New Haggadahs from ArtScroll and a Double Giveaway!

Want to win a copy of one of ArtScroll’s excellent new haggadahs? Scroll down for a double giveaway!

Pesach is just a few weeks away, and we have two brand-new haggadahs to enhance your seder and help you really understand the story or yetzias mitzrayim.

Haggadah Touched by Our Story: The Soul of the Seder Through Stories and Reflections

By Rabbi Yechiel Sperohtsh

The Haggadah. It’s our story. Let’s make sure we tell it well.

This year, invite a master story-teller to your seder. Acclaimed teacher, best-selling author, and master story-teller Rabbi Yechiel Spero is back with a brand new haggadah, Touched by Our Story. In this masterful new volume, Rabbi Spero combines wide-ranging, stimulating commentary on the Haggadah and, of course, his trademark true stories. Enlightening, engaging and eye-opening, this is a Haggadah that will ensure a lively, meaningful and enjoyable seder for us, our guests, and — most important of all — our children, the next generation to tell the stories.

 

 

The Generation to Generation Haggadah

By Rabbi Nosson Mullergngh

The Pesach Seder. The one night a year that Jews throughout the world relive and experience the Exodus from Egypt. It is the time when we infuse in ourselves and our children lessons of emunah, faith, and an immense appreciation for the kindness and love bestowed upon us by Hashem.

In this unique Haggadah commentary, Rabbi Nosson Muller, Menahel of Yeshiva Toras Emes in Brooklyn, and renowned and experienced educator, offers us the tools to make the Seder an unforgettable event and an exciting learning experience. With insightful explanations coupled with dozens of inspiring and meaningful stories and parables, Rabbi Muller gives us timely and practical chinuch messages and lessons — for ourselves, and to convey to our children. This haggadah is bound to keep the children — and their parents — engaged and interested throughout the long night.

On seder night every parent becomes a teacher. Here is a master educator to show us how to do it right. The seder lasts for a few hours — The Generation to Generation Haggadah will help us and our children hear its vital message resound throughout the year.

Giveaway is over! Congrats to Leah Rina and Zorach M. Spira on winning!

Two separate readers will each win a copy of one of these new Haggadahs! To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us that you would like to win.

**Giveaway ends on Wednesday, March 25th at 11:59 pm eastern time. One winner will receive a copy of Haggadah Touched by Our Story, and another winner will receive a copy of The Generation to Generation Haggadah. Prize can be shipped within the USA. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via email. Valid email address must be provided to claim prize. Winner will have 48 hours to answer or another winner will be chosen. Limit one entry per person. 

Free Weekly Download: Lifelines

Lifelines: Ordinary people…facing extraordinary challenges. Their stories – an the stories behind their stories.

By C. Saphir

Pick up a copy of Lifelines and you’ll immediately be hooked. This is a book of incredible stories about real people, facing real challenges. It’s a book of hope and inspiration. The stories that have captivated thousands of readers in Mishpacha magazine are now printed in a beautiful, hard-covered book – making a great great gift for anyone who enjoys a good story – and a healthy dose of inspiration. Best of all, every story includes a postscript composed of brand-new material that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the aftermath of the story and adds an exciting new layer of meaning.

For this week’s free download, we’re giving you the chance to enjoy a couple of sample stories from our new release, Lifelines

Click here to view, print or download sample stories from Lifelines

Click here to purchase a copy of Lifelines

Click here for all free downloads on The Official ArtScroll Blog

Free Weekly Download: Halachic Handbook: The Laws of Purim

When you think of purim, you might think of fun – parties, costumes and shalach manos. But it’s important to understand the laws and customs of purim as well. Enter The Halachic Handbook: Laws of Purim, . by Rabbi Yitzchok Rosedale. In this handy, pocket-sized volum, the laws of Purim are clearly laid out and explained in a concise and understandable manner.

This week is Parashas Zachor, the shabbos in which we read the Torah portion recounting the war with Amalek. To help you understand the complex laws surrounding this special mitzvah, this week’s free download gives you the chapter on Parashas Zochar. Download it and share it with your friends so they can learn too.

