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8 Chapters of the Rambam, The

Yaakov Feldman

2008    218 pages    (Targum Pr)

Call #: 3c    LCC: BJ1287.M63

OCLC: 276393382    ISBN 13: 9781568714769    ISBN 10: 1568714769

The 8 Chapters of the Rambam: Shemonah Perakim Discover eight chapters of wisdom, 800 years old. The Rambam's Shemonah Perakim, his classic introduction to Pirkei Avos, has long been considered an essential of Jewish thought and ethics. Now, you too, can tap into his wisdom with this first-ever, masterful English translation from Rabbi Yaakov Feldman that elucidates core Jewish beliefs, ethics, and principles of character development crucial to our growth as Torah Jews.

The 8 Chapters of the Rambam: Shemonah Perakim Discover eight chapters of wisdom, 800 years old. The Rambam's Shemonah Perakim, his classic introduction to Pirkei Avos, has long been considered an essential of Jewish thought and ethics. Now, you too, can tap into his wisdom with this first-ever, masterful English translation from Rabbi Yaakov Feldman that elucidates core Jewish beliefs, ethics, and principles of character development crucial to our growth as Torah Jews. [less]

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39 Melachos, The

Dovid Ribiat

1999   

Call #: 2c   

OCLC: 910534139    ISBN 13: 9781583303634    ISBN 10: 1583303634

A thorough and comprehensive guide to the 39 Melachos of Shabbos. All-encompassing and easy-to-use, it explores every aspect of the 39 categories of labor forbidden on Shabbos, with practical applications for each. With hundreds of illustrations, a comprehensive index, and over 10,000 Hebrew notes, this monumental work belongs in every Jewish home. 4 volume set.

A thorough and comprehensive guide to the 39 Melachos of Shabbos. All-encompassing and easy-to-use, it explores every aspect of the 39 categories of labor forbidden on Shabbos, with practical applications for each. With hundreds of illustrations, a comprehensive index, and over 10,000 Hebrew notes, this monumental work belongs in every Jewish home. 4 volume set. [less]

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Above All Else vol. 2

Bais Yechiel

2006    281 pages    (Feldheim)

Call #: 3e    LCC: BS1225

OCLC: 61504246    ISBN 13: 9781583308608    ISBN 10: 1583308601

The first Hebrew volume of the Chofetz Chaim's writings on Torah was published 30 years ago and has since become an indispensable source of inspiration and strength for Torah students everywhere. The second Hebrew volume and its 2 volume English translation are sure to have the same impact upon the Torah world. This volume discusses a range of topics in regard to Torah study, such as the great reward for Talmud Torah -- and the punishment for its neglect; the importance of increasing one's Torah [...]

The first Hebrew volume of the Chofetz Chaim's writings on Torah was published 30 years ago and has since become an indispensable source of inspiration and strength for Torah students everywhere. The second Hebrew volume and its 2 volume English translation are sure to have the same impact upon the Torah world. This volume discusses a range of topics in regard to Torah study, such as the great reward for Talmud Torah -- and the punishment for its neglect; the importance of increasing one's Torah knowledge; children's education; supporting Torah study -- and more. Gathered from the collected works of the Chofetz Chaim and written in an easily understood manner, this well-organized sefer also includes an extensive index. The study of this volume will impress upon the heart and mind of the reader that the study of Torah is truly Above All Else. Imbue yourself with an uplifting new perspective on the importance of Torah study. This valuable volume, compiled from the teachings of the Chofetz Chaim, highlights all aspects of Torah study, and gives insight into how each person can acquire Torah in their own way. With practical advice--on reckoning the use of one’s time, setting aside fixed times for study, and refraining from wasting time--as well as the rewards that a person receives from studying Torah, this book will surely help you attain new heights in Torah study. [less]

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Abraham Isaac Kook: The Lights of Penitence, the Moral Principles, Lights of Holiness, Essays, Letters, and Poems (Classics of Western Spirituality)

1978    448 pages    (Paulist Press)

Call #: 3b    DDC: 296.3    LCC: BM45

OCLC: 4884103    ISBN 13: 9780809121595    ISBN 10: 0080912159

"Precisely the dimension of our heritage that most needs to be recovered....I cannot imagine a more timely publishing venture." Huston Smith Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University ABRAHAM ISAAC KOOK-THE LIGHTS OF PENITENCE, LIGHTS OF HOLINESS, THE MORAL PRINCIPLES, ESSAYS, LETTERS, AND POEMS, translation and introduction by Ben Zion Bokser, preface by Rivka Schatz and Jacob Agus Confirm me not in cages Of substance or of spirit I am [...]

"Precisely the dimension of our heritage that most needs to be recovered....I cannot imagine a more timely publishing venture." Huston Smith Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University ABRAHAM ISAAC KOOK-THE LIGHTS OF PENITENCE, LIGHTS OF HOLINESS, THE MORAL PRINCIPLES, ESSAYS, LETTERS, AND POEMS, translation and introduction by Ben Zion Bokser, preface by Rivka Schatz and Jacob Agus Confirm me not in cages Of substance or of spirit I am lovesick. I thirst, I thirst for God. More than the deer for water brooks. I am bound to the world, to life, All creatures are my brothers. But how can I share with them my light? Abraham Isaac Kook (1865-1935) A spiritual master of our own times, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook was the Chief Rabbi of Palestine prior to the establishment of the State of Israel. Rabbi Kook represents the most significant renewal of the Jewish mystical tradition in modern times. This volume presents to the English reader the major expressions of his thought, and a biographical sketch sums up his basic teachings. Ben Zion Bokser observes that, "Rabbi Kook's thought was dominated by two primary concepts, particularity and universality…Born into the restricted world of the Jewish ghetto in Eastern Europe, he was in constant rebellion against all that restricts and narrows the human spirit...In Rabbi Kook's world of thought, the love of God carried with it a love for all God's creatures, an openness to all ideas, and a continued passion to perfect life through reconciliation, harmony, and peace…" Rivka Schatz, Associate Professor in the Department of Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Rabbi Jacob Agus, author of eight books, including Banner of Jerusalem, have both contributed prefatory statements to this volume. [less]

