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Ramban: Classic Themes, Volume 1: Bereishis & Shemos

… This book carefully examines both individual Torah verses and chapters, as well as overall themes and ideas, all in clear, eminently readable English. Does not include the Chumash text or the Ramban’s words in Hebrew.

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Bar Mitzvah Lessons in Cyberspace

Bar Mitzvah Lessons in Cyberspace

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Why shlepp your kid to the synagogue for her bat mitzvah lessons when she can dial in virtually?

A recent article in the New York Times shows how the tech savvy bar mitzvah tutors have taken to the Web to make the process more convenient for them and their students.

If dating, shopping and watching TV can be revolutionized by the Internet, why should bar and bat mitzvahs be immune? Parents who once might have turned to their …

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Ahavat Chesed: Why Can’t I Just Be A Good Person

… the Torah world. Normally authors much younger and relatively unknown will gather approbations for their work.  Yet the Chafetz Chaim solicited haskamot for Ahavat Chesed, including one by the noted Torah scholar, the Netziv, which will be discussed here.

The Netziv had his own angle on chesed that fits perfectly with the approach developed in Ahavat Chesed. The Chafetz Chaim had two themes in mind when he wrote his work. First, to teach us the technical details of the …

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Decorating the Classroom for Hanukkah

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Decorating for Hanukkah is not just limited to homes. We can spread the spirit of the holiday by decorating our offices and for kids, decorating their classrooms. Decorating the classroom for Hanukkah is also a great way to educate children regarding Jewish history and religion.

Choose a color theme for your Hanukkah decoration. Generally, Hanukkah color themes are in shades of blue and white but you …

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Infiltration: A Novel

… that occur in and out of battle. Although set in the 1950s, Infiltration explores timeless themes of loss and innocence

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Murder Is No Mitzvah: Short Mysteries about Jewish Occasions

… Rosh Hashonah (the Jewish New Year), and more, as well as the private occasions like Bar Mitzvahs, weddings, and funerals. Being chosen for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine is a recommendation in itself; in this book, along with the mysteries, the reader can enjoy a glimpse of the culture of Jewish life in America.

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The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer

The Collected Stories contains forty-seven tales by Singer, selected by the author himself for publication in 1982. During his lifetime, in addition to more than a dozen novels translated into English, he produced several memoirs, children’s books, and nearly 150 short stories. The settings of Singer’s stories span the globe, from Tel Aviv to Miami Beach, and take place throughout the ages.

But the bulk of his stories take place in Eastern European villages in the late 1800s …

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Alternatives in Jewish Bioethics

Alternatives in Jewish Bioethics

… the debate. These particular arguments are also linked to a larger picture, contrasting two basic themes: religious naturalism versus religious humanism.

Concretely, the book addresses some of the central contemporary issues in the ethics of medicine. These include assisted suicide and euthanasia, donor insemination and “surrogate” motherhood, the use of human cadavers for learning and research, and allocation of scarce resources at both the individual and social levels.

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The Lord is Righteous in All His Ways: Reflections on the Tish‘ah be-Av Kinot

… destruction of the second Beit ha-Mikdash? What is the halakhic character of Tish‘ah be-Av? What themes in the Kinot (liturgical poetry) recited on that day resonate in modern times? How should the Jew respond to personal and national catastrophe? What is the relationship between the Holocaust and Tish‘ah be-Av?

For more than a decade Rabbi Soloveitchik spent virtually the entire day of Tish‘ah be-Av expounding upon its major themes and reading and closely analyzing the Kinot, drawing …

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Talelei Oros - Sukkos

Publisher: Feldheim

Clarifying the themes and concepts of Sukkos with the eternal wisdom of their words and thoughts. Among the topics discussed in this wonderful work are: Ushpizin, Trust in Hashem, Simchas Torah, Simchas Beis HaShoeva, Sukkos Torah Readings, and the Four Minim (Species).

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The Women’s Passover Companion: Women’s Reflections on the Festival of Freedom

… most meaningful and popular new rituals in contemporary Jewish life, allowing us a unique avenue for exploring our Jewish identity and deepening the spirituality of our Passover celebration.

