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.

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Weekly Learning Download: Purim

This week’s free download is about the upcoming Holiday of Purim, excerpted from Days of Joy.

Days of Joy features ideas and insights of the Sfas Emes on Chanukah and Purim.

For nearly a century, Sfas Emes has been the challenging and provocative fare of outstanding scholars. Rabbi Yosef Stern showed that the “impossible” can be done. The profound, scintillating, pithy, incredibly rich discourses of the great Sfas Emes, Rabbi Yehudah Aryeh Alter of Ger, can be distilled into enlightening and inspiring English essays. The author opens a window to one of Chassidic literature’s stellar achievements.

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Make sure to join us every Thursday on The Official ArtScroll blog for a free download on the Parashah and other timely topics. 

New Releases from ArtScroll

Here at ArtScroll we have a whole bunch of new titles that have recently been released, or are coming in shortly. Here’s a sampling of some of our newest titles:

New from ArtScroll

 

Rav Chaim Kanievsky Haggadah: Though obviously we cannot attend his Seder, we can share Rav Chaim’s thoughts and wisdom on the Haggadah and discover some of the practices he follows. In a sense, we can participate in Rav Chaim’s seder – as we avidly read through the Rav Chaim Kanievsky Haggadah.

Touched by Their Faith: In this remarkable collection, Rabbi Spero focuses on faith, the belief in Hashem and His Torah that has accompanied the Jewish People on our unbelievable journey through time – and also the belief in each other, and in ourselves, that is so necessary today.

Upwards: This is the story of a woman who, with pure emunah and bitachon, accepts her fate even as she struggles against it. She rebuilds her life by seeking out the islands of joy in the sea of her suffering and living on those islands to the fullest. And she feels blessed.

The Protocols: is a riveting combination of fact and fiction that will keep you at the edge of your seat from the first page to the last. It’s also a heartwarming tale about remaining staunch in the face of adversity and appreciating the mysterious workings of Divine Providence.

My Father, My Mother and Me: Do we know how the Torah expects us, grownup children, to treat our parents? What about stepparents or in-laws? This book is a must-read book for everyone. Because everyone is someone’s child

Kol Dodi on Haftaros: In this masterpiece, the Rosh Yeshivah introduces each Haftarah, explains its historical context where necessary, shows its relationship to the Parashah, and offers an enlightening commentary in his own unique, original manner.

We’re planning our next giveaway here on The Official ArtScroll blog – which of these titles would you like us to give away next? Comment and let us know!

Making Hashem Proud: Author Interview + GIVEAWAY!

Giveaway is over! 

Congratulations to our winner – Gila! Stay tuned for our next giveaway coming up soon!

 

ArtScroll’s new children’s release, Making Hashem Proud features stories that teach children about the importance of behaving properly and making a Kiddush Hashem.

ArtScroll talked with the author, Mrs. Chaviva Pfeiffer, about this exciting new book.

Scroll down past the interview for a chance to WIN a copy of this book!

ArtScroll: Can you tell us how you got started writing?

Chaviva Pfeiffer: The Maggid Series, written by my father, Rabbi Paysach Krohn, is extremely popular. Adults would read the stories and often repeat them to their children. However, the children needed the stories explained. The idea was born to have the stories written especially for children.

Back then, my husband was a 6th grade Rebbe, and each week he would give his students a story that related to the weekly Parshah. The stories were taken from my father’s Maggid books, and I would rewrite them to make them easier for the boys to read. My father liked the way I wrote them, and told me about his idea to write a children’s book featuring his stories. We approached ArtScroll with the idea, and they liked it. Since then, I’ve published three books of Maggid Stories for Children.

ArtScroll: Your latest book, Making Hashem Proud, just came out, is different. Can you tell us more about it?

Chaviva Pfeiffer: Unlike my previous books, where I wrote over the Maggid stories in a kid-friendly manner, Making Hashem Proud contains stories that I researched for my topic, Kiddush Hashem.

ArtScroll: How did you choose this topic?

CP: I was approached by Rabbi Shragie Freedman, who has dedicated his life to researching and teaching about Kiddush Hashem. He asked me to write a book of stories on a children’s level. He started me off with some stories, and then I began to look for more stories on my own.

ArtScroll: Was it hard to find the stories?

Chaviva Pfeiffer: You would be surprised by how many people were involved in or witnessed a story about Kiddush Hashem. Once I put the word out that I was looking for stories on this topic, they started to come in.

The hard part is actually verifying the stories! My father is always very careful to meticulously research the origins of a story, and talk to the people involved to make sure it’s completely true. That’s what I did with these stories as well; it’s the Krohn way.