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Abraham's Journey: Reflections on the Life of the Founding Patriarch (Meotzar Horav)

Joseph B. Soloveitchik

2008    252 pages    (KTAV Publishing House)

Call #: 5a    DDC: 222.11092    LCC: BS580.A3

OCLC: 181072592    LCCN: 2007045660    ISBN 13: 9781602800045    ISBN 10: 1602800049

To write about Abraham today would appear to be a peculiar, if not absurd, undertaking. How can an ancient figure, enveloped in the fog of mystery and (in the opinion of today s cynical man) myth, fascinate the imagination and vision of modern scholars and preachers? They confront innumerable problems of enormous magnitude and force, and face situations which captivate their fantasy with both greatness and perplexing tragedy. Why should they investigate and probe a person who emerges from the [...]

To write about Abraham today would appear to be a peculiar, if not absurd, undertaking. How can an ancient figure, enveloped in the fog of mystery and (in the opinion of today s cynical man) myth, fascinate the imagination and vision of modern scholars and preachers? They confront innumerable problems of enormous magnitude and force, and face situations which captivate their fantasy with both greatness and perplexing tragedy. Why should they investigate and probe a person who emerges from the unknown historic twilight, whose contours and features are blurred and almost imperceptible to the onlooker, while there is a world full of marvels, light, and charm that wink at and tantalize us? Why watch a bubble riding on the crest of a wave disappearing at the distant horizon, while a mighty tide rolls on toward us and breaks at our feet Excerpt from Abraham s Journey.Abraham's Journey: Reflections on the Life of the Founding Patriarch focuses on the life of Avraham Avinu, founding patriarch of the Jewish People. Abraham was not only the first Jew, but also a historical prototype, his experiences and actions foreshadowing critical patterns in the history of his people. In addition, Abraham serves as a spiritual and ethical model to his descendants. He is a teacher, a paragon of kindness, a lonely iconoclast, a master of sacrifice, and a knight of faith. Through careful exegesis of verses, illuminating analyses of character, and insightful readings of classical commentators, the essays in this book seek both the eternal and the contemporary messages of the Abraham story. Abraham s Journey is the ninth volume in MeOtzar HoRav: Selected Writings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. [less]

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Abravanel's World of Torah: theory of moral evolution

Zev Bar Eitan

2012   

Call #: 1c    LCC: BS1225

OCLC: 830677003    ISBN 13: 9789659183302    ISBN 10: 9659183305

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Accidental Zionist: What a Priest, a Pornographer and a Wrestler named Chainsaw taught me about being Jewish, Saving the World and Why Israel Matters to Both, The

Ian Pear

2008    296 pages    (New Song Publishers)

Call #: 3b    LCC: BM565

OCLC: 471476336    ISBN 13: 9780981503202    ISBN 10: 0981503209

Has Judaism failed? Well, kind of. To be sure, Judaism has enriched the lives of billions of people over the millennia, Jew and non-Jew alike, providing profound wisdom, ethical guidance and comfort & community in every generation. However, fundamental to Judaism s core mission is the fulfillment of a messianic vision that entails the perfecting of the world. Evil is to be destroyed; pain and suffering are to be eliminated; peace and prosperity are to reign supreme. The lion is to lie down [...]

Has Judaism failed? Well, kind of. To be sure, Judaism has enriched the lives of billions of people over the millennia, Jew and non-Jew alike, providing profound wisdom, ethical guidance and comfort & community in every generation. However, fundamental to Judaism s core mission is the fulfillment of a messianic vision that entails the perfecting of the world. Evil is to be destroyed; pain and suffering are to be eliminated; peace and prosperity are to reign supreme. The lion is to lie down with the lamb. And that, unfortunately, has not happened or as Woody Allen once put it, The lion may lie down with the lamb, but the lamb won t get much sleep. Judaism, therefore, despite its many impressive accomplisments, has yet to succeed in the one thing it has deemed most important. Why? The Accidental Zionist suggests that the answer is to be found by exploring an essential and often overlooked aspect of the reborn State of Israel. By relying on traditional Jewish texts as well as a piercing analysis of modern political philosophy, international relations and major trends in statecraft not to mention an ample supply of hilarious stories and fascinating encounters with a motley crew of interesting characters this exploration (and the Israel it hopes to engender) might just offer the means to rectify this historic failure ... and lay the groundwork for the fulfillment of Judaism s most lofty goal. This is a book for anyone who ever wondered why Israel matters whether to him or herself as an individual, to the Jewish people as a whole, or to the world in general. [less]

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Adin Steinsaltz: The Passover Haggada

Steinsaltz, Adin

Call #: 6a   

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Adjusting Sights

Haim Sabato, Hillel Halkin

2003    154 pages    (Toby Pr)

Call #: 3b    DDC: 892.436    LCC: DS128.17

OCLC: 52154744    LCCN: 2004351091    ISBN 13: 9781902881706    ISBN 10: 1902881702

When war breaks out abruptly in 1973, childhood friends Haim and Dov are called up together to serve in their tank battalion, but in the chaos of battle, the friends are separated. A month later, Haim returns alone, on his first leave home. As he struggles to come to terms with his experiences, weary and saddened but sustained by his religious faith, there is one question that remains uppermost in Haim’s mind: What happened to Dov during those fateful days after the outbreak of war? Much of [...]

