Win One of ArtScroll’s Hot New Releases

With so many exciting new releases, it’s hard for us to choose which book to giveaway next. So we decided to let you choose!

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Would you like to win:

1) Life In the Balance – The father-son team that authored this groundbreaking book consists of a well respected rabbi and a world-renowned psychologist. Together they present a refreshing view on life – and how to improve yours – drawing from the timeless wisdom of the Torah and the timely wisdom of modern psychology.

2) Living Emunah – Why do thousands of people tune in to listen to Rabbi David Ashear’s lectures on Emunah? Probably because they teach their readers how to live a worry free life. Who wouldn’t want that? You can experience the tranquility and peace that comes along with learning Emunah too…and this book will show you how.

3) We’re All In This Together – Rabbi Yissocher Frand is one of our generations most respected and sought-after lecturers and authors, and for good reason. His clear reasoning, his powerful way of presenting his ideas, his stories and humor – they’re all a part of why tens of thousands of people have been inspired by Rabbi Frand’s lessons. Now those lessons are presented in book form, with essays on timely topics related to the challenges that all of us face.

4) Let There Be Rain – With his Ohr Naava women’s learning center, Rabbi Zechariah Wallerstein has transformed the landscape of torah for women. And now he’s joined forces with one of today’s best-selling Torah authors, Rabbi Shimon Finkelman, to transform your life with a unique perspective on gratitude. Conveniently arranged for daily study, this is a book that will change your life.

 

So which one do you want? Tell us for your chance to win!

To enter the giveaway:

Comment on this post letting us know which of these new books you would like to win.

One winner will be chosen at random and we will send them the book of their choice.

**Giveaway ends on Monday, September 22nd at 11:59 pm eastern time. Prize can be shipped within the USA. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond. Valid email address must be provided to claim prize. Limit one entry per person.

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Weekly Download: Let There Be Rain

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What are you thankful for? When was the last time you really though about gratitude? In this new release from ArtScroll, Let There Be Rain, popular teacher and lecturer Rabbi Zechariah Wallerstein teamed up with best-selling author Rabbi Shimon Finkelman … Continue reading

Sunken Apples and Honey Tart from Kosher by Design

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With Rosh Hashanah just two weeks away, many of you are probably cooking and baking for Rosh Hashanah, or at least thinking about your holiday menus. Well, with over 15 popular kosher cookbooks under our belts here at ArtScroll, we’re … Continue reading

10 Books to Help You Prepare for Rosh Hashanah

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!

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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.

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2) The Power of TeshuvahBest-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.

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3) Twerski on Machzor: Rosh HashanahThe 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.

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4) Twerski on Machzor: Yom KippurJust 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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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8) A Touch of PurityWith 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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

Weekly Download: Living Emunah

Imagine a life free of worry, of stress, of anxiety. This life could be yours, and Rabbi David Ashear’s new book, Living Emunah is here to show you how. Rabbi Ashear’s Daily Emunah talks have taken the world by storm. Thousands have internalized his life amazing lessons.

Now his life changing lessons are combined into ArtScroll’s newest masterpiece, and for this week’s free download, we’re giving our blog readers a chance to experience it this hot new release.

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Readers Write: Maran Harav Ovadia

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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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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Make sure to come back to The Official ArtScroll Blog every Thursday for a free download on the parashah or other timely topics!

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.

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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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