Divided Attention – Chapter 26

November 26, 2010

Israel Book Shop presents Chapter 26 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.

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“Morah?” Nava said as she passed Ayala near the door.

“Yes, Nava?”

“Morah, uh…could it be that the journals are in the trash dumpster outside the front gate?”

“In the dumpster?” Ayala was surprised at the very idea.

“They were green, weren’t they?”

“Yes,” the teacher replied, her eyes squinting in concentration. “Why? Did you see something?”

“I peeked in there when I came this morning and I think I saw something that looked like green covers. Could they be the journals?”

“Perhaps,” Ayala said. “Come, let’s take a look.”

Nava hesitated. All she needed was for the girls spending their recess outside to see her and Morah Ayala striding together through the schoolyard and out the gate to begin rummaging in the garbage dumpster. If she was right, then at least she would be vindicated and everyone would understand the reason for their little foray. But what if she wasn’t right? And besides, she didn’t really want to be the topic of discussion as they searched, irrespective of whether their search turned anything up or not.

Ayala smiled, correctly interpreting her student’s hesitation. “Alright, Nava. Thank you for your attention. I’ll deal with it myself.”

Ita asked the janitor to go over to the huge green dumpster and use the mop stick to see if the journals were in there. He did as instructed, and after several long moments of being observed by an audience of gaping high-schoolers glued to the chain-link fence, the mop stick turned up a familiar green binding, sans papers.

“That’s it!” Ita said excitedly. “Do you see any papers, Mr. Shimshon?” she called.

“Yes, and there are a few more green books here, as well.”

He pulled out a pair of latex gloves and put them on. Then he hoisted himself onto the edge of the dumpster and stuck his hands inside the heap.

“Ugh!” Batya said to Nava as they stood watching at the fence. “How can he do that?”

“The way you say it, you would think that there are diapers and chicken bones there!” Nava retorted without taking her eyes off the cover that peeked out of the clear plastic bag the principal was holding. “After all, we’re just about the only ones who use that dumpster. The worst thing that could be there are a few empty chocolate milk bottles!” Keep Reading…


November 22, 2010

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Divided Attention – Chapter 25

November 19, 2010

Israel Book Shop presents Chapter 25 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.

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The moon cast a dim glow on the dirt path, doing little to illuminate it. It was a tiny, end-of-the-month moon, trying valiantly to peek at what was going on down below, near a low building. Six figures stood at the edge of the courtyard, under a small awning.

“I hope they didn’t change the inside door,” Eddie said as he observed Shai, who was bent over working on the lock. “What will we do if the door inside is harder to break?”

“Then Rafi will climb up to the roof,” Ronny said, his hand behind his back. “How’s it going, Shai?”

“Another minute and I’ll have it open,” Shai reassured him hurriedly.

“Here’s hoping you’ll be spared the job of climbing up there, cute little religious boy,” Eddie said, looking at the short figure sitting cross-legged on the ground, leaning on the wall. “Doesn’t look like much fun.” He put a hand on the gutter that descended from the roof and raised his head. “It’s really high, Ronny!”

“Yep.” Ronny was engrossed in Shai’s efforts.

“What’s inside this room, Eddie?” Puti asked, plopping down on the floor near Rafi. Keep Reading…

In Stores Today! The Funny Things They Say Vol. 3

November 17, 2010

Psst! Looking to give your kids lots of giggles and fun this Chanukah? There’s an easy way to do it, and it’s becoming available as of today: Buy a copy of the newest The Funny Things They Say.

The third book in this hilarious series, The Funny Things They Say 3 is guaranteed to provide hours of rollicking laughter in your home, as you and your kids read and relish the adorable quotes said by other kids.

Kids really do say the cutest things, and the funniest thing is that oftentimes, it is the kids themselves who see the hilarity most in their quips and sayings! The Funny Things They Say captures the unadulterated humor of children in its adorably illustrated pages. Countless parents like you have seen the joy and excitement generated among their children by The Funny Things They Say series. Buy The Funny Things They Say 3, and you, too, will have joined the club of happy parents. Because, as well all know, happy kids create happy parents!

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Gift Set Sale

November 15, 2010

Two is better than one—and this is especially so regarding our one-of-a-kind “Better Together” Gift Set Sale. With this special deal, you can buy a gift set comprised of 2 books, one brand new release and another, older title, from the same author, at an incredibly discounted price: the first book is 20% off the retail price, and the second one is 50% off!

