Weekly Learning Download: Festivals in Halachah

This week began ArtScroll’s BIG SET SALE where we offer 30% off on over 50 best-selling sets!

One of those sets is The Festivals in Halachah. The first of Rav Zevin’s halachic masterpieces to appear in English — it’s a classic analysis of the reasoning underlying the laws of the Festivals. It delves its way through the ancient roots of these laws, and traces their growth as they branch forth in the course of centuries of halachic debate.

For the weekly download, we are sharing the chapter on the Omer – insights and halachahs to help you understand and appreciate this time of the year.

Click here to view, print or download a sample chapter from The Festivals in Halachah.

Now you can purchase the set at 30% off the list price, thanks to our BIG SET SALE!

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Mountain Family Author Speaking Tour!

After speaking all over Israel and inspiring hundreds of people, Tzirel Rus Berger will be embarking on a North American speaking tour! The author of ArtScroll’s best-selling Mountain Family will be in America delivering her inspiring talk to audiences across the country!

 

Mountain Family Speaking Tour FlyerTo book an event in your community, contact Stuart Schnee: stu@stuartschnee.com or 973-796-2753.

Dairy Made Easy: Exclusive Author Interview + Giveaway!

Here in the ArtScroll offices, we are so excited about our newest cookbook release, Dairy Made EasyFor weeks now, we’ve been drooling over the mouthwatering images in the book, and discussing which recipes we’re craving for supper. Now that the book has finally been released, we are excited to share it with all of our readers!

We took a few minutes to sit down with the authors to discuss their newest book.

 

Scroll past the interview for your chance to win a copy! Winner has been announced!

 

Interview with Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek:

Q: What is your favorite recipe in Dairy Made Easy?

Leah: My favorite definitely needs to be the Sweet Chili Fries and the pizza. Oh, I also love the Arancini and the Grilled Avocado Sandwich. Did you say one favorite?

Victoria: I have to pick a dessert. The Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream gets served the most often at my table because it works well as either dairy or parve. But my personal favorite? The Tres Leches Cake. I can usually resist cake. Not that one.

Q: Can you tell us any funny or interesting stories that happened while you were working on Dairy Made Easy?

Victoria: My brother and sister-in-law told me that they used to go to a restaurant in Brooklyn NY, just to order the ziti, which they said was the best ziti ever. I was so curious. What could be so special about ziti? Since the restaurant closed down awhile ago, I had to network to find out who had owned it. Then, network some more to get his phone number, along with the former chef’s phone number. I called Chef John constantly. He’d usually ignore my call and send it to voicemail. When he finally picked up and I asked if he could share his ziti recipe, he said, “What? Something so simple? How about a nice fish?” No!! I wanted that ziti. When he finally shared it (after I called him a few dozen more times), and I made it, I wasn’t in love. And my brother and I figured out that it must have been his secret sauce that made it so good.

Q: Can you tell us more about the process of testing/developing the recipes? 

Leah: We tend to forget those exhausting days of our lives! Otherwise we wouldn’t write more books. Kidding aside, we live in fear that the recipes aren’t foolproof enough, so we re-test and retest until we can make each recipe in our sleep and until our families don’t want to eat it even one more time (that’s what neighbors are for).

Q: What made you decide to write a book of dairy recipes?

Leah: When we asked random friends and woman what they cook for dairy dinners, they all said the same thing: baked ziti. We realized we all (us included) wanted more options.

There are so many times during the year that we are stumped for new dairy recipe ideas … daily breakfast and lunch, luncheons and brunches, dairy dinners, Shavuos, the Nine Days, shalosh seudos, and Motza’ei Shabbos.

Q: Were there any recipes that were left out of the book? Why?

Leah: Painfully, we had to cut out lots of desserts. After all, it’s a diary book and not a dessert book. When we realized that to balance out the book we couldn’t include more than a dozen sweet things, we almost convinced ourselves that cheese buns are a breakfast item so that we would be able to include more desserts in the book (alas, the cheese buns are back in the dairy book’s dessert section).

Victoria: I still miss those vanilla molten cakes. I’m a vanilla fan and Leah is a chocolate fan, so I couldn’t win that battle. I would only let Leah cut them if she promised me we’d include them in another book.