When war breaks out abruptly in 1973, childhood friends Haim and Dov are called up together to serve in their tank battalion, but in the chaos of battle, the friends are separated. A month later, Haim returns alone, on his first leave home. As he struggles to come to terms with his experiences, weary and saddened but sustained by his religious faith, there is one question that remains uppermost in Haim’s mind: What happened to Dov during those fateful days after the outbreak of war? Much of the narrative of ADJUSTING SIGHTS (Toby Press, May 15, 2003, hdcv.) centers around recounting those chaotic first days of war endured by Haim, a tank gunner, along the hills and valleys of the Golan Heights. Interspersed with the action are Haim’s memories of childhood, growing up with Dov in an immigrant neighborhood of Jerusalem. The religious teachings Haim and his fellow soldiers have grown up with are constantly with them as they deal with the devastating disarray of their forces and their fear of failure and capture. Prayer and Talmudic passages form a framework that enables them to cope with their experiences. Sabato skillfully draws us into the individual worlds of these young men; their courage as they help each other, their pain as they deal with the loss of comrades. A lightly fictionalized biography written in a style reminiscent of S.Y. Agnon, ADJUSTING SIGHTS is not a book about religion, politics, or the rights and wrongs of war, but rather, it’s a story about the personal experiences of a 19-year old man who has to adjust not only the sights of his gun, but also his understanding of the world in which he lives. The author, Haim Sabato, descends from a long line of rabbis from Aleppo, Syria. He was born in Egypt but moved to Israel with his family when he was six. He served in the tank corps in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and today heads a Yeshiva near Jerusalem. ADJUSTING SIGHTS was a runaway bestseller in Israel, and won the prestigious Sapir Prize for Literature. It is his second book. ADJUSTING SIGHTS was translated into English by a leading Israeli translator, Hillel Halkin. Halkin is also a journalist and author. [less]

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Ahavath Chesed (pocket edition)

Chafetz Chaim

1994    232 pages    (Philipp Feldheim)

Call #: 3e    DDC: 296.385    LCC: BJ1286.C5

OCLC: 233961310    ISBN 13: 9780873061674    ISBN 10: 0873061675

The Chofetz Chaim epitomized for the Jewish People the trait of chesed, loving kindness, devoting his life to helping his brethren. Among the many treasures this great sage imparted to us, Ahavas Chessed stands out as the authoritative, comprehensive guide to understanding and incorporating the precept of doing chesed, performing acts of loving kindness. With incisive wisdom and penetrating clarity, this book is an invaluable guide for every Jew. Now in clear flowing English, his book is a [...]

The Chofetz Chaim epitomized for the Jewish People the trait of chesed, loving kindness, devoting his life to helping his brethren. Among the many treasures this great sage imparted to us, Ahavas Chessed stands out as the authoritative, comprehensive guide to understanding and incorporating the precept of doing chesed, performing acts of loving kindness. With incisive wisdom and penetrating clarity, this book is an invaluable guide for every Jew. Now in clear flowing English, his book is a staple for every home. [less]

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Ahavath Chesed: The Love of Kindness As Required by God By The Chafetz Chaim

1976    (Feldheim Publishers)

Call #: 3e    DDC: 296.385    LCC: BJ1286.C5

OCLC: 2272595    ISBN 13: 9780873061100    ISBN 10: 0873061101

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Alei Etzion

Reuven Ziegler (Ed.)

2008    (Har Etzion)

Call #: 3b   

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Aleppo Chronicles: The Story of the Unique Sephardeem of the Ancient Near East--In Their Own Words

Joseph A. D. Sutton, Mireille Dayan

1988    576 pages    (Thayer-Jacoby)

Call #: 3b    DDC: 974.71004924022    LCC: F128.9.J5

OCLC: 17153326    ISBN 13: 9780960647217    ISBN 10: 096064721X

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All About Israel

Moshe and Isaac Levy. Davis

1973    (Jewish National Fund, Educ. Dept.)

Call #: 3b    LCC: DS126.5

OCLC: 974441    ISBN 13: 9780903797009    ISBN 10: 0903797003

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All Rivers Run to the Sea: Memoirs

Elie Wiesel

1996    432 pages    (Schocken)

Call #: 3c    DDC: 813.54    LCC: PQ2683.I32

OCLC: 34475672    ISBN 13: 9780805210286    ISBN 10: 0805210288

In this first volume of his two-volume autobiography, Wiesel takes us from his childhood memories of a traditional and loving Jewish family in the Romanian village of Sighet through the horrors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald and the years of spiritual struggle, to his emergence as a witness for the Holocaust's martyrs and survivors and for the State of Israel, and as a spokesman for humanity.  With 16 pages of black-and-white photographs."From the abyss of the death camps Wiesel has come as a [...]

In this first volume of his two-volume autobiography, Wiesel takes us from his childhood memories of a traditional and loving Jewish family in the Romanian village of Sighet through the horrors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald and the years of spiritual struggle, to his emergence as a witness for the Holocaust's martyrs and survivors and for the State of Israel, and as a spokesman for humanity.  With 16 pages of black-and-white photographs."From the abyss of the death camps Wiesel has come as a messenger to mankind--not with a message of hate and revenge, but with one of brotherhood and atonement."--From the citation for the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize [less]

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American Orthodox Dreamer: Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik and Boston's Maimonides School (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life), An

Seth Farber

2003    228 pages    (Brandeis)

Call #: 5b    DDC: 296.680974461    LCC: LC771.B6

OCLC: 52930166    ISBN 13: 9781584653387    ISBN 10: 1584653388

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, born in 1903 and scion of a preeminentLithuanian Orthodox family, was one of the most towering intellectual figures of American Orthodoxy in the twentieth century. After receiving rabbinic ordination and completing his studies toward a Ph.D., he immigrated to America where he served as the Rosh Yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. As the leader of centrist Orthodoxy in America for more than fifty years, his many [...]

Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, born in 1903 and scion of a preeminentLithuanian Orthodox family, was one of the most towering intellectual figures of American Orthodoxy in the twentieth century. After receiving rabbinic ordination and completing his studies toward a Ph.D., he immigrated to America where he served as the Rosh Yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. As the leader of centrist Orthodoxy in America for more than fifty years, his many accomplishments included his founding of the Maimonides School in Boston in 1937. Rabbi Soloveitchik served as the intellectual and spiritual force behind the Maimonides School from its founding and was responsible for its innovative curriculum.Synthesizing American educational methodologies and European Orthodox approaches to education, the Maimonides School became a prototype for an American Orthodox educational institution. Unique among contemporary Orthodox day schools, the coeducational nature of the classes at Maimonides, and to some extent the curriculum, was groundbreaking. Characterized by academic excellence in both Judaic studies and other subjects, the school offered boys and girls exactly the same education. Rabbi Soloveitchik’s school was particularly innovative by offering Talmud classes to girls on the same level as boys.The Maimonides School became a paradigm for the fledgling Orthodox Jewish day school movement nationwide. The character of the education there influenced later developments in the Orthodox community, such as the emphasis on higher level Torah study for women. By articulating a philosophy that advocated both traditional Orthodoxy as well as modernism and Americanism, the school gradually affected Boston’s Orthodox community, which came to be guided by its principles. As Seth Farber points out, the school, once rejected by the Jewish establishment in Boston, was eventually embraced by it. A community that saw no contradiction between democratic values and traditional Orthodox lifestyle emerged in Boston. This modern Orthodox community ultimately represented a significant voice in Boston’s Jewish and America's Orthodox cultures. [less]

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And from There You Shall Seek (Meotzar Horav)

Joseph B. Soloveitchik

2009    230 pages    (KTAV Publishing House)

Call #: 5a    DDC: 296.311    LCC: BM610

OCLC: 276229034    LCCN: 2008050761    ISBN 13: 9780881259346    ISBN 10: 0881259349

And From There You Shall Seek is Rabbi Soloveitchik s fullest and most elaborate examination of religious consciousness and the dynamics of religious experience. Its presentation of the challenging interplay between cultural creativity, religious practice, and spiritual quest is sure to enrich the contemporary reader. Drawing its title from Deuteronomy 4:29 And from there you shall seek the Lord your God, and you shall find Him if you search for Him with all of your heart and all of your soul [...]

And From There You Shall Seek is Rabbi Soloveitchik s fullest and most elaborate examination of religious consciousness and the dynamics of religious experience. Its presentation of the challenging interplay between cultural creativity, religious practice, and spiritual quest is sure to enrich the contemporary reader. Drawing its title from Deuteronomy 4:29 And from there you shall seek the Lord your God, and you shall find Him if you search for Him with all of your heart and all of your soul and framed by the evocative metaphors of the Song of Songs, the essay charts the individual s search for God, a quest which culminates in the stage of devekut, cleaving to Him. The human being initially seeks God by examining the natural and spiritual worlds. But this search fails; hence God must reveal Himself and express His will. Rabbi Soloveitchik explicates the contrast between these two different modes of experiencing the divine: the natural consciousness, marked by freedom and creativity, and the revelational consciousness, marked by compulsion and discipline. The remainder of the work elaborates on this dialectic, exploring such themes as the imitation of God, devekut, mercy and justice, trust and fear, love and awe, the rule of intellect, elevation of the body, the perpetuity of God s word, and creation and revelation. And From There You Shall Seek is a translation of Rabbi Soloveitchik's classic essay, U-Vikkashtem mi-Sham. Drafted in the 1940 s as a companion to his earlier treatise Halakhic Man, this powerful and wide-ranging work was published in Hebrew only in 1978. [less]

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Anger: The Inner Teacher

Zelig Pliskin

1997    376 pages    (Mesorah Publications Ltd.)

Call #: 3e    DDC: 296.3698    LCC: BJ1286.A54

OCLC: 38195759    ISBN 13: 9781578191758    ISBN 10: 1578191750

Overcoming negative character traits is the essence and purpose of life" (Vilna Gaon). Anger is one of the most destructive traits. It can harm us and others spiritually, physically, emotionally, and socially. Anger, powerful and negative though it is, can also serve as our teacher (see Eruvin 65b). It shows us who we are, what is important to us, our level of self-mastery, and how we cope with adversity and frustration. We must learn from anger and, in the process, master not only it, but [...]

