FLASH SALE on Kosher Lamps

It’s the sale you’ve been waiting for – the must-have lamp for every room in the house: Kosher Lamps!

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Hurry and stock up on Kosher Lamps at this super-low price of $36.40 before the sale ends at midnight on Monday, December 15th.

Don’t forget: Kosher Lamps make an amazing Chanukah Gift! 

Click here for big savings on the Kosher Lamp!

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You Asked – We Answered: Expanded Free Shipping!

If you’re one of the readers who took part in our reader survey a couple of months back, you probably remember that we asked what we can do to improve ArtScroll.com.

And there’s a good chance that you mentioned something about our free shipping threshold.

You asked and we listened! free shipping

While in the past we offered free shipping on all orders over $79, we’re happy to announce that we’ve lowered the free shipping threshold, and now offer free shipping on all US orders over $49! 

Click here to shop out complete selection of books, seforim and Judaica.

If you need to order anything for Rosh Hashanah, now is the time! Order today for free standard shipping with enough time for it to arrive before the holidays.

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Readers Write: Maran Harav Ovadia

Review by Chedva Haber of Jewish Joy Reading:

When I first saw that the biography of Maran HaRav Ovadia had been published, I thought, “Nah, this book isn’t relevant to me. He was Sephardi, I’m Ashkenzi. Nothing doing.” But I decided to give it a chance anyway and, whoa, am I happy I did! You can read my full review of Maran HaRav Ovadia on my blog.

Rabbi Heimowitz did an amazing job gathering information on many aspects of HaRav Ovadia’s life. The quotes from friends and family throughout the book gave me a feeling of closeness to HaRav Ovadia. I especially enjoyed reading how HaRav Ovadia related to his grandchildren. Although he was involved in the klal and constantly learning on his own, HaRav Ovadia still made time to sign his grandchildren’s report cards and make sure they were advancing properly. In one case, a grandson was behind in his studies, and HaRav Ovadia arranged for a tutor and also reviewed the material himself with the child.

To get back to the personal relevance, I was awed by the stories of hasmada, highlighting how much a person can push himself and be able to accomplish. HaRav Ovadia lived through many hard times, going from living without plumbing in Egypt to living in Israel during wartime. HaRav Ovadia served as a Rav to many, becoming a dayan and then the Rishon L’Tzion, Chief Rabbi of the Sephardic community in Israel. After that, he became involved in the political party Shas. Being involved, the book explains, meant that he accomplished everything required in only 10 minutes a day, devoting the rest of his time to Torah study.

Sometimes the book read like a thriller, as one very exciting story began in Egypt, but then followed the Ovadias to Eretz Yisrael. It started when HaRav Ovadia was delving into the shechita (or, rather, lack of it) situation in Egypt. To avoid financial loss, many butchers had been taking shortcuts, which is 100 percent forbidden by Torah law. HaRav Ovadia made it very clear that proper shechita is not something the Jewish nation compromises on. Well, not everyone took that so easily, to say the least. One such shochet would not leave his profession, no matter how many warnings he was given. On several occasions, he even tried to have HaRav Ovadia killed so that the shochet could continue to selling non-kosher meat In the 1950’s, when the Ovadias were already living in Petach Tikva, this same man’s name came up as being a practicing shochet in Mevaseret Yerushalayim. It didn’t take long before this evil man learned that HaRav Ovadia was once again foiling his plans, and he threatened HaRav Ovadia, who was compelled to call the police to investigate. Much later, Rav Yaakov Ovadia, HaRav’s oldest son, read that the man had been murdered by a fellow criminal. The part of the story that most impressed me was HaRav’s determination and dedication to the Torah even when his very life was at stake.

Maran HaRav Ovadia is well over 500 pages, but by the end, it is clear that the life of a gadol can hardly be described in such a short piece. This is a book that I highly recommend for each Jewish household. It’s something that can be read a chapter or so at a time and enjoyed at each reading.

Click here to purchase a copy of Maran Harav Ovadia

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9 Days Recipes from Dairy Made Easy

Stumped by dairy menu planning for the 9 days? Dairy Made Easy is here to help.

During the nine days of mourning prior to the fast day of Tishah B’Av, it is traditional to abstain from eating meat and chicken. It can be a challenge to cook vegetarian for over a week, but with Dairy Made Easy, this task is easier than you think!