In this groundbreaking volume, Jewish women from diverse backgrounds explore questions at the heart of this unique ritual. Like the haggadah itself, The Women’s Passover Companion boldly considers the meanings of exile, liberation, and redemption in the Exodus story. Together, these writings …

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The Three Festivals: Sfas Emes

… himself. How much has he grown? Is he moving in the right direction? How can he improve?

For four generations, Sfas Emes has been described as “a mirror of the soul.” The work contains the Sabbath and Festival discourses of Rabbi Yehudah Aryeh Alter of Gur, over a period of more than thirty years. Profound, scintillating, and pithy, it is incredibly rich in ideas. Great scholars marvel at it, saying that every time they review passages, even those they have seen many times …

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Rosh Hashanah Readings: Inspiration, Information and Contemplation

… This powerful and inspiring collection is designed to renew the meaning of the High Holy Day themes of sin, repentance, personal and social change, societal justice, forgiveness, spiritual growth, living with joy and hope, commitment to high ideals, becoming our truest and most authentic selves, deepening our capacity to love and savoring the divine gift of life.

Drawn from a variety of sources-ancient, medieval, modern, Jewish and non-Jewish-this selection of readings, prayers and …

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Yom Kippur Readings: Inspiration, Information And Contemplation

… it just feels long, tiresome and devoid of personal meaning. The readings in this book are for anyone seeking a deeper level of personal reflection and spiritual intimacy—and a clearer understanding of just what makes Yom Kippur so holy.

Drawn from a variety of sources—ancient, medieval, modern, Jewish and non-Jewish—this selection of readings, prayers and insights explores the opportunities for inspiration and reflection inherent in the themes addressed on the Day of Atonement: …

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Judaism For Two: A Spiritual Guide for Strengthening and Celebrating Your Loving Relationship

… and practical guidebook helps you to understand your life as a couple in the context of the themes of Jewish holidays:

Forgiving and Growing—Yom Kippur Playing, Laughing and Taking Risks—Purim Coming Home, Finding Freedom—Pesah Blessing Bounty, Facing Impermanence—Sukkot Pausing to Bless What Is—Shabbat …and more

Drawing from ancient and contemporary texts, Jewish tradition and personal stories, Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer and Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener provide creative …

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The Invisible Voice : Meditations on Jewish Themes

by George Konrad, Peter Reich, Gyorgy Konrad, Drenka Willen (editor)

Publisher: Harvest Books

The 20 pieces printed here were written between 1985 and 1997. They include Konrad’s thoughts on German collective guilt, assimilation, the situation of the Diaspora Jew, and the conflict between Israel and Palestine. …

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Jewish People, Jewish Thought

… to survey the Jewish historical landscape and orient the reader to its main features, opening up for him access to the rich scholarly literature on Jewish history, theology, philosophy, mysticism, and social thought that has been produced in the last century and a half. The subject of every section of every chapter involves the lifework of several researchers. Within the limits of the space available to me I have tried to provide a reasonably detailed introduction to a complex, ramified, and …

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God, Man and History

… spheres of Judaism, while at the same time placing itself in the contradistinction to the central themes of modern thought. For this reason alone, it is worthy of being placed among the most important works of Jewish philosophy in the twentieth century.

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Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish Culture in Europe

… beginning of the twenty-first century, klezmer music concerts, exhibitions, and cafes with Jewish themes are drawing enthusiastic–and often overwhelmingly non-Jewish–crowds. In what ways, Gruber asks, do non-Jews embrace and enact Jewish culture, and for what reasons? For some, the process is a way of filling in communist-era blanks. For others, it is a means of coming to terms with the Nazi legacy or a key to building (or rebuilding) a democratic and tolerant state. Clearly, the …

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Inspiring Lights

… that it guaranteed that the Jewish nation, and the Jewish message, would endure – and shine – for all time.

Inspiring Lights is a collection of essays from a wide range of educators and writers, each offering another perspective on the timeless messages contained in Chanukah. Some of the themes explored in this precious book are:

–Chanukah and the Mystical Light of Creation

–The Unique Relationship of the Jewish Woman to Chanukah

–Chanukah Echoes in the Garden of Eden

–The …

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The Lifetime of a Jew

… UAHC Press

The rites, ceremonies, and folklore that have attended the life of a Jew are the themes discussed. Illustrated.