Overcoming negative character traits is the essence and purpose of life" (Vilna Gaon). Anger is one of the most destructive traits. It can harm us and others spiritually, physically, emotionally, and socially. Anger, powerful and negative though it is, can also serve as our teacher (see Eruvin 65b). It shows us who we are, what is important to us, our level of self-mastery, and how we cope with adversity and frustration. We must learn from anger and, in the process, master not only it, but ourselves -- because we can. We are not doomed to repeat our tantrums and indignation, constantly and endlessly. We can change. But how? In Anger: The Inner Teacher, Rabbi Zelig Pliskin, a noted author and insightful counselor, presents a nine-step program to help us purge anger from ourselves. The author draws on Torah literature and his extensive counseling experience to build a comprehensive approach for coping with anger. This book is a practical guide offering underlying concepts and practical hands-on tools for decreasing and preventing anger. This step-by-step program is for anyone wishing to gain greater mastery over his other emotions. It also provides a useful model for those in the helping professions. As long as we are alive we can choose to correct the way we live. Anger is a natural human emotion. Refining and transcending it provides us with the opportunity to become the type of human being we wish tobe. Rabbi Pliskin has gained an international following as someone who sets his sights high but keeps his approach down-to-earth. Inspirational but practical, this book -- like its author -- is a realistic guide to a better, more fulfilling life. [less]

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Anshei Hayil: Practical Halachot in Accordance With Sephardic Tradition

Haim Levy

2009    270 pages    (Feldheim Pub)

LCC: BM520.5

OCLC: 369143821    ISBN 13: 9781598263749    ISBN 10: 1598263749

This book contains laws that are necessary for daily living according to Sephardic halachic practice. It is based on the rulings of the greatest Torah authorities throughout the generations beginning with the p'sakim of Maran haShulhan Aruch until those of present-day poskim, at the head of which stands HaRav Ovadia Yossef, shilta. The author has also included the opinions of the Ohr l'Tsion, Ben ish Hai, Kaf haHayim and Halachah Berurah. This is an important work that will serve as a [...]

This book contains laws that are necessary for daily living according to Sephardic halachic practice. It is based on the rulings of the greatest Torah authorities throughout the generations beginning with the p'sakim of Maran haShulhan Aruch until those of present-day poskim, at the head of which stands HaRav Ovadia Yossef, shilta. The author has also included the opinions of the Ohr l'Tsion, Ben ish Hai, Kaf haHayim and Halachah Berurah. This is an important work that will serve as a halachic guide for the Jewish People. Hardcover 9.6 x 6.9 270 pages [less]

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Aramaic-Hebrew-English Dictionary

Ezra Zion Melamed

2005    592 pages    (Feldheim)

Call #: REF    LCC: PJ5305

OCLC: 60701619    ISBN 13: 9781583307762    ISBN 10: 1583307761

This dictionary of the Babylonian Talmud is an important tool for the beginner, as well as the scholar. This complete Talmudic dictionary presents the words as they appear in the text, without the need to know the word root.

This dictionary of the Babylonian Talmud is an important tool for the beginner, as well as the scholar. This complete Talmudic dictionary presents the words as they appear in the text, without the need to know the word root. [less]

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Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land

Avraham Negev

1990    400 pages    (Macmillan General Reference)

DDC: 220.93    LCC: DS111.A2

OCLC: 22112051    LCCN: 90007782    ISBN 13: 9780130440907    ISBN 10: 0130440906

This comprehensive, illustrated guide has become a classic reference on Middle Eastern archaeology since its first publication in 1972. This third edition is again revised and updated, with the latest findings from digs in the Holy Land compiled from the work of twenty world-renowned archaeologists.

This comprehensive, illustrated guide has become a classic reference on Middle Eastern archaeology since its first publication in 1972. This third edition is again revised and updated, with the latest findings from digs in the Holy Land compiled from the work of twenty world-renowned archaeologists. [less]

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ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE LAND OF THE BIBLE (Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library)

Amihai Mazar

1990    572 pages    (Doubleday)

DDC: 220.93    LCC: BS621

OCLC: 232993649    LCCN: 88    ISBN 13: 9780385239707    ISBN 10: 038523970X

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Around the Maggid's Table: More Classic Stories and Parables from the Great Teachers of Israel (ArtScroll (Mesorah))

Paysach J. Krohn

1989    284 pages    (Mesorah Publications Ltd.)

DDC: 296.42    LCC: BM520

OCLC: 21279343    LCCN: 91117257    ISBN 13: 9780899065625    ISBN 10: 0899065627

This sequal to the Maggid Speaks is packed with wonderful stories and their morals, as told by some of Jewry's most eloquent and popular speakers. This book masterfully captures the distinctive art of the maggid.

This sequal to the Maggid Speaks is packed with wonderful stories and their morals, as told by some of Jewry's most eloquent and popular speakers. This book masterfully captures the distinctive art of the maggid. [less]

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Art Of Biblical Narrative, The

Robert Alter

1983    208 pages    (Basic Books)

Call #: 1g    DDC: 221.66    LCC: BS1171.2

OCLC: 41927425    ISBN 13: 9780465004270    ISBN 10: 0046500427

In what is both a radical approach to the Bible, and a fundamental return to its narrative prose, Robert Alter reads the Old Testament with new eyes—the eyes of a literary critic. Alter takes the old yet simple step of reading the Bible as a literary creation.

In what is both a radical approach to the Bible, and a fundamental return to its narrative prose, Robert Alter reads the Old Testament with new eyes—the eyes of a literary critic. Alter takes the old yet simple step of reading the Bible as a literary creation. [less]

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Art of T'Shuva: The Teachings of HaRav Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook, The

Avaraham Kook

1999    238 pages    (Beit Orot Publications)

Call #: 5d   

ISBN 13: 9789659011438    ISBN 10: 9659011431

While psychiatrists offer many theories about man's existential dilemma and pain, Rabbi Kook reveals that the real cause of humanity's suffering stems from mankind's severance from G-d. The solution, he teaches, is t'shuva. For the first time, a commentary in English explains Rabbi Kook's writings on T'shuva in a clear, concise, and illuminating fashion. This encounter with Rabbi Kook's vision is sure to lead readers to greater personal happiness, understanding and spiritual growth.

