Upwards: Learning Appreciation

If you’re looking for reading material for Pesach, look no further than Upwards,  by Shami Reinman - the personal account of a woman’s battle with Parkinson’s that will give you a whole new level of appreciate for everything you have in life.

You would think that reading the personal account of a woman in her 50′s struggle with Parkinson’s disease would be down, depressing, sad. You might be right in most cases, but not so with Upwards.

Upwards is the first-person account of Shami Reinman, a vibrant and energetic woman in her 50′s – a bubby, teacher, wife and mother. She’s fun, funny and full of life – just the kind of person everyone wants as a friend. Then the unthinkable happens, and Mrs. Reinman’s world is turned upside down.  As the author takes us through her journey from Diagnosis, to acceptance, to struggling with her own body - the overwhelming feeling is appreciation.

Yes. Appreciation.

When did I last appreciate my ability to wake up in the morning and get dressed – by myself? When was the last time that I stopped and thought about the gift of being able to speak loudly and clearly, and be understood by those around me? How often to I think about the blessing of being able to drive a car, climb a flight of stairs? Did I ever feel appreciation for my ability to chew, swallow and eat? Who really takes the time to appreciate that their body is not their own worst enemy?

Reading about Shami Reinman and her struggles, reading about how she faces her challenges with optimism, it carries through to the reader. In her words:

“I accept whatever Hashem sends me, and I am grateful for every day that I have. I’ll take each day as it comes.”

-Shami Reinman, Upwards (page 276)

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Free Teleconference with Rebbetzin Yehudis Samet

Pesach always comes along with a lot of family time. This year, prepare for this time and make the most of it! Join Rebbetzin Yehudis Samet, author of My Father, My Mother and Me, for a free teleconference on the topic of Kibud Av Ve’eim!

 

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Please spread the word about this valuable resource so your friends and family can join too!

When: Wednesday, April 9th from 10:00 – 10:30 am eastern time.

Call 857-232-0158 and use conference code 515148.

 

Click here for all books by Rebbetzin Yehudis Samet

Weekly Learning Download: Kashering for Pesach from The Kosher Kitchen

This week’s free Weekly Learning Download is all about preparing your kitchen for Passover from our practical Halachah Sefer: The Kosher Kitchen.

It’s that time of year again. Jewish homes all over the world are being cleaned and scrubbed in preparation for Passover. As Pesach approaches, many of our readers will be “turning over” their kitchens – making their year-round kitchen ready for their Passover cooking.

To help you with that transition, this week’s learning download features a practical guide to kashering your kitchen, excerpted from The Kosher Kitchen.

Click here to view, download and print KASHERING FOR PESACH Excerpted from The Kosher Kitchen.

Click here to purchase The Kosher Kitchen with an exclusive online discount.

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ArtScroll Haggadah Giveaway!

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The winner is… Miriam! She chose: The Answer is…

ArtScroll released two amazing new Haggadah’s this year. Now, we’re giving one of our blog readers a chance to choose which Haggadah they would like to win!

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Click here to learn more about The Rav Chaim Kanievsky Haggadah.

Click here to learn more about The Haggadah Shel Pesach: The Answer Is (Plus, download a free sample chapter here.)

To enter the giveaway:

Comment on this post telling us which of these two Haggadahs you want to win! That’s it!

You can increase your chances of winning by entering our Instagram (@ArtScroll) and Facebook giveaways as well!

**Giveaway ends on Sunday, April 6th at 11:59 pm eastern time. Prize can be shipped within the USA. Winner will be notified via email. Valid email address must be provided to claim prize. Limit one entry per person. 

Great New Passover Gifts Available at ArtScroll.Com

Did you know? In addition to ArtScroll’s vast selection of Seforim, books, cookbooks, novels, and other Jewish titles, you can also shop ArtScroll.Com for a great selection of Judaica, including Kosher Lamps, Kosher Cookware and now, this fantastic new Pesach gift:

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With four styles to choose from, these cuff-links make a wonderful Passover gift! We also have a wide selection of Matzah holders, Seder plates, Afikoman bags, plus more great Passover Judaica items.

Don’t forget! ArtScroll.Com offers free shipping on all orders over $79 – combine your gift purchases with a new insightful Haggadah and/or a new mouthwatering cookbook, and you will be all set!

 

ArtScroll is here to help you prepare for Pesach in all sorts of ways! 

>>Click here to shop all Judaica.

>>Click here to shop all Haggadahs.

>>Click here to download a sample chapter from our brand new Haggadah.

>>Click here for a free Passover recipe card download.

Ten Haggadahs That Will Transform Your Seder

With all of the physical preparation that goes on for Passover – between the cooking, the cleaning, the matzoh baking – and everything in between – it’s important to remember to prepare yourself spiritually for the upcoming holiday of Pesach.