Click here to view, print or download a chapter from Halachic Handbook: The Laws of Purim

Click here to purchase Halachic Handbook: The Laws of Purim

Click here to shop all purim titles

If you enjoyed this free download, your friends will too! Make sure to spread the word using any of the sharing options below. 

Shop ArtScroll’s 30% Talmud and Mishnah Sale Before It’s Too Late!

low-res-sale-ad
ArtScroll’s Talmud and Mishnah sale continues! Shop now before it’s too late to save 30% on ArtScroll’s renowned selection of Talmud and Mishnah series.

 

Don’t forget – get free shipping at ArtScroll.com on all orders that are over $49 (in the USA)!

Take this great opportunity to fill in any volumes missing from your set, or purchase a complete set for your shul, yeshivah, son-in-law or yourself!

Click here to begin saving.

Here’s a closer look at the titles included in this limited time sale:

Schottenstein Edition Talmud BavliWith its flowing translation, clear elucidation, diagrams, vowelized text, and introductions to the tractates and individual topics, the Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli has earned world-wide acclaim and transformed the lives of tens of thousands of people who are making Talmud study a vital part of their day.

Schottenstein Edition Hebrew Talmud Bavli: Designed for those who prefer to study in Hebrew, this edition has achieved wide acceptance and praise. In Israel and America, the “Blue Gemara” is everywhere.

Schottenstein Talmud Yerushalmi: A translation and elucidation that has made the wisdom of the Yerushalmi accessible to thousands who are now able to revel in its study. This groundbreaking work is available in both Hebrew and English versions.

Yad Avrohom Mishnah: A major series that includes clear translation, diagrams and illustrations, and the extensive Yad Avraham commentary covering a full range of commentators.

Schottenstein Edition Mishnah Elucidated: Newest addition to the ArtScroll library, the elucidated translation adds words and phrases to make the Mishnah text clear, while notes clarify the Mishnah further. This is ideal for those looking for a basic yet thorough approach – people studying for a yahrtzeit or sheloshim and young people or adults who have limited time but want a clear understanding of Mishnah. The full Seder Moed and Nashim vol. 1 have been published, with other volumes in preparation.

Ryzman Edition Hebrew Mishnah:  This Hebrew-language elucidation of Mishnah enables readers to learn at many levels. It includes the Mishnah text and the Rav’s commentary, newly-typeset; a phrase-by-phrase translation and elucidation, in readable Hebrew; an expanded explanation of the Mishnah; an “Iyunim” level for in-depth study, and a summary of the halachos that emerge from the Mishnah, as presented in Shulchan Aruch.

ArtScroll Schottenstein Digital Talmud: Combining the classic format and translations of the ArtScroll Schottenstein Talmud with cutting edge technology and a ton of interactive and innovative features, this digital edition of the Talmud allows you to carry multiple volumes – or even the entire shas – in the palm of your hand! Get the entire Shas for less than $600, or individual volumes for just $9.99! Click here for details.

 

Hurry! Sale ends on March 3rd – shop now before it’s too late!

 

 

Purim With ArtScroll’s Cookbooks: Savory Hamantashen Recipe

With Purim coming up in just a few weeks, Jewish cooks from all over the world are eagerly preparing their purim

Whenever you’re cooking, whether it’s for a Jewish Holiday, a weeknight supper, or anything in between, you’re bound to find the recipe you’re looking for in one of ArtScroll’s top-of-the-line Kosher cookbooks. With Purim coming up in just a few weeks, we figured it’s a good time for the Official ArtScroll Blog to share one of those fabulous recipes: Savory Hamantashen from Fresh and Easy by Leah Schapira. Traditional sweet hamantashen are great, but these Savory Hamantaschen, with their delicious dipping sauce, make a great appetizer for your Purim Seudah!

Looking for other hamantashen ideas? These crafty hamantashen from Crafting Jewish are a great mishloach manot container!

savory-hamantashen-from-Fresh-and-Easy

Savory Hamantaschen

Recipe from Fresh and Easy Kosher Cooking by Leah Schapira. Copyright ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications. 