While psychiatrists offer many theories about man's existential dilemma and pain, Rabbi Kook reveals that the real cause of humanity's suffering stems from mankind's severance from G-d. The solution, he teaches, is t'shuva. For the first time, a commentary in English explains Rabbi Kook's writings on T'shuva in a clear, concise, and illuminating fashion. This encounter with Rabbi Kook's vision is sure to lead readers to greater personal happiness, understanding and spiritual growth. [less]

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Aryeh Kaplan Anthology ll, The

Aryeh Kaplan

1991    400 pages    (Mesorah Pubns Ltd)

DDC: 296    LCC: BM45

OCLC: 49821016    ISBN 13: 9780899068688    ISBN 10: 0899068685

In this volume published by the OU and NCSY, Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan asks hard questions about Judaism and its commandments, and he gives compelling answers that have broadened the horizons of countless people. Included in this volume: Jerusalem The Eye Of The Universe What is the significance of Jerusalem? Why is it the most important place on earth? What is its uniqueness? Why is it the only city mentioned in our prayers? What is the source of its holiness? Why can the Temple be located only on [...]

In this volume published by the OU and NCSY, Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan asks hard questions about Judaism and its commandments, and he gives compelling answers that have broadened the horizons of countless people. Included in this volume: Jerusalem The Eye Of The Universe What is the significance of Jerusalem? Why is it the most important place on earth? What is its uniqueness? Why is it the only city mentioned in our prayers? What is the source of its holiness? Why can the Temple be located only on this one spot? What is the mystery of its origin? How are Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel connected with it? Why is its status so significant to its friends and enemies? This deep and revealing book contains the answers to these questions and many more. Tzitzith - A Thread Of Light Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan delves deeply into the mystery of the commandment of Tzitzith to reveal the link between Tzitzith and the ability of man to overcome sin and reach towards God. This rewarding book provides insights into the connection between passion, clothes, self - control and the story of the serpent. Tzitzith is the symbol of The God - instilled ability to choose freely and be master of our lives. This masterful book covers every aspect of this important commandment from the practical to the mystical. Sabbath Day of Eternity Why is the Sabbath the only religious observance mentioned in the Ten Commandments? Why does the Talmud call the Sabbath "a taste of the world to come?" Why is the Sabbath gaining adherents in an age of rapidly expanding technology? How can we explain the mysterious hold of the Sabbath over the Jew? What is the connection between the Sabbath, belief in God, affirmation of God as the Creator of all things, the Exodus from Egypt and the coming of the Messiah? Sabbath - Day of Eternity, by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan. [less]

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As If We Were There: Readings for a Transformative Passover Experience

Gidon Rothstein

2016    256 pages    (Kodesh Press)

Call #: 6b   

ISBN 13: 9780692635681    ISBN 10: 0692635688

The Passover Seder is probably the most broadly observed Jewish ritual, as the Exodus from Egypt remains at the forefront of the Jewish consciousness. Since the Torah relates many of its teachings to the bondage of Egypt, Jews are encouraged to internalize the oppression in Egypt, the Exodus through the Red Sea, and the transition from slavery to freedom. As If We Were There: Readings for a Transformative Passover Experience breathes new life in the Passover story by providing 21 daily readings [...]

The Passover Seder is probably the most broadly observed Jewish ritual, as the Exodus from Egypt remains at the forefront of the Jewish consciousness. Since the Torah relates many of its teachings to the bondage of Egypt, Jews are encouraged to internalize the oppression in Egypt, the Exodus through the Red Sea, and the transition from slavery to freedom. As If We Were There: Readings for a Transformative Passover Experience breathes new life in the Passover story by providing 21 daily readings, beginning with the first day of Hebrew month Nisan until the last day of Passover. Each day focuses on a specific aspect of the Exodus experience, as Rabbi Rothstein takes the reader on a journey of intellectual and spiritual development while we study, analyze, and ultimately internalize the events and messages of the Exodus story. In the second part of the book, a memoir of his father’s Seder, Rabbi Rothstein utilizes humor and nostalgia to introduce the reader to a Seder that succeeded in finding ways for Jews to see themselves as if they had been redeemed from Egypt. [less]

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Awaiting a Miracle

Morris Breitbart

2007    56 pages    (Outskirts Press)

LCC: DS135.P63

OCLC: 225864240    ISBN 13: 9781432705664    ISBN 10: 1432705660

The Cry of the Homeless One After making a daring escape off the transport train from the Lodz ghetto en route to the Tremblinka concentration camp, Morris Breitbart found refuge in a farmhouse attic, and then in a hole under a stable. In the depths of despair, he records this terrible and unimaginable time in human history. In his diary, he pours his heart out, lamenting the murder of his family so brutally torn away from him, and the tragic fate of the Jewish people, as he dreams, awaiting a [...]

The Cry of the Homeless One After making a daring escape off the transport train from the Lodz ghetto en route to the Tremblinka concentration camp, Morris Breitbart found refuge in a farmhouse attic, and then in a hole under a stable. In the depths of despair, he records this terrible and unimaginable time in human history. In his diary, he pours his heart out, lamenting the murder of his family so brutally torn away from him, and the tragic fate of the Jewish people, as he dreams, awaiting a miracle. [less]

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Basic Concepts in Kabbalah

Rav Michael Laitman

2006    112 pages    (Bnei Baruch, Laitman Kabbalah)

DDC: 296.16    LCC: BM526

OCLC: 71005863    LCCN: 2006027101    ISBN 13: 9780973826883    ISBN 10: 0973826886

By reading in this book, one develops internal observations and approaches that did not previously exist within. This book is intended for contemplation of spiritual terms. To the extent that we are integrated with these terms, we begin to unveil the spiritual structure that surrounds us, almost as if a mist had been lifted.