Dairy Made Easy by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek showcases over 60 dairy recipes, from breakfast favorites like cheese pancakes to suppertime classics like pizza and pasta. Here’s an easy and family friendly recipe to put on your menu: Creamy Cajun Penne. Click here for more dairy recipes from the Made Easy cookbook series.

 

Cajun Creamy Penne

Recipe from Dairy Made Easy by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek. Reproduced with permission from the copyright holders: ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications LTD.

4 servings creamy-cajun-penne

Ingredients:

¾ lb   penne

2 Tbsp   butter

2   plum tomatoes, diced

¼ tsp   paprika

¼ tsp   chili powder

½ tsp   cayenne pepper

½ tsp   garlic powder

2   scallions, diced

1¾ cups   heavy cream

½ tsp   kosher salt

¼ tsp   coarse black pepper

 Instructions: 

  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce: Melt butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add tomatoes and sauté over high heat for 4-5 minutes. Add paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Add scallions and heavy cream; cook an additional 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add pasta to cream, a little at a time, and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.

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Free Download: Learn the Laws of The Three Weeks and Tishah B’av

Practical. Comprehensive. Vitally important.

With the 9 days starting at the beginning of next week, and Tishha B’av following, it’s important to make sure you’re familiar with the practical laws and halachahs associated with this mournful time of year.

Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen, author of Laws of Daily Living: The Three Weeks and Tishah B’av told ArtScroll that the shailos that he commonly gets around this time of year are practical questions that we all encounter. For example:

My favorite store is running a sale, am I allowed to shop now?

I ran out of clean towels. Can I wash some?

Can I have my contractor continue the renovations on my bungalow, or should we wait until after Tishah B’av?

My children are constantly getting their clothes dirty. Can I wash their clothes during the nine days?

What should I do about taking showers during the nine days?

May I water my garden plants to keep them healthy?

In Laws of Daily Living: The Three Weeks and Tishah B’avRabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen answers these questions, along with all of the halachic queries you might have, from the simple to the most complex, This week’s download offers a selection from the laws pertaining to the 9 days preceding Tishah B’av.

We all hope that this Tishah B’av won’t be a day of mourning. But in case it is, it’s important to be prepared by learning the laws:

Click here to view, print and Download – Laws of Daily Living: Three Weeks and Tishah B’av

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Make sure to come back to The Official ArtScroll Blog every Thursday for a free download on the parashah or other timely topics!

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

Choose Your Own Giveaway!


Here at ArtScroll, we have so many exciting new releases. Too many, in fact, to choose just one title for our next giveaway! So instead…we’ll let you pick!

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Which new title from ArtScroll would you like to win?

1) GPS: By Yaakov Shain and Avi Fishoff – Fun and authentic Torah, GPS takes the thought provoking and brilliant concepts of the Nesivos Shalom and “translates” them intocontemporary terms.

2) 48: By Rabbi Nachman Seltzer – People are following our Sages 48 ways to incorporate Torah into our lives. These are their stories.

3) Maran Harav Ovadia: By Rabbi Yehuda Heimowitz – An authoritative biography detailing the life of one of the great Torah leaders of our times.

4) Look What My Parents Give Me: By Sara Ginsburg – Teach your children the importance of respecting what their parents do through fun rhymes and cute illustrations.

5) Positive Word Power for Teens: By Chana Nestlebaum – Set up for daily study, this latest project from the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation teaches teens the power of their words.

6) Imagine If: by Rabbi Zeegel - Imagine if Hashem hadn’t made the world so perfect. Imagine if you could teach your children important lessons through hilarious rhymes and adorable illustrations.

To enter the giveaway:

Comment on this post letting us know which of these new titles you would like to win.

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

**Giveaway ends on Monday, June 16th 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 on the blog and an additional entry per person is available on Facebook. 

 

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.

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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.

 

Introducing: Megillas Lester – an animated Purim film!

Introducing…Megillas Lestera revolutionary new project from Kol Rom Animation Studios and distributed by ArtScroll.

Imagine if you found yourself going back in time to the times of Achashveirosh. Imagine if you were at his grand feast, and had the opportunity to change the course of the Purim story. Join Lester on his quest to save Purim in this revolutionary, full-length, animated film. The whole family will enjoy this unique and humorous take on the Purim story – and learn an important lesson in the process!

Watch the trailer below, or click here for behind the scenes videos on how the characters were created and animated, how the actors were cast, and what goes into producing a full featured animation like this one.

Click here to purchase this film for only $22.95.