Beyond the seudos and the mishloach manos and the costumes and the fun … there is Megillas Esther. There is so much to discover, so much to learn in this beloved sefer. How to deal with Jew-hatred, life in a … Continue reading
Rav Shimshon Chaim Nachmani was one of the greatest rabbanim in 18th-century Italy. In his Introduction to his Torah commentary, Zera Shimshon, he speaks of the tragic death of his only son. He writes, “With His [Hashem’s] enormous lovingkindness, even … Continue reading
Purim is just a few weeks away, and there’s still time to shop for Purim titles for the entire family! Want to win a selection of Purim megillos and titles for the whole family? Scroll down for your chance to … Continue reading
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.
When you think of purim, you might think of fun – parties, costumes and shalach manos. But it’s important to understand the laws and customs of purim as well. Enter The Halachic Handbook: Laws of Purim, . by Rabbi Yitzchok Rosedale. In this handy, pocket-sized volum, the laws of Purim are clearly laid out and explained in a concise and understandable manner.
This week is Parashas Zachor, the shabbos in which we read the Torah portion recounting the war with Amalek. To help you understand the complex laws surrounding this special mitzvah, this week’s free download gives you the chapter on Parashas Zochar. Download it and share it with your friends so they can learn too.
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Here on The Official ArtScroll Blog, we’ve been helping you prepare for Purim, and today’s free download will continue to help our loyal readers get ready for purim with the chapter about Adar from The Wisdom in the Hebrew Months by Zvi Ryzman.
Classic works of Jewish thought teach that each of the twelve lunar months corresponds to one of the twelve tribes. What do the months and the respective tribes have in common? … The Wisdom in the Hebrew Months opens the door to a new dimension of understanding. Drawing upon the full breadth of Talmudic, Midrashic, and Rabbinic literature, this work sheds new light on the months of the year, the tribes of Israel, and the ways that Hashem relates to His people. It is engrossing, interesting, stimulating, and provocative.
We’re gearing up for Purim here at ArtScroll, and we’re giving away a selection of Purim titles and gifts for everyone in your family!
ArtScroll’s extensive selection of Purim titles includes megillos for both adults and children, Purim reading and stories, halachic guides, and even Purim themed judaica and mishloach manos items. Make sure to shop now in order to get everything in time for Purim, then scroll down for your chance to win our ultimate Purim gift basket!
The Ultimate Purim Gift Basket Giveaway!
Included in this giveaway:
Esther: The Megillah: This is the sefer that launched what was to become ArtScroll. This ground-breaking sefer contains the text of the megillah, English translation, and commentary from 2000 years of talmudic and rabbinic sources.
Let My Nation Live: Learn and understand the Purim story as never before with this fascinating book. While it reads like a story, this book is filled with carefully researched facts based on Talmudic and Medrashic sources. Download a sample chapter here.
The Family Megillah: x2!! This easy-to-follow edition of Megillas Esther provides the text, translation and short commentary – all in a compact sefer. All of the adults in your family will want to use one of these, so it’s a good thing the winner will be getting two of them!
Halachic Handbook: The Laws of Purim: This pocket-sized sefer contains a clear and concise summary of the laws of Purim in an easy-to-follow, readable format.
The ArtScroll Children’s Megillah: In this edition of Megillas Esther, made especially for children, renowned children’s author, Shmuel Blitz, presents the story of Esther – and its lessons – in a thrilling and exciting manner. This is a great way for your children to learn the Purim story!
Purim Cookie Cutters: ArtScroll carries a full line of Judaica for all seasons and Purim is no exception. With fun paper-goods, mishloach manos gift boxes and lots more, ArtScroll.com is your one-stop-shop for all things Purim! These Purim shaped cookie cutters will make it easy to create adorable Purim-themed cookies!
Purim Confetti: This confetti comes in an assortment of Purim shapes and will make your Purim celebrations a whole lot more fun!
To enter the giveaway for all of the above items in ArtScroll’s Ultimate Purim Package: Leave a comment on this post letting us know that you would like to win!
Giveaway now closed! Check back soon for the winner!
**Giveaway ends on Wednesday, February 25th at 11:59 pm eastern time. Winner will receive one copy of Esther: The Megillah, one copy of Halachic Handbook: The Laws of Purim, one copy of The ArtScroll Children’s Megillah, one copy of Let My Nation Live, two copies of The Family Megillah, one set of Purim Cookie Cutters and one package of Purim Confetti. Prize does not include food and baskets. 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. Limit one entry per person.
With Purim coming up in just a few weeks, Jewish cooks from all over the world are eagerly preparing their purim
Whenever you’re cooking, whether it’s for a Jewish Holiday, a weeknight supper, or anything in between, you’re bound to find the recipe you’re looking for in one of ArtScroll’s top-of-the-line Kosher cookbooks. With Purim coming up in just a few weeks, we figured it’s a good time for the Official ArtScroll Blog to share one of those fabulous recipes: Savory Hamantashen from Fresh and Easy by Leah Schapira. Traditional sweet hamantashen are great, but these Savory Hamantaschen, with their delicious dipping sauce, make a great appetizer for your Purim Seudah!
Recipe from Fresh and Easy Kosher Cooking by Leah Schapira. Copyright ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications.
4 (10-inch circles) frozen malawah dough
2 tbsp honey
3 cloves garlic
1 full tbsp salt
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp apple juice
3 chicken cutlets, cubed
¼ cup red bell pepper, finely diced
oil, for frying
Apricot Dipping Sauce
1 cup apricot jam
2 tbsp mustard
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp honey
- In a medium bowl, combine honey, garlic, salt, soy sauce, and apple juice. Marinate chicken in mixture for a minimum of 30 minutes. Add the diced red pepper.
- Remove malawah dough from freezer to begin defrosting.
- When dough has slightly defrosted (approximately 10 minute after removing from freezer), use a cookie cutter to cut out 2º-inch circles. Defrost circles for an additional 5 minutes. Using a rolling pin or pressing down with your hands, roll the dough circles slightly until they are 3Ω inches wide.
- Place a heaping teaspoonful of chicken mixture into the center of each circle. Pinch the edges together to form a hamentash.
- Heat a thin layer of oil in a skillet or frying pan. Add hamentashen to pan, filled side down. Fry over medium-low heat for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through or until golden (the heat needs to be low enough so the chicken is cooked before the dough browns).
- To prepare dipping sauce, add all ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine thoroughly.
- Serve hamentashen warm with dipping sauce.
Purim is coming up sooner than you think, and it’s time to start preparing. ArtScroll has a large selection of purim titles, including Megillos, Purim reading, and purim books and megillos for children.
One of our best-selling Purim titles is Let My Nation Live by Yosef Deutch. Presenting the miracle of Purim in story form, Let My Nation Live is an excellent way to gain an understanding and appreciation for the thrilling story, the struggles and triumphs, and the miracles portrayed in Megillas Esther. Based on sources from the Talmud, the Medrash and classic commentaries, this fascinating book will give you an appreciation for the purim story like never before.
Get ready for rosh chodesh adar by reading the first chapter of this great book – for free!
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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.
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