I feel that if a story isn’t true, the inspirational lesson you might learn from it just isn’t that strong. One of the stories in the book involves a class of 2nd graders who acted in a manner that was so impressive, a business owner decided to close on Shabbos because of them! It’s a beautiful story, and one to aspire to, because it’s true. If it weren’t true, would you feel as inspired?

ArtScroll:  Your book features illustrations along with the stories. Can you tell us more about that?

Chaviva Pfeiffer: The illustrations are done by Chani Stern. At first, she showed us some basic sketches in pencil only. I came into the ArtScroll office and sat with Reb Avrohom Biderman to decide if the sketches fit the story. Once we approved them, they were finished and created in color.

There’s a lot that goes into choosing illustrations. For example, we like to show emotion in the characters. While a picture might look better from the back, I prefer to show the person’s face so you can see how he feels. You also have to make sure a picture doesn’t give away too much. Originally, one of the stories in Making Hashem Proud had a picture right in the beginning which gave away the end of the story, so we moved the illustration to the end instead.

ArtScroll: Who is this book intended for?

Chaviva Pfeiffer: The book is geared to children about 7-10 years old to read on their own, but you can read it to children as young as 3-4. My goal is to teach children that they have the ability to make a Kiddush Hashem, whether public or private, no matter how old they are!

GIVEAWAY!

 For your chance to win a copy of Making Hashem Proud  just comment below and tell us which child(ren) you would like to give or read this book to! (Your own count too!)

**Giveaway ends on Thursday, March 13th 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 Vayikra

frphThis week’s Parashah download comes from a popular ArtScroll classic, Rabbi Frand on the Parashah.

One of the world’s most popular speakers, Rabbi Frand delivers lessons on the week’s parashah and carries them into our daily lives.The weekly Torah readings will be immeasurably enriched by Rabbi Frand’s well-reasoned, solidly constructed presentations. This book is a pleasure to read — and its many messages will remain with the reader long after it is put down.

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Prepare for Purim: Let My Nation Live

It’s that time of year! Jewish folks around the world are busy preparing for Purim. There are costumes to arrange, Hamantaschen to bake, shalach manos to pack…but what about learning?

Megillas Esther, read on Purim eve and again the next morning, tells the story of Mordechai, Esther, and the Jewish triumph over evil Haman. Sometimes we get so caught up in the excitement over the costumes, the parties, all the fun, that the deep history and the incredible story behind the megillah can get lost. It’s time to include the Purim story in your preparations.

Concisely written, Megillas Esther tells the basics of the Purim story. Pulling details from the midrash, Let My Nation Live teaches about Purim in richly detailed story form. The inner workings of Persian politics, the back-story behind the hatred that Haman had for Mordechai…these are issues that are hard to fully understand until reading this book.

Let My Nation Live reads like a novel, but it’s all true. It’s the story of Purim as described by the medrash and our sages, giving you a deeper understanding of the significance of every detail of the story. This book explains the significance of the Bigsan and Seresh angle. It describes, in harrowing detail, Haman’s decent from the top of the world to the lowly figure begging Esther for his life. It provides a deeper understanding of the party that started the chain of events leading to Vashti’s demise and Esther’s ultimate position in the Palace.

If you haven’t yet read this remarkable classic, pick up a copy. Prepare for Purim properly this year.

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Weekly Learning Download: Kol Dodi on the Haftaros

Every week, the Official ArtScroll Blog features a free learning download to enhance your shabbos and your learning. This week: Parashas Shekalim.

This shabbos we read Parashas Shekalim, the first of the four special Torah readings between now and Pesach. For our weekly learning download, we’ve chosen to present the Haftara for Parashas Shekalim, excerpted from a brand new title, Kol Dodi on the Haftaros, by Rabbi Dovid Feinstein

In this masterpiece, the Rosh Yeshivah introduces each Haftarah, explains its historical context where necessary, shows its relationship to the Parashah, and offers an enlightening commentary in his own unique, original manner. The reader marvels at the clarity and the depth of the insights. At the same time, the content is easily accessible to everyone, regardless of background. This volume will be welcomed wherever there is a thirst for knowledge. It adds an important new dimension to the Shabbos and Yom Tov Torah readings. And it is an unusual opportunity to be welcomed into the mind of one of the great men of our time and “join him” as he explores the teachings of the Nevi’im in the light of Chazal

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A Taste of Pesach: Cookbook GIVEAWAY!

Giveaway is over!

And the winner is… #14 – Tamar S. Congratulations Tamar – see your email to claim your prize!

ArtScroll’s brand-new Pesach cookbook is almost here, and we’re so excited about it!