By reading in this book, one develops internal observations and approaches that did not previously exist within. This book is intended for contemplation of spiritual terms. To the extent that we are integrated with these terms, we begin to unveil the spiritual structure that surrounds us, almost as if a mist had been lifted. [less]

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Basic Encyclopedia of Jewish Proverbs, Quotations, Folk Wisdom

Alcalay

1973    (Hartmore House)

Call #: 5d    DDC: 398.9924    LCC: PN6519.J5

OCLC: 1269630    ISBN 13: 9780876771532    ISBN 10: 0876771533

Presented in English with Hebrew originals and arrange Alphabetically by Subject. The purpose of this anthology is to provide a conveniently arraged source of representative excerpts from the great treasury of proberbs, precepts, and practical axioms which are embedded in the vast mosaic of Hebrew literataure, from the Bible to our own day.

Presented in English with Hebrew originals and arrange Alphabetically by Subject. The purpose of this anthology is to provide a conveniently arraged source of representative excerpts from the great treasury of proberbs, precepts, and practical axioms which are embedded in the vast mosaic of Hebrew literataure, from the Bible to our own day. [less]

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Battle for Jerusalem, The

Mordechai Gur

2002    384 pages    (I Books)

Call #: 3b    DDC: 956.046    LCC: DS127.9.J4

OCLC: 49240060    ISBN 13: 9780743444880    ISBN 10: 0743444884

A stunning profile in courage of Israeli paratroopers in the crucial battle of the 1967 Mideast War! Lt. General Mordechai Gur, who played a major role in Israel's military operations since statehood, has vividly written an unforgettable account of the events surrounding the critical Battle for Jerusalem during the 1967 Mideast War. The goal in the battle was the Temple Mount, possession of which was a 2,000 year-old dream for Jews everywhere. General Gur's fast paced narrative brings alive all [...]

A stunning profile in courage of Israeli paratroopers in the crucial battle of the 1967 Mideast War! Lt. General Mordechai Gur, who played a major role in Israel's military operations since statehood, has vividly written an unforgettable account of the events surrounding the critical Battle for Jerusalem during the 1967 Mideast War. The goal in the battle was the Temple Mount, possession of which was a 2,000 year-old dream for Jews everywhere. General Gur's fast paced narrative brings alive all the tension, terror, uncertainty, hope and desperation of the conflict. The moment when General Gur signals headquarters, "The Temple Mount is in our hands. Repeat. The Temple Mount is ours," is a breathtaking emotional capstone during a week of conflict that riveted the world. [less]

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Beast That Crouches at the Door: Adam & Eve, Cain & Abel, and Beyond, The

Rabbi David Fohrman

2007    197 pages    (Devora Publishing)

Call #: 5d    DDC: 296.32    LCC: BJ1406

OCLC: 166367304    ISBN 13: 9781932687798    ISBN 10: 1932687793

What are we to learn from the narratives in the Torah? A walking, talking snake. A tree that bears mysterious knowledge of Good and Evil. A mark upon Cain for all to see. The early narratives in the Book of Genesis are familiar to us from childhood, yet the meaning of these stories often seem maddeningly elusive. For example: By forbidding Adam and Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge, did God really not want mankind to be able to distinguish right from wrong? This book examines the early [...]

What are we to learn from the narratives in the Torah? A walking, talking snake. A tree that bears mysterious knowledge of Good and Evil. A mark upon Cain for all to see. The early narratives in the Book of Genesis are familiar to us from childhood, yet the meaning of these stories often seem maddeningly elusive. For example: By forbidding Adam and Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge, did God really not want mankind to be able to distinguish right from wrong? This book examines the early stories in the Book of Genesis, calling attention to the big questions that bother us all, as well as to the hidden subtleties of text and language. As clues and questions are pieced together, deeper layers of meaning begin to emerge. In the end, the reader gains an experience in the richness and depth of Torah, and a profound confrontation with concepts that define the core of what it means to be a Jew. [less]

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Before Hashem You Shall Be Purified : Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik on the Days of Awe

Joseph B. Soloveitchik

1998    187 pages    (Ohr Publishing)

Call #: 5b   

OCLC: 40153339    LCCN: 2004268507    ISBN 13: 9780966623208    ISBN 10: 0966623207

Rabbi Soloveitchik, one of the greatest Halakhic minds of the twentieth century, has left a remarkable legacy of public lectures. Among the most popular of venues for these lectures was the Kinus Teshuvah, where the Rav would weave halakhah and homiletics so compellingly that the line between them blurred and often disappeared entirely. Presented in Yiddish, these discourses (teshuvah derashot) combined halakhic depth with emotional power, leaving an enduring imprint on all who attended. From [...]

