NEW RELEASE! Who Is the Real Weatherman?

November 25, 2014

C382I remember the first snowstorm of my married life. There I was, watching from my living room window as the snow fell from the sky by the shovelful, my heart sinking to somewhere near my ankles. To me, snow means treacherous road conditions…hours spent cleaning off your car and walkway…coming late to work…dealing with the mess of melted snow in the front hallway of the house… Yeah, you could call me a summer gal. Winter and snow—they just aren’t my thing.

You can understand my confusion, then, when my husband came home later that day with an exuberant grin on his face. What was he so excited about, with such lousy weather outdoors? I wondered.

“Snow!” he fairly shouted. “Look how much snow there is! I’m going back outside to clean off the car, ‘kay?” And so saying, he bounded out of the house in his winter gear, all ready to tackle the fun and exciting task of…shoveling out the car?

It took a few minutes until comprehension set in. Snow. Oh, of course! To him, snow was a big deal. Growing up in Australia, my husband hadn’t seen much snow in his childhood. Even after years spent in American yeshivos, it seemed he still hadn’t lost that childlike enthusiasm for the wet stuff blanketing the ground.

Hmm. To each his own, I guess. (At least I got a shoveled-out car off the deal!)

But aside from those who, like my husband, did not grow up with snow, I think it’s quite safe to say that most adults do not find snow days to be fun. Exhausting, yes; nerve-wracking, yes—but not fun. Kids, on the other hand…

Peek in on any household with children over the age of three, on a morning when the kids have just been woken up with the magical words, “It’s snowing outside!” and watch those kids fly to the window to watch the wonder unfold before their eyes. And if the magical words the parents uttered happened to have been, “No school today—it’s a snow day!”—well, you may need earplugs to protect your ears from those joyful shouts of glee!

But what happens when, no matter what the weatherman predicts, the snow does not come?

In Who Is the Real Weatherman?  young readers are introduced to Chesky, who loves the snow and can’t wait to do all his snow-related activities…if only the snow will begin to fall! As time marches on and winter slowly fades into spring, Chesky learns some important lessons on Who is the only One Who controls the weather.

And then he gets the biggest shock of the season…

If you’ve got kids pining for the real winter weather to begin, this is a book you’ll want to read to them. It’s got fun and excitement on every page, plus lots of important lessons for children to absorb.

And—who knows—it may even stir up some excitement in you for the snowy weather!

Happy shoveling! :)

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NEW RELEASE! Culture Shock

November 6, 2014

L700When the song “Sfashkenaz,” produced by Abie Rotenberg on Journeys Volume 4, burst onto the scene of Jewish music back in 2003, it became an instant hit. Was it the adorable lyrics that hold such an important message within them? Was it simply because it’s such a catchy song?
Perhaps it’s both, but I’d venture to say that people are intrigued by the idea of the Sephardic and Askenazic worlds embracing and becoming enmeshed in each other. There’s something so…satisfying, even heartwarming, about Rachamim speaking Yiddish and Kalman enjoying a big bowl of couscous every day…know what I mean?

Well, Culture Shock, by popular writer C. Rosenberg, incorporates a twist of this very idea into its captivating plot. When Yemenite Yemima meets up with Yerushalmi Gittel, after fleeing her pogrom-ridden country and arriving on the shores of Eretz Yisrael, neither girl dreams of the deep friendship that will spring up between the two. But life in the Holy Land in the mid 1900s is anything but easy for any of its residents, and with the burden each girl carries on her shoulders, it is little wonder that Gittel and Yemima find so much in common—despite their differences in dress, appearance, language, and customs…

Culture Shock will introduce you to the very real challenges experienced by the residents of Eretz Yisrael during a most turbulent era in recent history. If you’re looking for a beautifully-written historical novel that will both entertain and enlighten you—and yes, provide you with lots of heartwarming satisfaction, too!—this is the book you need to read!

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NEW RELEASE! Your Torah Is My Delight

November 5, 2014

C380How every parent dreams and prays that his or her child will follow in the ways of our gedolim! Gedolim like the Chafetz Chaim…like Rav Moshe Feinstein…like Rav Shach…or, like more recently, Rav Elyashiv.

Rav Elyashiv’s entire life—his entire world—was Torah; he was a living, breathing sefer Torah, and our generation had the incredible zechus of having him in our midst until just a few short years ago…

But what about our children, who may have heard the name “Rav Elyashiv,” but who don’t necessarily know much about this saintly gadol? Shouldn’t they, too, on their own level, be exposed to Rav Elyashiv’s gadlus? Shouldn’t they, too, be inspired to emulate this great tzaddik’s ways?

Enter R’ Avrohom Ohayon, and a solution is found: Your Torah Is My Delighta beautiful book of stories about Rav Elyashiv zt”l, geared specifically for young children. Magnificently illustrated by Avishai Chen, this book is a real masterpiece in both content and aesthetics, guaranteed to become a classic among both parents and kids!

