Dance of the Puppet – Chapter 40

April 3, 2014

purple bookIsrael Book Shop presents Chapter 40 of a new online serial novel, Dance of the Puppet, by Esther Rapaport. Check back for a new chapter every week. Click here for previous chapters. 

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Getting Dovi Brim into yeshivah again.

Working out the problem with the state tests.

Reconciling between the teams from the Chanukah chagigah.

Making sure the teachers were happy with their schedules.

Elchanan, on the small sofa, raised his head from the paper he was reading. “It’s impressive,” he said. “But this list is too short. I’m sure that if you think a bit more, there will be lots to add to this list, much more than the four lines you have here. What about teaching a few girls some valuable lessons? And some adults, too?”

“If I did that, it was really incidental,” Yaffa said with a smile as she took back her paper. “But it really makes no difference. I just wanted to write a few things down to convince myself that I did do something during this time; that I wasn’t just a puppet these past few months, like I was at the beginning.”

“If someone was a puppet here, it was me,” Elchanan returned, his tone indiscernible. “A straw-man, like Moishe Berman put it. And don’t ask me what else he said, because I’m too tired to talk about it right now.”

Keep Reading…

NEW RELEASE! Not By Accident

April 2, 2014

L665Warning: do not start reading this book without a box of tissues at your side!

There. You were forewarned.

Yes, dear readers, this is a real tear-jerker of a novel. But don’t worry—that’s not its only claim to fame. Not by Accident is actually one of the most thought-provoking, beautifully-written books I’ve read in a long time. Each page whispers of themes so critical and so relevant to every single person, especially teens: the dangers of peer pressure; how important it is to be comfortable with yourself and to resist being a follower when your conscience screams at you not to; how to disassociate yourself from the “personalized” yitzrei hara in your life.

The book has its comic relief, too, such as the regaling of Leeba’s doll Avigayil Shprintza’s sorry demise, back when Leeba was an impulsive and bored seven-year-old. But mostly, the book pulses with the love that is inherent (though not always apparent) between two sisters. Anyone with a sister of her own will be able to relate to the sibling rivalry, competition, and jealousy that exists between Rosie and Leeba—and to the impossible-to-explain-but-impossible-to-ignore fierce love, protectiveness, and understanding that exists simultaneously and that underscores all the hard feelings.

Not by Accident is an excellent read, perfect to buy as a gift for that voracious reader in your life—or for yourself.

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NEW RELEASE! From Darkness to Light

April 1, 2014

C363I remember one of the first times I saw a Gadi Pollak illustration: it took me about ten minutes to look at it! This may sound odd to those who are not familiar with this talented and acclaimed artist’s work, but for those who know about Pollak’s artistic genius, it makes a lot of sense. Each picture Gadi Pollak creates is so chock-full of details that if you don’t pore over it for some time, you will certainly miss a whole lot of them.

That’s why, if you are planning to buy Gadi Pollak’s newest children’s Haggadah, called From Darness to Light, make sure you give yourself plenty of time, so that you can fully appreciate this masterpiece! Each extra-wide two-page spread consists of an exquisite, intricately-detailed illustration that incorporates many midrashim on the event portrayed in the picture. For example, Makkas Tzefardei’a—the Plague of Frogs—depicts a very realistic scene of what was going on in Mitzrayim at the time, complete with the huge frog spitting out many small ones as Egyptians stand over it, hitting the giant frog again and again, and animals and people fleeing in fright from all the noisy, croaking creatures.

Although officially a children’s book, adults will find themselves mesmerized by this Haggadah, as well. It really gives its readers—no matter what age—a feel of exactly what transpired during the events of Yetzias Mitzrayim.

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Dance of the Puppet – Chapter 39

March 27, 2014

purple bookIsrael Book Shop presents Chapter 39 of a new online serial novel, Dance of the Puppet, by Esther Rapaport. Check back for a new chapter every week. Click here for previous chapters. 

Copyright © Israel Bookshop Publications. 

The Zol Lakol supermarket was advertising one of its big sale bashes. Yaffa didn’t know exactly how it happened, but somehow, Yael Braun managed to drag her there at the end of a long workday. Towers of cans and packages of pasta were a bit of a strange backdrop for a conversation between them, and Yaffa suspected that Yael’s goal was to speak to her informally, out of the confines of the school. The two of them walked around with a single cart, which Yael had succeeded in finagling at the entrance with difficulty, as dozens of customers vied for every available cart. So far, all it contained was a package of microwave French fries for Elchanan and two bottles of oil that Yael had taken.

