New: Nouri + Free Download

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Nouri: The Story of Isidore Dayan, and the Growth of a Vibrant Community in America

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.

Click here to download sample chapters from Nouri

Click here to purchase your copy

New: Megillas Esther: The Answer Is…

New: Megillas Esther: The Answer Is…

By Rabbi Chagai Vilosky

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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.

Click here to purchase your copy or view sample pages.

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NEW!! Kosher by Design Brings it Home + Sample Recipe

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.

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Click here to purchase Kosher by Design Brings it Home

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!

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chef michael katz’s fish kebabs

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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.

In honor of the release of this great new book, ArtScroll is giving away over $1000 in prizes! Click here to enter the giveaway. (Giveaway ends on 2/29)

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!

Click here to view, print or download a sample story from Class Acts 2

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Free Download: Sample Chapters of Living Emunah 2

 

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.

Click here to View, Print or Download Sample Chapters from Living Emunah 2

Click here to purchase Living Emunah Volume 2

 

Don’t forget: ArtScroll’s Chanukah Sale Continues! Click here to shop!

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Chanukah Giveaway! Choose Your Own Prize!

With so many great new releases from ArtScroll, there’s something for everyone this Chanukah! Here’s your chance to win your favorite!

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That’s right! Here’s your chance to choose your own prize from Eight of ArtScroll’s popular new releases!

Would you like to win…

1.  Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek

2. Living Emunah Volume 2 by Rabbi David Ashear

3. Class Acts Volume 2 by Rabbi Nachman Seltzer

4. A Handful of Stars by C.B. Weinfeld

5. From Their Daughters Hearts by Estie Florans

6. Great Jewish Treasures by Rabbi Moshe Bamberger

7. The Story of Reb Moshe by Rabbi Shimon Finkelman

8. Letters to My Children  by Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski, M.D.

 

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post telling us which of the amazing new titles listed above you’d like to win.

Giveaway ends on Monday, December 14th at 11:59 pm eastern time.

Don’t forget: ArtScroll’s Chanukah Sale continues: Click here to save 20% on all books!

**Giveaway ends Monday, December 14th at 11:59 pm eastern time. One winner will receive the new book of their choice. Prize can be shipped within the USA. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via email. Valid email address must be provided to claim prize. Winner will have 48 hours to answer or another winner will be chosen. Limit one entry per person. All discounts off of list price. Sale ends 12/28/15.

 

Download Four Free Chanukah Recipes from ArtScroll’s Popular Cookbooks

 

In honor of Chanukah, we are sharing a selection of recipes from ArtScroll’s popular cookbooks. We’ve hand-selected a variety of treats to enhance your chanukah parties and please your families.

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Churros from T Fusion – Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes 

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This popular dessert makes a great alternative to donuts this chanukah! 

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Click here to download and print the recipe for Churros from Everyday Secret Restaurants

Click here to purchase Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek

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Lemon Olive Oil Biscotti – Something Sweet

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Olive oil is a theme on chanukah, so enjoy it in these light and refreshing cookies.

Click here to download and print the recipe for Lemon Olive Oil Biscotti from Something Sweet

Click here to purchase Something Sweet by Miriam Pascal

 

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Parsnip Potato Latkes – The Silver Platter 

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Click here to download and print the recipe for Parsnip Potato Latkes from The Silver Platter

Click here to purchase The Silver Platter by Daniella Silver and Norene Gilletz

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Smoked Short Rib Tacos from Reserve Cut – Secret Restaurant Recipes

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These elegant appetizers will be the star of your Chanukah party!

Click here to download and prsrrhint the recipe for  Smoked Short Rib Tacos from Secret Restaurant Recipes

Click here to purchase Secret Restaurant Recipes by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek

 

 

Looking for a great Chanukah gift? Shop ArtScroll’s selection of best-selling Kosher cookbooks. 

 

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Magnificent New Cookbook: Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes + Sample Recipe!

Magnificent New Cookbook Shipping Monday!

Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek

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Following their bestselling Secret Restaurant Recipes, Leah & Victoria go back into the kitchens of your favorite cafes, takeout spots, and restaurants to bring you family-friendly recipes that are easier to prepare.

Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes Features:

  • Over 100 Family-Friendly Recipes for Any Day of the Week
  • Secret Techniques and Tips Direct from Restaurant Kitchens
  • Exquisite Full-Color Photos for Every Dish.
  • Shortcuts and Easy-to-Find Ingredients for Home Cooks

Click here to order your copies, then scroll down for a sample recipe!

Gong Bao Chicken – Dini’s Kosher Restaurant

Owner: Chabad Beijing | Location: Beijing, China | Yield: 4 servings | Category: meat

 

At Dini’s, Beijing’s only kosher restaurant, the chefs cook authentic Chinese food along with traditional Jewish dishes and Western favorites that travelers expect (there’s a sushi bar too). The restaurant is named for Dini Freundlich, the local Chabad shlucha. Local Chinese residents also enjoy eating at Dini’s because they feel that kosher food is
Gong Bao Chicken LR safer to eat; the Chinese term for kosher is “Jie Shi,” “clean food.”

1 lb chicken breast, cubed

3 Tbsp cornstarch

2 Tbsp water

Pinch coarse black pepper

oil, for frying

2 Chinese leeks or scallions

3 Tbsp salted peanuts

Sauce:

2 tsp soy sauce

2 Tbsp sugar

4 tsp vinegar

2 tsp hot sauce

4 tsp ketchup

Place chicken into a small bowl. Sprinkle with cornstarch; top with water and black pepper. Mix to coat the chicken. Let stand for 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a wok or sauté pan over high heat. When oil is very hot, add chicken cubes in batches; fry for 4-5 minutes. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.

Drain oil from the pan. Add soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, hot sauce, and ketchup. Cook until sauce thickens slightly, 2-3 minutes. Add chicken and scallions; toss to coat. Top with peanuts.

Tidbit: Dini makes her own version of hot chili sauce to use in the restaurant. She says it’s the Asian equivalent of Israeli red schug.

Home Cook: We’ve tested this with all different types of hot sauce and they’ve all been successful. Halve the quantity if serving this dish to children -L.

Recipe from Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek, reproduced with permission from the copyright holders, ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications

Click here to order Everyday Secret Restaurant Recipes

Free Download for The Shabbos Project

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ArtScroll is proud to participate in The Shabbos Project with a free download from the Siddur that speaks your language.

The user-friendly Seif Edition Transliterated Siddur has a phrase-by-phrase English transliteration alongside the Hebrew text with the translation directly below – so you have the best of three worlds. These selections comprise the essence of the fFriday night Sabbath meal.

Use it! Enjoy it! Have a great Shabbos!

Download these selections and print it for all of your guests – perfect for those who don’t read Hebrew.

Click here for a free download of Seif Edition Transliterated Sabbath Prayers and Songs

If you enjoyed this download, purchase a copy for yourself or your guest:

Click here to purchase the Seif Edition Transliterated Sabbath Siddur.

Click here for the entire Seif Edition Transliterated Series.

Download Six Free Recipes from ArtScroll’s Popular Cookbooks

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This Yom Tov, let ArtScroll’s popular cookbooks enhance your menus. With recent releases such as Something Sweet, The Silver Platter and Secret Restaurant Recipes, you’re going to find something perfect to enhance your menus. We’ve picked six fantastic recipes to share from these cookbooks, so download them, share them, and enjoy them.

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Appetizer: Duck Spring Roll from Secret Restaurant Recipes

Click here to view, print or download the recipe for Duck Spring Rolls

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Soup: Sweet Potato Soup from Secret Restaurant Recipes

Click here to view, print or download the recipe for Sweet Potato Soup

Click here to purchase Secret Restaurant Recipes

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Main: Honey Roasted Chicken with Squash and Onions from The Silver Platter

Click here to view, print or download the recipe for Honey Roasted Chicken with Squash and Onions


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Side: Sweet Potato Scallop from The Silver Platter

Click here to view, print or download the recipe for Sweet Potato Scallop

Click here to purchase The Silver Platter

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Dessert: Pomegranate Cupcakes from  Something Sweet

Click here to view, print or download the recipe for Pomegranate Cupcake

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Hot Gooey Caramel Pie from Something Sweet

Click here to view, print or download the recipe for Hot Gooey Caramel Pie

Click here to purchase Something Sweet

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