Night Flower – Chapter 17

April 16, 2018

Israel Book Shop presents Chapter 17 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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“Miri, do you have paper clips?” Elka was in a big hurry. “No, not those small colorful ones—the big metal ones. Do you have any?”

Miri opened another drawer, her lips pursed. “No,” she said a moment later. “This is all I have.”

“Are you angry at me, Miri?”

Miri looked up in surprise. “I…” she stammered. “No. I mean… Maybe Chaiky has what to be angry about. I was always just a secretary.”

“You were never ‘just’ a secretary,” Elka vouched warmly. “You are a very special and dedicated worker, Miri, and I’ve told you that more than once. And Chaiky? Chaiky has no reason to be angry at me.”

“She doesn’t?”

“There’s no reason. I’m assuming this would be because of Noa coming to work here, right? Well, Noa is a very special girl, and I don’t know how much you appreciate her sacrifices and the steps she has taken, and that she is still taking…” She hesitated for a moment. “And without speaking lashon hara, Chaiky is not functioning at her full capacity right now, so it’s very convenient for me that Noa is around.” She looked toward Chaiky’s small office. Today it was locked. Chaiky wasn’t in there and neither was Noa, whom Elka often asked to “take care of a few things in the system” and “to make a few phone calls that Miri doesn’t have time for.”

“And you should know that Noa is actually very considerate.” Elka didn’t look directly at Miri, but rather at a small flowering plant on her desk. “For example, I never thought that maybe it bothers Chaiky that when she’s not around people go into the room that ostensibly belongs to her. But this morning Noa told me that she prefers not to do it anymore, because it might cause tension between her and Chaiky. She has the new computer in the library now anyway, so she can work on that from now on.”

Miri nodded noncommittally. She didn’t know why, but Noa’s “kind consideration” didn’t quite impress her. Keep Reading…


Night Flower – Chapter 16

April 9, 2018

Israel Book Shop presents Chapter 16 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 children fidgeted excitedly near the counter. It was no wonder; when was the last time they had seen their mother take out the mixer? Eight eggs, separated. One and a half cups of sugar into the beaten egg whites. A cup of orange juice. A cup of oi—no oil.

Oy.” Chaiky closed the cabinet. “We’re out of oil. Umm…what should we do?” This never used to happen to her. She couldn’t remember herself ever taking out the mixer before making sure she had all the ingredients she needed. But for this cake she had just mentally reviewed the recipe in her mind and decided that there was nothing she should be out of. Apparently, though, there was no more oil in the house.

“So I won’t have a cake for my siyum?” Naomi’s face fell.

“There will be a cake, b’ezras Hashem, don’t worry. Dovi, go down to the Pessermans and ask them for a cup of oil.” She lowered the speed of the mixer. One of her aunts had once taught her that beating the eggs at the lowest speed was the same as folding them with a spatula.

He returned after a few minutes. “They don’t have any,” he said.

Chaiky glanced at Naomi’s face and then at the foamy eggs that wouldn’t stay stiff much longer. She switched off the mixer and quickly untied her apron. “Wait here nicely, kids, and don’t touch anything. I’m running to the corner grocery to buy oil, and I’ll be right back. Naomi! If you lick too much of the batter, the sefer cake is going to be very low.” Keep Reading…


NEW RELEASE! The Tzaddik’s Blessing

March 28, 2018

There’s nothing a kid likes better than an exciting miracle story that “really, really happened!”

And when that story also teaches yiras Shamayim, emunas chachamim, and ahavas haTorah –well, there’s nothing a parent likes better than that!

The Tzaddik’s Blessing, a book containing 25 amazing stories about Baba Sali, has both ma’alos—and that’s why both kids and their parents will love it!

Read about the miraculous spring of water that Hashem created just for Baba Sali…about the gang of thieves that couldn’t find the door after attempting a robbery at Baba Sali’s house…about the injured soldier who, after promising Baba Sali that he would keep Torah and mitzvos, was suddenly able to walk again…and many other exciting, inspiring, and, of course, true stories in this book!

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NEW RELEASE! Sarala’s Song

March 27, 2018

Bullying. It’s the nightmare of every parent, not to mention the victim herself. For years a child is protected by her parents’ constant presence and watchful eye, but all that changes the day the child begins school. Suddenly, the parents are not around to make sure no one is bothering or hurting their child. Of course that’s where the teacher in school should come in, but it’s not always so simple…

In Sarala’s Song, a beautiful new children’s book, Sarala’s classmates begin teasing her in school, but when Morah Chaya rebukes them, they simply continue their taunts on the school bus. Poor little Sarala is left to her own devices, without anyone to stick up for her…

But not really. You see, Sarala has grown up with so much of her mommy’s love, which is especially manifest in the special song her mommy made up for her, that, as she soon discovers, she actually has a powerful tool at her disposal.

