Rosh Hashanah and Beyond … Inspiration X 4!

How did it happen? One minute we’re sitting poolside or enjoying road trips … and suddenly, Rosh Hashanah is almost here. This year more than most, we need our inspiration, and we need it fast!

ArtScroll has four (!) new books to help us take advantage of Hashem’s closeness during these days of holiness, connection, and prayer. 

Yom Tov Messages from Rav Pam: Rav Yaakov Kamenetzky called Rav Avrohom Yaakov Pam “the Chofetz Chaim of our time.” In this collection, based on Rav Pam’s shiurim and arranged according to the Yamim Tovim, we can almost hear Rav Pam’s voice: perceptive and sensitive, humane and wise. Yom Tov Messages from Rav Pam also includes a special feature: A 50-page supplement, “To Be a Ben Torah” on growth in Torah and middos development, as well as sections on enriching Erev Shabbos, Shabbos, and Rosh Chodesh. 

Rav Nosson Wachtfogel on Elul and the Yamim Noraim: As mashgiach ruchani of Lakewood’s Beis Medrash Govoha for close to half a century, Rav Nosson Wachtfogel stood beside Rav Aharon and Rav Shneur Kotler, zt”l, helping to build the yeshivah and, indeed, to build Torah Jewry in America after the Holocaust. Leket Reshimos — literally, Collected Notes — are a collection of short nuggets of inspiration assembled by Rav Nosson’s students, who heard them directly from Rav Nosson himself. Now translated into flowing English, this work also includes his students’ memories of the Mashgiach and his inspirational life, as well as stories Rav Nosson told them about his own illustrious rebbeim. The vorts here are brief. And brilliant. And, often, life-changing. 

Yamim Noraim with the Maggid: In a previous column, we spoke with Rabbi Paysach Krohn, the famous “American maggid” about his new book, which help us understand the Yamim Noraim, and particularly the tefillos, through his insights and, of course, his inimitable stories. As Rabbi Krohn told us, “We’re all good Yidden and we all do wonderful things, but we can all raise ourselves up a notch.” Thousands have already “raised themselves up a notch” with the help of this instant bestseller. 

Olam HaAvodah: In Rabbi Moshe Don Kestenbaum’s Olam HaMiddos essays, thousands found a way to improve themselves and their lives. Now this acclaimed educator, writer, and speaker shares with us forty daily readings that show us how we — “regular” people, with flaws and imperfections — can achieve a wondrous closeness to Hashem. 

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