Free Download: Sample Chapters from Letters to my Children

ltmcpRabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski, whose many books have transformed and enriched the lives of tens of thousands of readers, now distills a lifetime of wisdom, experience, and ahavas Yisrael into this poignant, warm and personal collection of letters.

In letters sent to grandchildren standing on the cusp of marriage, he shares his insights on building relationships and keeping them strong and fresh. To his great-grandson, on the occasion of his bar mitzvah, Rabbi Dr. Twerski gives a wealth of advice on the best way for a Torah Jew to live and reach his G-d-given potential. He imagines, rather wistfully, the letter he would have liked to send to his parents, and in it offers us his profound understanding of hakaras ha’tov, gratitude. He even writes a letter to his great-great-grandchild, who has not yet been born, showing him that no matter what changes the world will undergo, some things – the most vital things – are changeless and immortal. The letters are spiced with personal case histories from Rabbi Dr. Twerski’s career as a psychiatrist, as well as wonderful stories from Chassidic lore.

By sharing his personal correspondence, Rabbi Dr. Twerski makes us a part of his family. And what a “zeide” he is to us all!

Compact, paperback, Pocket Scroll book.

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Free Download: Sample Story from Class Acts 2

cla2hIn Class Acts 2, Rabbi Nachman Seltzer shares the true story of….

….the speech that literally changed all of our lives.

….the celebrated rav who created the world’s first “junior Beis Din”

….the “Great Water Fight” in a prestigious yeshiva, and how a gadol ha’dor handled the deluge

Bestselling author Rabbi Nachman Seltzer has an unusual ability to find great stories and bring them to life. In Class Acts, one of his most popular story collections, he turned his penetrating gaze to the schoolroom, discovering remarkable stories about teachers, students, class friendships – and, most of all, about the power of caring to change lives.

Now, in Class Acts 2, we’re back in the classroom with still more jaw-dropping stories of teachers burning with a sense of mission – and a smile; of gedolei ha’dor whose understanding of the human psyche borders on the miraculous; and, of course, of students from different backgrounds, with hugely varying personalities and potential, all united by their need for understanding, compassion, and love.

These stories are thought-provoking, inspiring, and just plain interesting – because, after all, what goes on in school is not kids stuff!

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Free Download: Sample Chapters from Stories That Unite Our Hearts

In Stories that Unite Our Hearts, master storyteller Rabbi Binyomin Pruzansky shares incredible true stories, such as:

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  • A man’s car breaks down in front of a rabbi’s house on Shabbos, and his life takes a u-turn towards Torah.
  • Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge meets up with Jewish chesed… and chesed, as always, wins the battle.
  • A rebbe discovers that he can reach a boy’s broken heart …with sushi.

We live in a world that often focuses on differences, one that fosters divisiveness. You think this, I believe that. You dress one way, I dress differently. You are you, I am I. Separate. Divided. And yet and yet If only we would see how much unites us. How much we are one people, children of one Father.

In this new and luminous collection, Rabbi Pruzansky once again touches our hearts, leaving us feeling joyful, proud, and deeply inspired.

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Free Download: Sample Chapters of The Story of Reb Moshe

yremhThe Story of Reb Moshe: A New Generation Meets the Gadol V’Posek HaDor Rav Moshe Feinstein

By Rabbi Shimon Finkelman

Rav Moshe was a living legend – the young ilui, the posek, the revered gadol ha’dor, the leader who was there for everyone. In these pages young readers meet little Moshe, who loved Torah learning and gave up playing chess because he didn’t want other children to lose. They’ll meet Rav Moshe, the rabbi who courageously stood up to the Communists, and who learned from Europe’s greatest rabbis and brought their teachings to America. Rav Moshe, the man who shaped our Torah lives even today.

With many photos and unpublished stories, this is a book that will fascinate, entertain, and inspire our youth.

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Starters and Sides Made Easy + Sample Recipes

“Step aside Main Dishes! The spotlight is now on Starters and Sides with this hot new cookbook from Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek!”

The second book in the Made Easy Cookbook series is all about making your meal planning easy! With 60 new and exciting recipes for every meal, ranging from everyday suppers to special occasions, this book will banish your mealtime boredom.

We’re sharing two sample recipes from the book. Enjoy them, then head over to our Pinterest board for reviews and additional recipes!

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Coleslaw Balls with Jalapeño Dip

Excerpted from Starters and Sides Made Easy, by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek, published by ArtScroll

Yields: 20-30 balls

16 oz coleslaw mix

1½ tsp   salt

3   garlic cloves, minced

½ tsp   coarse black pepper

¼ cup   flour

3 Tbsp   cornstarch

•   oil, for frying

Jalapeño Dip

¾ cup   mayonnaise

2   scallions, chopped

1   jalapeño pepper, seeds and ribs removed, chopped

2 Tbsp   water

1 Tbsp   lemon juice

½ tsp   salt

•   pinch coarse black pepper

•   pinch sugar

1. Place cabbage into a large colander. Sprinkle with salt and let sit 15 minutes. Using both hands, squeeze cabbage very well to remove the excess water (it won’t look watery to the eye, but plenty of liquid will come out when you squeeze).

2. In a large bowl, combine cabbage, garlic, pepper, flour, and cornstarch. Mix until mixture becomes dough-like. Using a tablespoon and damp hands, form into falafel-sized balls.

3. Heat 2-3 inches oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Fry balls in hot oil until golden on all sides, 4-5 minutes total.

4. Prepare the jalapeño dip: In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, scallions, jalapeño pepper, water, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and sugar. Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth. Serve alongside coleslaw balls.

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Crispy Crunchy Onion Rings

Excerpted from Starters and Sides Made Easy, by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek, published by ArtScroll

Yields: 16-18

           2   medium onions (or 1 large sweet onion)

½ cup   cornstarch

¼ cup   flour

½ tsp   paprika

1 tsp   garlic powder

1½ tsp   salt

•   pinch coarse black pepper

½ cup   water

1½ cups   panko crumbs

•   oil, for frying

  1.  Peel and slice onions into ½-inch rounds. Separate the rings. If your onions have very thin layers, keep two rings together. You don’t want your onion rings to be limp.
  2. In a shallow bowl, combine cornstarch, flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir in water to form a thick paste (resist the temptation to add more water).
  3. Place the panko crumbs into a second shallow bowl.
  4. Add an onion ring to the batter and use a spoon to help coat. Dip onion ring in the panko crumbs and use a spoon to help coat completely.
  5. Heat 2 inches of oil in a saucepan. When oil is hot, add onion rings and fry for 2-3 minutes. You do not need to flip the rings. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.

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