Weekly Learning Download: Haggadah And The Answer Is

The Question: How Do You Make Your Seder Dynamic, Lively, and Spirited? The Answer Is… The Pesach Haggadah: The Answer Is…

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Interactive: To have participants ask good questions. And get great answers.

This Pesach, we’ve got more than 300 questions – and over 1,000 answers! – for Seder night, guaranteed to make your Seder table a particularly lively and dynamic place. They’re all here, in The Pesach Haggadah: The Answer Is…

The Pesach Haggadah: The Answer Is… was a major bestseller in its original Hebrew, and for good reason. This engrossing and unusual Haggadah takes us through every facet of the Seder and the Pesach story by asking questions and offering answers from more than two hundred commentators

For our weekly learning download, we are sharing a sample chapter from this popular new Haggadah.

Click here to view and download a sample chapter from The Pesach Haggadah: The Answer is.

Click here to purchase this Haggadah with an exclusive online discount.

The ArtScroll Digital Library now available on Kindle Fire

If you own a Kindle Fire – now you can enjoy the ArtScroll Digital Library on All Amazon Kindle fire readers. You can download the app for FREE from the Amazon App Store.

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Download the App for FREE and get a FREE sample of the current Daf Yomi Tractate – so You can try out the features of the app.  You can view more information about the ArtScroll Digital Library here!

Unfortunately, the Kindle e-ink devices will not support  the Hebrew requirements and the complexity of the Talmud presentation.

FLASH SALE: 33% off All ArtScroll Haggadahs! TODAY ONLY!

Purim is right around the corner, but it’s time to think ahead to Pesach with our ONE-DAY FLASH sale on all ArtScroll Haggadahs!

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You can now purchase ALL CURRENT ARTSCROLL HAGGADAHS at 33% off the list price by using coupon code SAVE33! That’s a third off the regular price! This Flash Sale ends at midnight tonight, 3/10 – so don’t wait!

To take advantage of this exclusive offer:

-Add the Haggadah(s)  of your choice to your cart and proceed to payment screen.

-Complete the checkout options, and add coupon code SAVE33 into the payment screen. 33% will be taken off of list price.

- Enjoy your new Haggadahs!

Don’t forget – you’ll get free shipping on all orders over $79!

Make sure you have enough of our classic Family Haggadah for everyone at your seder! Today only $1.66!

Children at your Seder? Make sure they’re prepared with an Illustrated ArtScroll Youth Haggadah or The ArtScroll Children’s Haggadah for as low as $5.99!

Prepare in-depth for the seder with our Haggadah commentaries such as:

The Haggadah with Answers

The Haggadah of the Roshei Yeshivah

Haggadah of the Chasidic Masters

Yetzias Mitzrayim Haggadah

Rabbi Wein’s Haggadah

Touched by the Seder

And so many more choices…all 33% off today only!

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*Coupon code applies to all current Haggadahs published by ArtScroll. Excludes upcoming releases. Discount is off of list price. Sale is valid today only, 3/10/14.*

Alef to Tav: 25 Years of Alef Bais Education

Think about the toys that toddlers and kids are playing with today. Think about the things that interest and excite them. How many of these toys, book, ideas and topics were relevant and exciting 25 years ago?

Not many? Maybe none?

Nowadays, more than ever before, advancements in all areas mean children are playing with toys and reading books that we wouldn’t have dreamed about 25 years ago. So what is there to bridge the gap? What did we enjoy as children that your kids can enjoy too?

The answer is simple. Classic children’s books. Today, ArtScroll is celebrating the 25 year anniversary of the publication of one of our most beloved children’s books, Alef to Tav.

Alef to Tav by Yaffa Ganz was published in February of 1989. Twenty five years later, Jewish children from all over the world are still learning the Hebrew alphabet by reading the book and enjoying the clever illustrations within.

Take a look at the cover. You’ll probably feel the nostalgia. I grew up with this book – you probably did to. Over 50,000 copies of this classic have been sold in the 25 years since publication. That’s a lot of little Jewish children, poring over the pages, learning to spot the letters, learning what sounds the letters make, learning Hebrew words and the letters that spell them.

The ideas in the book are simple. Present the letter. Present some words that start with said letter. Show the reader a sentence that uses the letter. But the idea is profound. It makes the children really learn to appreciate the alef bais, the sounds the letters make, and the language of the Torah.

Alef to Tav Sample Pages

The Alef page of Alef to Tav

If you have a child, a grandchild, a niece or nephew, give them the classic gift of the Hebrew Alphabet.

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EXCLUSIVE FLASH SALE: 33% off ALL Cookbooks!

Sale is over! Stay tuned for future specials.

Following the recent re-launch of The Official ArtScroll blog, our exciting Facebook Giveaway and the start of our new Pinterest account, we decided to reward our loyal online fans with a FLASH SALE!

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You can now purchase all current ArtScroll cookbooks at 33% off by using coupon code COOKBOOK33! That’s a third off the regular price! This Flash Sale ends at midnight tonight, 2/17 – so don’t wait!

