NEW RELEASE! All Aboard to Fairville

September 14, 2017

“It’s not fair!”

Is this a common refrain among your children? Do you find yourself grimacing when, once again, one child gives you a whole earful about how many more chores she has than her sister, and why did you ask her to set the table and not someone else, etc., etc., etc.?

Don’t worry—you’re in good company! The “It’s not fair!” complaint has got to be one of the most popular ones among kids, and that’s exactly what the story All Aboard to Fairville, written up in beloved author Rachel Stein’s newest anthology for young readers, addresses.

In this fun book specifically intended for 2nd to 4th graders, kids will meet lots of friends with issues and complaints just like their own—and they’ll see how these characters work to solve those issues and stop those kvetches, too! Written in large font, and with plenty of terrific illustrations, the book is perfect for kids who have just learned to read and now want to enjoy the skill, too.

So go ahead—introduce your kids to Shifra, Avigayil, Eli, Noach, and all the others in All Aboard to Fairville and Other Stories, and let their reading pleasure begin!

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NEW RELEASE! Living with Honesty

September 13, 2017

You know those ads that you sometimes see in the Classifieds section of local frum publications: I may have scratched your Honda Accord on Monday, August 14, in such-and-such shopping plaza. Please call me at… When I read those ads, I can’t help but feel all warm inside. Ah… Who is like the Jewish Nation?!

But then sometimes I wonder: was that person obligated to do what he did? Was it a beyond-the-letter-of-the-law kind of thing for him to pay for the opportunity to perhaps be apprehended by the Accord owner, or was he halachically mechuyav to do it?

Rav Yisroel Belsky zt”l would get these types of questions all the time, and in Living with Honesty, readers are treated to a smorgasbord of such real-life questions that were actually presented to him—and his clear responses to these intricate—and fascinating!—she’eilos.

Are you allowed to copy a CD for your own use? What about taking time for personal matters at work? If your friend works in a restaurant and gives you free food—is that allowed? You’ll find Rav Belsky’s responses to all these questions and dozens more, in this beautiful book by noted author Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits (himself one of Rabbi Belsky’s close talmidim).

The “honesty issues” facing our society these days are numerous; it is incumbent upon us all to find out the actual halachos governing these areas, such as dina d’malchusa dina, chillul Hashem, and geneivas da’as, and act accordingly. What better way to do so than by using Living with Honesty as a guide?

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NEW RELEASE! When I Am a Mommy

September 6, 2017

Don’t you just love how the biggest guilt-chargers can be your own kids? The kid misbehaves, leaving you no choice but to give a punishment/consequence—and then she turns the whole thing on its head by complaining how unfair it is, and how when she’s a mommy, she will NEVER do this to her children. (Did we say that to our own parents? No, it can’t be…we were angels as children, weren’t we?)

Well, in When I Am a Mommy, an absolutely adorable book for young children, the author turns thattypical response of children on its head, raising lots of thought-provoking questions for kids to mull over instead of firing the next complaint at their parents.

When I Am a Mommy will make both parents and children laugh and think. Truly, this is a book that will be much beloved and appreciated by all!

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RECENT RELEASE! My Friends, We Were Robbed!

August 7, 2017

They came in droves. Hundreds of Lakewood residents converged upon Bais Faiga that night, the night of the city’s major Lev L’Achim asifah, anticipating the mega dose of chizuk and inspiration they’d no doubt be receiving from the event—and eagerly awaiting the appearance of Rav Uri Zohar shlit”a, the backbone of Lev L’Achim.

Rav Uri’s name is synonymous with Lev L’Achim, and there’s no question what a powerful force he is for the important organization, but although he is the undisputed “leader of the teshuvah movement in Eretz Yisrael,” as he’s been branded, Rav Uri is a tremendous talmid chacham and gadol in his own right. Over 80 years old bli ayin hara, he sits and learns the entire day, and most of the night too, peeling himself away from his Gemara only when absolutely necessary, like when his presence is needed at kiruv events and the like.

Seeing the venerable rav, with his flowing white beard and penetrating gaze, you’d be hard-pressed to imagine there was ever a time when he wasn’t poring over his sefarim. But of course, Rav Uri hasn’t become the father of ba’alei teshuvah without good reason: for the first 40 years of his life, Rav Uri knew next to nothing about Torah. To the contrary, he was the epitome of modern, non-Torah-observant Israeli society! When it came to secular success, he was it: he was the top comedian, television and radio talk show host, social satirist, actor, and film producer on the Israeli scene. Yet when he learned the truths of the Torah, he left all of that behind and made the monumental decision to become frum, much to the shock and dismay of his thousands of fans.

It’s been more than 40 years since, and he’s never once looked back.

Many have wondered how Rav Uri did it. How does an individual who has reached the pinnacle of fame and fortune, just throw it all out the window and embrace a lifestyle so alien from that which he’d always known? In answer to this question, Rav Uri chronicled all of his observations, thoughts, and views on his journey, emerging with his masterpiece, My Friends, We Were Robbed.