Click here to download a printable version of Savory Hamentashen on The Official ArtScroll Blog

Ingredients:

4 (10-inch circles) frozen malawah dough

2 tbsp honey

3 cloves garlic

1 full tbsp salt

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp apple juice

3 chicken cutlets, cubed

¼ cup red bell pepper, finely diced

oil, for frying

Apricot Dipping Sauce

1 cup apricot jam

2 tbsp mustard

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp honey

Instructions: 

  1. In a medium bowl, combine honey, garlic, salt, soy sauce, and apple juice. Marinate chicken in mixture for a minimum of 30 minutes. Add the diced red pepper.
  2. Remove malawah dough from freezer to begin defrosting.
  3. When dough has slightly defrosted (approximately 10 minute after removing from freezer), use a cookie cutter to cut out 2º-inch circles. Defrost circles for an additional 5 minutes. Using a rolling pin or pressing down with your hands, roll the dough circles slightly until they are 3Ω inches wide.
  4. Place a heaping teaspoonful of chicken mixture into the center of each circle. Pinch the edges together to form a hamentash.
  5. Heat a thin layer of oil in a skillet or frying pan. Add hamentashen to pan, filled side down. Fry over medium-low heat for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through or until golden (the heat needs to be low enough so the chicken is cooked before the dough browns).
  6. To prepare dipping sauce, add all ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine thoroughly.
  7. Serve hamentashen warm with dipping sauce.

Click here to purchase Fresh and Easy Kosher Cooking

Click here to shop ArtScroll cookbooks.

Weekly Free Download: Let My Nation Live

llihPurim is coming up sooner than you think, and it’s time to start preparing. ArtScroll has a large selection of purim titles, including Megillos, Purim reading, and purim books and megillos for children.

One of our best-selling Purim titles is Let My Nation Live by Yosef Deutch. Presenting the miracle of Purim in story form, Let My Nation Live is an excellent way to gain an understanding and appreciation for the thrilling story, the struggles and triumphs, and the miracles portrayed in Megillas Esther. Based on sources from the Talmud, the Medrash and classic commentaries, this fascinating book will give you an appreciation for the purim story like never before.

Get ready for rosh chodesh adar by reading the first chapter of this great book – for free!

Click here to view, print or download a chapter from Let My Nation Live.

Click here to purchase a copy of Let My Nation Live.

Click here for all Purim titles.

Click here to shop ArtScroll’s extensive selection of Purim Judaica.

 

If you enjoyed this free download, your friends will too! Spread the word using any of the sharing buttons below. 

Announcing: ArtScroll’s Talmud and Mishnah Sale: 30% Off!

Exclusive pre-sale announcement for our loyal blog readers: ArtScroll’s Talmud and Mishnah sale starts tomorrow, but you can start saving today!

low-res-sale-ad

Talmud and Mishnah Sale includes:

          

         

         

          

          

Plus, get free shipping on USA orders over $49.

*30% discount off list price. Travel paperback individual volumes not included in sale. Complimentary Shipping is valid in the Continental U.S. only on purchases of $49 or more in the same order. Taxes and prior purchases do not qualify toward the minimum purchase requirement. Eligible customers must select saver shipping during checkout to receive complimentary shipping. Sale ends March 3rd, 2015.

Free Download: Life’s Blessings {new release!}

lifbhIntroducing a brand-new title from Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, MD: Life’s Blessings

Bestselling beloved author Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D. shows us how to unleash and harness the vast power of berachos. In his inimitable combination of Torah insight and marvelous stories, he examines the structure of the berachos and the meaning of the words. He then leads us through our day, sharing insights and stories about the berachos that we recite, from the first blessing we say as we wash our hands, through blessings on Torah, on food, in prayer, all the way up to our last minutes before we go to sleep. And he takes us throughout the year, examining the special berachos of the Festivals and holy days, as well as the blessings we recite on all the special occasions of our lives.

