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Title: Torah Tapestries: Bereshis

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Title: Torah Tapestries: Bereshis

Author: Shira Smiles

Publisher: Feldheim

 

   The winner of a Milken award for education, a popular fixture in Los Angeles and Darchei Binah seminary instructor who resides in the Israeli city of Ramat Bet Shemesh, globetrotting Shira Smiles has lent her learning to the public’s reading pleasure.

 

   A compendium of Smiles’s classroom lessons and the gilyonot she shares with attendees of her Shabbat shiurim, Torah Tapestries: Bereshis is an educational opportunity for students of many ages.

 

   Page three’s explanation of why Adam Kadmon and Kayin were sent eastward by disappointed HaKadosh Baruch Hu is a fascinating insight into the imagery and meaning of light, of the sun and of human culpability for evil. Hebrew is not a simple language; it spills over with subtle and not-so-subtle meaning.

 

   Olam Chesed Yiboneh lessons on pages 145-148 are so endearing that many a wife and husband, let alone marriage therapists, will certainly cherish them. By the time you finish pages 184-195, you’ll probably head to the phone or e-mail to share the expert insights about maturity and righteous olam asiya behavior that you’ll have just gained.

 

   Page 190′s lesson on emunah packs a punch to pick up a soul many levels. The lessons there and throughout the book are clearly explained for readers of various learning abilities.

 

   Insights and quotes from Torah figures over time are woven seamlessly into the fabric of Torah Tapestries: Bereshis. The 208-page hardcover will be on sale in the U.S. after the holidays. Israelis have been focusing on every word of the book since its Elul 5770 release. Buy it as soon as you can. Your soul will be better off for it.

 

   Yocheved Golani is the author of the e-book “It’s MY Crisis! And I’ll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.”

Title: Mr. Mentch

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Title: Mr. Mentch


Authors Jacqui Hochenberg and Liza Kramer


Publisher: Pitspopany Press


 


 


        Pitspopany Press has released another colorful paperback for children. This one, entitled Mr. Mentch, is for the seven-to-10-year-old set, according to my panel of children’s literature experts: The Tovey tribe (NY and Ramat Bet Shemesh, Israel) and the Pinzower pack (Toronto and Ramat Bet Shemesh) whose newborn to adolescent age range suited my professional needs.

 

         Mr. Mentch’s story takes place in a colorful sea filled with interesting characters who don’t always exemplify their names (Dr. Shmootz appears well groomed throughout the tale, Big Fress never eats during the story though he is HUGE, and Mrs. Yenta only says “Help!” once in the story). Mrs. Klutz, however, needs to learn how to move gracefully.

 

         Authors Jacqui Hochenberg and Liza Kramer expanded upon a thought by Rav Kook, zt”l, filling Mr. Mentch with Yiddish words and a gradual buildup to a (literally) shining moral in the story.

 

         Iosi Salem’s bright graphics tempt little fingers to keep turning the pages.


         The story line is a bit above the grasp of readers under age seven, but the ending suits the whole family: a youngster who doesn’t know the value of his personality learns just how important he is to the rest of society. He receives his prize at the end of a Chanukah contest, lighting up his own life as well as that of his readers.

 

         Teach your children Rav Kook’s profound saying, “Every person has to know and understand that within them a candle burns. No two candles are alike It is one’s duty to create a flame that will light up the whole world,” on a level they’ll understand. Buy Mr. Mentch and read it to them today.

 

         Yocheved Golani is the author of the highly acclaimed “It’s MY Crisis! And I’ll Cry if I Need To: A Life Book for Helping You to Dry Your Tears and Cope with a Medical Challenge (Booklocker Publishing).

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/title-mr-mentch/2008/01/03/

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