To take advantage of this exclusive offer:

-Add the cookbooks of your choice to your cart and proceed to payment screen.

-Complete the checkout options, and add coupon code COOKBOOK33 into the payment screen. 33% will be take off of list price.

- Enjoy your new cookbooks!

Don’t forget – you’ll get free shipping on all orders over $79!

Think ahead!

Looking for a Mishloach Manos gift for this coming Purim? How about one of our popular Made Easy cookbooks? NOW for just $10.71!

Passover is coming up pretty soon too. Get ready with Passover By Design or Passover Made Easy - both 33% off!

Need a gift for a bride-to-be? Give the gift of Kosher By Design with our slipcase set - today only $117.24!

This sale will only last a few hours, so hurry and get that cookbook you’ve always wanted!

BONUS: as our gift to you, every cookbook order will receive a free full color, laminated kitchen conversion chart!

*Coupon code applies to all current cookbooks published by ArtScroll. Excludes upcoming releases. Discount is off of list price. Sale is valid today only, 2/17/14.*

Coming Soon: Halachic Handbook: The Laws of Purim

Purim is coming up, and ArtScroll has a brand new title to help you get ready:

The Halachic Handbook: The Laws of Purim

What comes to mind when you hear the word Purim? Imaginative costumes? Gorgeous mishloach manos? The wondrous story retold in the Megillah? Purim seudahs filled with great food and lively singing? Halachah?

Halachah?

That’s right. With all the cacophony and excitement of this most fun of holidays, Purim, like every other chag, is governed by halachah – many of which are often overlooked in the Purim frenzy.

That’s where The Halachic Handbook: The Laws of Purim, comes in.

As Rabbi Yitzchak Rosedale, author of the newly released, pocket-size The Halachic Handbook tells us: “Purim is indeed loud on the outside, but on the inside it is replete with meaning and halachah. There is a well-known thought that the day of Yom Kippur is called Yom Kippurim, which can be read Yom K’Purim – a day like Purim — indicating that Purim is even greater in some respects than Yom Kippur itself! All the more reason to ensure that one follows the halachah correctly.”

The format of the newly-released sefer works perfectly for the busy run-up to Purim, as Rabbi Rosedale explains: “The Halachic Handbook is unique in that it is truly a handbook, both in design and in size. In design, it is formatted in small, bite-size halachic topics, so that one does not have to read the whole sefer to enjoy it; however it is short enough to read the entire work quickly. In size, it literally fits inside a jacket pocket and is therefore an easy, on-the-go type of learning experience.”

Topics covered in The Halachic Handbook include the laws of Parashas Zachor, Taanis Esther, mach’tzis hashekel, Megillah reading, matanos l’evyonim, mishloach manos, and many more. Also included are thought provoking essays on the holiday.

“The Halachic Handbook was designed for a wide range of readers,” says Rabbi Rosedale. “Those less familiar with the laws of Purim can enjoy the easy reading and concise style, and those with a deep background can take advantage of the extensive footnotes, which are designed to stimulate even the experienced scholar.”

The Halachic Handbook includes ArtScroll’s Birchas HaMazon, and its compact size makes it a perfect gift for yeshivah dinners, weddings, and other events. And it makes a welcome addition to mishloach manos baskets!

Purim. Yes, it’s fun. But The Halachic Handbook will help us take it to a whole new – and vital – level.

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NEW Release: My Father, My Mother and Me by Yehudis Samet + Story Excerpt

After learning about the important Mitzvah of Kibud Av V’eim, honoring one’s parents, throughout our school years, we all grow up. As we get older and start our own families, our parents grow older too, and this mitzvah changes drastically from the one we learned about in school.

Many adults struggle with this mitzvah, as life’s changes bring along questions in dealing with elderly parents, parents-in-law and stepparents. Rebbetzin Yehudis Samet, best selling author of The Other Side of the Story, set out to clarify these questions, first in lectures all over the world, and now in this groundbreaking book: My Father, My Mother, and MeThe book features over 200 true stories of devotion, challenges, and success in this important commandment. It also features halacha, practical advice, and other inspiration.

We’ve chosen a sample story to share with you. It’s an inspirational tale of how a woman fully devoted 24 hours to her elderly mother, thus saving her endless pain and suffering – not to mention fear.

Excerpted from My Father, My Mother, and Me:

Dr. Glendall’s expression was impassive. “We’ll just have to open it up again and hope it heals correctly this time.” My mother squeezed my hand as he told a nurse, “Get Mrs. Ellis settled in pre-op.”

“But there are no beds, doctor. We’re full right now. Overfull, in fact. There won’t be an opening till,” she flipped through some papers, “tomorrow afternoon, at two-thirty.”

“Fine. It can wait till then.” The doctor turned back to my mother. “We’ll see you tomorrow afternoon, Mrs. Ellis. Arrive an hour early for admission.” As he swung around to leave the room, I slipped my hand out of my mother’s and raced after him.

“Dr. Glendall, isn’t there anything that can be done to avoid surgery?”

