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The Human Side of the Chida - The First English Biography on Sephardic Hacham

The Human Side of the Chida - The First English Biography on Sephardic Hacham
[By Reva Kaiser] A Legend of Greatness: The Life and Times of Hacham Haim Yosef David Azoulay, is the first comprehensive, English-language, full-length biography focused exclusively on this Torah giant, who is often known by the acronym of the first letters of his name, the Hida. This 464-page tome was painstakingly researched and written by Yehuda Azoulay over the course of two years. It is the fourth in his Sephardic Legacy Series, a collection of books about Sephardic rabbis and ...
(6 opinions  |   March 24 )

The Chofetz Chaim Would Be happy

The Chofetz Chaim Would Be happy
As Sefer Vayikra begins, we bring to the attention of our readers the appearance of a classic sefer, translated into English and now complete in two beautiful volumes. The Chafetz Chaim on the Torah is the authoritative (and authorized) rendition of the world-famous sefer Chafetz Chaim al Hatorah that was first published in 1943 by his talmid Rav Shmuel Greinemann, and has been reprinted dozens of times since. In the haskamah from Hagaon Harav Shlomo Heiman zt”l to the first edition, he ...
(Add your opinion  |   March 24 )

Don't Yell Challah in a Crowded Matzah Bakery!

Don't Yell Challah in a Crowded Matzah Bakery!
Calling all harried housewives, hungry husbands, and other stressed-out-from-Pesach-cleaning folk! Here is your chance to get your hands on the first and only book of absolutely kosher l’Pesach humor and stress relief! Don’t Yell Challah in a Crowded Matzah Bakery was popular humor columnist Mordechai Schmutter’s first humor book, and though it sold itself out in just a short time, we are proud to announce that it is now back in print once again! This is the book you’ll want to ...
(Add your opinion  |   March 19 )

Where Wild Marigolds Grow

Where Wild Marigolds Grow
There are different types of novels out there. Some are the roller-coaster, spine-tingling ones, the ones with cloak-and-dagger material and guns and spies and shadows; the ones not intended for the faint of heart. Others are the exact opposite: nice, light reading for your reading relaxation needs. Then there is another type of novel—a well-written, contemporary story, with believable characters who have realistic challenges and issues…and an unmistakable, strong message interwoven ...
(Add your opinion  |   March 19 )

A Legend of Greatness: The Life & Times of Chacham Chaim Yosef David Azoulay

A Legend of Greatness: The Life & Times of Chacham Chaim Yosef David Azoulay
You don’t have to be a Sephardic Jew to appreciate Yehuda Azoulay’s latest gem—as with all of this noted author’s beautiful works! A Legend of Greatness: The Life and Times of Chacham Chaim Yosef David Azoulay is bound to fascinate and inspire readers of all stripes and types! Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azoulay, better known as the Chida, was one of the greatest, as well as most intriguing, Torah personalities of his generation. Though he was a Sephardic gadol, Ashkenazi gedolim the ...
(Add your opinion  |   March 19 )

A Revolution In Hilchos Eiruvin; Perfect For Daf Yomi

A Revolution In Hilchos Eiruvin; Perfect For Daf Yomi
A groundbreaking new sefer in time for Daf Yomi Eiruvin! Years of research, hundreds of color, computer-generated 3D images, and a knack for accuracy and clarity have resulted in this first-of-its-kind, authoritative, comprehensive and practical guide. The Laws of an Eruv will be an invaluable resource in every beis medrash and every Jewish home. In-depth information for the Torah scholar includes: Hundreds of psakim never published before from gedolei haposkim in America and Eretz Yisrael; ...
(3 opinions  |   March 19 )

Torah Tavlin Yamim Noraim

Torah Tavlin Yamim Noraim
Is it Elul Yet? Sometimes you just feel you need some kind of book or text to put you in the right frame of mind. This is especially so during a Yom Tov season, and even more especially so during Elul and the Yamim Noraim. Your kids are coming home from school each day singing “Dip the Apple in the Honey” and “The Shofar Goes Toot-Toot-Toot”; your mailbox is overflowing with shanah tovah cards; your freezer is doing nicely, slowly but surely becoming fuller and fuller with all ...
(Add your opinion  |   September 08 )

The Malbim On Iyov

The Malbim On Iyov
THE MALBIM ON IYOV: THE SEARCH FOR FAITH AND MEANING AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THE MALBIM’S CLASSIC COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK OF JOB Translated by Herbert Weisberg and Yosef Y. Kazarnovsky Rav Moshe Sherer, z”l, was known for his efficiency and precision in just about all areas of life. He once noticed that a form of some sort had been left in the wrong place in the office, and he reacted with a touch of irritation. One of the office workers asked him why something so slight bothered ...
(Add your opinion  |   July 26 )

