Night Flower – Chapter 51

December 17, 2018

Israel Book Shop presents Chapter 51 of a new online serial novel, Night Flower, by Esther Rapaport. Check back for a new chapter every week.  Click here for previous chapters.

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The woman who met Chaiky and Naomi at the library didn’t look much like Elka, although it was her. Her eyes were shifty, as if she was embarrassed to focus on Chaiky, or perhaps it wasn’t only embarrassment. Something was bothering Elka very much, and it was not only the awkwardness at unexpectedly meeting up with her dedicated employee in this library.

“I need to speak to you, Chaiky,” she said as she picked up a book from the floor. “I’ve been meaning to for two days, but it just didn’t happen yet. You see how busy I am here. Miri is trying to help me, but there are hours that I need her to be sitting at the entrance and doing other work, so I’m stuck in here.”

KEEP READING…


Night Flower – Chapter 50

December 10, 2018

Israel Book Shop presents Chapter 50 of a new online serial novel, Night Flower, by Esther Rapaport. Check back for a new chapter every week.  Click here for previous chapters.

Copyright © Israel Bookshop Publications. 

The windows in this stairwell were built in a very strange way—narrow and high, covered with shutters that partially blocked them. The dust that had accumulated over the years took care of blocking the rest. When the light went out suddenly, Noa found herself groping in near darkness as she made her way down to the entrance. She could not recall how exactly she’d left the house. She’d shamefacedly murmured something; Mira had nodded and halfheartedly asked how she was doing today, and offered politely to keep in touch.
But that was just it—Noa didn’t really want to keep in touch. Not after she’d discovered almost with certainty that Chaiky Struk of today was the cute Chaya’le of then. That was also why she hadn’t spent too much time apologizing—because when Mira would find out who she really was, the whole story of their disastrous parting in the past would pale in comparison to what she had done to Mira’s daughter these past few months.

Only after searching all her pockets did she remember that the new phone that she’d bought as soon as she’d arrived in Be’er Sheva was resting deep in the bottom of her bag. She’d wanted to spare it the same fate as its predecessor, which was now resting—intact or not—on the floor of that strange store next to the bus station in Tel Aviv.

She leaned on the wall of the stairwell and switched on the phone. The memory was empty of numbers, of course. She didn’t even have Adi’s number! It was a good thing she knew her grandfather’s number by heart. Keep reading…


NEW RELEASE: MiddosMan 5

December 6, 2018

What do you get when you combine a super-speedy underground train (complete with a manhole in the sidewalk to get into it, of course!), with a sneaky Mr. Yetzer Horah, and an anger emergency involving a brother and sister one Chanukah evening?

You get MiddosMan Volume 5: Learning to Calm Down, of course!

If your kids are like the thousands of MiddosMan fans out there, waiting on tenterhooks for each new MiddosMan volume to be released, then you need not look any further for a gift to brighten up their Chanukah—or any time!

Complete with music, songs, exciting sound effects, and a wonderful storyline that teaches important lessons, MiddosMan Volume 5: Learning to Calm Down is a book and sing-along CD that your kids will be reading and listening to, over and over and over again.

I speak from experience.

Can’t you hear the strains of I run, I run, as fast as I can… playing in the background here??

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NEW RELEASE: Dovid and Golias

December 3, 2018

Parenting boys is NOT for the faint of heart! I can attest to that.

As the lucky mom of several boys bli ayin hara, I’ve had my share of “WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?!” moments.

Between digging up the lawn in search of worms and frogs, and actually attempting to bring said creatures into the house; tackling each other to the ground with war cries and homemade “swords” until I’m afraid of what I’ll find on the “battleground”; and hurtling each other down the stairs like sacks of potatoes because that’s the game they made up (“Don’t worry, Ma—it doesn’t hurt!”)—my boys certainly keep me on my toes.

Nevertheless, even very, shall we say, boyish Jewish boys need to be nurtured with Torah from when they’re young—and that includes regaling them with stories from Tanach that they can relate to and enjoy.

Which is why I was so thrilled to discover Zev Wahl’s latest book in The Illustrated Tanach Series, called Dovid and GoliasHere is a book based completely on the events from Sefer Shmuel, related in an exciting way that boys adore! I mean, check out those illustrations of the Jewish and Plishti armies, and the battleground scenes! My boys were poring over those pages for a good long time.

So take my word for it, fellow parents of boys (and girls, too! There’s nothing in this book that a girl won’t enjoy either!): when it comes to children’s books, Dovid and Golias combines the best of both worlds. It’s got the tochen you want your kids to be reading, and it’s got the excitement and thrill that they want to read too!

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Night Flower – Chapter 49

December 3, 2018

Israel Book Shop presents Chapter 49 of a new online serial novel, Night Flower, by Esther Rapaport. Check back for a new chapter every week.  Click here for previous chapters.