Each gift set is shrink-wrapped and handsomely packaged, making it the ideal Chanukah present to give to those book-lovers in your life. Whether you choose to buy The Gourmet Gift Set (The Dairy Gourmet and The At Home Gourmet), the Junior Chaverim gift set (Junior Chaverim vol. 1 and 2), The Funny Things They Say gift set (vol. 2 and 3), author Shaindy Perl’s gift set (Blueprints and Loyal Soldier), or author Menucha Chana Levin’s gift set (The Castle Builders and The Youngest Bride)—or them all!—you’ll be delighted with your metziah: top-notch reading at top-notch discounts.


Jr. Chaverim vol. 2

November 15, 2010

It’s action! It’s adventure! It’s chessed at its best! It’s…Junior Chaverim Vol. 2!

When Junior Chaverim Vol. 1 was released last year, kids all over the world—especially pre-teenaged ones—immediately became hooked to the fun and spirited Junior Chaverim members in the book. Who could resist the antics and adventures of forgetful Yochanan, mechanical whiz Pinchas, and all their fellow Junior Chaverim friends, as they set out trying to do chessed with others?

The good news is that Junior Chaverim Vol. 2 has just been released. And the even better news is that it is available at a fantastic deal when you buy it as a gift set together with Vol. 1! That’s right. Our “Better Together” sale allows you to buy both of these great books, shrink-wrapped together into a handsome gift set, at an incredible discount of 20% off the first book and 50% (!) off the second! Now you can buy your kids a Chanukah present you know they will love, in an affordable way!

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Divided Attention – Chapter 24

November 12, 2010

Israel Book Shop presents Chapter 24 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.

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Rafi usually opened his eyes as soon as he heard Yael’s voice in his room each morning. Today, however, Rafi’s eyes remained closed. Yael called his name repeatedly until the lump under the covers began to rustle.

“What? Ah…Mrs. Cohen…” A huge yawn contorted his face. “Yeah, I’m getting up…”

But when she came back five minutes later, he was still under the covers, deeply asleep.

“Rafi, are you feeling okay?” Yael asked worriedly.

Rafi sat up at once, and immediately felt dizzy. “I think so. I’m just a little…tired.”

“That happens sometimes,” Mrs. Cohen said warmly, “but after you get up and get dressed, it usually passes.”

Rafi closed his eyes again tiredly, and then opened them; Mrs. Cohen’s worried face came into focus. “That’s it; I’m getting up,” he said and threw the blanket down to the floor. “I’m not tired at all anymore. It passed.”

“I’m going out to the kitchen, okay?” said Mrs. Cohen. “Try and hurry. I want you to have time to eat something before Mr. Cohen comes back to take you to school.”

As soon as she closed the door, Rafi unclenched his fist. A large part of the crumpled tissue in his hand was red, but the blood on the cut had already congealed. Puti had said that he doubted any glass had gotten into the cut, but that next time they broke a window, they would first take out the glass that remained stuck in the frame before Rafi would climb through.

I wish there wouldn’t be a next time! I wish Ronny would forget about me, once and for all! Or that they would decide that they don’t want me in their club! Rafi thought.

He had hardly done anything; he had just climbed into the stairwell window and opened the building door from the inside for them. It was a huge wooden door that could only be opened with a key or through the intercom system.

They had begun spraying paint on the walls until there was an awful smell. Ofer had offered him his spray-paint can, but Rafi had declined. Eddie spilled tons of sand and water on the steps and asked him if he wanted to draw pictures in the sand. He didn’t. He just sat and made sure that Ronny wasn’t drawing people sticking their tongues out, like he had promised. He didn’t want Rabbi Paksher to hear about what they had done and piece together that he was connected to the incident.

Rafi leaned over the bowl that Mr. Cohen had placed near his bed before going to shul, and poured water over his hands with the cup. The cut stung, and he examined it closely. It was not a good idea to show it to Mrs. Cohen now. She would surely ask where he could have possibly gotten such a cut between going to sleep and waking up. If she would notice it at lunchtime, he could tell her that something had happened in school. Keep Reading…

Blueprints – IN STORES NOW!

November 11, 2010

If you’re a serious reader, you know her name. Shaindy Perl—popular author/editor of bestselling books Tell the World, Loyal Soldier, My Life on Wheels, and Struggle to the Summit. Well, she’s back again, folks, and this time you’re in for a really big treat, as she prepares to release her very first novel, Blueprints!

This is one novel you just have to buy. Beautifully written, with characters so complex and so real you almost feel you know them, and an emotionally charged, mesmerizing plot—what more could you ask for in a novel? Besides that it should be free, of course.

