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.

**Don’t forget to enter our HUGE giveaway! The grand prize is a complete Schottenstein Talmud! Click here to enter.

Click here for book details and exclusive online savings.

Click here for all books by Rabbi Shimon Finkelman.

Get Ready…Get Sets! ArtScroll’s 30% Off Sets Sale

Save 30% on over 50 best-selling sets with ArtScroll’s 30% Off Sets Sale!

Over the last couple of days, we’ve been talking about our big Talmud giveaway in honor of our Big Set Sale. Today, we want to spotlight the sale and show you some of the great titles you can save on!

From now until May 27, many of ArtScroll’s most popular book sets are available at 30% off the list price. ArtScroll sets make great gifts for bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings, graduation, and all occasions. They’re an adornment to your bookshelf and – more importantly — your life.

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Here is a sampling of the more than 50 sets available at these special savings:

The Schottenstein Edition of Talmud Bavli: Hailed as one of the greatest achievements in the history of Jewish publishing, this treasure house of Torah is available at an incredible price. Save more than $900 on the 73 volume full size set, and more than $700 on the daf-yomi size set, which includes every word of the full-size edition in a more compact size.

Yad Avraham Mishnah Series: This 44-volume set includes a translation of Mishnah with commentary; in-depth introductions; full Hebrew text of the commentary of R’ Ovadyah of Bertinoro; and many explanatory diagrams.

The Sapirstein Edition Rashi:  This masterful treatment enables scholar and layman alike to gain a clear understanding of the classic Chumash commentary.

Ramban on the Torah: Ramban’s classic commentary elucidated in the manner of the Schottenstein Talmud. Introductions to each section make even the Ramban’s most complex insights understandable.

Stone Edition Chumash: The classic Stone Chumash in five convenient, personal-size volumes. Each volume includes its own index and appropriate haftarahs and Megillahs.

Schottenstein Edition Interlinear Chumash: This five-volume slipcased set features a newly-reset Hebrew text of the Chumash, Targum Onkelos and Rashi’s commentary; English translation below each Hebrew word; interlinear haftarahs; commentary, diagrams and illustrations; and long-life embossed binding.

The Kleinman Edition Kitzur Shulchan Aruch: This beloved halachah classic, translated and elucidated, includes rulings of the Mishnah Berurah and Igros Moshe, when they differ from the Kitzur. Available in slip-cased 5-volume full size or 10-volume personal size sets.

ArtScroll Machzor Sets: Nusach Ashkenaz and Nusach Sefard; full size and pocket size; standard and leather bindings; interlinear; the Yamim Noraim or all the holidays: whatever your needs, whatever your budget, there is an ArtScroll machzor set for you.

Kosher by Design Cookbook Series: Five of Susie Fishbein‘s best-selling cookbooks, in a beautifully designed slipcase.

 

And so many more sets, including sets for children, English sets, and more. Click here to shop!

 

**Did you know? ArtScroll is giving away a grand prize of a complete Schottenstein Talmud! We also have four other prizes – our next drawing is the Kosher By Design cookbook set. Click here to enter.**

 

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.

Now you can purchase the set at 30% off the list price, thanks to our BIG SET SALE!

Click here for 30% off on The Festivals in Halachah.

Click here to shop ArtScroll’s 30% off Set Sale.

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You Could Win an ArtScroll Talmud Set!

In celebration of ArtScroll’s 30% off Set Sale, we’re having our biggest giveaway ever!
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That’s right! We’re giving away almost $4000 in prizes, including a grand prize of a complete ArtScroll Talmud set, valued at $2999!

Participants in  our giveaway have lots of ways to win! You get an entry for liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, subscribing to our email list, and and answering poll questions! Get your entries here – just go through all of the contest entries in the giveaway widget.

The main prize (full set of Shas) drawing will be on Tuesday morning, May 27th. We have four prizes being raffled off before then too! Our first winner has already been chosen to receive a set of Chumash and Rashi, a value of $149! Our next winner is going to get a Kosher By Design cookbook set – valued at $174.99!

Make sure to enter today for your chance to win!

Bonus: want extra entries? You can refer your friends and get another entry for each one that enters! See contest widget for details.

Mountain Family Author Speaking Tour!

After speaking all over Israel and inspiring hundreds of people, Tzirel Rus Berger will be embarking on a North American speaking tour! The author of ArtScroll’s best-selling Mountain Family will be in America delivering her inspiring talk to audiences across the country!

 

Mountain Family Speaking Tour FlyerTo book an event in your community, contact Stuart Schnee: stu@stuartschnee.com or 973-796-2753.

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.

Click here for the entire Made Easy Cookbook Series.

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. 

Weekly Learning Download: Living Each Week

Learn the Parashah from one of the most beloved authors of our time, Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski.

In Living Each Weekbest-selling author, international lecturer, and noted rabbi and doctor, Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski present a follow up to his classic, Living Each Day. Filled with beautiful ideas, piercing insights, and provocative anecdotes – based on lessons from each weekly Torah reading - Living Each Week will enhance the lives of its readers and transform their understanding of the Parashah.

Click here to view, print or download the chapter on Parashas Emor from Living Each Week.

 

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Three Happy Words for Readers: Back in Print

Out of print.

For loyal readers, they are three of the saddest words in the language.

Maybe you loved a book so much, read it so often, that its pages began to fall out, and you want desperately to replace it. Or perhaps you heard about a book from a friend – it’s the “one you absolutely have to read.” It might be your favorite book ever, and you want to gift it to someone you love.

And now you hear those dreaded words: “We’re sorry, it’s not available. It’s out of print.”

For all of you who have had the frustration and disappointment of “out of print,” we’ve got three much happier words for you:

Back in print.

