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. 

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.

Afikoman Gifts for the Whole Family!

It’s almost time to think about Afikoman presents! Here at ArtScroll, we’ve got you covered with Seforim, books and Judaica for the whole family.  Scroll down for our recommendations!

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For Young Children: 

Alef to Tav: Your children will love learning the Alef Bais with this best-selling classic.

Dovy and the Surprise Guests: Teach your children to love guests just like Dovy with this fun storybook.

Look What Hashem Gave Me: This popular children’s book will help your children learn to appreciate the gifts Hashem has given them.

For Older Children: 

The Kleinman Edition Mishkan: With beautiful 3D illustrations, this beautiful sefer will be enjoyed by the entire family.

Kids Cooking Made Easy: Deal with boredom and hunger in one shot with this hit new cookbook especially for kids!

Sand and Stars: This collaboration between Rabbi Berel Wein and Yaffa Ganz brings Jewish history to life for young readers.

For Women: 

Touched by Their Faith: Best-selling author, Rabbi Yechiel Spero, presents an all-new collection of stories that will help the reader grown in their faith.

Rebbetzin Kanievsky: This beautifully written and touching biography of Rebbetzin Kanievsky makes a great gift for any woman.

Interlinear Tehillim: Give the gift of tehillim with this beautiful and classic interlinear edition from ArtScroll.

For Men: 

Rav Elyashiv: This comprehensive biography of the Posek Hador features rare family photos, behind the scenes stories and glimpses into the life of this Torah giant.

Midrash Rabbah: Shir Hashirim: Unlock the spiritual and ethical treasures of Jewish thought with the latest edition of The Kleinman Edition Midrash Rabbah.

Kol Dodi on the Haftaros: In this new release, Rav Dovid Feinstein shares insights and a wealth of knowledge on the weekly Haftaros.

 

 

Upwards: Learning Appreciation

If you’re looking for reading material for Pesach, look no further than Upwards,  by Shami Reinman – the personal account of a woman’s battle with Parkinson’s that will give you a whole new level of appreciate for everything you have in life.

You would think that reading the personal account of a woman in her 50’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease would be down, depressing, sad. You might be right in most cases, but not so with Upwards.

Upwards is the first-person account of Shami Reinman, a vibrant and energetic woman in her 50’s – a bubby, teacher, wife and mother. She’s fun, funny and full of life – just the kind of person everyone wants as a friend. Then the unthinkable happens, and Mrs. Reinman’s world is turned upside down.  As the author takes us through her journey from Diagnosis, to acceptance, to struggling with her own body – the overwhelming feeling is appreciation.

Yes. Appreciation.

When did I last appreciate my ability to wake up in the morning and get dressed – by myself? When was the last time that I stopped and thought about the gift of being able to speak loudly and clearly, and be understood by those around me? How often to I think about the blessing of being able to drive a car, climb a flight of stairs? Did I ever feel appreciation for my ability to chew, swallow and eat? Who really takes the time to appreciate that their body is not their own worst enemy?

Reading about Shami Reinman and her struggles, reading about how she faces her challenges with optimism, it carries through to the reader. In her words:

“I accept whatever Hashem sends me, and I am grateful for every day that I have. I’ll take each day as it comes.”

-Shami Reinman, Upwards (page 276)

Click here for book details and exclusive online savings. 

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.

 

Click here for all books by Rebbetzin Yehudis Samet

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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ArtScroll Haggadah Giveaway!

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The winner is… Miriam! She chose: The Answer is…

ArtScroll released two amazing new Haggadah’s this year. Now, we’re giving one of our blog readers a chance to choose which Haggadah they would like to win!

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Click here to learn more about The Rav Chaim Kanievsky Haggadah.

Click here to learn more about The Haggadah Shel Pesach: The Answer Is (Plus, download a free sample chapter here.)

To enter the giveaway:

Comment on this post telling us which of these two Haggadahs you want to win! That’s it!

You can increase your chances of winning by entering our Instagram (@ArtScroll) and Facebook giveaways as well!

**Giveaway ends on Sunday, April 6th 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. 

Great New Passover Gifts Available at ArtScroll.Com

Did you know? In addition to ArtScroll’s vast selection of Seforim, books, cookbooks, novels, and other Jewish titles, you can also shop ArtScroll.Com for a great selection of Judaica, including Kosher Lamps, Kosher Cookware and now, this fantastic new Pesach gift:

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With four styles to choose from, these cuff-links make a wonderful Passover gift! We also have a wide selection of Matzah holders, Seder plates, Afikoman bags, plus more great Passover Judaica items.

