekly Torah reading. This hard-to-put-down book offers a combination of both; an inspiring insight into the parashah illustrated by a great story.

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Weekly Learning Download: Purim

This week’s free download is about the upcoming Holiday of Purim, excerpted from Days of Joy.

Days of Joy features ideas and insights of the Sfas Emes on Chanukah and Purim.

For nearly a century, Sfas Emes has been the challenging and provocative fare of outstanding scholars. Rabbi Yosef Stern showed that the “impossible” can be done. The profound, scintillating, pithy, incredibly rich discourses of the great Sfas Emes, Rabbi Yehudah Aryeh Alter of Ger, can be distilled into enlightening and inspiring English essays. The author opens a window to one of Chassidic literature’s stellar achievements.

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Weekly Learning Download: Parashas Vayikra

frphThis week’s Parashah download comes from a popular ArtScroll classic, Rabbi Frand on the Parashah.

One of the world’s most popular speakers, Rabbi Frand delivers lessons on the week’s parashah and carries them into our daily lives.The weekly Torah readings will be immeasurably enriched by Rabbi Frand’s well-reasoned, solidly constructed presentations. This book is a pleasure to read — and its many messages will remain with the reader long after it is put down.

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Weekly Learning Download: Kol Dodi on the Haftaros

Every week, the Official ArtScroll Blog features a free learning download to enhance your shabbos and your learning. This week: Parashas Shekalim.

This shabbos we read Parashas Shekalim, the first of the four special Torah readings between now and Pesach. For our weekly learning download, we’ve chosen to present the Haftara for Parashas Shekalim, excerpted from a brand new title, Kol Dodi on the Haftaros, by Rabbi Dovid Feinstein

In this masterpiece, the Rosh Yeshivah introduces each Haftarah, explains its historical context where necessary, shows its relationship to the Parashah, and offers an enlightening commentary in his own unique, original manner. The reader marvels at the clarity and the depth of the insights. At the same time, the content is easily accessible to everyone, regardless of background. This volume will be welcomed wherever there is a thirst for knowledge. It adds an important new dimension to the Shabbos and Yom Tov Torah readings. And it is an unusual opportunity to be welcomed into the mind of one of the great men of our time and “join him” as he explores the teachings of the Nevi’im in the light of Chazal

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It’s Not As Tough As You Think: 15 Years of Inspiration

Fifteen years after its initial publication, Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski’s Classic It’s Not As Tough As You Think is as inspirational and relevant as ever. 

Arranged into short chapters, this iconic best-seller provides quick bursts of inspiration to help you tackle life’s challenges. It’s Not As Tough As You Think has lessons about perspective, relationships, attitude and more, making it ideal for anyone looking for motivation and encouragement in life’s journeys.

“Rabbi and psychiatrist Twerski draws upon his numerous years of counseling experience to offer advice and guidance on approaching the little and big annoyances of life with positive thinking. Interweaving biblical lessons, rabbinic teachings and psychotherapeutic coping techniques into 102 brief anecdotal meditations, Twerski teaches lessons on topics as diverse as how to “Avoid the Need for Regrets,” “Judge Favorably and Act Accordingly” and “Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil.” […] Twerski’s sparkling wit and animated prose will touch the hearts and souls of his readers.” -Publishers Weekly

If you haven’t yet read this timeless classic, here’s a sample chapter to give you a taste of the wit and wisdom of Rabbi Dr. Twerski:

May You Have Many Worries

(Excerpted from It’s Not As Tough As You Think by Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski, published by ArtScroll Mesorah publications.)

Life is full of annoyances. You open your washing machine and discover that all your whites have a blue hue, because somehow a dark-blue sock was mixed in with the load. Or you rush downtown to take advantage of a spectacular sale, only to find that there are enormous bargains to be had — in every size but yours. Or you turn the key in the lock and it breaks off, and your husband, who has the other key, is away on a business trip. There are minor annoyances or major annoyances. Obviously you become irritated, but how much irritation is justifiable?