ArtScroll’s state-of-the-art printing technology is now enabling us to keep many sought-after books in print, years, even decades, after their first appearance.

Here is a sampling of some of our most beloved books, now back in print! So if you’ve been looking for them, waiting for them – the wait is over. Enjoy!

 


Touched by a Story Volume 2
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If you love Yechiel Spero’s poignant true stories (and who doesn’t?) and you haven’t read this volume, you’re in for a real treat!

 

 

 

The Shabbos Kitchen: Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen’s works are known for their clarity and scope. Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about cooking on Shabbos.

 

 

 

Building Your Self Image: Rabbi Zelig Pliskin is the master of motivating us to be as good as we can be, to set our goals and to reach them. In this life-transforming classic, he explains the emotional dynamics of success, shares insights and stories and gives us practical tips on how to believe in ourselves.

 

 Rebbetzin Kanievsky: It’s hard for us to keep up with the demand for this mega-bestseller, which has already sold more than 50,000 copies. This extraordinary biography is a warm and moving account of Rebbetzin Kanievsky’s simple, down-to-earth greatness. Written with the blessing and cooperation of Rav Chaim Kanievsky shlita and based on interviews with him and his family, The Jaffa Edition Rebbetzin Kanievsky: A Legendary Mother to All includes hundreds of pictures, including private, never-before-published family photos and documents.

 


Dear Daughter
/Dear Son:
With family dynamics becoming more and more complex, these two books by master educator Rabbi Eliyohu Goldschmidt are must-haves in every family library.

 

 

 

Tales of Tzaddikim Volume 3, Sefer Vaykira: A beloved Torah classic for youth, finally available again.

 

 

 

Shabbos with Rav Pam: Rabbi Sholom Smith, a close and devoted student of Rav Pam, has rendered a marvelous adaptation of his rebbe’s teachings on the Parshiyos that widens the window of insight into the mind of an American Torah giant who preserved the ways of Torah for generations to come.

 

 

 

Angels Don’t Leave Footprints: Rabbi Twerski shows us all how to see the inner good that is obscured by the debris of everyday life. Angels do their job and move on without leaving a mark, but human beings stumble and scrape their knees — and wonder if they can get anything right. They absolutely can — and this book proves it!

 

 

 

Click here for additional back-in-print titles. Make sure to subscribe to get email updates of future blog posts as we continue to announce books that are back in print!

 

Free Download: Rabbi Avigdor Miller Speaks

Thirteen years ago, the world lost a giant of Torah learning and Mussar. This Sunday, the 27th of Nissan, marks the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Avigdor Miller. Rav Miller’s weekly speeches have been compiled and annotated by his grandson, Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen, and printed by ArtScroll in the form of a sefer, Rabbi Avigdor Miller Speaks

 

 

The foreword describes this great scholar:

Rav Miller was born in the United States in 1909, at a time when yeshivos were almost nonexistent and Torah observance was rare among the American-born youth. Despite his family’s poverty, which drove so many others to think first and foremost of financial security, Rav Miller exhibited from his earliest youth a strong desire for truth and a love of Hashem and His Torah. He was the “Avraham HaIvri,” the “Avraham of the other side,” of his time, for he stood on one side of the great river of American life, while the rest of his world stood on the other. It is almost impossible for the modern generation that has grown up in a world in which Torah, yeshivos, Chassidus, and shemiras hamitzvos flourish widely, to appreciate what it meant for a young person to be frum — let alone become a ben Torah — in those days of rampant Americanization and assimilation.

Rav Miller was blessed with an abundance of Heavenly assistance in overcoming the sea of religious indifference that flowed all around him. Whereas it is the nature of a person to be influenced by the standards of the society around him, Rav Miller from his earliest days was prepared to steer his own course. Early on he developed a strong yearning for truth and a fierce will to pursue it to its logical ends, regardless of the obstacles placed in his path or the difficulties encountered on the way.

Our Sages teach us that one who sets out to purify himself is helped by Heaven to attain that goal. In his old age he would recount a number of inspiring thoughts he heard as a child. He remembered a teacher telling him once that when he recited Modeh Ani in the morning, he should reflect on how fortunate he was to have been given another day of life — and how many people had not been so fortunate! This thought made such a lasting impression on him that he was still able to picture the face of that teacher eight decades later. As anyone familiar with his lectures and tapes can attest, it was a thought he repeated numerous times throughout his long life.

Once, as a young boy in Baltimore, he came out after Ma’ariv from shul and heard two old European Jews talking to each other. One said, “Ah! What a geshmacke Ma’ariv this was.” The man rubbed his hands together in pleasure. Rav Miller would often tell what a deep impression it made upon him to discover that praying could be “geshmack.”

His first encounter with the classic mussar work, Chovos HaLevavos, was as a teenager, in a sefarim store on the Lower East Side of New York. For the rest of his life, this sefer served as his constant companion and the foundation for so much of his thinking.

Excerpted from the foreword of Rabbi Avigdor Miller Speaks, written by:

Rabbi Avrohom Leshinsky and Rabbi Yehezkel Danziger

This week’s Free Weekly Learning Download on The Official ArtScroll Blog offers a sample chapter of Rabbi Avigdor Miller Speaks, which will give you the opportunity to learn from one of Rav Miller’s shiurim on his Yahrzeit.

Click here to view, print or download an excerpt from the teachings of Rabbi Avigdor Miller

Also available based on the teachings of Rabbi Avigdor Miller:

 Rabbi Avigdor Miller Speaks, Volume 2

Walking with Rabbi Miller

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!

Click here to shop all Pirkei Avos by ArtScroll.

Click here for exclusive online savings on The Pirkei Avos Treasury.

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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.