Copyright © Israel Bookshop Publications. 

It took two days for Noa to recover from her frenzied getaway from Tel Aviv, during which time she did nothing but rest in the room she had found, in a small, cheap hotel. No one seemed to be looking for her either. After two days, she went to visit the old street, a visit that was actually the purpose of her trip south.

The street and the building remained much the same, but there were a few things that had changed. For example, the gate. Noa smiled to herself when she remembered her first encounter with this building, when she’d walked up the path and entered the stairwell with the high ceiling. Now she climbed to the top floor, and discovered that the nameplate on the door had also been replaced.

Her knocks yielded no response. She stood near the door for another minute, suddenly feeling overcome by exhaustion, and wondered if a dark-haired two-year-old, tottering on her two chubby legs, would suddenly burst out of the house. It was funny; she’d known her from age zero till about six or seven, but the image that remained etched in her memory, strong and tangible, was that of Chaya’le as a toddler. Sweet Chaya’le, who, from all the things Noa had found so hard to part with at the time in favor of Yadovsky, had been the most difficult.

The door remained locked and silent in her face, and Noa finally grasped that there was no point in standing there. As she walked back down the stairs, she wondered if Mira was still a preschool teacher. Maybe she could ask the neighbors what time Mira usually came home, and if she was even in town right then. What if Mira was out of town, or even out of the country, at the moment? If that were to be the case, she would have to come up with another plan.

She stopped near the door on the first floor, just as the sound of footsteps echoed from the entrance of the building. Someone was on the way up the stairs, and she was talking on the phone. Noa tensed. Keep Reading…


Recent Release: Rav Zvi Kushelevsky on the Torah

November 28, 2018

Somehow, it’s hard to come up with good gift ideas for men. I mean, with little boys it’s so much easier. Kids love toys and books. And of course, candy. Buy your little guy any of the above, and he’s thrilled.

But what do you get for your yeshivah bachur son, or your husband? A new tie? A wallet? So ho-hum…

Or, you can get him a brand new sefer, of course!

Now that’s easier said than done. What kind of sefer would he like? Whose chiddushei Torah would he appreciate?

Chances are, you can’t go wrong with buying him a copy of Rav Zvi Kushelevsky on the Torah. In fact, you will most likely score many points with the beneficiary of such a gift!

Rav Zvi Kushelevsky is the esteemed rosh yeshivah of the well-known Yeshivas Heichal HaTorah in Yerushalayim. In the world of yeshivos, it’s common knowledge what a tremendous talmid chacham Rav Zvi is. His chiddushim are the results of his endless toil to plumb the depths of the sugya at hand, combining profundity, rigorous analysis, and precision, often by way of sifting through various commentaries and sources. Additionally he has the know-how to highlight within his divrei Torah the tools necessary for a person to grow and succeed in life.

All of this becomes apparent while reading this beautiful sefer, which is a compilation of Rav Zvi’s divrei Torah on the weekly parshah.

Light up the Chanukah of all those who have an appreciation for Torah literature, with the gift of this book. It’s a sefer they will always treasure.

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Night Flower – Chapter 48

November 26, 2018

Israel Book Shop presents Chapter 48 of a new online serial novel, Night Flower, by Esther Rapaport. Check back for a new chapter every week.  Click here for previous chapters.

Copyright © Israel Bookshop Publications. 

Adi approached the desk and peered at the bag through the glass. Yes, that was Noa’s suitcase. And in case there remained any doubt, there was a fluorescent yellow swath of tape with Noa’s identifying details written on it.

“Excuse me?” she said, raising her voice, because no one seemed to be in the room.

“Yes?” An older woman stood up from behind the pile of suitcases and bags.

“Can you tell me when this suitcase was put here?”

“I can’t give you details like that,” the woman replied, clearly impatient. “We don’t just give information out to other people.”

“But the suitcase belongs to my friend who disappeared,” Adi almost pleaded. “Just tell me if it was dropped off in the last few minutes or a long time ago.”

The woman stared at her. “Neither,” she said, after a moment. “She was here about an hour and a half ago.”

“She was alone?”

“You see why I don’t like answering people?” the woman asked, and went back to her little stool in the corner of the room. “A minute ago you said I should just tell you when that suitcase was dropped off, and suddenly you have more questions.”

“Because I saw that you are nice and that you realize that I’m very upset, so I tried to get a bit more information from you.” Adi took a step back and gripped the handle of the carriage, but didn’t leave.

The woman sat down and picked up a rag that was lying on the floor next to her. She dusted off a small shelf and put two medium-sized boxes on it. Suddenly she raised her head and snapped, “She was alone. Does that make you feel better?”

“Not exactly.” Adi took a deep breath.

“Why, is she lost?” Keep Reading…