If you have made Living Emunah a part of your life — and, with over 100,000 copies of the series in print, the odds are that you have — you know that the gift of emunah is huge. The belief … Continue reading
The publication of every volume in the Schottenstein Edition Yerushalmi is a cause for celebration, but next week’s release of Yerushalmi Chagigah is particularly special, as it marks the triumphant conclusion of a campaign by the Baltimore Jewish community to … Continue reading
by Rabbi Dov Waller
The Eishes Chayil Haggadah is designed to enhance women’s appreciation for the miracles of Yetziyas Mitzrayim – and women’s vital role in those miracles.
- A rich commentary that emphasizes women’s contributions to the Exodus and Jewish life
- An abundance of absorbing stories to enhance the holiday
- Clear laws of Seder night, particularly those relevant to women
- Brief overviews of vital concepts, so busy women can quickly enrich their Seder
This magnificent volume makes a fantastic “thanks-for-working-so-hard” gift for your wife, mother, or hostess!
- Gilded page heads
- Ribbon marker
- Gorgeous copper-color hardcover
Don’t forget to place your pesach order to get it in time! Click here to shop all Pesach titles.
Stories that light a spark | by renowned story-teller Rabbi Yechiel Spero
- $30,000??? There was no way he could find the money. Until Rav Elyashiv zt”l gave him an idea
- Fleeing Arab gunfire, they found refuge in the first house they could enter. They couldn’t know that their Jewish destiny was awaiting them on the other side of the door
- For 70 years, he’d run away from his Yiddishkeit. And now? Now, he was ready to come back…
Ah, the Jewish spirit. It gives. It cares. It never surrenders. It’s determined and compassionate and generous. It heals wounds and repairs relationships. And it’s here, this eternal Jewish spirit, in these pages, in these stories, in the lives of men and women and children, some renowned, others ordinary people like you and me. Rabbi Yechiel Spero has been lifting our spirits and our hearts for many years, with his wonderful true stories. This new collection takes us across the globe and even into outer space. We find the Jewish spirit in a beis medrash, a hospital room — and waiting outside a monastery. The marvelous true stories of Touched by Their Spirit will certainly touch your spirit – and help it to soar ever upwards.
New Release by Rabbi Nachman Seltzer: Incredible! From the Bronx to Bnei Brak: The amazing true story of Rabbi Yossi Wallis
This is one of the most INCREDIBLE stories you will ever read! Meet Rabbi Yossi Wallis, CEO of Arachim, who…
– Starts life as a gang member in the mean streets of the Bronx
-Creates the first all-Jewish street gang, and gets tangled – and untangled – with the Mafia
-Finds his way back to Torah while waiting on line for a treife sandwich
-Demands – and receives – a formal apology from the Spanish government for the public burning of his ancestor, Rafael Vallis, in an auto-da-fe 500 years before
-Learns never to surrender – from his father, who would not beg for mercy, even with a noose around his neck at the gallows of Dachau
-Builds warm and personal relationships with a “who’s who” of gedolei Torah, while reaching secular businessmen, motorcyclists, and convicted prisoners.
All this and more – and that’s why this book is – absolutely INCREDIBLE!
Nouri has been hailed as “a biography that reads like a novel.” Author Devora Gliksman tells us a little about this remarkable man and the book that brings him to vivid life:
Nouri spans almost a century, includes two World Wars, and features a panoramic background ranging from Baghdad and Damascus to Brooklyn, from Czechoslovakia to Baltimore to tiny Vineland, N.J.
Nouri’s mother was murdered while his father was off fighting in the Turkish army. A bitter custody battle ended with the toddler on a ship to America, totally cut off from his father and siblings. Raised by his grandparents, who passed away by the time he was fourteen, Nouri turned to his uncles, who were always there for him. Though surrounded by family, Nouri still felt very much alone. Yet Nouri emerged from each challenge stronger, more grateful to G-d and to those who helped him. His gratitude and striving for spiritual greatness became the hallmarks of Nouri’s life.
Nouri’s never considered himself “self-made,” even though his rags-to-riches story could easily have fed his ego. As his business boomed, he never attributed any of its success to himself. In his gratefulness to G-d, he was never satisfied with where he was spiritually. In this, he was trained by his mentor, Hacham Murad, a giant of a man in a tiny body.
