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Believe it or not, Rosh Hashanah is just 6 1/2 weeks away! Now is the time to start preparing. Make sure you have an ArtScroll Machzor for your whole family, inspirational reading material, and all of the Judaica you’ll need for the Holidays.

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Free Download: Pirkei Avos Teachings for Our Times

wavlThere’s something special about shabbos in the summer. The long afternoons afford us all time to nap, socialize, and we still have time to learn. Custom has us learning a chapter of Pirkei Avos, Ethics of our Fathers, every week. Over the course of our many years of publishing, ArtScroll has put forth a large number of seforim on Pirkei Avos.

Pirkei Avos: Teachings for Our Time by Rabbi Berel Wein is a masterpiece. Its large size makes it an excellent and impressive gift, but it’s the masterful content that really makes this book stand out. With a focus on the text of Pirkei Avos (which is printed on the top of each page for your learning convenience), noted lecturer and author Rabbi Berel Wein provides a unique learning experience through innovative commentary and insightful stories. This week’s chapter is Perek Vav, chapter 6, and we’re giving you a chance to experience this sefer with our free weekly download.

 

Click here to view, print or download a sample chapter of Pirkei Avos: Teachings for Our Times

Shavuos Cooking Made Easy!

**Last day to enter for your chance to win a complete ArtScroll Talmud – valued at $2999! Click here for your free entry!**

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The latest release in our Made Easy cookbook series, Dairy Made Easy, is just in time to help you prepare your dairy meals for shavuos. To help you get started, we’ve prepared a sample menu, compiled from all four Made Easy cookbooks.

You can print the PDFs by clicking the links below, or you can scroll down for image files of the recipes. Make sure to read our helpful tips from the authors and the handy make-ahead and freezer guide!

Menu (Click the links for a downloadable PDF):

Avocado Cigars

Pomegranate and Apple Salad with Creamy Parmesan Dressing

Roasted Tomato and Eggplant Soup

Penne Rosa

Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

Make ahead and freezer friendly food guide:

Many of the recipes in Dairy Made Easy can be made ahead, making your Yom Tov prep much easier. Here is a list of make-ahead tips and instructions.

  • Many appetizers that get fried such as Arancini Balls (page 28) and Broccoli Spring Rolls (page 30) can be prepared ahead and frozen, then fried fresh.
  • Pizza doughs, such as the Bistro Style Pizza Dough (page 70) and the 30 minute Thin Crust Pizza Dough (page 72) can be prepared ahead and frozen, then defrosted before using.
  • For the Roasted Veggie Galete (page 36), let it thaw completely before rewarming. If you try to reheat it straight from the freezer, the dough will thaw much faster than the veggies.
  • Herbed Pull Apart Bread (page 79) can be prepared completely and frozen. Reheat before serving.
  • Many blended soups, such as the Cauliflower and Lemon soup (page 50) and the Broccoli Cheddar soup (page 46) freeze nicely.
  • To prepare the Baked Roasted Veggie Pasta (page 94) ahead, make each component separately and reheat them together just before serving.
  •  Pasta sauces (see chapter on pasta, starting on page 82) can be frozen up to a month. Cook the pasta fresh, and warm up together with the sauce.
  • All desserts in Dairy Made Easy (other than Peanut Butter Crème Brule) can be frozen fully prepared.
  • Three Cheese Quiche (page 34) can be frozen after baking and reheated just before serving.
  • Calsones (page 90) freeze nicely. When you defrost them, leave uncovered for a crunchy dish, or cover it while reheating for a softer dish.
  • Salad dressings can be made up to a week in advance and stored in the fridge.

Holiday Cooking Tips from Leah and Victoria:

There will be enough pastries to go around. Instead, prepare and serve a couple of (easy-to-make-ahead) frozen desserts. Shavuos signals the beginning of summer, and everyone will be appreciative when you bring refreshing treats out from the freezer. I’m making Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream (from Dairy Made Easy) in little mason jars and Rice Krispie Ice Cream Sandwiches (from Kids Cooking Made Easy) for the kids. – Victoria Dwek

Even if you’ll be preparing your meals fresh, get as many components as you can out of the way in advance. For example, prepare your salad dressings in advance. Balance your menu with items you can prep ahead, like Arancini balls (fry fresh!) and quick to assemble sides like cauliflower garlic bites. – Leah Schapira

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Weekly Learning Download: Lag B’omer

This Sunday is Lag B’omer! You might be gearing up for a bonfire, scheduling a haircut, or getting ready for a simcha, but don’t forget to prepare spiritually for Lag B’omer as well!

In Jerusalem, or New York — wherever there are Jews who are loyal to the Torah — children and their teachers take to the fields with bows and arrows; brides and grooms march to the chuppah; shuls and yeshivos fill to mark the sacred happiness of the day.

What is it about Lag Ba’Omer? What transformed the days of Sefiras Ha’Omer — the forty-nine days between Pesach and Shavuos — from happy anticipation to somber mourning? What is the significance of the unusual Omer offering?

 

Rabbi Shimon Finkelman’s comprehensive sefer, Lag B’omer, provides the answers to this, as well as anecdotes and insights, plus history, customs and lessons applicable to this special day. This week, we’re presenting a sample chapter, filled with stories about Lag B’omer and Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.

Click here to view, print or download a sample chapter from Lag B’omer.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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!

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**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.

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.

 

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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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