Kleinman Edition Mishkan in new Compact Size + Limited Time Special Price only $39.99!

“With all of the same text and 3D color illustrations as the original version, the smaller and lighter new compact edition of the Kleinman Edition Mishkan is a must have for any home or classroom!”

Five years ago, the Mishkan came alive, to tens of thousands of people with The Kleinman Edition Mishkan/Tabernacle DVD. It was nothing short of revolutionary: Highlighting the details discussed in the pesukim in 3D virtual reality, allowing us to view the keilim from all angles, giving us animations that brought each component to life, and even enabling us to take our own “self-guided tour.”  Rarely had Torah scholarship and technological artistry been melded so beautifully.

But that was just the beginning…

The DVD was followed by the stunning, bestselling book: The Kleinman Edition Mishkan/Tabernacle. A large, art-quality, full color 296-page book, it shows us the Mishkan, its vessels, and the bigdei kehunah in spectacular graphics and clear, understandable text. We learn how each vessel or piece of clothing was assembled and the manner of its use. It includes each of the Torah verses that initially describe the construction and assembly of the Mishkan, in both Hebrew and English. Also included is Rashi on those pesukim in the original Hebrew, accompanied by the Sapirstein Edition translation and elucidation.

The Kleinman Edition Mishkan/Tabernacle was hailed as a gorgeous game-changer that put the Mishkan right into our welcoming hands.

Now, at the urging of educators and readers, we welcome The Kleinman Edition Mishkan/Tabernacle in still another format: the convenient compact size edition.

This edition is printed on lighter paper and in a slightly smaller (though still generous) size, and it contains the exact same text and full color 3-d pictures as its larger counterpart, making it perfect for students and for those who didn’t have room for a coffee-table size edition. It’s lighter on the wallet too, particularly for the next few weeks, when ArtScroll is celebrating its launch with a special promotional price.

For full product details, click here. Special introductory price of $39.99 ends on 2/16/14.

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Starters and Sides Made Easy + Sample Recipes

“Step aside Main Dishes! The spotlight is now on Starters and Sides with this hot new cookbook from Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek!”

The second book in the Made Easy Cookbook series is all about making your meal planning easy! With 60 new and exciting recipes for every meal, ranging from everyday suppers to special occasions, this book will banish your mealtime boredom.

We’re sharing two sample recipes from the book. Enjoy them, then head over to our Pinterest board for reviews and additional recipes!

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Coleslaw Balls with Jalapeño Dip

Excerpted from Starters and Sides Made Easy, by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek, published by ArtScroll

Yields: 20-30 balls

16 oz coleslaw mix

1½ tsp   salt

3   garlic cloves, minced

½ tsp   coarse black pepper

¼ cup   flour

3 Tbsp   cornstarch

•   oil, for frying

Jalapeño Dip

¾ cup   mayonnaise

2   scallions, chopped

1   jalapeño pepper, seeds and ribs removed, chopped

2 Tbsp   water

1 Tbsp   lemon juice

½ tsp   salt

•   pinch coarse black pepper

•   pinch sugar

1. Place cabbage into a large colander. Sprinkle with salt and let sit 15 minutes. Using both hands, squeeze cabbage very well to remove the excess water (it won’t look watery to the eye, but plenty of liquid will come out when you squeeze).

2. In a large bowl, combine cabbage, garlic, pepper, flour, and cornstarch. Mix until mixture becomes dough-like. Using a tablespoon and damp hands, form into falafel-sized balls.

3. Heat 2-3 inches oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Fry balls in hot oil until golden on all sides, 4-5 minutes total.

4. Prepare the jalapeño dip: In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, scallions, jalapeño pepper, water, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and sugar. Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth. Serve alongside coleslaw balls.

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Crispy Crunchy Onion Rings

Excerpted from Starters and Sides Made Easy, by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek, published by ArtScroll

Yields: 16-18

           2   medium onions (or 1 large sweet onion)

½ cup   cornstarch

¼ cup   flour

½ tsp   paprika

1 tsp   garlic powder

1½ tsp   salt

•   pinch coarse black pepper

½ cup   water

1½ cups   panko crumbs

•   oil, for frying

  1.  Peel and slice onions into ½-inch rounds. Separate the rings. If your onions have very thin layers, keep two rings together. You don’t want your onion rings to be limp.
  2. In a shallow bowl, combine cornstarch, flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir in water to form a thick paste (resist the temptation to add more water).
  3. Place the panko crumbs into a second shallow bowl.
  4. Add an onion ring to the batter and use a spoon to help coat. Dip onion ring in the panko crumbs and use a spoon to help coat completely.
  5. Heat 2 inches of oil in a saucepan. When oil is hot, add onion rings and fry for 2-3 minutes. You do not need to flip the rings. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.

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I Am Your Servant: A Talk with Author Rabbi Akiva Tendler

“A talk with the author of I am Your Servant, Rabbi Akiva Tendler, son of Rabbi Yosef Tendler.”

Your father was one of Rav Aharon Kotler’s first American-born talmidim, when there were only about 25 students in all of the yeshiva. What were some of the memories he shared with you of that special time?