On one of my trips to Israel I visited a friend, and asked him to pray at the Western Wall for my brother, who was ill with cancer. As I was leaving, he said, “May you have many worries.”

I was taken aback by this remark. “What kind of blessing is that?” I asked.

My friend explained, “You see, it is impossible for there not to be any annoyances and irritations in life. Nothing ever goes completely smoothly . But if there is no single problem that is overwhelming, then we are bothered by a number of things that upset us. If there is one problem that is extremely grave, it obscures every other annoyance, and we are focused totally on that one major problem.

“Right now,” my friend continued, “you are so concerned about your brother’s illness, that nothing else bothers you. That is why having only one problem or one worry is not good, because it means that this one problem is terribly serious. If you have many worries, that means that nothing is so bad that it drives away all the rest, and that is about as good as life can be.”

So next time you are irritated — as, for example, it is late at night, say, 1 A.M., and your automobile alarm goes off, and you are simply beside yourself — just think. Aren’t there other things on your mind? Perhaps you just got the bill from the dentist for your son’s braces, or there was water in the basement from the heavy rains this week.  If you have any kind of normal life, you should be able to find a few other irritations. Then give thanks to God that you have many worries. God forbid you should have only one worry! The car alarm going off is not the end of the world by any means. It will shut off and resolve itself, just as the other worries — if there are many — will be resolved in one way or another.

Some psychologists may teach you how to relax by expelling an irritating thought from your mind. My friend suggests another method, one which is much easier to accomplish and at far lesser cost: Bring in a few more worries, and then feel relaxed precisely because you have so many.

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Weekly Learning Download: Parashas Vayakhel

Every week, the Official ArtScroll Blog features a free learning download to enhance your shabbos and your learning.

This week’s free learning download is excerpted from Torah for Your Table, by Rabbi Yisroel Jungreis and Rabbi Osher Anshel Jungreis with Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis. This warm volume centers around the Shabbos table and invites the exchange of ideas and discussion.

Whether you are a newcomer to Torah thought or have dedicated many years to its study, Torah for Your Table will enhance the flavor of your every meal.

Make sure to visit the blog every Thursday for the week’s free learning download!

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Crafting Jewish: Shalach Manot Hamantaschen

Thinking about Shalach Manot? Make these adorable fill-able hamantaschen for a fun and affordable packaging option!

Crafting Jewish by Rivky Koenig helps you prepare for the holidays with creative and inventive crafts geared at enhancing your celebration and giving kids – and adults! – a great time.

To help get you ready for Purim, we are sharing one of the Purim crafts in this book. These adorable hamantaschen are perfect for filling with candy and other treats. Some of the other purim crafts in Crafting Jewish include purim puppets, grand graggers, and lots of DIY costumes, masks and hats.

Hamantaschen Craft  The Official ArtScroll BlogShalach Manot Hamantaschen

What You Need:

dinner plate

1 (12″x18″) sheet of beige or brown craft foam

pencil

scissors

hamentashen, food, or candy

stapler

purple tissue paper or cellophane paper

6″-7″ plate, optional

How to do it:

1.  Place the plate on the craft foam and trace around the plate.

2.  Cut out the circle of craft foam. Place the hamantashen, food, or candy into the center of the circle.

3.  To make the hamantash’s triangular shape, lift up two sides of the circle and staple together on top, where the two sides meet. Lift up the remaining side and staple to each of the other sides (see photo).

4.  Cut out a square of tissue paper or cellophane slightly larger than the hamantash’s opening. Stuff the tissue paper or cellophane into the opening to cover the food.

Optional: Use a 6″-7″ plate as your template to make a smaller hamantash (see photo).

Estimated time: 10 minutes

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Excerpted from Crafting Jewish by Rivky Koenig. Copyright ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications.

Weekly Torah Learning: Parshas Ki Sisa {Free Download}

This week’s free download on the parshah comes from a book celebrating a big milestone this month.

