SEASONAL TITLE: B’tzeis Yisroel Haggadah

March 31, 2016

L586It is still difficult to believe that Rav Yisroel Belsky zt”l is no longer among us. This larger-than-life figure, who was the embodiment of how Torah is the key to all the wisdom in the world, was one of the foremost poskim and gedolim of our times. He gave so much to Klal Yisrael—and the truth is, he is still giving so much to us, even after his petirah, as his students and followers continue to learn from his teachings and psakim.

Pesach is approaching, the first Pesach without Rav Belsky in our midst. What better time than now to avail yourself to the B’tzeis Yisroel Haggadah, which will give you the opportunity to have your Seder graced by the gaon’us and greatness of Rav Belsky!

This gem of a haggadah from Rav Belsky is actually two sefarim in one: a halachah sefer, containing Rav Belsky’s brilliant pesakim and guidance in the halachos and minhagim of the Seder, as well as a compendium of unique divrei Torah and insightful explanations on the Haggadah shel Pesach. Also included are lengthier derashos b’aggadah and b’halachah, on topics ranging from biur chametz, the wine to drink for the four kosos, Yetzias Mitzrayim, Krias Yam Suf, and numerous concepts in Sefiras Ha’Omer. The pieces are concise yet thoughtful, original yet steeped in halachic basis, and with Rav Belsky’s inimitable style of delivering ingenious divrei Torah that touches upon all areas of Torah and life in general. This Haggadah truly packs 245 pages worth of Rav Belsky’s invaluable knowledge! Your Seder experience will be immeasurably enhanced by it.

Compiled by R’ Yitzchok Hoffman.

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NEW RELEASE! V’Higadeta Pesach Haggadah

March 30, 2016

L782Rav Yaakov Galinsky was the quintessential maggid, delivering thousands of fiery drashos in the halls of yeshivos and batei midrash, and before huge audiences, both religious and non-religious. His stories and insights had the power to make you cry, and certainly to make you think. It is no exaggeration to say that a drashah from Rav Galinsky could propel a person to heights he only dreamed of reaching.

Now Rav Galinsky’s drashos are accessible in print to the English-speaking audience!

The V’Higadeta Pesach Haggadah, from Rav Yaakov Galinsky zt”l, includes a large selection of Rav Galinsky’s brilliant insights, lessons, and stories, all related to the Pesach haggadah. As you unearth this magnificent treasure of stories and real-life lessons, Rav Galinsky’s drashos will work their magic—and transform you and your Seder…

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NEW RELEASE! Life Support

March 22, 2016

L776What do you get when the chairwoman of a Bikur Cholim organization signs up for a chaplaincy training course and becomes a hospital chaplain? You get Rachel Stein at her best, brimming with stories, anecdotes, and inspiration culled from this not-your-ordinary line of work!

Rachel will be the first to tell you what an awesome responsibility it is to be an advocate for the sick, yet with her trademark humor and good cheer, she manages to find the positive in each situation—and to learn and grow from it. In Life Support, we are treated to dozens of terrific stories and vignettes about the colorful characters Rachel met while on call in the hospital and while doing her Bikur Cholim volunteer work.

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Below is an excerpt from this inspiring and uplifting book:


Does She Know I’m Here?

Every Friday my children and I trekked to the nursing home to wish the Jewish residents a good Shabbos. But there were times I wanted to skip Ruth’s room.

Ruth was seemingly paralyzed in body and soul. Every week I found her in the same position, lying sideways on her bed, her face turned to the wall. Sometimes her eyes were closed and she seemed to be sleeping; other times she stared vacantly straight ahead.

“How are you, Ruth?” I would say as I bustled in, putting a wide smile on my face. Keep Reading…

NEW RELEASE! The Amazing Aleph-Beis Experience

March 21, 2016

C422“Look, Ma, I’m a ches!”

I looked up from what I was doing, and sure enough, there was my little kindergarten boy, bent over and on all fours, in a way that did look vaguely like a ches.

“Where did you learn that from?” I asked him, bemused.

“From Morah,” my son answered proudly. “And now, see, I’m a daled!” He had his right arm sticking out, his left arm at this side, and his feet together.

So this is what they call sensory learning, I thought to myself as my son continued to twist himself like a pretzel, forming more and more letters with his body. It’s not enough to see the letters, write them out, and make them out of cookie dough—you gotta actually be them!

But you know, the method works! There’s nothing like actually experiencing something with your whole self that really gets that thing nailed down and into your kishkes.

Which is why I feel The Amazing Aleph-Beis Experience is such a great tool to teach kids the aleph-beis. In this book, which comes along with a read-along CD (so you don’t talk yourself hoarse reading the book to your kids each time they beg for it!), kids will join Morah Orah and her class as they ride through a maze of exciting rooms, with each letter of the aleph-beis situated in a different one. The letters are doing fun activities in the rooms, and Morah Orah’s students are invited to join them. Of course, whatever’s going on in each room starts with the same sound as the letter that’s there, and as your kids “travel” with Morah Orah’s class through the various rooms, and see and hear the letters practicing their sounds, you can be sure they’ll be practicing those letters’ sounds as well—and getting them right!
It’s all about sensory learning, after all…

Written by a reading specialist who has had much success teaching the aleph-beis to English-speaking kids, this book is backed with much research and thought. And the best part? You can’t imagine how much fun the book is! Your kids will have a ball with the animated pictures and all the other delightful details in this book and CD.

So give your kids a wonderful experience learning the aleph-beis—give them The Amazing Aleph-Beis Experience!

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