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.

 

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They Won’t Be Bored This Summer: Kids Cooking Made Easy + Giveaway!

Scroll down to the end of the post for instructions on entering a giveaway for a free copy of Kids Cooking Made Easy!

This summer, keep your kids busy in an educational and fun way: introduce them to the kitchen!

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My mother always said that hungry children are cranky children. Bored, hungry, cranky…these are the less exciting aspects of having children on vacation for three months. But we have a solution: introduce the kids to the joys of cooking with Kids Cooking Made Easy!

There’s a great educational aspect to cooking and following a recipe. As explained by the authors, Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek. “Kids Cooking Made Easy is a picky eater solution,” says Victoria Dwek. “Kids either become more open-minded when they see how something is prepared, or they learn to prepare their own favorites.” Aside from kitchen skills, learning to cook has hidden educational benefits. As Leah Schapira points out, “Children learn about math and fractions when following a recipe.” They also learn to read and follow instructions – all while having a good time!

Chock full of exciting summer recipes such as Teriyaki Beef Sticks, Peach and Mango Salad and Creamsicle Sorbet and fun crafts and edible activities such as Edible Sand Art and Homemade Button Candy, this book will be a delight for your children and a lifesaver (or at least sanity saver!) for you.

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Here’s a sample recipe for you and your kids to enjoy. Make sure to scroll past the recipe for a chance to win a copy of Kids Cooking Made Easy!

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Comment on this post telling us: What is the first dish you remember cooking? 

**Giveaway ends on Friday, July 11th at 11:00 am eastern time. Winner will receive one copy of Kids Cooking Made Easy. 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. 

Free Weekly Download: GPS! Navigation For Your Soul

GPS-for-the-soul-blogLife is hard to navigate. And while a GPS unit might help you get around the roads to help you reach your destination, how do you navigate life’s twists and turns?

The answer? GPS! Navigation for Your Soul. Translating the brilliant concepts of the Nesivos Shalom into contemporary and easy to understand terms, GPS! is your guide to navigating life’s challenges.

To give you an idea of the clever layout, engaging design and of course, thought-provoking content that are showcased in GPS!, we’re giving our readers an opportunity to download a sample chapter from this new book.

Click here to view, download and print the Free Weekly Download – GPS

Click here to order a copy of GPS! Navigation For Your Soul. Don’t forget: you can get 20% off this book and all ArtScroll books during our June Sale!

**Did you enter our giveaway? One of our readers will win the chance to choose their own prize!*

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.

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

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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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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

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.

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Weekly Learning Download: Parashas Shemini

This week’s free learning download is about this week’s Torah portion, Parashas Shemini. Excerpted from Living The Parashah (Volume 3) by Rabbi Shimon Finkelman, this excerpt gives us a deeper understanding of what it means to “be with Hashem.”

There is nothing quite like a good story with a timely message. And there is nothing that enhances the Shabbos table more than an inspiring insight on the weekly Torah reading. This hard-to-put-down book offers a combination of both; an inspiring insight into the parashah illustrated by a great story.

Click here to view, download or print: Weekly Learning Download – Parashas Shemini

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Click here for Volume 1(Bereishis) of the series.

Click here for Volume 2 (Shmos) of the series.

 

Weekly Learning Download: Purim

This week’s free download is about the upcoming Holiday of Purim, excerpted from Days of Joy.

Days of Joy features ideas and insights of the Sfas Emes on Chanukah and Purim.

For nearly a century, Sfas Emes has been the challenging and provocative fare of outstanding scholars. Rabbi Yosef Stern showed that the “impossible” can be done. The profound, scintillating, pithy, incredibly rich discourses of the great Sfas Emes, Rabbi Yehudah Aryeh Alter of Ger, can be distilled into enlightening and inspiring English essays. The author opens a window to one of Chassidic literature’s stellar achievements.

Click here for a free download – Purim: The Permanent Yom Tov.

 

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Make sure to join us every Thursday on The Official ArtScroll blog for a free download on the Parashah and other timely topics. 

Weekly Learning Download: Parashas Vayikra

frphThis week’s Parashah download comes from a popular ArtScroll classic, Rabbi Frand on the Parashah.

One of the world’s most popular speakers, Rabbi Frand delivers lessons on the week’s parashah and carries them into our daily lives.The weekly Torah readings will be immeasurably enriched by Rabbi Frand’s well-reasoned, solidly constructed presentations. This book is a pleasure to read — and its many messages will remain with the reader long after it is put down.

Click here to view or download – Weekly Learning Download – Parashas Vayikra

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