Each of the twenty-five stories in this book will leave you—and your children—awestruck with amazement. You’ll read about the life, the learning, and the middos of Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv…and you’ll find yourself yearning to be like this gadol, too…

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NEW RELEASE! Rav Schwab on Chumash

November 4, 2014

L696Rav Shimon Schwab zt”l was legendary in many ways. He was known for his yashrus, for his rock-solid emunah ba’Hashem, and for his brilliance in Torah learning. Indeed, this great man, with his words, speeches, writings, and Torah, was to change the face of twentieth-century American Jewry in a most profound way.

Now, just in time for this tzaddik’s 20th yahrtzeit, here is a book that will give you Rav Schwab’s perspective on the weekly parshah and on life itself.

In Rav Schwab on Chumash, readers will find treasure troves of Rav Schwab’s divrei Torah on the Chumash, as well as many stories, vignettes, and lessons from the life and writings of the Rav that help illustrate various points. Two mini-biographies further complete the richness of this sefer, providing readers with an additional dimension of this holy tzaddik who lived in our midst just two decades ago.

Written by Rav Schwab’s son, Rabbi Meyer J. Schwab, this book is an exquisite portrayal of the teachings and the persona of one of the greatest gedolim of our generation. With Rav Schwab on Chumash, your understanding of the Chumash, as well as your outlook on life in general, will be significantly—and forever—enhanced.

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October 7, 2014

L694You did it!

You cooked all the meals for all three sets of three-day Yamim Tovim, and now your clothes smell so strongly of fried onions, you wonder if people get hungry when you walk past.

You entertained the kids throughout the long days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur—by now, you are an expert at Guess Who? (you know to ask about the size of the nose to figure out if the mystery person is Peter or Paul) and Aleph-Beis Match-Ups (you know that the card with the back that’s peeling in the bottom-left corner is a vav—shh, don’t tell anyone else!).

And now it’s Sukkos, and while the men fret over how to keep their aravos from getting wilted, all you want to do is collapse on the couch with a good book as your treat.

But you don’t want just any good book. I mean, you worked hard! You should get one of the very best books out there on the market! That’s what you deserve! Right?

So, here it is, folks: a brand-new book from bestselling author Etka Gitel Schwartz. Yup, you heard right. The famous Binah writer, whose historical novels have been known to keep readers up till four in the morning…she’s back with a new book this season, called Caravan.

Ahh…say no more…I’m already sold…

Yes, yes, we know that, but there’s even more to it: it’s a short story book, so you don’t have to worry about being in the middle of a massively thick novel right when your husband is calling you to the sukkah for Kiddush (with our apologies to Full Harvestwhich is an excellent book, too, of course…just not exactly on the thin side). And each of the short stories in Caravan is so magnificently written, and full of such tochen, and so gripping…that you will get all the “treat” that you want and need, plus more, in this book.

So go ahead and indulge. Like we said, you deserve it. Carvana bestselling author providing quality literature to her readers.

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NEW RELEASE! Six Million and One

October 7, 2014

L689Not long ago it wasn’t uncommon to see numbers on forearms during the summer months. It is now. Many survivors have left the world, often taking their untold stories away with them. It would be easy to presume that the saga called the Shoah is nearly over, but that is a premature conclusion; As long as the Holocaust echoes strongly in the lives of the second and third generations, we as a people must still grapple with its secrets and traumas.

When my friend Hadassah was a little girl, she already knew the names of her future children. Hadassah isn’t a prophetess, she’s the daughter of an Auschwitz survivor. She knew what she had to do. Her son would be named for the grandfather she had never met. Her daughter would be named for the grandmother she had never met. When Hadassah played house Yirmiyahu and Eidel were her make-believe children. When she married and was indeed blessed with a son and a daughter, reality caught up with her childhood dreams.

“Both my parents were the sole survivors in their families. I felt pressure to be so good, to be the best consolation — because I was their only hope, because they had lost everything,” Hadassah reflects. “In terms of the names, it wasn’t as much a request from my parents as it was self-understood.”

Imagine how her parents would have felt if their lifelong hope of naming grandchildren after their loved ones wasn’t self-understood. Now we can begin to understand Chana Eichler.

Six Million and One by Rivka Galai, is based on the true story of a hidden child from Holland who establishes her own family but is only blessed with  sons. A blessing, true, but also an enormous test that gets handed down to the next generation: Who will name a child for Chana’s twin sister Shprintze? Surely Chana’s daughter-in-law will accommodate such an understandable request. Or will she?

And what really happened at the convent where Chana weathered the war? The dark sins and secrets will soon be known to all…

-Guest Blogger: Sara Miriam Gross

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NEW RELEASE! The Carpool Clan – Book 3 – Crash Course

October 6, 2014

C378Is your tween a Carpool Clan fan yet? Do you hear from her about the antics, angst, and adventures of Shevy, Tehilla, Penina, and the others? If not, now’s as good a time as ever to get her hooked on this bubbly and fun-loving bunch!

With the release of Crash Course, the third book in this terrific series of fun and wholesome reading for tweens, readers will enter the life of Sara Leah and get to know her and her family from up close. There’s lots of excitement going on in that family, that’s for sure…but there’s quite a bit of stress and anxiety, too…

How does Sara Leah deal with all this? And how does the rest of the carpool clan get involved? Because with these friends, one thing is certain: if there’s adventure for one, the rest of the girls are usually not far behind, either…

Find out more about it in this superb book, Crash Course!

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