NEW RELEASE! Robot World

July 15, 2015

C404It’s morning, I’m running late, and the kids are not cooperating. First they don’t like the clothes I set out for them; then they start squabbling with each other over something as direly important as who gets cereal first. And that’s when the milk spills. All over the table, the floor, and the baby’s clean clothes. And I close my eyes and imagine how wonderful it would be if I had my very own robot to clean up this mess for me…

What do you say—how does a world in which robots take care of all your chores, sound to you? Well, if you’re anything like Tova Klein’s mother, you wouldn’t be too thrilled about it. In fact, while all of Tova’s friends’ families have robot maids to make their beds and sweep their floors and go grocery shopping for them, Mrs. Klein refuses on principle to have any robots in her home. She wants her family to operate the old-fashioned way, where the kids themselves pitch in and know how to do chores, much to Tova’s embarrassment and chagrin. But then Mrs. Klein has to be away for a while, and she has no choice but to rent a robot nanny to help take care of the family. And that’s when the adventure really begins…

This is a book that will tickle the imagination of every tween reader out there! Set in futuristic times, Robot World is a one-of-a kind book that will fascinate kids with its wackiness, humor, and some great lessons, too! Try it out on your tween…and you’ll see exactly what we mean.

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NEW RELEASE! Forever in Faith

July 14, 2015

L737I used to hate saying yizkor. Everyone young left the room except for me. It took many years to recognize the blessings that being orphaned at age seven, brought into my life.

As long as we are still in galus, we all have our work cut out for us. Health issues, parnasa woes, chinuch crises, middos challenges, bereavement, and other enormous tests.  In the midst of the darkness, it’s usually not enough to remind ourselves that “This too shall pass.”  What we really need is an infusion of emunah – to connect with Hashem, and to notice that our darkness isn’t as pitch black as we thought.

Rebbetzin Bluma Teitelbaum, the Sassover Rebbetzin z”l, lived through the epitome of darkness: The Holocaust. She suffered immensely, yet she also recognized the rays of chesed and humanity that illuminated that darkness and gave her the strength to carry on. The kind words and gestures, the warm coffee after a freezing night of slave labor, the gift of candies that revived her, the used black velvet garment she managed to sell in order to bribe the camp doctor, the friendship of her Bais Yaakov sisters, and more.

Read the Rebbetzin’s memoirs, see the Shoah from her lofty eyes, and then, as you step back into the tests of your own life, recognize and savor the rays of chesed that already illuminate your darkness.  The task will be easier now.

Guest Blogger: Liba Lauffer

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NEW RELEASE! The Unfinished Diary

July 9, 2015

L734As he sat crouched in a foul-smelling cowshed and hayloft for months on end, with nothing but his own bleak thoughts to keep himself occupied, Chaim Yitzchok Wolgelernter turned to his pen as a means of endurance. An unusually gifted writer, this young husband and father of two made it his goal to chronicle his Holocaust experiences as they were occurring, in book form, no less.  And so, as he wandered the countryside, worrying about the fate of his family members also on the run, Chaim Yitzchok wrote. And as he hid in a dilapidated mikveh building together with his terrified younger brothers, Chaim Yitzchok wrote some more. And as he sought refuge in the cowshed of a Polish woman, who would eventually turn her back on him, Chaim Yitzchok continued to write.

The result: a personal Holocaust journal with a rare level of genius and skill apparent in each chapter chronicled by the author.

Chaim Yitzchok, unfortunately, did not survive the inferno of the Holocaust; he was brutally murdered just a few months before liberation. His diary, though, did survive. It was found by his brother and eventually made its way to North America, where it lay in a drawer, untouched, for many years.

In the meantime, Chaim Yitzchok’s surviving child, Feivel, grew up, married, and had children of his own. His son, Nafti Wolgelernter, was the one who pushed for his grandfather’s diary to be deciphered and translated, so that the family could connect with Chaim Yitzchok’s writings.

What followed were many years of meticulous work and effort, and now, seventy years after being written, the diary is finally being brought to light, released, in English, to the public.

This rare and historic work can be appreciated at many levels. Each page reveals an astounding depth of emotion, coupled with a cynical, witty—at times, even humorous—literary style. The diary is breathtaking in its eloquence and scope, heartbreaking in its descriptive account of the travails suffered by the author and his family. Given its unique perspective, this compelling account lends an entirely new dimension to the world of Holocaust literature.

The following excerpt, from The Unfinished Diary, illustrates just one of Chaim Yitzchok’s brushes with death during his time spent in hiding and on the run.

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NEW RELEASE! Making Change

June 17, 2015

L733It’s something so many teens could relate to. You’re chaloshing for that latest digital camera, or that adorable pair of summer shoes, or a Coach wristlet, or whatever else it is you fancy, and everyone else in your class is getting it…but your parents, of course, have to say no. “Money doesn’t grow on trees,” they tell you.

