NEW RELEASE! Out of the Box

April 24, 2018

Imagine that you meet someone who has never seen an apple before. Maybe an alien who finally proved conspiracy theorists right and landed from some faraway planet. Now this newcomer asks you to describe an apple to him, and since you are a nice, friendly person, you are happy to oblige.

Since this alien has no idea what an apple looks like, you will need to give vivid descriptions so that he can visualize the apple and understand what you are describing.

“An apple is round and often red,” you might explain. “It is about the size of a tennis ball. Its skin is smooth and shiny and the flesh is white and crispy, with a sweet, juicy taste.”

If you think about it, the above explanation is little more than a list of “stereotypes” that will allow your student to recognize an apple. In the same way, the Enneagram personality system, a fascinating method that allows you to understand the various types of personalities that exist in our world, begins by listing descriptions about each type. This stereotyping is necessary to allow you to recognize the behaviors and motivations of each number in the system.

But learning about the Enneagram does not simply put people in boxes.

Say you want to reward your student for his attentiveness during the apple lesson. He has listened closely to all your descriptions and can now perfectly describe an apple to you. You invite him to your home and serve him a slice of freshly-baked apple pie. With a glass of ice-cold apple juice, of course!

“Delicious!” he exclaims.

“I’m glad you enjoyed my apple pie,” you say. “In fact, that drink is made of apples too!”

“That’s ridiculous!” the alien exclaims. “How can this be apple pie? It’s doesn’t look or taste anything like that crispy red apple that you described. And apple juice? That’s preposterous! Since when are apples liquid!?”

So you patiently explain: “The apple that I described is the fruit in its simplest form. However, that apple can be developed into many interesting and tasty dishes. We can take the apple and cut it, grate it or squeeze it. We can add different ingredients to enhance the taste. Once you will understand the essence of the apple—you will become familiar with its unique taste—you will be able to recognize it even when it appears in different forms. You will know you are eating an apple even if it’s in the form of a baked apple, an apple pie, or even apple juice!”

Indeed, the same is true with Enneagram types. Though the stereotypes are necessary to learn about the different personalities, they are in no way meant to limit you. You can choose to read the Enneagram type descriptions and simply enjoy the thrill of recognizing yourself. However, a true student of the Enneagram understands that this system is meant to provide you with the awareness you need to grow out of the box that limits you. The Enneagram is a wonderful tool for guiding you in the areas you need to develop so that you can become a healthier, more balanced person.

As you grow and add different “ingredients” to your personality—you integrate traits that bring balance to the rigid stereotype—you will turn into apple pie, applesauce, or some other enhanced form of the original “apple.” True, you will retain the basic characteristics of your number, but you will behave very differently from those of the same type who have achieved little growth.

(Adapted from Chapter One of Out of the Box)

This, folks, is why the book Out of the Box is not merely a fascinating read (though it is that, too!), but a positively life-transformational tool for the thinking person. Not only will this book teach you who you are, but also who you can be—how you can use your own individuality and personality to be the best friend/spouse/parent/employee/etc. possible.

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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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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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NEW RELEASE! Bike for Sale

March 25, 2018

Sometimes the nicest treasures are the undiscovered ones that you have in your own home. Like the chunky crystal vase you once received as a gift and had no idea what to do with—until, come Shavuos, the enormous bouquet of flowers you always buy suddenly had a beautiful home. Or the fuzzy throw blanket you once picked up on sale at Walmart, and then forgot about—until your child, who always complained she was too cold at night, found it, and began to sleep soundly and cozily through the nights again.

Bike for Sale, by popular author Bracha Rosman, is an entertaining children’s book about this very idea. Lay-Lay wants a new bike, although there’s really nothing wrong with her old one. She comes up with the idea of selling her old bike and using the money to buy a new one for herself. But it’s not as simple as it sounds…and soon Lay-Lay is the one who discovers the joys of making the most of what you already have!

A fun and engaging story for kids of all ages!

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NEW RELEASE! The Story of the Chasam Sofer

March 22, 2018

Is your last name Sofer or Schreiber (Yiddish for “writer,” or “Sofer”)? If so, chances are you’re one of the many descendants ka”h of the famed Chasam Sofer. Even nowadays, hundreds of years after this tzaddik lived, we hear about the Chasam Sofer all the time—his divrei Torah, well-known stories about him, the mesorah he gave over to his children and talmidim. Truly he was a one-of-a-kind person, a rare gadol from whom Klal Yisrael gained enormously.

Now your children can read about this gadol in a book written especially for them! The Story of the Chasam Sofer is the third book in Rebbetzin Sarah Feldbrand’s junior biography series, Learning from our Leaders. In kid-friendly language, the Chasam Sofer’s life story is related in full detail—his miraculous birth, his childhood, his close relationship with his rebbi, Rav Nosson Adler, as well as his experiences as rav in various Jewish communities, and the hardships he endured and triumphed over.

Readers will be enthralled by the mind-boggling stories related about the Chasam Sofer in this book. If you are looking for a read that will both inspire and entertain your elementary-aged children (and you, as well!), The Story of the Chasam Sofer is for you!

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