“These prices are really good,” Yael remarked. Then, casually, she added, “You know that Malka spoke to me today?”

“Wow, how unusual.” Yaffa chuckled.

“Actually it is a bit unusual, because we haven’t been talking much lately.”

“Why?” Yaffa grew serious. “Is she upset at you? It’s one thing if she’s angry at me, but at you?”

“I don’t know if it’s anger or discomfort. It’s clear that she suspects that I had a part in the whole thing with Mimi, and even if the idea wasn’t mine, that I actively supported it.”

“That’s not true.”

“Try telling her that.” Yael sighed and rummaged around in a huge bin of plastic plates. Keep Reading…

NEW RELEASE! Enough is Enough

March 26, 2014

L661Rav Shimon Schwab related how the Chofetz Chaim fasted because of a bad dream. He was old and weak, and his family wasn’t happy about his decision to fast. They asked, “What did you dream?”

“I dreamt that I’d become rich,” he answered.

“Is such a dream so terrible that it requires that you fast?”

“Absolutely,” said the Chofetz Chaim. “If it was a dream that reflects my thoughts during the day, then I must fast as penance. How unseemly of a man of my age to have such thoughts. If it is a prophetic dream, then all the more so must I fast to avert the evil decree, for wealth is a difficult test from which one must flee.” (She’al Avicha V’yagedcha, vol.3, pg. 299)


In Enough is Enough, Rebbetzin S. Feldbrand offers a treasury of inspiration to help us rise above our desire for wealth and become everything we can be—our best and most joyful selves—no matter what our financial bracket or circumstances in life may be. Take advantage of the powerful, down-to-earth advice, stories, and examples in this unique book, and begin your journey to become a better you!

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NEW RELEASE! Jeremy and Heddy Levi

March 25, 2014

C362C361I have to admit, not every book we publish sends a thrill of anticipation running through me—but these two classics definitely did! Oh, for the glory of nostalgia! How vividly I recall reading all about Jeremy and Heddy Levi as a kid, curled up on my bed, oblivious to all else but the zany antics and activities of this whacky yet lovable—and oh-so-true-to-life—brother and sister.

When it comes to creating characters that the reader feels he or she has actually met and befriended, no one beats Yaffa Ganz. It’s not for nothing that she’s written over forty children’s book—and still has lots more to produce, b’ezras Hashem! Every time I read a Yaffa Ganz book, I’m always amazed at her keen perception into the mind of a child, and with Jeremy and Heddy, she really outdoes herself.

How does she manage to make you feel sympathy for Jeremy, what with all the trouble he gets himself into, but still laugh out loud when reading about his stint with the Livyasan bathtub-turned-boat that he built with his friend Sammy? And when it comes to Heddy…don’t get me started, because this precocious girl will have you in stitches after just one or two chapters! Trust me on that one!

So whether you’re as passionate a fan of The Adventures of Jeremy Levi and Hello Heddy Levi! as I am, or you’re young enough to have never read these books before and are just hearing about them now for the first time, I’d advise  you to pick yourself up a copy of both of them at the first opportunity possible. You’ll be thanking me for that advice soon!

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Click here to purchase Hello Heddy Levi! online.

Dance of the Puppet – Chapter 38

March 20, 2014

purple bookIsrael Book Shop presents Chapter 38 of a new online serial novel, Dance of the Puppet, by Esther Rapaport. Check back for a new chapter every week. Click here for previous chapters. 

Copyright © Israel Bookshop Publications. 

“I told you, Menashe,” Mati fumed, “I should have neutralized your son. Our Ehud smelled something, tucked his tail between his legs, and ran. Isn’t it a shame to lose such a good worker?”

“Others will come just like he came,” Menashe said coldly, clasping his hands together on the glass surface of the desk. “My Amnon didn’t do anything, as far as I’m concerned. He was here, heard details that interested him, and—well, and it’s not my business what he did with them. You and I have other things to deal with.”

“Yes, but the question is if Ehud won’t start sniffing around about our other enterprises.” Mati rubbed his hand on the desk. “Because if he does, then what will you say?”

“He won’t sniff around and won’t find anything, the fool.” Menashe laughed. “It will be fine, Mati. Let’s move on. We’ll find other sources.”


“Why not? I know the field, and Korman helps us with information.”

“Don’t you think we’ve been burned for good now?” Mati waved the thick receipt book in Menashe’s face.

“Not at all. We’ll change names and move on.” Keep Reading…


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