And now, besides for being minus that new hot item that you so badly wanted, you’re also in the embarrassing position of having to explain to all your friends, whose parents for sure already bought the item for them, that it was too expensive and your parents couldn’t afford to buy it.

Welcome to Ahuvi’s life—except for her, it seems that money—or the lack of it—has become an actual obsession in the family. As she struggles with feelings of anger and resentment toward her parents and the family’s whole financial situation, she unexpectedly stumbles upon a secret that sheds light on everything

Chana Cohen “gets” teens. She understands the way they think, the way they feel, what makes them sad, upset, or embarrassed, and what makes them feel like a million dollars (or like a Coach wristlet). In Making Change, a collection of short, fictional stories, this talented author opens the door into many a teen’s heart, while providing her readers with an enjoyable story at the same time.

If you’re looking for a book your teen or tween will appreciate, Making Change is it.

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NEW RELEASE! Mitzllal – Stranger Among Sisters

June 16, 2015

L732Close your eyes and imagine the following scenario:

For your entire life, you’ve heard of little else but the Holy Land, the homeland of the Jews. You’ve grown up with the dream of settling there as strong and as real to you as the desire of a parched man for water. And then, finally, you were given the opportunity to travel there.

The journey was far from easy. Indeed, it was grueling, both physically and emotionally, and fraught with danger and hardships. Yet you made it there. You made it to Eretz Yisrael, and now–finally–you feel you can rightfully expect to experience the bliss and ecstasy of being a Jew in his rightful land.

And then, like a cruel slap in the face, like an ice-cold bucket of water poured all over your dreams, you are told: You are possibly not a Jew. You may have no right to feel any connection to this land at all.

Sounds awful, doesn’t it? Yet this exact scenario played out in the lives of many Ethiopian immigrants upon their longed-for move to Eretz Yisrael. In Mitzllal, we are given a unique window into the heart-wrenching experience of one such Ethiopian Jewish woman.

This book is unique, unlike any you’ve read before. As far as I know, there aren’t any other English biographical accounts that deal with this difficult topic. You will read about the turmoil and identity crisis in which Mitzllal was thrown–and about her eventual triumph and discovery of true connection. Mitzllal is a book that will touch you to the core, as it gives you a real appreciation for the zechus of being a Jew.

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NEW RELEASE! The Parsha with Rabbi Juravel – Sefer Bamidbar

June 8, 2015

C403If your kids are anything like the thousands of Rabbi Juravel young fans out there, you’ve no doubt been harangued by them for the past couple of years–“When is The Parsha with Rabbi Juravel -Sefer Bamidbar coming out?”

Like all parents of devout Rabbi Juravel fans, you’re slowly amassed your collection of Rabbi Juravel CDs, and then books: A Story with Rabbi Juravel, Journeys with Rabbi Juravel, Sefer Bereishis, Sefer Shemos, Sefer VayikraAll you need now is for the final two Chumashim to be released, and then your Rabbi Juravel-loving kids will be set–well, at least in regard to parsha books.

So, for all those anxiously awaiting this book…drum roll, please… The Parsha with Rabbi Juravel – Sefer Bamidbar now makes its grand debut!

And once you pick up this book, you’ll see immediately that it was well worth the wait. The parshiyos in Sefer Bamidbar come to life with Rabbi Juravel‘s inimitable style of storytelling, and the additional stories, “Did You Know” tidbits, and other “extras” round out each parsha in a most succinct way. Plus, let’s not forget the adorable illustrations peppered throughout the book–your kids are absolutely going to love those!

If you’re looking to give over the parshas hashavuah to your children in a way that will interest, entertain, and excite them–Rabbi Juravel’s parsha books are the way to go. And with the release of The Parsha with Rabbi Juravel – Sefer Bamidbar, you’re one book closer to finishing the complete set!

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NEW RELEASE! Doorways

May 27, 2015

l725You know how sometimes, when you finish reading a really good book, you’re just chalishing to read more about those characters you just got to know and befriend? But the book is over, so you have no choice but to say goodbye to those new “friends” of yours and get on with the rest of your life…

What would you say, though, if we told you there was another option? If you had the opportunity to meet your “friends” again, in another smashingly well-written book? Wouldn’t that simply be a dream come true for a book-lover like you?

Sometimes dreams do come true…

Doorways is a standalone novel, written by Sara Wiederblank; however, it is also the follow-up of this popular author’s previous book, Pass or Fail. That means that if you were left wondering whether or not that shidduch with Bracha Halpern and Mrs. White’s nephew Yonah worked out or not, and what happened with Avigayil Morrison, Etta Kirsch, and all the others after Pass or Fail ended, now is your chance to find out!!

And Doorways does a lot more than provide readers with a good catch-up on all the happenings in the lives of Pass or Fail‘s characters. It’s a stellar book in its own right, with thought-provoking lessons and the playing out of contemporary struggles that many of us are all-too-familiar with in our real lives.

Yes, dear readers, whether or not you know who Bracha Halpern is yet, Doorways is a novel you will treasure and find yourself reading again and again.

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