He always felt Rav Aharon zt’l loved him and believed in him. Rav Aharon imbued in him a sense of mission to restore Torah to post-Holocaust Klal Yisrael. My father, although he was involved with so much public service, always made sure to have a sefer with him, living Rav Aharon’s mantra that Torah is the ikar. He kept a large picture of Rav Aharon at home and also opposite the desk in his office. He lived his life with his Rebbe before his eyes!

He loved to share how the Lakewood talmidim lived in poverty that cannot be comprehended by today’s standards. There were talmidim who could barely afford decent shoes or adequate food, but they endured this out of love for the goal of rebuilding Torah.

Much of I Am Your Servant is based on first-person accounts. Where did you get that material?

Some of the material was supplied by family and talmidim. My father was loved by so many and we received hundreds of letters from those who felt he was their ‘personal’ Rebbe. Most of the divrei Torah and mussar are from my father’s own handwritten notes or shmuessim. He left thousands of pages, as he loved to write as he learned. As I looked through them I was taken by the warmth, depth, and practicality of the teachings. They serve as the backbone of this work.

What was it like, growing up as the children of “the menahel”?

We never thought of him as a menahel! He was always home when we woke up and for family dinner and evenings. Shabbos meals were a highlight, when he would sing his favorite songs from his yeshiva days in Lakewood. A magnificent singer, he swept us along with these beautiful melodies. We used to laugh when we heard that talmidim were scared of him. I would think, “How can you be scared of someone who gives you donuts and Shabbos treats?”! He never treated us like anything other than beloved children, and we never realized we were sharing him with the yeshiva students.

If you could describe your father in just one sentence, what would you say?

I cannot possibly describe my father, even within the 460 pages of the book.

Click here to read more about Rabbi Yosef Tendler on The Yeshiva World.

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Kids Cooking Made Easy: A Conversation with Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek

“When kids make things themselves, they get so excited and feel so confident, and naturally become open to trying new things”

Now it’s our children’s turn to enjoy Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek’s “Made Easy” cookbook series, with Kids Cooking Made Easy. Here’s what these great cooks told us about this new, fabulously fun cookbook.

ArtScroll: Why kids? What’s so great about children in the kitchen?

Leah: Kids are always looking for something fun to do. They love to eat, and they get bored fast. For kids and parents, this book is Win-Win.

Victoria: Kids are always in the kitchen. They can either be having races, playing a game in the middle of the floor, shooting rubber bands at each other…or cooking. This lets them be productive. Teaching kids to cook is also the cure to picky eater syndrome. When kids make things themselves, they get so excited and feel so confident, and naturally become open to trying new things. And they’ll be eating healthier too.

Artscroll: You “triple-test” all your recipes, which is what makes them so foolproof. How did triple-testing work with younger food samplers?

Leah: We gave the kids the complete recipe and watched what they did without saying a word. Every so often if I saw them stuck during one of the steps, I took out my pen and added in a line to clarify the instructions. For example, when my daughter was making Penne Rose, I realized that if she pours the tomato sauce all in at once, it will splatter. So we added, “Slowly…pour in the sauce.” The details matter when kids are cooking.

Victoria: Since these are the recipes our kids love, they are way more than triple-tested. They are the real family-friendly dishes we’d be cooking even if there was no cookbook.

Artscroll: What do the kids love best?

Leah: They went a bit crazy for our Edible Sand Art, Hot Banana Peppers, Gummy Bear Rugelach and Honey BBQ Chicken Nuggets.

Victoria: Personally, I dream about Rice Krispies Ice Cream Sandwiches all day. My kids also adore Taco Night, Cauliflower Poppers, Candy Bar Cookies, and Pancake Sandwiches.

Artscroll: What’s the difference between developing recipes for children and adults?

Leah: For safety reasons we don’t include some things, like frying. We also were able to have a lot more fun and develop recipes like Spray Candy – kids’ favorite junk food (that’s a lot less junky when it’s homemade).

Victoria:  Developing recipes for kids lets us go back to the basics and enjoy the simple comforting foods we all love.

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To See the Torah through the Eyes of Chazal: The Kleinman Edition Midrash Rabbah

KLEINMAN ED MIDRASH RABBAH: SHEMOS VOL 1 PARSHIYOS SHEMOS THROUGH BESHALACH

I’m reading the first words of ArtScroll’s newly-released volume of the Kleinman Edition Midrash Rabbah —  Parashas Shemos through Parashas Beshalach — and I am puzzled. Why would Chazal start the narrative of Klal Yisrael’s agonizing galus in Egypt, and their wondrous salvation, with a discussion of how a person should discipline his child?

I read through the elucidated text, the notes, and the Insights section, and it’s like I’ve been bumping around in a dark room, banging into unknown barriers, and suddenly a light goes on and I can see what everything is, and where everything belongs.

That’s the brilliance of the Midrash. And that’s the wonder of this monumental translation and elucidation, which has enabled me to access that brilliance.

The Midrash is one of the most important sources we have to understand the spiritual essence of the Torah. It also adds detail and information to the Torah’s narrative, and helps us understand the ethical treasures hidden in the Torah’s words.  But the Midrash is often not easy to follow, and its messages are sometimes obscure.