Q: Last question: what’s next?

Leah: Our next book is almost ready and we’re in love with it: Secret Restaurant Recipes. We gathered a collection of recipes from kosher restaurants all over the world. Name your favorite restaurant and we’ve got a secret restaurant recipe from them.

Victoria: It’s so fascinating to learn what techniques and ingredients chefs use to prepare their most popular dishes. The recipes are very different than what we’d ever think of…and so awesome!

Leah: As for our next after that, we’re open to ideas. Suggest our next cookbook topic and it may just be the one we write!

 

Click here to order your copy of Dairy Made Easy.

Click here for the entire Made Easy Cookbook Series.

Congrats to Shaindy on winning Dairy Made Easy!

To enter the giveaway:

Comment on this post telling us: what is your favorite dairy dish? OR Tell us what topic you’d like the next made easy cookbook to be on!

**Giveaway ends on Thursday, May 8th 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. 

Three Happy Words for Readers: Back in Print

Out of print.

For loyal readers, they are three of the saddest words in the language.

Maybe you loved a book so much, read it so often, that its pages began to fall out, and you want desperately to replace it. Or perhaps you heard about a book from a friend – it’s the “one you absolutely have to read.” It might be your favorite book ever, and you want to gift it to someone you love.

And now you hear those dreaded words: “We’re sorry, it’s not available. It’s out of print.”

For all of you who have had the frustration and disappointment of “out of print,” we’ve got three much happier words for you:

Back in print.

ArtScroll’s state-of-the-art printing technology is now enabling us to keep many sought-after books in print, years, even decades, after their first appearance.

Here is a sampling of some of our most beloved books, now back in print! So if you’ve been looking for them, waiting for them – the wait is over. Enjoy!

 


Touched by a Story Volume 2
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If you love Yechiel Spero’s poignant true stories (and who doesn’t?) and you haven’t read this volume, you’re in for a real treat!

 

 

 

The Shabbos Kitchen: Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen’s works are known for their clarity and scope. Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about cooking on Shabbos.

 

 

 

Building Your Self Image: Rabbi Zelig Pliskin is the master of motivating us to be as good as we can be, to set our goals and to reach them. In this life-transforming classic, he explains the emotional dynamics of success, shares insights and stories and gives us practical tips on how to believe in ourselves.

 

 Rebbetzin Kanievsky: It’s hard for us to keep up with the demand for this mega-bestseller, which has already sold more than 50,000 copies. This extraordinary biography is a warm and moving account of Rebbetzin Kanievsky’s simple, down-to-earth greatness. Written with the blessing and cooperation of Rav Chaim Kanievsky shlita and based on interviews with him and his family, The Jaffa Edition Rebbetzin Kanievsky: A Legendary Mother to All includes hundreds of pictures, including private, never-before-published family photos and documents.

 


Dear Daughter
/Dear Son:
With family dynamics becoming more and more complex, these two books by master educator Rabbi Eliyohu Goldschmidt are must-haves in every family library.

 

 

 

Tales of Tzaddikim Volume 3, Sefer Vaykira: A beloved Torah classic for youth, finally available again.

 

 

 

Shabbos with Rav Pam: Rabbi Sholom Smith, a close and devoted student of Rav Pam, has rendered a marvelous adaptation of his rebbe’s teachings on the Parshiyos that widens the window of insight into the mind of an American Torah giant who preserved the ways of Torah for generations to come.

 

 

 

Angels Don’t Leave Footprints: Rabbi Twerski shows us all how to see the inner good that is obscured by the debris of everyday life. Angels do their job and move on without leaving a mark, but human beings stumble and scrape their knees — and wonder if they can get anything right. They absolutely can — and this book proves it!

 

 

 

Click here for additional back-in-print titles. Make sure to subscribe to get email updates of future blog posts as we continue to announce books that are back in print!

 

The Pirkei Avos Treasury – Giveaway!

We hope that all of our readers and fans had a wonderful and meaningful Pesach. Now it’s time to look towards the period between Pesach and Shavuos, when it’s customary for Jews to read one chapter each week from Pirkei Avos, Ethics of Our Fathers.

Giveaway is over! Congratulations to Adam and Chava Simon on winning!