A Taste of Pesach features:

·         Over 150 tried-and-true recipes for Pesach and year round

·         Stunning, full-color photographs accompany every recipe

·         Breathtaking layout, clear design

·         Triple-tested recipes allow you to cook with confidence

·         Over 140 gluten-free, non-gebrokts recipes

·         Oversize hardcover edition, 240 full-color pages

·         Cross-referenced index to help you find your favorite recipes

This book would make a great gift – either in a shalach manot – or as a Passover hostess gift. And as our gift to you, we’re going to give one of our readers a copy of this book - for free!

All you have to do to enter is comment below, and tell us what your favorite Passover food is. 

**Giveaway ends on Monday, March 3rd 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. 

Make sure to keep following The Official ArtScroll blog – where we’ll soon be sharing sample recipes from this exciting new cookbook!

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It’s Not As Tough As You Think: 15 Years of Inspiration

Fifteen years after its initial publication, Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski’s Classic It’s Not As Tough As You Think is as inspirational and relevant as ever. 

Arranged into short chapters, this iconic best-seller provides quick bursts of inspiration to help you tackle life’s challenges. It’s Not As Tough As You Think has lessons about perspective, relationships, attitude and more, making it ideal for anyone looking for motivation and encouragement in life’s journeys.

“Rabbi and psychiatrist Twerski draws upon his numerous years of counseling experience to offer advice and guidance on approaching the little and big annoyances of life with positive thinking. Interweaving biblical lessons, rabbinic teachings and psychotherapeutic coping techniques into 102 brief anecdotal meditations, Twerski teaches lessons on topics as diverse as how to “Avoid the Need for Regrets,” “Judge Favorably and Act Accordingly” and “Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil.” [...] Twerski’s sparkling wit and animated prose will touch the hearts and souls of his readers.” -Publishers Weekly

If you haven’t yet read this timeless classic, here’s a sample chapter to give you a taste of the wit and wisdom of Rabbi Dr. Twerski:

May You Have Many Worries

(Excerpted from It’s Not As Tough As You Think by Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski, published by ArtScroll Mesorah publications.)

Life is full of annoyances. You open your washing machine and discover that all your whites have a blue hue, because somehow a dark-blue sock was mixed in with the load. Or you rush downtown to take advantage of a spectacular sale, only to find that there are enormous bargains to be had — in every size but yours. Or you turn the key in the lock and it breaks off, and your husband, who has the other key, is away on a business trip. There are minor annoyances or major annoyances. Obviously you become irritated, but how much irritation is justifiable?

On one of my trips to Israel I visited a friend, and asked him to pray at the Western Wall for my brother, who was ill with cancer. As I was leaving, he said, “May you have many worries.”

I was taken aback by this remark. “What kind of blessing is that?” I asked.

My friend explained, “You see, it is impossible for there not to be any annoyances and irritations in life. Nothing ever goes completely smoothly . But if there is no single problem that is overwhelming, then we are bothered by a number of things that upset us. If there is one problem that is extremely grave, it obscures every other annoyance, and we are focused totally on that one major problem.

“Right now,” my friend continued, “you are so concerned about your brother’s illness, that nothing else bothers you. That is why having only one problem or one worry is not good, because it means that this one problem is terribly serious. If you have many worries, that means that nothing is so bad that it drives away all the rest, and that is about as good as life can be.”

So next time you are irritated — as, for example, it is late at night, say, 1 A.M., and your automobile alarm goes off, and you are simply beside yourself — just think. Aren’t there other things on your mind? Perhaps you just got the bill from the dentist for your son’s braces, or there was water in the basement from the heavy rains this week.  If you have any kind of normal life, you should be able to find a few other irritations. Then give thanks to God that you have many worries. God forbid you should have only one worry! The car alarm going off is not the end of the world by any means. It will shut off and resolve itself, just as the other worries — if there are many — will be resolved in one way or another.

Some psychologists may teach you how to relax by expelling an irritating thought from your mind. My friend suggests another method, one which is much easier to accomplish and at far lesser cost: Bring in a few more worries, and then feel relaxed precisely because you have so many.

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Weekly Learning Download: Parashas Vayakhel

Every week, the Official ArtScroll Blog features a free learning download to enhance your shabbos and your learning.

This week’s free learning download is excerpted from Torah for Your Table, by Rabbi Yisroel Jungreis and Rabbi Osher Anshel Jungreis with Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis. This warm volume centers around the Shabbos table and invites the exchange of ideas and discussion.

Whether you are a newcomer to Torah thought or have dedicated many years to its study, Torah for Your Table will enhance the flavor of your every meal.

Make sure to visit the blog every Thursday for the week’s free learning download!

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