If you’ll allow me another metaphor: The Midrash helps us to see the Torah through Chazal’s eyes – and the Kleinman Edition Midrash Rabbah gives us the “glasses” we need to perfect our vision.

The parshiyos in this volume take us through the era when Klal Yisrael became a nation, its identity forged both through suffering and miracles. The Midrash adds so much to our understanding. Why should Pharaoh have been punished, if Hashem hardened his heart? What kind of Torah observance did the Jews do before Har Sinai? Why did the future Sin of the Golden Calf actually hasten the redemption? We turn to the Midrash for the answers.

The Kleinman Edition Midrash follows ArtScroll/Mesorah’s acclaimed phrase-by-phrase translation and elucidation to make the words of Midrash more easily comprehensible.  Explanatory footnotes clarify difficult concepts and passages, and the “Insights” section allows us to see the Midrash through the eyes of major medieval and contemporary giants of Torah thought. It also includes the Hebrew text, newly typeset, and many classic Hebrew commentaries, including Rashi, Matnos Kehunah, Eitz Yosef, and Maharzu, plus the out-of-print classic Eshed HaNechalim.

Oh, and the question of why Shemos Rabbah begins with disciplining children? If you want to know the brilliant answer – just open the newest volume of The Kleinman Edition Midrash Rabbah.

Classic Krohn: The Maggid at the Podium

The phone rang. A famous voice was on the line. I was astonished when I heard what it had to say.

In close to three decades of working in Jewish publishing, I’ve been privileged to deal with many, many authors. I’ve found them to be intelligent and well-read, men and women of integrity and yiras Shamayim.

But only one – the one on the other end of the phone line – had ever taken the trouble of finding out who had written the copy that appeared on the cover of his newly-published book, and phoning that anonymous writer (me!) to say thank you.

That was my introduction to Rabbi Paysach Krohn, the man they call the American Maggid.

In that brief but unforgettable phone conversation I could identify all the traits that make Rabbi Krohn’s books unique, beloved bestsellers standing proudly on so many bookshelves: warmth, a finely-tuned sense of humor, and profound insight into how to touch the goodness inherent in all of us. In the space of a few minutes I could see that Rabbi Krohn is a master at showing how to make people — into better people.

He’s also incredibly entertaining.

The Maggid at the Podium is classic Krohn.  In addition to being a bestselling author, Rabbi Krohn is a globetrotting speaker who has touched and inspired tens of thousands with his insights, wisdom, and, of course, his stories. In The Maggid at the Podium, we can bring his messages to our homes, to read, reread and share with those we love.

And what are these messages? Advice on how to make ourselves “uppercase people in a lowercase world,”– changing “I want,” “I need,” “I deserve,” to “I care” and “I will help.” A simple thank-you note becomes “Exhibit A” in a lawsuit, and we get the message of this unusual story: show gratitude the next time someone does something nice for us. Rabbi Krohn shares with us messages on how to make our homes secure and comforting havens for our family in these puzzling times. 21st-century life got you tense? Rabbi Krohn offers strategies, advice and his trademark stories to help us deal with the stress and time management challenges that so many of us face. His topics are as contemporary as iPads and ICUs, while his wisdom is as timeless as the Talmud and Tanach.

Truly, the American Maggid has done it again.

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Rabbi Dr. Twerski’s Messages from the Mishnah

Speaking of books you’re going to love… let’s begin with one of our most beloved authors, Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski. Rabbi Twerski is the scion of a great Chassidic dynasty, a psychiatrist who has spent a lifetime delving into the secrets of the human psyche, and, of course, one of the Torah world’s bestselling authors. In his newest book, Messages from the Mishnah – his 40th (!) book published with ArtScroll – Rabbi Twerski brings his unique perspective, incisive intellect, and warm understanding of human nature to the timeless words of Mishnah.

tmmhIn this beautifully-designed, large format coffee table book, the companion volume to Twerski on Chumash, Rabbi Twerski draws upon a wealth of varied Torah sources to examine the Mishnah, finding messages that are startlingly relevant to our personal lives as well as to today’s issues and challenges. The halachos of the Shema can teach us how to avoid the dark side of technology; the laws of charity show us how to interact with others. Rabbi Dr. Twerski, in addition to his many other accomplishments, is a marvelous storyteller, and his tales of Chassidic masters enliven the book.

The roots of Messages from the Mishnah go back decades. As Rabbi Dr. Twerski remembers: “Back in 1945, I met Rabbi Yehuda Leib Ginsburg. [Rabbi Ginsburg was a Rav in Denver, a member of the Vaad Hatzalah, and an author of many important sefarim.]  I was impressed by the man and his prolific writings. One of his projects was to show the mussar in the early prophets and in the Mishnah.

“Of course, Pirkei Avos is all mussar. But Rabbi Ginsburg showed that many of the ‘purely halachic’ mishnahs also contained mussar principles. That idea incubated from 1945 to the present, and led to my analyzing ‘halachic’ mishnahs for their mussar content.

“I hope this book will stimulate people to look for mussar insights in halachah.”

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