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The Dynamics of American Jewish History: Jacob Rader Marcus’s Essays on American Jewry

The Dynamics of American Jewish History: Jacob Rader Marcus's Essays on American Jewry

… the history of American Jews. In 1947 he founded the American Jewish Archives, which he directed for almost fifty years. A beloved teacher and mentor for several generations of Hebrew Union College (HUC) students, Dr. Marcus remains a very significant figure in the history of American Jewry during the twentieth century.

Marcus, raised in West Virginia, was the child of East European immigrants. At the age of 15, he moved to Cincinnati to matriculate at HUC, America’s oldest …

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Rabbi Riskin’s Pesach Haggadah in Hebrew

Rabbi Riskin's Pesach Haggadah in Hebrew

… Seder ritual. }What makes this Haggadah unique is that Rabbi Riskin uses the Haggadah as a source for discussing and elaborating upon a score of themes that are basic to Judaism. In this work, the Haggadah becomes a gateway to a deeper understanding of Jewish thought and ritual. Such fundamental concepts as freedom, Messianism, particularism vs. universalism, and others are shown to be intrinsic to the Haggadah. }}The oral rather than the literary genesis of this Haggadah allows for a …

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Not Just Stories

… and otherwise, told by a master. It is a thoughtful and provocative exposition of great spiritual themes. It is a magnificent overview of Chassidus, a movement that breathed life, pride, and vigor into millions of Jews.

Not Just Stories will become a milestone publication, a book that will be read over and over again, for the stimulation of its message and the sheer joy of its text.

Available in softcover

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The Haggadah Connection

… the author gives a clear picture of the threads that hold the Haggadah together, highlighting the themes of the Seder experience. This inspiring haggadah will serve as an excellent springboard for stimulating discussion at every family’s Seder.

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A Passover Ritual for Students of A Course in Miracles

A Passover Ritual for Students of A Course in Miracles

… Haggadah reminds us that the Holy Spirit can use anything, even the historic enslavement in Egypt, for God’s purposes. This ritual is built around Course themes of recognizing that all oppression is projection and letting go of the past in favor of focusing on the present. This ritual includes stories from Holocaust survivors who studied A Course in Miracles with Gerald Jampolsky at the Center for Attitudinal Healing.

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Haggadah: Ramban

… on the Haggadah per se, but in the vast body of his writings, there is much that clarifies the themes of the Haggadah. Would it ever be brought together in the form of a continuous commentary?

It remained for Yosef Israel to do so, and in this volume he does so magnificently.

He has plumbed the entire corpus of the Ramban’s writings and extracted everything that pertains to the Haggadah. He does it seamlessly, so that the reader is hardly conscious of the fact that this is an …

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s Haggadah: Hebrew And English Text With New Essays And Commentary

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks's Haggadah: Hebrew And English Text With New Essays And Commentary

… I have read, I could not find one that explained in their full richness and scope the fundamental themes of the Pesach story: the Jewish concept of a free society, the role of memory in shaping Jewish identity, and the unique connection that exists in Judaism between spirituality and society, giving rise to what I have called elsewhere ‘the politics of hope.’ Nor could I find a Haggada that told me in detail about the role of Pesach in shaping Jewish identity through the millennia, or its …

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HaLaila HaZeh — A New Israeli Haggadah in Hebrew

HaLaila HaZeh -- A New Israeli Haggadah in Hebrew

… inclusive of all ethnic backgrounds on one hand but also opens people to the contemporary search for personal meaning and spirituality in new key. Its classic text reflects a loyalty to tradition and yet its many add-ons offer a bridge to those deeply alienated from rote religious formulae.

Rather than a text-bound commentary on the Haggadah for scholars or for beginners, it offers a rich menu of resources for creative readings and fun activities for adults and children, stimulating …

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Seif Edition Transliterated Tehillim / Psalms

Seif Edition Transliterated Tehillim / Psalms

Publisher: Artscroll

“ASHRAY.” If you can read this, you can pray in Hebrew.

For thousands of years, Jews have been reciting Tehillim (Psalms). The majestic words of King David punctuate liturgy and prayers. In times of joy, Jews express their gladness and thanks to the Almighty through its soaring prose; in times of distress, they pour out their hearts to Him in earnest entreaty and petition through its powerful words. Across the world, groups gather regularly to recite …

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