Parents seeking ways to build up their child will adore this book and the powerful message it contains. Sarala’s Song teaches kids a wonderful and effective method for how to stand tall to teasing, and in such a warm and enjoyable way. Gift your child and yourself with this book—you’ll be reaping the benefits from it in no time!

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NEW RELEASE: Just Imagine! The Miracles of Kriyas Yam Suf

March 26, 2018

You know how with certain book series, you look forward to reading the newest volume, but with others, you’re mamash waiting on tenterhooks for the next book to be released? I know that in my family, the Just Imagine comics series definitely falls into the second category.

After reading Just Imagine We’re Leaving Egypt, which ends off with Bnei Yisrael at long last leaving Mitzrayim, and Pharaoh finally admitting defeat after suffering through ten humiliating and painful Makkos, my kids and I all just stared at that last page and said, “When’s the next book coming out with what happened afterward?!”

And now, I am happy to say, that next book was just released! Yes, Just Imagine the Miracles of Kriyas Yam Suf is finally out on the bookstores’ shelves (at least, if they haven’t all been bought out yet!), and our family couldn’t be happier about that!

In this newest volume, we meet the hysterical Pharaoh character again, who’s set on bringing his Jewish slaves back to Mitzrayim, no matter at what cost. At least, that is his thought in the beginning of the story, before he realizes what Hashem has in store for him and his army now…

Readers will be enthralled by each and every page in this exciting comics book. It truly brings the story of Kriyas Yam Suf alive, making us all imagine as if we ourselves were there, crossing the Yam Suf together with the rest of Bnei Yisrael!

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Night Flower – Chapter 15

March 26, 2018

Israel Book Shop presents Chapter 15 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 newspaper editor subtly fixed his gaze on a detailed work of art that depicted Napoleon’s final battle in Russia. But when the silence grew prolonged, he turned to look at the master of the household, who continued to sit with a small smile playing on his lips.

“Mr. Rosenberg?” Vasiliy, the reporter, asked, a trace of impudence lacing his words. “Did you hear the conversation?”

The man looked at the reporter as though he were a pesky mosquito that had suddenly appeared in the hall. “Where do you have this recording from?” he asked curiously, and cast a fleeing glance behind him, to his bodyguards. They were silent.

“The wiretap was not on your line; it was on his line,” Antonovich said, mildly apologetic.

“Why?”

“Someone apparently had an interest in this person.”

“Apparently,” Nikolai said, and then he finally gave a full smile. “And so, what do you want from me?” He reached for the box that was placed at that moment on the table, and took out a fat cigar, wrapped in thin green paper. With a fluid move, he pushed the box gently toward Sergevsky, the editor.

“If we could get a reasonable explanation for this conversation, we’d be most pleased,” the editor said, not touching the box. “Just to remind you, our newspaper apologized and issued a correction that you have no connection to Judaism, and now it looks like that apology was unnecessary.” Keep Reading…


NEW RELEASE! The Secret Clubhouse Kids

March 25, 2018

There’s a certain charm to the kids of Yerushalayim. If you’ve been there (or are lucky enough to live there), you’ll know what I mean. Something so pure, so ehrliche, so innocent… You just need to look at a picture of a long-peyos-ed, white-kappel-ed kid walking through the alleyways of Me’ah She’arim, and already you feel a tugging at your heart.

Reading The Secret Clubhouse Kidsan outstanding children’s comics book that recently hit the market, I was reminded of these Yerushalmi kids. That’s because the boys in the story who are part of “the secret clubhouse,” and who are thrown head-first into a suspenseful mystery, possess this same sweet innocence and chein. They may be hot on the trail of a pair of robbers who stole the sefer Torah from their shul, but it’s not enough for them to get back the precious sefer Torah. The Secret Clubhouse kids aren’t done their mission until they understand why two Jews would ever do such a thing—and they get them to do teshuvah.

This is the kind of book you want your kids reading. It’s full of adventure and suspense—make no mistake about that!—but the characters are so lovable and goodhearted, it makes the book into a really wholesome read, not just some good guys-versus-villian, empty thriller. It’s a book your kids will love, but so will you…need we say any more??

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