Code of Jewish Conduct – New Cycle Starting Elul!

August 9, 2010

With the arrival of Elul, you can sense the feeling of teshuvah in the air. Everyone, it seems, is looking for another zechus, another kabbalah to take on. Who doesn’t need extra zechusim at this awesome and frightening time of year?

Being that we know how stringent sins between man and his fellow are in the Eyes of Hashem, what could be a better kabbalah to take on ourselves now than to work on mitzvos bein adam l’chaveiro? Of course, you can’t exactly work on a mitzvah if you don’t know the halachos governing that mitzvah. That is where The Code of Jewish Conduct steps in.

The Code of Jewish Conduct is unique in that it is an exhaustive halachic work, providing all the halachos relevant to over fifty mitzvos bein adam l’chaveiro, written in a clear and easy-to-understand format that includes loads of illustrative stories and examples. As the many intricate halachos are divided up neatly among the days of the week, readers are given the opportunity to delve into, digest, and fully comprehend each halachah, before going on to the next one.

The Code of Jewish Conduct is an adapted translation of Sefer Mishpetei Hashalom, which is a bestseller in Eretz Yisrael. Tens of thousands of copies of it have been sold in just two years. The new calendar for the daily learning of The Code of Jewish Conduct starts again on the first of Elul—which, this year, is on Wednesday, August 11. So what are you waiting for? Join the many satisfied readers of this popular sefer and see for yourself all the good it will bring into your life—this Elul, and beyond!

Divided Attention – Chapter 13

August 6, 2010

Israel Book Shop presents Chapter 13 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

How many horses fit into the stable? The question rammed though his feverish brain over and over again. Actually, it was the title of a story they had read yesterday in class, but Rafi did not remember that at all. How many horses were here, with him now? One for Shira, and another if a nice guest would come. Perhaps Rina.

No. He wouldn’t let Rina into his private stable either. Only he and Shira would live there with the beautiful horses. He wouldn’t let Ronny in either. Ronny tried to act nice, but the minute you didn’t listen to him, he started to threaten.

Dirty wooden walls flecked with cement hung above him, and the gray, unplastered walls surrounding the place seemed to be closing in on him. He tried to roll over, but he couldn’t. Those horses must be standing so close to him, they were even stepping on his hands. He felt their hard strong hoofs; they were really painful.

Where was Shira? Had she ridden away from here on her horse? Perhaps she didn’t like him either. She went to a nice family with a mother and father and food. She left him here by himself, together with the horses. But who cared? Horses could be good friends, too, Mrs. Davidi had told them.

But he didn’t want to think about Mrs. Davidi right now; she hated him, too. So did Ima. And the kids in his class. And the neighbors. And Sarah. And all those families to whom he had gone . All they did was tell him to take a haircut and a shower and to wear clean clothes and come on time. They liked pretty, clean, obedient children; not him.

Only the horses liked him.

So how many horses were in this stable?

Rafi rolled over onto his back and sighed as pain sliced through his left hand. Which horse was stepping on him? Didn’t the horse realize it hurt him? Maybe the horses didn’t like him either. Maybe they only liked Shira, and now that she had gone, they didn’t want him to be here.

Yes, he was sure of it. No one, but absolutely no one, wanted him.

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