In Stores Tomorrow! – Changing Tides

August 31, 2010

Devora Weiner is back again with a new novel! Popular author of the famous Hearts of Gold books 1 and 2 and White Ice, among numerous other titles, Devora’s name is synonymous with books that captivate her readers with plots that are realistic as they are thrilling.

In her newest book, Changing Tides, Devora focuses on four women who have been friends forever, but who have secrets and insecurities that none of them would ever dare share with each other. However, as the foursome’s friendship deepens, their intriguing journey of self-discovery leads them to each encounter truths about themselves that even they had never suspected.

Changing Tides is a book that will both entertain you and make you think. Watch Debbie, Miriam, Leah, and Sarah come to life under this talented author’s pen. Your meeting them will be like… meeting yourself.

Click here to purchase the book online.

In Stores Now! Cornerstone of Chinuch

August 27, 2010

It is the subject of many parenting classes and support groups. The topic of discussion at tables of many weddings and social events. The issue discussed at many a PTA conference. More, it is the deepest desire of Jewish parents worldwide, and it is the substance of so much of our prayers.

What is “it”? you may ask. “It” is teaching our children to have good middos.

Why is it so difficult for a child to share his toys with his friends? What is it that makes so many children feel that everything is “kumpt mir (coming to me)”? And more importantly, what can we do to help our children change and behave in a more refined and considerate manner?

The answers to these questions lie in the newly released gem of a book—Cornerstone of Chinuch. Written by veteran mechanech Rabbi Yonoson Yodaiken, this book contains ten specific strategies for how to instill good middos into our children. As menahel and Head-teacher of the largest Chareidi elementary school in England, Rabbi Yodaiken has an enormous amount of experience with educating children, and in Cornerstone of Chinuch, his first book, he gives over many of his educational tools and tactics, all in his clear and organized fashion.

Are you a parent or an educator? Would you like to improve your child or student’s behavior and interpersonal relationships with others? If so, you will discover that Cornerstone of Chinuch has been written just for you.

Click here for a video clip of the Author speaking on the topic of Chanoch Lanaar Al Pi Darco… Enjoy!

Divided Attention – Chapter 16

August 27, 2010

Israel Book Shop presents Chapter 16 of a new online serial novel, Divided Attention, by Esther Rapaport. Check back for a new chapter every Thursday or Friday. Click here for previous chapters.

Copyright © 2010 by Israel Bookshop Publications

Ugly reddish drops glistened on the walls of the test tube.

“In another second, these pliers are going to catch fire!” Ronny, whose hand was aching already, grumbled. He was standing in the same position in which he had been five minutes ago, holding his test tube over the small gas flame, but no significant breakdown or change could be discerned inside it.

“What’s with you, Ronny?” The chemistry teacher stood beside him, evaluating the test tube with a critical eye. “Have you written down the components yet?”

“How can I write anything down when I have no idea what’s in here, except for water?” Ronny snapped and shook his test tube impatiently. The reddish drops began to slide down the glass, leaving red-tinged paths in their wake.

“Oh, I see you’ve already identified one component: water,” the teacher said, pointing to the blackboard. The numbers one through five were written in a column, and near the number one, the word “water” was scrawled in large print. “That’s the easiest thing to figure out,” the teacher said and returned to his desk. “If you followed my instructions exactly before you started heating the compound, then the breakdown is supposed to work. Carry on,” he said, waving his metal ruler in the air. “And you should open the windows. I can smell that there is something here in the advanced stages already. Is that you, Adir?”

The short, stocky boy nodded bashfully. His test tube didn’t contain any liquid, but rather a red, metallic sludge that began to blacken as it was heated over the fire. The steam emanating from his test tube was replaced with a grayish smoke that rose in a thin column, and its odor filled the entire lab. Keep Reading…

Available Now! Struggle to the Summit

August 26, 2010

Some books just have the ability to speak to you. They get you to think, to reflect on a certain message, and even to change the way you’ve always perceived your everyday life. Like Struggle to the Summitour newest, true medical drama.