Well, we can’t exactly do that, but what we can do for you is give you an amazing buy on this brand new book, when you get it as a gift set together with Loyal Soldier, Shaindy Perl’s award-winning biography of a Jewish soldier who fought in the Vietnam War. The two books together make a great Chanukah gift for someone who, like you, loves to read, and the “Better Together” deal, where the first book is 20% off and the second one is 50% off (yes, you read that correctly), will ensure that you don’t feel the strain on your pocketbook, either!

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The Gourmet Gift Set

November 10, 2010

Which Jewish woman worth her weight in homemade donuts and latkes can resist a new addition to her cookbook collection? And when that cookbook’s author is none other than Sarah Lasry, well-known cooking aficionado and food editor of the Binah magazine, well, you may as well throw in two of them!

That’s what our Gourmet Gift Set is about: providing those lucky enough to receive it as a Chanukah gift, with two smashing cookbooks—The Dairy Gourmet and The At Home Gourmet. Both cookbooks are easy-to-follow and breathtakingly beautiful, with a full-color photo to match each delicious recipe. And did we mention that when you buy the 2 cookbooks as a set, your savings increase dramatically, too? The first cookbook is 20% off, and the second one is 50% off!

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Divided Attention – Chapter 23

November 5, 2010

Israel Book Shop presents Chapter 23 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.

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The sun dipped behind the tiled roofs. A wind whipped up scraps of paper into a macabre dance.

“I haven’t davened Minchah yet,” Nava suddenly remembered. “Is there a shul in the area?”

“There is, but I don’t think that the ladies’ section is open now,” Batya Schindler said and looked up. “I haven’t davened yet either. Do you have a siddur on you?”

“Yes,” Nava said, tightening her grip on her bag.

“Maybe we should go back to the seamstress,” Batya suggested. “Actually, we can go into one of these buildings and daven in the stairwell.”

“Okay,” Nava agreed. “Let’s go into this building. No, this one!” There was a trace of panic in her abrupt movements as she dragged Batya along with her, but the latter did not notice.

“Wait a minute.” Batya stopped her. “I think that girl is calling you, isn’t she?”

“Maybe,” Nava said, her expression inscrutable. She had no choice but to turn and wave to Rina, who was just slamming the car door and holding onto Danny’s mitten-clad hand. She approached them.

“Hi, Nava! What are you doing here?” Rina smiled at Nava and her friend. “You’ve come for a visit? How nice!”

Nava smiled back and shifted her weight from one foot to the other. “Batya, my sister-in-law, Rina,” she said tersely.

“Oh, nice to meet you!” Batya said, looking Rina up and down from head to toe; not a single detail evaded her gaze.

“So, are you coming up? Danny! You didn’t say hello to Nava! Have you forgotten her already?”

The child giggled at Nava through the knitted hat that covered most of his face.

“That’s a good idea, actually,” Batya said with relief. “Nava came with me to the seamstress and neither of us have davened Minchah yet. It’s going to be shkiah soon.”

Rina looked at them both. “So let’s go. There’s plenty of room in my house. But I’m not sure I have anything to serve you, Nava.”

“That’s fine,” her young sister-in-law answered, her face pale. “Is Shimon home?”

“No, he gets home very late today.”

Nava felt an incredible urge to bite her nails. She had dropped the habit over six years ago, but sometimes, when she felt uncertain, confused, or uncomfortable, that inexplicable urge rose again. What should she do now? At least Shimon wasn’t there, but Abba and Ima would be very unhappy to hear that she had visited her brother’s house—and had brought a friend with her, no less!

But there didn’t seem to be much of a choice. Batya was already chatting amiably with Rina, telling her about the Russian seamstress who was sewing her dress for her sister’s wedding for a laughable price. Well, Rina was an expert at making people feel comfortable, and Batya didn’t look like she had any inhibitions about talking too much. There was no choice. They’d go up, daven, and then leave right away.

“How’s Rafi?” Rina asked as the elevator began to ascend.

Baruch Hashem. Where do you leave Danny on Tuesdays?” She smiled, somewhat woodenly, at her nephew.

“A nice girl comes to watch him. It’s probably better that way, no?”

Nava had no idea what she was referring to. Was it better that Danny and Nava didn’t see each other now? It had been more than a month already since that babysitting arrangement had ended. Was it better not to take Danny out of the house on cold days? Was it better that a strange girl should watch him? Why? Hadn’t Rina been happy with her? Or perhaps she simply meant that they had decided to stop the arrangement so as not to confuse Rafi with familiar figures from his past and not to direct their attention to another child who suddenly appeared. Is that what Rina meant? Keep Reading…