So Nouri forged ahead, always seeking to grow and to help his community grow as well. One project at a time, he helped change his community by building a new synagogue, building a girls school, building another synagogue, building senior housing projects. That was his whole life: building. His faith that Hashem would help him and his community was constant.
In 1970, Nouri’s son-in-law and daughter, Hacham Yosef and Carol Harari-Raful, as well as Carol’s sister and three of Nouri’s grandchildren, were on a TWA flight that was hijacked by Palestinians and forced to land in the Jordanian desert. Also among the hostages were Rav Yitzchok and Rebbetzin Hutner, and Rav Yonoson and Rebbetzin David. Nouri features incredible eyewitness accounts of the hijacking, including journals written by Hacham Raful and his brother while they were in captivity. Amazingly, even at this traumatic time Nouri’s faith in Hashem’s goodness was unwavering.
Nouri is the true story of a man — indomitable, optimistic, devoted to his people. It does, indeed, read like a novel — but it’s true, and very, very inspiring.
Just in time for Purim comes a new release from the author of the popular Pesach Hagaddah: The Answer Is… Following the popular and clear format of his popular Hagaddah, Rabbi Chagai Vilosky presents a sefer willed with over 900 answers to almost 300 questions about Mordechai, Esther, Achashverosh and the Purim story.
Drawing answers from sources such as the Alshich, Maharal, Vilna Gaon, Chassidic masters, Rav Chaim Kanievsky, and dozens more, Rabbi Volosky helps us uncover the depth of meaning in the megillah’s words. A unique feature of this megillah is the sections on “Divine Providence in Action” which help us understand the hand of G-d hidden behind the words of the megillah.
Susie Fishbein does it again!
In this beautiful and fitting finale to her best-selling Kosher by Design series, Susie Fishbein shares recipes, stories and photos inspired by her travels throughout the world.
Can’t wait to get to get your hands on a copy to try a recipe? Here’s a sample recipe from Kosher by Design Brings it Home!
chef michael katz’s fish kebabs
D or P yields 4 servings
One of the perks of leading a culinary tour to Israel is meeting many prominent chefs. One of my favorites, Chef Michael Katz, is so sweet, I can only describe him with the Yiddish word “aidle.” He is executive chef of the Adom Group, among the best restaurants in Israel. Our stop was Trattoria Haba, outside the shuk. Michael treated us to a demo, including this dish, which we devoured. To listen to Michael is to learn through food about science, history, art, love, and life in Israel.
Michael used ras el hanut, a local spice blend made of approximately 15 spices. Pick up some next time you are in the shuk. I subbed in spices easier to find here in the States.
The main “secret” is to chop all the fish by hand and not with a meat grinder or a food processor. This keeps the proteins from becoming a sticky mass. I say, leave it to the professionals with the razor-sharp knives, and have the fishmonger chop it for you to make prep work a snap.
½ pound tilapia fillet, cut into ½-inch dice
½ pound cod fillet, cut into ½-inch dice
¹∕³ cup unflavored breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon pine nuts
¼ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon chili pepper
¼ teaspoon schwarma spice or ras el hanut
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 fresh cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh curly parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 scallion, chopped, white and pale green parts only
¼ small white onion, peeled, finely chopped
extra-virgin olive oil
techina, yogurt, or tartar sauce, for serving
Place the diced fish into a medium bowl. Add the breadcrumbs, pine nuts, cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, schwarma spice, baking soda, salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, cilantro, scallion, and onion. Mix gently. Oil your hands with olive oil. Knead the mass until it combines and holds together, but don’t over-knead or the fish will be chewy. If it won’t hold together well, sprinkle in a little more breadcrumb.
Dampen your hands. Divide mixture into 8 portions; shape each into a kebab form, like a small egg. Heat a thin layer of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook the kebabs until golden on all sides, 4-6 minutes total, turning until colored on all sides and cooked through.
Serve 2 kebabs per plate with techina, yogurt, or tartar sauce.
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In 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!
Living Emunah, by Rabbi David Ashear, was an instant best-seller and an immensely popular book that transformed the lives of tens of thousands of people, taking them on a breathtaking journey towards tranquility and happiness – through faith.
Now, the eagerly anticipated follow up volume, Living Emunah 2, brings us even further on the road to serenity. In just a few weeks, Living Emunah 2 has become an instant best-seller as well.
To give you a taste of the life-changing material, stories and inspiration in Living Emunah 2, we’ve put together a sampler with some pages for you to enjoy.
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