Brimming with faith and inspiration, Struggle to the Summit tells the story of Rivka Zucker, a young thirty-year-old wife and mother, who suddenly began experiencing unusual and frightening symptoms. Upon receiving a threatening diagnosis, she immediately underwent a delicate and extremely dangerous surgery in order to stay alive. Although the surgery itself was successful, that was only the beginning of Rivka’s journey. She had lost many of her most basic skills and human capabilities and had to relearn them all from scratch. Add to the equation the fact that she could not possibly mother her children in such a state, and it would be perfectly understandable if Rivka would have completely fallen apart.

But she didn’t fall apart! Through the numerous ups and downs—and there were many more “downs” than “ups,” at least in the beginning stages—Rivka persevered. Her many therapies were excruciating as they were humiliating, yet she refused to give up, pining for her long-awaited, coveted goal of having a normal, ordinary day as a wife and mother once again.

If you’re looking for a good medical drama that will both grip you and inspire you, this is the book. When you finish reading Struggle to the Summit, you will have an entirely new appreciation of life—yes, even—especially—those boring ordinary days!

Shloshim Yom Kodem Hachag

August 23, 2010

Thirty days before a Yom Tov. What are most frum people doing at that time? Perhaps, if you are a woman and that Yom Tov happens to be Pesach, cleaning your house? Cooking ahead and stocking the freezer? Or, if you are a man and the Yom Tov happens to be Sukkos, building your sukkah and deliberating over your arba minim? Stocking up on the appropriate machzorim for the Yom Tov? (Try Metsudah’s interlinear machzorim; they are the best!)

According to the Gemara, though, thirty days before a Yom Tov is when one should begin learning the halachos appropriate to that Yom Tov. And before you get overwhelmed and start wondering how in the world you’re supposed to go about doing this, read on about our phenomenal sefer entitled Shloshim Yom Kodem Hachag.

In this sefer, you will find all the halachos about all the yamim tovim, divided neatly into thirty sections that correspond with the thirty days before each Yom Tov. This way, all the work has been done for you; all you have to do is open the sefer each day and learn the daily halachah!

Based on the Shulchan Aruch and Mishnah Berurah, and including many psakim of contemporary gedolei haposkim, Shloshim Yom Kodem Hachag provides you with all that you need in order to enter each Yom Tov with a clear background of the halachos relevant to that holiday. See what a difference this sefer can make in your celebration of each Yom Tov. Your Yamim Tovim will forever be enriched and enhanced!

Divided Attention – Chapter 15

August 20, 2010

Israel Book Shop presents Chapter 15 of a new online serial novel, Divided Attention, by Esther Rapaport. Check back for a new chapter every Thursday or Friday. Click here for previous chapters.

Copyright © 2010 by Israel Bookshop Publications

Sarah didn’t have anything special to say, except for the regular little speech she made whenever she brought a child to a new foster family. Rafi already knew the routine by heart.

“So I hope he’ll behave nicely and be a good boy,” Sarah said, as Rafi’s face tightened. “And that you’ll be pleased with him. Just don’t forget his antibiotics—he needs to take it three times a day for another ten days. Rafi, I’m going. Now you’ll have a few days of vacation from me.”

Rafi had never heard of the phrase “Baruch she’petarani,” but that was basically what the unexpressed thought that passed through his mind meant.

The next thought was that Sarah was talking about a few days. Hah! Didn’t she remember that he always ran away?

The third thought was that it wouldn’t be at all easy to return home with this cast of his, which had begun to annoy him already. How would he manage to do everything on his own?

The last thought that flashed through his mind before the woman with the kerchief began to speak to him was that he would stay here in the meantime. When they took his cast and bandages off, he would leave.

“Hello, Rafi,” the woman said with a smile. “We’re really happy that you’ve come to us, and we hope it will be good for you here.”

“Did you have a lot of traffic on the way?” the man asked, and Rafi was unsure if he was addressing him or Sarah. In any case, he had no intentions of responding.

“No, the drive was actually very quick, but his discharge took longer than I had expected,” Sarah said. The woman with the kerchief offered her something to eat or drink, but Sarah turned the offer down. “No, thanks, I’m going,” she said. “See you, Rafi; good luck.”