Originally published decades ago, this eye-opening book is now back in print, with a stunning, brand new layout and cover, and one very significant addition: the actual story of Rav Uri’s life, as told to beloved author Nachman Seltzer.

If you have a hard time understanding how Rav Uri made his decision, this book will explain all of that to you. Read Uri Zohar’s fascinating teshuvah story, and join him on his journey of logic and reason. You’ll discover—as he did—the deep and irrefutable truths of your very own heritage.

For when it comes to real success in life, only the Torah is it—and as Torah Jews, we are all the lucky “one-in-a-millions” who actually have a part of this.

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RECENT RELEASE! Chutes and Ladders

August 4, 2017

Have you ever wanted something so badly that you managed to rationalize and convince yourself, as well as those around you, that it was worth giving up on other things in order to have it? Even if those “other things” just happen to be non-negotiables, like a stable marriage and a happy spouse and children?

If so, you’ve walked in Minny Spivak’s shoes.

As assistant editor-in-chief of Lev Magazine, Minny has climbed many rungs of her personal ladder to success—and she has no desire whatsoever to stop the climb just yet.  Why should she? She’s bringing in enough income to support her husband in kollel, he’s learning well, the kids are content and well-adjusted…right? RIGHT?

Or maybe not…

Join Minny in Chutes and Ladders, as she learns some tough truths about life—oftentimes the hard way… Bursting with signature Yael Mermelstein wit, humor, and depth, this book explores some very familiar-sounding characters and their very real life issues, in a way that will captivate you from the first page until the last!

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NEW RELEASE! The Laws of Lashon Hara and Rechilus

July 17, 2017

It’s 12:00 midnight, and someone is asking you for shidduch information. Or, you’re on a group communication and someone throws you a pointed question involving lashon hara. What do you do? Who can you call?

Everyone knows that Sefer Chafetz Chaim is the go-to sefer when learning through thehalachos of shemiras halashon. But when one is put on the spot with the question “I heard she had a broken engagement—what can you tell me about that?”…he needs that exact question answered, on the spot. And while the frum world has been blessed with many books that translate and/or explain Sefer Chafetz Chaim, as of yet there has never been ahalachah l’ma’aseh English book where one can actually look up the specifics of the shemiras halashon question he is faced with.

Until now.

With the release of the groundbreaking new halachah seferThe Laws of Lashon Hara and Rechilus, now you CAN find the answers to your shemiras halashon questions, when you need them. Compiled entirely from Sefer Chafetz Chaim and contemporary poskim, the book contains hundreds of rulings on modern-day she’eilos that did not exist or were not relevant in the Chafetz Chaim’s times, such as: May a teacher of a class give a run-down of his/her students’ strengths and weaknesses to next year’s teacher? Is one permitted to create a price comparison chart of different Jewish stores in his area and circulate it?

This book has been lauded by many renowned poskim, including Hagaon Harav Shmuel Kamenetsky shlit”a, Hagaon Harav Reuven Feinstein shlit”a, Hagaon Harav Yaakov E. Forchheimer shlit”a, and Hagaon Harav Mechel Steinmetz shlit”a (Skverer Dayan). It has been reviewed from cover to cover by two talmidei chachamim who are experts in the field of shemiras halashon and who possess much practical, hands-on experience in the subject.

In the Hakdamah to Sefer Chafetz Chaim, it is written: The Beis Hamikdash was destroyed because of sinas chinam and lashon hara… As long as we do not correct this sin, how can there be a Geulah?

The Three Weeks is a time when Klal Yisrael as a whole tries to rectify our bein adam l’chaveiro. With The Laws of Lashon Hara and Rechilus, we can all strive to master the laws of forbidden speech in an easy and understandable way.

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NEW RELEASE! Operation Entebbe: The Dangerous Play

June 30, 2017

Do I date myself by saying that people were still singing this Miami Boys Choir song when I was growing up? But I’m not that ancient—I wasn’t born at the time when the “victory in Entebbe” story actually unfolded, and thus I never fully understood the exact story, or the intricacies of the nissim that occurred for our Nation at the time when the story took place.

Until I read Operation Entebbe: The Dangerous Play. This high-quality comics book relates the fascinating story of the hijacking in Entebbe in such an engaging and dramatic way, your kids won’t realize they are actually learning a piece of history. From the feedback we’ve been receiving, kids—especially boys, who love anything to do with planes and gangsters—enjoy this book so much, their parents have a hard time separating them from it! My own little boy was glued to the pages of Operation Entebbe for weeks.  He kept it near his bed, and even took it to school with him!

(And, by the way, adults are loving the book, too. Why do you think I read it, and now know so much about this story?!)

If your kids are “into” comics books, and you’d like for them to learn some recent Jewish history while at the same time enjoying a good read, this is a book you’ll definitely want to buy!

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