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One of ArtScroll’s best-selling Pirkei Avos volumes is The Pirkei Avos TreasuryBetween the covers of this magnificent, oversized coffee-table volume lies anthologized commentary and anecdotes that bring the lessons of Pirkei Avos down to earth and into our lives.

The Pirkei Avos Treasury is a meaningful gift for anyone in your life who enjoys learning and growing. And now, just in time to learn Pirkei Avos this year, ArtScroll is giving one of it’s readers the gift of this beautiful volume – a $59.99 value!

Click here to shop all Pirkei Avos by ArtScroll.

Click here for exclusive online savings on The Pirkei Avos Treasury.

Giveaway now over!

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Subscribe to the Official ArtScroll blog via email (link on the right sidebar) and leave a comment on this post letting us know you subscribed.

Want another chance to win? Enter the contest on Facebook too!

**Giveaway ends on Sunday, April 27th 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. 

Weekly Learning Download: Digital Edition Talmud Pesachim

If you’ve never experienced the innovative digital library from ArtScroll, here’s your chance!

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ArtScroll’s app for Apple, Android and now Kindle, is the revolutionary way to learn in today’s world. Putting the clarity of the Schottenstein Gemarah at your fingertips, the ArtScroll app adds convenience, plus all kinds of innovative features such as search functions, color coding and highlighting capabilities, and note functions. You can also tap on a reference, and the source commentary will instantly pop up.

Want to try it for yourself? Here’s your chance. ArtScroll is offering a free volume. The 10th chapter of pesachim talks about the Seder, the Four Cups, the Ma Nishtana and recounting the story.  It is an excellent selection to prepare for the seder.

To download this free volume:

First, you’ll need to install the app, available through the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or the Kindle App Store.

Three download options:

1) Click this link from your mobile device and it will take you to the correct volume on the ArtScroll App. Press “download.”

2)  Click this link to visit to the volume’s product page on ArtScroll.Com. Click on this icon (pictured at the right) and it will take you to the correct volume in the ArtScroll App. Click “download” to save it to your library.

3) Open the ArtScroll app, then open the in-app store. Click on the “individual volume” section and scroll down until you see the option for Pesachim 3 FREE Sample and click download.

To learn more about the Wasserman Digital Initiative App, click here to read more or watch the video.

Afikoman Gifts for the Whole Family!

It’s almost time to think about Afikoman presents! Here at ArtScroll, we’ve got you covered with Seforim, books and Judaica for the whole family.  Scroll down for our recommendations!

Looking to save? Make sure to sign up for our emails - we’ll be sending out an exclusive coupon code – it’s our Afikoman gift to you!

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For Young Children: 

Alef to Tav: Your children will love learning the Alef Bais with this best-selling classic.

Dovy and the Surprise Guests: Teach your children to love guests just like Dovy with this fun storybook.

Look What Hashem Gave Me: This popular children’s book will help your children learn to appreciate the gifts Hashem has given them.

For Older Children: 

The Kleinman Edition Mishkan: With beautiful 3D illustrations, this beautiful sefer will be enjoyed by the entire family.

Kids Cooking Made Easy: Deal with boredom and hunger in one shot with this hit new cookbook especially for kids!

Sand and Stars: This collaboration between Rabbi Berel Wein and Yaffa Ganz brings Jewish history to life for young readers.

For Women: 

Touched by Their Faith: Best-selling author, Rabbi Yechiel Spero, presents an all-new collection of stories that will help the reader grown in their faith.

Rebbetzin Kanievsky: This beautifully written and touching biography of Rebbetzin Kanievsky makes a great gift for any woman.

Interlinear Tehillim: Give the gift of tehillim with this beautiful and classic interlinear edition from ArtScroll.

For Men: 

Rav Elyashiv: This comprehensive biography of the Posek Hador features rare family photos, behind the scenes stories and glimpses into the life of this Torah giant.

Midrash Rabbah: Shir Hashirim: Unlock the spiritual and ethical treasures of Jewish thought with the latest edition of The Kleinman Edition Midrash Rabbah.

Kol Dodi on the Haftaros: In this new release, Rav Dovid Feinstein shares insights and a wealth of knowledge on the weekly Haftaros.

 

 

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)

Click here for book details and exclusive online savings. 

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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