As part of our weekly free-download series, The Official ArtScroll Blog is offering a sample chapter of this excellent new book.

Click here to view, print or download a sample chapter from Life’s Blessings

Click here to purchase Life’s Blessings by Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, MD

Click here for all titles by Rabbi Abraham J Twerski, MD

ArtScroll offers a free download every Thursday – either from new releases, related to the parashah, or about timely topics. Click here for past downloads, and make sure to visit this blog every week for the newest. If you liked this post, make sure to spread the words – your friends will enjoy it too!

Baruch and the Disappearing Yarmulke: Author Interview + Giveaway!

bdyhIf you have little boys in your life – whether it’s a son, grandson, nephew, or anyone else – you’re probably very familiar with the concept of the disappearing yarmulka. Rivke Gerstenblit, seasoned writer and mother-of-boys decided to do something about the problem. Her new children’s book, Baruch and His Disappearing Yarmulka, tackles this challenge and teaches an easy solution in a fun way.

Rivke sat down with The Official ArtScroll blog to discuss her new book. Scroll passed the interview for your chance to win a free copy!

What made you think of the idea for Baruch and His Disappearing Yarmulke?

My three-year-old kept losing his yarmulke. I just put myself into his head; with and without yarmulke. After I wrote the book, I had two more boys and they also constantly lost their yarmulkes. It seems to be a universal problem.

How long did it take you to write this book?

Writing the initial book took very little time. Probably less than an hour. The best material I have written comes to me quickly. If I have to work on the initial draft too long, then the final work is just not as good. Perfecting the rhythm and obsessing over word choices took years. Not continuously, but I would go back to it and make small changes. I was quite busy with other things — like raising the children —  and had no sense of urgency. There were years that I didn’t even look at it.

What made you decide to finally submit  your manuscript?

My family, especially my parents, would always ask me when I was going to do something with my yarmulke book. And I always answered with some variation of “One day….”  I don’t really know what I was waiting for. Then someone asked me about it in front of my ten year old daughter and she asked, “what book?!”  So I read it to her and she started asking me (quite often) to submit it to a publisher. She was pretty persistent. I finally bit the bullet.

When and how did you get started as a writer?

When I was about five my older sister was putting me to bed and I suddenly recited the following rhyme, “I wash the windows, I wash the floors, and on the way I shut the doors.” That was my first piece. I passed my friend so many humorous (or so I thought) poems during class in that after graduation she gave me a booklet she had made of them. I started writing for a local magazine about six years ago, and shortly after that I started writing for Binah magazine. Between my cleaning poem and my professional writing career, I’ve been writing my entire life.

Why is the name of the main character Baruch?

My three-year-old son Baruch inspired this book. This just happened to be fourteen years ago. Baruch is currently seventeen,kein ayin hara.

Have you gotten any feedback on your book from readers?

My family and friends are always sending me pictures of their children reading the book. I love getting those pictures. I love when people tell me they go through the same thing with their sons and they needed a book just like this, and I love getting excited calls and texts from people I know. The support is amazing. I didn’t expect it. I didn’t think it would be a big deal for anyone other than myself, but I see that it is. I feel so touched hearing how much people enjoy my book.

What’s next? Any new books on the horizon?

My second children’s book about bedtime is scheduled for an upcoming release by ArtScroll – stay tuned for details and the release date!

To enter the giveaway for a copy of Baruch and His Disappearing Yarmulke:

Leave a comment on this post letting us know that you would like to win!

**Giveaway ends on Monday, February 9th at 11:59 pm eastern time. Winner will receive one copy of Baruch and His Disappearing Yarmulke. Prize can be shipped within the USA. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via email. Valid email address must be provided to claim prize. Limit one entry per person. 

 

Weekly Free Download: A Touch of Chizuk

tchh

Everyone knows Rabbi Yechiel Spero: best-selling author, popular lecturer, and of course, master story teller. His books are filled with stories that are known for their touching nature and inspirational values. Just in time for Chanukah, Rabbi Spero is back … Continue reading