Rafi stood just a short distance away from the door and thought about how simple it would be if only he didn’t have this cast. Out of the corner of his eye he saw a table covered with a tablecloth, with a bottle of cola, a plate of cookies and cake, and two glasses arranged attractively on it. They had probably thought that Sarah would sit and have a drink. They didn’t realize that she was simply counting the seconds until she could get rid of him.

The woman took the plate from the table and came to stand near him. “Look and see which cake you like,” she said softly. Rafi hated soft voices, like Sarah’s. This lady’s voice was a different kind of soft, but it was still soft enough to irritate him. What did she think? That he was a five-year-old who had to be spoken to like that? He looked at the plate and didn’t say a word.

The woman returned the plate to the table and asked him if he wanted a drink. Rafi continued to keep his mouth clamped shut. Then the husband approached him (and Rafi stepped back a little) and asked Rafi if he wanted to see the room they had prepared for him. When Rafi still didn’t respond, the woman and her husband exchanged a look between themselves. Then the woman said she was going to the kitchen, and the man said he was going to somebody named Myriff, or something like that. And then he left the house. And locked the door behind him. Keep Reading…

The At Home Gourmet – IN STORES TODAY!!!

August 18, 2010

Just in time for your Yom Tov menu planning…

Indian Style Vegetable Samosas… Kickin’ Curry Alfredo…Garlic Herb Chicken and Potatoes… Red Velvet Cake…

Getting hungry? Well, if the titles of these recipes aren’t making your mouth water, take one look at the full-page, colored photo of each of these foods, and you are certain to start drooling!

Yup, Sarah Lasry does it again!

Just a few short years have passed since the release of her first cookbook, The Dairy Gourmet, and already Sarah Lasry’s name has become synonymous with creative kosher cooking and, simply put, GOOD FOOD. Now, in her latest book, The At-Home Gourmet, she takes her innovative approach to cooking to new heights. In this handsome new cookbook, you will find a host of over 100 original recipes— dairy, meat, and pareve—all fully illustrated and easy to follow.

On a diet? Try the Salad Pizza or Salmon Burgers. Looking for a hearty fleishig supper? How does Chicken Pot Pie Pasta or Margalit’s Moroccan Meatballs sound to you? Of course, if you are looking for something just a tad more elegant, you can always try Crusted Veal Chops or Plum Lamb with Pears in Red Wine Sauce…

There is something for everyone in The At-Home Gourmet. So c’mon, pamper your taste buds a bit… Pick up a copy of this hot cookbook and…bon appetite!!

Understanding Your Child’s Health

August 17, 2010

If you live in Brooklyn, you’ve heard of her for sure. And if you don’t live in Brooklyn, and therefore have lots of free time on your hands, as you never sit in traffic for hours on end, well, the chances that you, too, have heard of her, are pretty high. Who is she? you ask. Why, Dr. Susan Schulman, of course!

Pediatrician par excellence for over 30 years, already on her third generation of patients, bli ayin hara, Dr. Schulman’s name and reputation speak for themselves. She’s practically seen it all; treated it all. And in her book, Understanding Your Child’s Health, Dr. Schulman has compiled essays that she has written on children’s health, so that you, too, wherever you may live, can avail yourself to her sound medical advice.

In Understanding Your Child’s Health, Dr. Schulman speaks about a wide variety of topics relating to children’s health and safety, including child obesity, understanding the role of antibiotics, and preventing illness by fully immunizing children. She is a firm believer that preventing problems is much better than trying to cure them, and as such, campaigns tirelessly for improvements in life habits, so that children will be healthy when they grow up.

Summertime, if you’re a kid, equals hours spent playing outside in the sun, on your bike, in the pool, in the park, and in the mud (don’t ask…!). Understandably, this can present many potential safety hazards—and Dr. Schulman is not one to mince words on this subject.   Below is the first of a series of videos by Dr. Schulman on various health matters.  Enjoy!

Hi, all! We’re back!