The Mourner’s Companion - Back in Print

The Mourner’s Companion - Back in Print
It’s the sort of book that no one ever wants to need, and that everyone hopes no one else will need- even the author! But unfortunately, a book on the compiled laws of mourning is one that is necessary for many people. The Mourner’s Companion is written from the viewpoint of the mourner- what he needs to know, when he needs to know it, and in the very succession that he needs to understand what his halachic responsibilities are. The author presents the halachos in a clear concise manner, ...
(Add your opinion  |   June 27 )

In His Ways - Reb Dov

In His Ways - Reb Dov
How much would you give for the privilege of getting to know a tzaddik? For the sum of $10 you can become acquainted with a luminous gadol – Hagaon Harav Dov Schwartzman, zt”l – by purchasing Rav Shmuel Wittow’s memoir – “In His Ways: Reb Dov.” What’s that, you say – how can such a lofty Yid be called “Reb”? Reading “In His Ways: Reb Dov” will provide the answer to this riddle. You will see it is indeed possible for a lion in Torah to act as a lamb with his fellow ...
(Add your opinion  |   June 25 )

The Addicted Soul

The Addicted Soul
Danny: “With more than two hours to go before sundown this past Friday, I logged onto the Web. When I glanced up from the screen, I saw the hands on the clock…they had moved three hours ahead, while I was glued to the screen! Three hours! “Shabbos had come in, and I had been oblivious.  I was never mechallel Shabbos before in my life. Never! And now, because of a mindless pursuit, I had done the unthinkable…” Uri: “I believe my father has a drinking problem. When he ...
(2 opinions  |   April 04 )

This is America

This is America
Set against the backdrop of the early nineteen hundreds, This is America! is a magnificently written, well-researched historical novel. It literally makes you feel as if you were transported back to that time period yourself, where you could peek into the lives of Tcharna Gordon and her family as they valiantly try to “make it” in the New World they’ve been thrust into. You can just picture the overwhelmingly noisy and busy streets of New York, over-run with carriages and even some ...
(Add your opinion  |   April 03 )

Mommy Tell Me More

Mommy Tell Me More
Mommy, Tell Me More is the perfect book for mommies and little ones to cuddle up with together. Each book contains text especially geared to a specific age; Mommy, Tell Me More volume 1 is directed to really young children (ages 1-2), while Mommy, Tell Me More volume 2 is for “older” children (2 and up). Everything about the books is both mommy- and kid-friendly:  the educational text and stories, the enhanced language, the creative thinking the books engender, not to mention the ...
(Add your opinion  |   April 02 )

Code For The Road

Code For The Road
Being stuck in traffic late Friday afternoon. Getting pulled over by a cop. Needing a coffee at a rest stop that does not have disposable cups. If you live in modern-day times and have a driver’s license, chances are that you are familiar with these types of “driving dilemmas.” And now, we are presenting you with a practical way to find solutions to all of these scenarios. Code for the Road, by noted author Rabbi Avrohom Bookman, is a handy and helpful manual that will provide you ...
(Add your opinion  |   April 02 )

Doda Golda Comes for Pesach

Doda Golda Comes for Pesach
Get ready for your kids to erupt into gales of giggles with our newest children’s book! Meet the one and only Doda Golda! She comes to help out with the Pesach preparations, but her literal sense of comprehension doesn’t exactly bring forth the intended results… Whether it’s “turning over the kitchen” by flipping over each pot and pan, or “separating the eggs” by hiding them all in different places, Doda Golda sure knows how to spread laughter among her family…and among ...
(Add your opinion  |   April 02 )

Divided Attention

Divided Attention
Divided Attention is a book that has it all—an intriguing, suspenseful, not-your-run-of-the-mill type of plot, realistic characters, fast-paced, entertaining reading, and a satisfying ending to round it all off. It tells the gripping story of a young boy’s struggle to carve for himself a new life, while being thwarted time and again by a past that refuses to leave him… In the midst of this drama, we meet Nava Cohen, who has never quite come to terms with her standing in her family, and ...
(Add your opinion  |   April 02 )

Book Review: The Secrets of the Stars

Book Review: The Secrets of the Stars
By: Yochanan Preiser I recently picked up the new book, The Secrets of the Stars, by Rabbi Ari Storch. It offered me an entirely new perspective about the mazalos and other concepts from the night sky and their importance in the Torah. This sefer was lucid, informative, and enjoyable. When I began reading this work, I assumed I would learn what it means to be born under a certain mazal, or why we wish people “mazal tov” at monumental events—ideas that had always been of interest to ...
(Add your opinion  |   February 14 )