Don’t forget! ArtScroll.Com offers free shipping on all orders over $79 – combine your gift purchases with a new insightful Haggadah and/or a new mouthwatering cookbook, and you will be all set!

 

ArtScroll is here to help you prepare for Pesach in all sorts of ways! 

>>Click here to shop all Judaica.

>>Click here to shop all Haggadahs.

>>Click here to download a sample chapter from our brand new Haggadah.

>>Click here for a free Passover recipe card download.

Ten Haggadahs That Will Transform Your Seder

With all of the physical preparation that goes on for Passover – between the cooking, the cleaning, the matzoh baking – and everything in between – it’s important to remember to prepare yourself spiritually for the upcoming holiday of Pesach.

There’s such a wealth of Haggadahs out there, so ArtScroll is here to help with some suggestions: Ten Haggadahs that will transform your seder. Read a tidbit about each book, then click through to purchase the Haggadah of your choice.
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1) Pesach Haggadah: The Answer Is – This brand-new Haggadah from ArtScroll is set up in a system of questions and answers. Geared at getting the conversation started at your Seder, this Haggadah provides an interactive experience – with over 1000 answers to 300 questions!

>>Click here to purchase.

 

2) The Haggadah with Answers – This classic Haggadah embraces the mitzvah of teaching your children the story of Yetzias Metzrayim by presenting questions and answers for discussion at the seder. With clearly written and explained content from classic commentators, from their writings on the Torah, the Talmud, or the Haggadah, this comprehensive work will surely enhance your Seder.

>>Click here to purchase.

 

3) The Haggadah Treasury – Rabbi Nosson Scherman presents an anthology of insights, interpretations, and parables that will provide a wealth of knowledge and material to enhance your Seder table.

>>Click here to purchase.

 

4) The Haggadah of the Roshei Yeshivah – For the first time in English, this groundbreaking Haggadah brings together the ideas and commentary of six of the greatest luminaries of contemporary times. With commentary from Rabbi Isser Zalman, Rabbi Aharon Kotler, Rabbi Chaim Shmulevitz, Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky (the Steipler Gaon), Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, you’re sure to find inspiration and knowledge!

>>Click here to purchase.

 

5) The Haggadah Anthology – Noted scholar Rabbi Moshe Leiber skillfully weaves together many strands of commentary and spices them with rich sprinklings of anecdotes and parables to portray the story of the Exodus in a new and meaningful light.

>>Click here to purchase.

 

6) Rav Chaim Kanievsky Haggadah – Imagine getting invited to the Seder of Rav Chaim Kanievsky. Imagine how you would cherish every kernel of wisdom that Rav Chaim would share. Now, thanks to this new Haggadah from ArtScroll, you can feel like you are at the seder of this Torah leader. Compiled by Rabbi Avrohom Yeshayahu Shteinman, this unique haggadah will show you the seder through the eyes of Rav Chaim Kanievsky.

>>Click here to purchase.

 

7) Haggadah from Bondage to Freedom – Rabbi Abraham J Twersky, using his signature combination of Torah wisdom and the science of the mind, presents this beautiful Haggadah – aimed at taking each of us from our own personal bondage to the promised land of self-fulfillment and joy in achieving our personal best.

>>Click here to purchase.

 

8) The Rav Shach Haggadah  - The warm humanity and genuine concern that Rav Shach displayed was legendary. Those qualities are prominently featured in the Rav Shach Haggadah.  Filled with insights from and stories about Rav Shach as well as anecdotes he retold, his teachings – through word and example – come through with the strength, humility, poignancy and warmth of the Rosh Yeshivah himself.

>>Click here to purchase.

 

9) Haggadah Expanded Edition (The Elias Haggadah) – Since it first appeared nearly 25 years ago, the ArtScroll Haggadah by Rabbi Joseph Elias has been the most popular Haggadah of its kind, anywhere! Now Rabbi Elias has produced the long-awaited new and expanded edition — with much new commentary on the second half of the Haggadah.

>>Click here to purchase.

 

10) The Family Haggadah – This is the Haggadah that practically requires no introduction. With ArtScroll’s signature clarity, accuracy and elegance, this Haggadah is a must have for following along at the seder. Order a copy for every participant at your seder so everyone can be “on the same page.”

>>Click here to purchase.

 

Don’t forget the children! Make sure your children can follow along and enjoy the seder with one of our Children’s Haggadahs:

Haggadah: Illustrated Youth Edition

ArtScroll Children’s Haggadah

 We’d love to hear from you! Comment below and let us know which of these you’ll be using at your seder!