There’s such a wealth of Haggadahs out there, so ArtScroll is here to help with some suggestions: Ten Haggadahs that will transform your seder. Read a tidbit about each book, then click through to purchase the Haggadah of your choice.
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1) Pesach Haggadah: The Answer Is – This brand-new Haggadah from ArtScroll is set up in a system of questions and answers. Geared at getting the conversation started at your Seder, this Haggadah provides an interactive experience – with over 1000 answers to 300 questions!

>>Click here to purchase.

 

2) The Haggadah with Answers - This classic Haggadah embraces the mitzvah of teaching your children the story of Yetzias Metzrayim by presenting questions and answers for discussion at the seder. With clearly written and explained content from classic commentators, from their writings on the Torah, the Talmud, or the Haggadah, this comprehensive work will surely enhance your Seder.

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3) The Haggadah Treasury - Rabbi Nosson Scherman presents an anthology of insights, interpretations, and parables that will provide a wealth of knowledge and material to enhance your Seder table.

>>Click here to purchase.

 

4) The Haggadah of the Roshei Yeshivah - For the first time in English, this groundbreaking Haggadah brings together the ideas and commentary of six of the greatest luminaries of contemporary times. With commentary from Rabbi Isser Zalman, Rabbi Aharon Kotler, Rabbi Chaim Shmulevitz, Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky (the Steipler Gaon), Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, you’re sure to find inspiration and knowledge!

>>Click here to purchase.

 

5) The Haggadah Anthology – Noted scholar Rabbi Moshe Leiber skillfully weaves together many strands of commentary and spices them with rich sprinklings of anecdotes and parables to portray the story of the Exodus in a new and meaningful light.

>>Click here to purchase.

 

6) Rav Chaim Kanievsky Haggadah – Imagine getting invited to the Seder of Rav Chaim Kanievsky. Imagine how you would cherish every kernel of wisdom that Rav Chaim would share. Now, thanks to this new Haggadah from ArtScroll, you can feel like you are at the seder of this Torah leader. Compiled by Rabbi Avrohom Yeshayahu Shteinman, this unique haggadah will show you the seder through the eyes of Rav Chaim Kanievsky.

>>Click here to purchase.

 

7) Haggadah from Bondage to Freedom – Rabbi Abraham J Twersky, using his signature combination of Torah wisdom and the science of the mind, presents this beautiful Haggadah – aimed at taking each of us from our own personal bondage to the promised land of self-fulfillment and joy in achieving our personal best.

>>Click here to purchase.

 

8) The Rav Shach Haggadah  - The warm humanity and genuine concern that Rav Shach displayed was legendary. Those qualities are prominently featured in the Rav Shach Haggadah.  Filled with insights from and stories about Rav Shach as well as anecdotes he retold, his teachings – through word and example – come through with the strength, humility, poignancy and warmth of the Rosh Yeshivah himself.

>>Click here to purchase.

 

9) Haggadah Expanded Edition (The Elias Haggadah) - Since it first appeared nearly 25 years ago, the ArtScroll Haggadah by Rabbi Joseph Elias has been the most popular Haggadah of its kind, anywhere! Now Rabbi Elias has produced the long-awaited new and expanded edition – with much new commentary on the second half of the Haggadah.

>>Click here to purchase.

 

10) The Family HaggadahThis is the Haggadah that practically requires no introduction. With ArtScroll’s signature clarity, accuracy and elegance, this Haggadah is a must have for following along at the seder. Order a copy for every participant at your seder so everyone can be “on the same page.”

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Don’t forget the children! Make sure your children can follow along and enjoy the seder with one of our Children’s Haggadahs:

Haggadah: Illustrated Youth Edition

ArtScroll Children’s Haggadah

 We’d love to hear from you! Comment below and let us know which of these you’ll be using at your seder!

Weekly Learning Download: Haggadah And The Answer Is

The Question: How Do You Make Your Seder Dynamic, Lively, and Spirited? The Answer Is… The Pesach Haggadah: The Answer Is…

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Interactive: To have participants ask good questions. And get great answers.

This Pesach, we’ve got more than 300 questions – and over 1,000 answers! – for Seder night, guaranteed to make your Seder table a particularly lively and dynamic place. They’re all here, in The Pesach Haggadah: The Answer Is…

The Pesach Haggadah: The Answer Is… was a major bestseller in its original Hebrew, and for good reason. This engrossing and unusual Haggadah takes us through every facet of the Seder and the Pesach story by asking questions and offering answers from more than two hundred commentators

For our weekly learning download, we are sharing a sample chapter from this popular new Haggadah.

Click here to view and download a sample chapter from The Pesach Haggadah: The Answer is.

Click here to purchase this Haggadah with an exclusive online discount.

Free Passover Recipe Cards Download!

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If you’ve started to think about your menu for Passover, we’re here to help! ArtScroll’s three hit Pesach cookbooks all contain a wide variety of mouthwatering recipes that will enhance your pesach meals.

