New Release from Rabbi Nachman Seltzer: Incredible! + Free Download

incrhNew 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!

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New: Nouri + Free Download

nourhA Remarkable Life; a Remarkable Book:

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.

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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.

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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

 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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Free Download: Sample Chapters from Letters to my Children

ltmcpRabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski, whose many books have transformed and enriched the lives of tens of thousands of readers, now distills a lifetime of wisdom, experience, and ahavas Yisrael into this poignant, warm and personal collection of letters.

In letters sent to grandchildren standing on the cusp of marriage, he shares his insights on building relationships and keeping them strong and fresh. To his great-grandson, on the occasion of his bar mitzvah, Rabbi Dr. Twerski gives a wealth of advice on the best way for a Torah Jew to live and reach his G-d-given potential. He imagines, rather wistfully, the letter he would have liked to send to his parents, and in it offers us his profound understanding of hakaras ha’tov, gratitude. He even writes a letter to his great-great-grandchild, who has not yet been born, showing him that no matter what changes the world will undergo, some things – the most vital things – are changeless and immortal. The letters are spiced with personal case histories from Rabbi Dr. Twerski’s career as a psychiatrist, as well as wonderful stories from Chassidic lore.

By sharing his personal correspondence, Rabbi Dr. Twerski makes us a part of his family. And what a “zeide” he is to us all!

Compact, paperback, Pocket Scroll book.

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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!

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Free Download: Sample Chapters from Stories That Unite Our Hearts

In Stories that Unite Our Hearts, master storyteller Rabbi Binyomin Pruzansky shares incredible true stories, such as:

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  • A man’s car breaks down in front of a rabbi’s house on Shabbos, and his life takes a u-turn towards Torah.
  • Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge meets up with Jewish chesed… and chesed, as always, wins the battle.
  • A rebbe discovers that he can reach a boy’s broken heart …with sushi.

We live in a world that often focuses on differences, one that fosters divisiveness. You think this, I believe that. You dress one way, I dress differently. You are you, I am I. Separate. Divided. And yet and yet If only we would see how much unites us. How much we are one people, children of one Father.

In this new and luminous collection, Rabbi Pruzansky once again touches our hearts, leaving us feeling joyful, proud, and deeply inspired.

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