He shook his head as he hurried down the hall. “If a scar heals from the outside in, it must be reopened. Right now, toxic pus is seeping into your mother’s body, filling her with infection. It has to be let out.”

“But is there any way to do that without operating?”

We’d arrived at the elevators. He turned to face me. I guess he was evaluating the type of explanation an 18-year-old required. “Once a scar heals, only surgery can open it,” he said and then added, “Maybe if it was soaked in hot water for twenty-four hours it would open — but that’s, of course, not feasible.”

The elevator arrived and he stepped inside. “Surgery is the only option,” he told me as the doors closed. I quickly turned and raced back to the room where my mother sat waiting.

“What happened?” she asked, her face drawn from pain and fear.

“I just wanted to ask him if there was any other option. And, baruch Hashem, there’s hope,” I told her.

Dr. Glendall may have brushed off the soaking option, but I wasn’t going to let my mother go into another surgery without doing everything I could to prevent it. Not after everything she had been through. And definitely not given how much she feared going under the knife.She has good reason for her fears, I mused as we rode back to the small apartment in Queens she’d moved into after my father’s death. The past decade had been one long trauma of surgical errors and surgeries to fix those errors. Each time my mother entered the hospital, she was paralyzed with fear.

When we arrived home, I set to work. “Come lay on your bed, Mommy, where you’ll be comfortable,” I said, helping her into her room. I raced to the kitchen to prepare some boiling water. Then I gathered towels and set myself up at my mother’s side.The afternoon faded into the night, a long, blurry stretch of constant motion.

Soaking the wound was tedious work. I would take each towel from the pot of hot water, squeeze it out, wait till it had cooled a little before laying it carefully on my mother. Then I would place another towel in the pot so it would be ready when I needed it, and turn back to the current compress, running to the kitchen every now and then to heat more water.

With every compress, I davened that Hashem bless my efforts with success. Dip, squeeze, soak…dip, squeeze, soak, run and make food for Mommy…dip, squeeze, soak, boil more water…dip, squeeze, soak, Mommy’s thirsty, bring a drink of water…dip,squeeze, soak…

Fatigue was not long in coming. My back ached from bending over to hold the compresses in position and keep watch on the temperature, the muscles in my arms screamed in protest as I carried yet another pot heavy with hot water, and my eyelids drooped, begging for sleep. But I pushed myself to keep going.

And I didn’t stop, not when the first pastels of dawn appeared across the sky, not when the sounds of honking cars and city bustle flitted in through the window — I couldn’t stop, I wouldn’t stop, I would do everything I could to spare my mother from this dreaded surgery.

And finally, just as afternoon began, the scar opened. I wept as the wound began to drain.

“It worked, Mommy!” I cried. “It opened!”

My mother struggled to sit up, and we embraced, our tears mingling — tears of relief and gratitude that she would not need another operation, topped by my gratitude to the One Above Who helped me give my mother twenty-four hours of non-stop care, commitment, and love.

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The Mountain Family: Finding the Jewish People in the Appalachian Backwoods

When I first heard her story, I was astonished. By the time I was finished working with her, I was in awe.

I have never met anyone quite like her– and you have certainly never met a family like this one.

I met Tzirel Rus Berger (a pseudonym) and Penina Neiman about two years ago, at a conference for observant women writers held in Jerusalem. They came with a proposal, wanting to know if ArtScroll would be interested.

When I heard the story Tzirel Rus had to tell, I knew – yes, we would be interested.  Totally. What publisher wouldn’t be interested in such an amazing story?

For starters, Tzirel Rus was a giyoress. More – so was her entire family.  Her ten children, all converts.

Wow.

Another fascinating layer. The family of geirim found Yiddishkeit in one of the most unlikely places one could envision: the impoverished backwoods of Appalachia.

Wow, again.

To make the story even more unique – this daughter of a Sabbath-observant Christian pastor ultimately married a chassid who’d gone to cheder with the Boyaner Rebbe, blending her ten children and his seven into a warm and wonderful Jewish family.

So how did it happen? How did this family discover Torah in a tin-roofed shack in Georgia? The Mountain Family tells us the wildly unlikely, incredibly inspiring, and absolutely true story.

It begins in Southern California, where Sheryl Youngs grows up, the searching and thoughtful daughter of deeply religious Christian parents who observe the Sabbath and are well-versed in the Bible. She marries John Massey, a man she’d met in Missionary College, and travels back with him to build a home. Instead of the little farm with the white picket fence that she’d imagined, Sheryl finds herself living in her in-laws wooden shack with no indoor plumbing.  She will spend more than two decades in these Appalachian backwoods, raising and homeschooling her ten children.

It is John who first realizes that the religion of their youth does not contain the truth he and Sheryl seek, sending them on a spiritual roller-coaster ride that culminates in the conversion to Torah Judaism of the entire family.

I’m not going to tell you more – the book, rich in detail and beautifully written, does that. What I will tell you is that The Mountain Family, in addition to being a fascinating read, will leave you with an incomparably heightened appreciation for Torah, and for the Jewish People Tzirel Rus and her family so courageously joined.

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