Don’t miss this opportunity to explore Israel off the beaten track, feel the conflict first hand, understand the security issues and politic realities, and have an unforgettable trip!
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What’s in a name? It’s an age-old question, we know. And we know that the midrashim pay special attention to the names found in the Torah. Using many sayings of Chazal, Chaim Stepelman, in his new book Blueprint of Breishis (Mosaica Press; 222 pages; 24.99) weaves intriguing thoughts about the people – both significant and unremarkable – occupying the pasukim of first book of the Chumash.
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The Easy-Shmeezy Guide to Yiddish (by Moshe Sherizen; Menucha Publishers; 174 pages; $9.99) is cute and fun. Does it work? I’d say it would be hard for me to gauge. I would love to learn Yiddish, but I’d also love to write more, listen to more classical music, attend more shiurim, read more fiction – oh and spend more time with my wife and children and finish Shas. I’ve spent some time with the Easy-Shmeezy Guide but not enough to judge. I will say that Sherizen has certainly created a very enjoyable book, and if learning is enhanced by enjoying, this small, easy-shmeezy-on-eyes primer is sure to become a practical hit.
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The Koren Talmud Bavli (Koren; various prices and page lengths) offers an eye-opening experience for all those who wish to encounter Talmud study. The color photos, illustrations, maps, and supplementary notes by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz provide a treasure chest of information that makes the sugyot in Shas come alive. The ninth volume, Tractate Yoma is now available.
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The Prime Ministers (The Toby Press; 715 pages; $29.95) packs a wallop – an enthralling political memoir by Ambassador Yehuda Avner who served as advisor and English speechwriter to Israeli Prime Ministers Rabin, Begin, Meir and Eshkol. This best seller weaves a rich tapestry of history and personal memoir from the founding of the Jewish state until the present-day. A National Jewish Book Award finalist, The Prime Ministers was recently released as a documentary shown in theaters across the United States.
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When the international community formally acknowledged the rights of the Jewish people to their ancestral homeland after the First World War, it was implicitly understood that this connection emanated from nearly 3,000 years of Jewish law and tradition. Rabbi Cardozo, in For the Love of Israel and the Jewish People (Urim Publications; 327 pages: $26.95), eloquently reminds his readers of that very fundamental truth in a period when many in the world have unfortunately forgotten it
-Dore Gold, formerly Israel’s ambassador to the UN
A fascinating journey into previously unexplored terrain, Chana Weisberg’s beautifully written book, Expecting Miracles: Finding Meaning and Spirituality in Pregnancy Through Judaism (Urim Publications; 352 pages; $27.95), explores the little known world of Orthodox Jewish women in various stages of pregnancy: their hopes, their dreams, their fears, their beliefs as they integrate the marvels, the mysteries, the magic, and ultimately, the miracle of childbirth and mothering. This is an important, erudite and valuable contribution, and offers fresh insights and intimate glimpses into the psychological and spiritual world of the Orthodox woman, a world where religion, above all, predominates.
-Yitta Halberstam, best-selling author of Small Miracles
About the Author: Shlomo Greenwald is associate editor of The Jewish Press.
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For many, contemplating our exile from our homeland is more of an intellectual endeavor than an emotional one.
I encourage all singles and their parents to urge their shadchanim to participate in ShadchanZone.
People definitely had stress one hundred and fifty years ago, but it was a different kind of stress.
It is inspirational to see the average Israeli acting with aplomb and going about daily routines no matter what is happening.
Participants wore blue and white, waved Israeli flags, and carried pro-Israel posters.
To support the Victor Center for Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases at Miami Children’s, please call 305-666-2889 or visit www.mchf.org/donate and select the “Victor Center” fund.
The course will be taught once a month for seven consecutive months and is designed for women at all levels of Jewish knowledge.
Like many of his contemporaries, he went through some hard years, but eventually he earned the rewards of his perseverance and integrity.
The president’s message was one of living peacefully in a Jewish and democratic state, Jews of all stripes unified as brothers, with Arabs or citizens of other religions.
What Hashem desires most is that we learn to connect with each other as children in the same family.
You are my brothers and sisters. Your pain is my pain.
Israel’s morality is underscored by its unprecedented restraint and care for loss of life.
How political movements gain footholds remains one of the great true-life mysteries.
Filling two vacuums at once – one of Orthodox women taking a more public role and a second of Modern Orthodox Jews demonstrating the merits of religious Jewish practice – Allison Josephs has transformed her sweet and engaging webisodes and blog into a larger force. Jew in the City is now a franchise.
All the books reviewed in this supplement can serve as great gifts; the books reviewed briefly below do as well.
While we know a lot about our greatest forebears from the Chumash and later biblical generations, even if there are often gaps in their life stories, we know considerably less about the Sages of the Mishnah (the Tennaim) and of the Gemara (the Amora’im), collectively known as Chazal – our Sages, of blessed memory.
Zakheim frequently used his access to ambulances and helicopters to transfer sick or injured individuals to hospitals.
You’ll never get anything you need or want if you don’t ask. You have to ask the questions.
Treasure this advice, because it’s one of the best you’ll get in life. At times it’s thorny and complicated to ask another for something – what if he says no and your request is rebuffed. Rejection is hard to take. And what if you’re imposing or the requestee has a hard time saying no? But you’ll also never get a “yes” without first asking.
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