August 16, 2010

Yes, you’re right; we haven’t been posting too many new things on our blog lately—but not because we’ve been sleeping on the job! While so many others have been out vacationing, relaxing by the pool, and taking fun family trips, we’ve been working hard to prepare a new season’s worth of books for you. And now that the summer is coming to a close, we’re just about ready to release all our latests and greatests and start the new year off with a bang!

So, you ask, what’s new on our menu? Well, to take that question literally for a moment, we actually have lots of fabulous fresh food ideas and recipes up our sleeves—all from our newest cookbook, The At-Home Gourmet, by Sarah Lasry, author of the bestselling The Dairy Gourmet. Sure to become a winner like The Dairy Gourmet itself, The At-Home Gourmet will tease your taste buds to no end, until you actually go out, buy yourself a copy of it, and try out those recipes on your own, for a spectacular Yom Tov seudah or for any other occasion!

Then, for all you readers who like nothing better than a good medical drama, we have a brand new one in the wings. Struggle to the Summit is the inspirational story of a young wife and mother on the long and arduous road to recovery after an extremely dangerous and delicate neurological surgery.

Of course, Elul being Elul, what better time is there to work on our middos and service of Hashem than now? And Israel Bookshop has the sefarim you’ll need for that, too. If you’re a parent or educator, you’ll love our chinuch sefer, Cornerstone of Chinuch, written by prominent mechanech and long-time Head-teacher (principal) of the largest Chareidi elementary school in England, Rabbi Yonoson Yodaiken. Based on ten distinct, tried-and-true strategies, the book focuses on how to instill good middos in our children. You already read and enjoyed an excerpt from Cornerstone of Chinuch in our summer edition of The Next Page magazine; now you can look forward to having the full pleasure of reading the book in its entirety.

Any avid reader is, more likely than not, familiar with the popular Torah Tavlin series. Now, just in time for Parshas Bereishis, Torah Tavlin Vol. 2 is ready to be released! Sure to add lots of “spice” and enjoyment to your weekly review of the parshah, this latest Torah Tavlin book will be a welcome addition to your bookshelf.

And once on the subject of “Volume 2,” here’s another one of those coming soon: A Time to Laugh, A Time to Listen, Volume 2, by Rabbi Yehoshua Kurland. Readers loved Rabbi Kurland’s way of combining humor with fundamental hashkafah lessons in A Time to Laugh, A Time to Listen Vol. 1, and now you’ll be able to enjoy more of that with his newest book!

Well, that’s for starters, folks! And while you’re busy thinking about all these upcoming releases, be sure to keep your ears attuned for other new books… There’s still more to come…

Divided Attention – Chapter 14

August 13, 2010

Israel Book Shop presents Chapter 14 of a new online serial novel, Divided Attention, by Esther Rapaport. Check back for a new chapter every Thursday or Friday. Click here for previous chapters.

Copyright © 2010 by Israel Bookshop Publications

“You girls also want a history contest?” Ayala asked in surprise, hoping that she had fully understood the reason for the outcry in the class. Silence hung in the room for a minute. “I didn’t really understand what all the commotion was about,” she said quietly as she took out her algebra book, “but if you want, I’m ready to offer you exactly the same type of contest. I’ll gladly mark your reports as well!”

Only a few girls picked up on the note of amusement in her voice. They were too excited at their success. “Great! We’re also going to hang a sign by the water fountain: ‘For ninth graders only!’ And we’re going to write that Morah is going to judge our contest also!”

Just one voice of reason emerged from the cacophony. “But what do we have to do for this contest in the first place?”

“Explanations tomorrow, during the history lesson,” Ayala said, opening her book and smoothing her finger down its middle in an attempt to keep it from snapping closed. “Now we have an algebra lesson to attend to. Devoiry Katzenelenbogen, please read the answer to problem number thirty-six on page one-eighty-seven.”


Two other children lay in the room where Rafi was wheeled. One was recovering from pneumonia, and the other, from complications of an ear infection. They were both supposed to be discharged the next day.

“Perfect,” Rafi said quietly to his cast. “Then I’ll be left here myself, without these moaning, groaning babies.” Keep Reading…