Rabbi Soloveitchik, one of the greatest Halakhic minds of the twentieth century, has left a remarkable legacy of public lectures. Among the most popular of venues for these lectures was the Kinus Teshuvah, where the Rav would weave halakhah and homiletics so compellingly that the line between them blurred and often disappeared entirely. Presented in Yiddish, these discourses (teshuvah derashot) combined halakhic depth with emotional power, leaving an enduring imprint on all who attended. From 1962 through 1980, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt"l annually presented a two- to- three hour lecture in Yiddish at the Kinus Teshuvah (Repentance Convocation) sponsored by the Rabbinical Council of America. These lectures (derashot) were delivered between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur on the topic of repentance and the Days of Awe.Many of the earlier derashot presented through 1972 were summarized by Rabbi Pinchas Peli inhis classic work Al Hateshuvah, later translated into English as On Repentance. This long-awaited volume is a summary of the derashot delivered from 1973 through 1980. Dr. Arnold Lustiger has organized the teshuvah derashot topically, from the pre-Rosh Hashanah Selihot prayers through the Yom Kippur Avodah and concluding Neilah services. He has included Biblical, Talmudic and Midrashic sources. He provides cross-references, with citations from Pelis On Repentance as well as from Rabbi Soloveitchiks written works that address and amplify important themes in these lectures in different and often greater detail. With the publication of this book, an audience anxious to see more of Rabbi Soloveitchiks thoughts in print can once again appreciate use of the definite article when his students and followers refer to him simply as "the Rav". [less]

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Beilis Transcripts: The Anti-Semitic Trial that Shook the World, The

1993    241 pages    (Jason Aronson, Inc.)

Call #: 5c    DDC: 344.7714052523    LCC: KKY41.B45

OCLC: 27035442    ISBN 13: 9780876681794    ISBN 10: 0876681798

On March 20, 1911, the mutilated body of a twelve-year-old boy was discovered in a cave near Kiev, Russia. In reaction, a vicious anti-Jewish campaign was launched in the Russian press against the Jewish community, accusing the Jews of using human blood for ritual purposes. Although a police investigation pointed to a gang of thieves, pressure from anti-Semitic organizations led to the arrest of a Jewish scapegoat, Mendel Beilis, the superintendent of a local factory. The Beilis case attracted [...]

On March 20, 1911, the mutilated body of a twelve-year-old boy was discovered in a cave near Kiev, Russia. In reaction, a vicious anti-Jewish campaign was launched in the Russian press against the Jewish community, accusing the Jews of using human blood for ritual purposes. Although a police investigation pointed to a gang of thieves, pressure from anti-Semitic organizations led to the arrest of a Jewish scapegoat, Mendel Beilis, the superintendent of a local factory. The Beilis case attracted worldwide attention, inspiring protests and public outcries by political leaders, artists, clergymen, scientists, and many others throughout Europe and the United States. Beilis was imprisoned for more than two years. After deliberating for several hours, a jury composed of simple Russian peasants found him not guilty. The Beilis trial had been engineered by high officials in the czarist hierarchy and reflects the maladies and misadventures of Imperial Russia before its collapse in the 1917 Revolution. Beilis was - in a very real sense - a scapegoat of extreme forces, including the rabidly anti-Semitic "Black Hundred, " which held sway over Russian body politic under the last czar, Nicholas II. It was only in the aftermath of the Revolution in 1917 that the archives of Imperial Russia were opened to public scrutiny. These declassified documents revealed the full scope of the conspiracy and how leading ministers of state were involved in staging the trial in a way that would malign Judaism and the Jewish people. Many books have been written about the Beilis trial, the most well known being The Fixer by Bernard Malamud. The Beilis Transcripts: The Anti-Semitic Trial that Shook the World is unique inthat it provides, in abbreviated form, the "chemistry" of the Beilis trial itself. Many years ago, Ezekiel Leikin discovered the court transcripts of the trial in the personal library of his father, who served as chief rabbi in the town of Kazan, Russia. By translating the transc [less]

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Between Heaven and Earth: The Ben Ish Hai on Faith The Nature of Evil and The Final Reckoning (The Ben Ish Hai Anthology: Vol. 1))

Daniel Levy, Hacham Yosef Hayyim of Baghdad

1996    312 pages    (Ahavat Shalom)

Call #: 3b    DDC: 296.3    LCC: BM723

OCLC: 37798241    LCCN: 99201674    ISBN 13: 9789652226761    ISBN 10: 9652226769

Hacham Yosef Hayyim of Baghdad was the undisputed leader of Sephardic Jewry, and his work remains one of the major influences on the Torah world today. The Ben Ish Hai Anthology offers a select translation of Otzrot Hayyim, a thirty-five volume encyclopedia of his writings. This first volume discusses subjects such as faith, the nature of evil, and the final reckoning.

Hacham Yosef Hayyim of Baghdad was the undisputed leader of Sephardic Jewry, and his work remains one of the major influences on the Torah world today. The Ben Ish Hai Anthology offers a select translation of Otzrot Hayyim, a thirty-five volume encyclopedia of his writings. This first volume discusses subjects such as faith, the nature of evil, and the final reckoning. [less]

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Between the Yeshiva World and Modern Orthodoxy: The Life and Works of Rabbi Jehiel Jacob Weinberg

Marc B. Shapiro

1999    296 pages    (Littman Library Of Jewish Civilization)

Call #: 3a    DDC: 296.832092    LCC: BM755.W357

OCLC: 234043523    LCCN: 99024372    ISBN 13: 9781874774525    ISBN 10: 1874774528

Using previously unpublished material, including private correspondence, Shapiro (Judaic Studies, U. of Scranton, Pennsylvania) discusses the many aspects of the life and thought of Rabbi Weinberg (1884-1966), an important ideologue of modern Orthodoxy. The author focuses on his evolving philosophical orientation, from his early years in Poland, his years in Germany, Lithuania, and Poland from WWI through the Nazi era, and his post-war years in Switzerland.

Using previously unpublished material, including private correspondence, Shapiro (Judaic Studies, U. of Scranton, Pennsylvania) discusses the many aspects of the life and thought of Rabbi Weinberg (1884-1966), an important ideologue of modern Orthodoxy. The author focuses on his evolving philosophical orientation, from his early years in Poland, his years in Germany, Lithuania, and Poland from WWI through the Nazi era, and his post-war years in Switzerland. [less]

 
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