To give you a “taste” of our recipes, we’re sharing free recipe cards that you can download and print. (Scroll down for a high resolution PDF.)

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You can also download the files here:

—-> Click here to download the recipe cards for easy printing: Pesach Recipe Cards

—-> Click here to download the recipe cards in a convenient recipe box size: Pesach Recipe Cards 3×5

About the books:

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A Taste of Pesach is the newest cookbook in our Passover selection. Featuring over 160 tried and true recipes, this book has a recipe for every palate and every occasion! Click here to purchase A Taste of Pesach.

 

 

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Passover Made Easy puts the “wow” factor in Pesach food, presenting innovative and exciting recipes that you won’t believe are Kosher for Passover! Click here to purchase Passover Made Easy.

 

 

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Passover by Design by best-selling author Susie Fishbein combines previous Kosher By Design favorites that have been tweaked for Passover with a selection of brand-new recipes to make your Pesach cooking elegantly simple. Click here to purchase Passover By Design.

 

Readers Write: My Father, My Mother and Me + Giveaway!

Readers from all over the world have been raving about our new book, My Father, My Mother and MeBelow are some of their comments. If you would like to share your thoughts on this book, or any ArtScroll title that has made an impression on you, email blog@artscroll.com and it might be featured on The Official ArtScroll Blog!

Scroll to the end of the post for a giveaway!

Giveaway is over! The winner is: Sarah W!

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A reader from Israel shares:

“I would like to describe my experience with My Father, My Mother and Me. because I want more people to buy it. I did not buy this book to improve my relationship with my mother or with my mother in law. In fact, I didn’t buy it at all. Someone bought it for me, because she knew I was having real serious issues with my in-laws. You know—things that typically just go on without resolution.

Amazingly, as I read, something shifted in my attitude. It wasn’t because a particular story inspired me. It was just the whole idea of this book. l these years, I was looking at how I was right and how my in-laws were wrong. Even though I saw certain areas where I realized they were right and I was wrong, I had a hard time acting respectfully about them.

So what happened?

After reading the book, I realized that even if they are wrong and I am right, I should be focusing on my responsibilities, on how I could become better. I realized that I should daven more to be able to honor my in-laws, my parents, and to respect them and their needs.

My mindset changed a lot, in a lot of ways. I realized that because of my new attitude, I am talking to my in-laws—and talking to my husband about them—in a different way. I thought, “Wow! What a little book can do!”

I wanted to share this because I feel that everyone should read My Father, My Mother and Me. “

Gitty writes about how much she enjoyed this book:

“I highly recommend the book My Father, My Mother and Me. It has opened up my eyes (pokeach ivrim) to the halachos of Kibud Av V’Eim. It gave me a whole new perspective on the way that I view my relationship with my parents. Baruch Hashem, I have already been able to put the halachas I’ve learned from this book into practice. Aside from being inspirational and educational, this is a highly entertaining book that I had fun reading – I don’t know any time that I ever said that about a halacha sefer.

Yasher Koach!”

Reader Chani writes about how this book impacted her life:

“I picked up a copy of My Father, My Mother and Me over shabbos, and I spent some time reading it. I found it to be life changing.

My father has never forgiven me for becoming a Baalas Teshuva. Every time that I see him he makes fun of my “lifestyle” and puts down Kollel. He makes sure to let me know that if I didn’t have the extra expenses of being a frum Jew, I could live the “good” life (cruises, restaurants, etc).

After spending a few hours with him, the only thing I usually want to do is run out the door. This week, as I was visiting him, I started thinking about the stories that I had read in the book. I took a look around me and realized that his apartment was in terrible shape. The mitzvah of Kibbud Av includes cleaning and feeding my father, not just visiting him. Despite my tremendous desire to leave, I spent a long time cleaning his bathroom and kitchen and taking out numerous bags of garbage. Because of the many stories that I read about ways of taking care of parents, I realized that this is something that I should want to do, not look for excuses to get out of it.

The most remarkable thing is not that I did it, but how I felt about doing it. In the past when I helped him I was full of resentment for the way that he treats me. This time I left feeling good and empowered.  This was not about helping my father; it was about doing what Hashem wants.

Click here to purchase the book with exclusive online savings

GIVEAWAY!

 For your chance to win a copy of My Father, My Mother and Me  just comment below and tell us which ArtScroll titles have greatly impacted your life. (You can also email your thoughts to blog@artscroll.com and it may be featured here. All entries must be via comment on this post.)

**Giveaway ends on Thursday, March 27th at 11:59 eastern time. Prize can be shipped within the USA. Winner will be notified via email. Valid email address must be provided to claim prize. Limit one entry per person. 

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.

Click here to view, download or print: Weekly Learning Download – Parashas Shemini

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Click here for Volume 1(Bereishis) of the series.

Click here for Volume 2 (Shmos) of the series.