Tales of Tzaddikim is celebrating its 15 year anniversary this month!

This popular series is part of The ArtScroll Youth series. It teaches young adults (and grown-ups too!) about the parsha through stories from our sages and Torah leaders.

In celebration of its 15 year anniversary, we are featuring an excerpt from this Tales of Tzaddikim’s section on this week’s parshah for this week’s free learning download.

Click here to view or download our FREE weekly d’var Torah —->  Weekly Torah Learning – Ki Sisa

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Introducing: Weekly Torah Learning on The ArtScroll Blog

Introducing a new project on the Official ArtScroll Blog: free weekly learning on the week’s parshah and other timely topics.

Join us every Tursday on the Official ArtScroll Blog for a free downloadable lesson on the parshah, excerpted from ArtScroll’s extensive library. Presented in a convenient PDF format, you can learn it now on your computer, or print it out to learn on shabbos.

This week’s lesson is excerpted from best-selling author Rabbi Yechiel Spero’s popular Touched by the ParashahThe series is split into Volume I - Bereishis and Shemos, and Volume II - Vayikra, Bamidbar, and Devorim.

Click here for our FREE weekly D’var Torah download: Weekly Learning on the ArtScroll Blog – Parshas Tetzaveh

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Kids Cooking Made Easy + Sample Recipes

Your kids will never be bored – or hungry! – again! Introducing Kids Cooking Made Easy – the latest in the popular Made Easy Cookbook series from the dynamic duo of Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek.

Aimed at teaching children how to cook, the book is chock full of recipes that your kids will love – whether you cook it for them, or your kids cook it themselves! Kids Cooking Made Easy features 60 brand new recipes, each with a beautiful color photo, suggestions, and helpful tips. The innovative page layout of this book ensures that with each page, your children will become better cooks.

sample pages - Kids Cooking Made Easy

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To get you started, we are sharing two delicious recipes from Kids Cooking Made Easy. First, an easy weeknight supper that kids of all ages (and their parents too!) will enjoy.

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Honey BBQ Chicken Nuggets:

Excerpted from Kids Cooking Made Easy, By Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek. Published by Artscroll.

Yields: 4-6 servings

1½ lb    chicken cutlets, cut into nuggets

2 Tbsp    oil

6 Tbsp    honey

6 Tbsp    ketchup

1 tsp    yellow mustard

½ tsp    chili powder (optional)

1½-2 cups  panko crumbs

1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a small bowl, combine oil, honey, ketchup, mustard, and chili powder (optional). Use a spoon to stir the mixture until smooth. Pour half the sauce into a separate bowl to use as the dipping sauce; set aside.

3. Place panko crumbs into another bowl.

4. Dip chicken nuggets into the honey mixture and coat completely. Then, press into panko crumbs until chicken is fully coated on all sides.

5. Place chicken on prepared baking sheet. Spray the top of the nuggets with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 25 minutes. For extra-crispy nuggets, turn the chicken halfway through the cooking time, baking for 12-13 minutes per side.

6. Serve with dipping sauce that you set aside in step 2.

Next, every kid’s favorite food – now in soup form!

pizza soup - Kids Cooking Made EasyPizza Soup:

Excerpted from Kids Cooking Made Easy, By Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek. Published by Artscroll.

Yield: 4-6 servings

2 Tbsp   oil or butter

1   small onion, diced

1   garlic clove, minced

1   (28-oz) can crushed tomatoes

1 tsp   sugar

1 tsp   salt

1 tsp   dried basil

1 tsp   garlic powder

2 cups   milk

¼ cup   water

½ cup   shredded cheese, plus more for garnish, optional

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Using a wooden spoon, sauté until onion is soft, 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add crushed tomatoes and cook for 8-10 minutes. Add sugar, salt, basil, garlic powder, milk, and water and stir to combine. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Add cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. Ladle soup into bowls to serve.
  4. Garnish with additional shredded cheese (optional).­­

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