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  1. A House Full of Chesed, The Story of Rebbetzin Henny Machlis

    A House Full of Chesed, The Story of Rebbetzin Henny Machlis

    $16.50

    Shmuel Blitz, author of the ArtScroll Children's Siddur, ArtScroll Children's Haggadah, Children's Bedtime Stories, and more than 20 other bestsellers, invites all children (and adults) to join him in a house brimming with love, caring -- and amazing chesed. Welcome to the Machlis home.

    Who was Rebbetzin Henny Machlis?

    • She and her family hosted more than 100 guests in their small apartment, every single Shabbos!
    • She had absolute trust in Hashem, no matter what was happening.
    • She always saw the good in everyone. Even the child who brought home a horrible report card!
    • She loved every single Jew. She loved Torah. She loved Hashem. And she showed that love, every single day, in so many unusual ways.

    A House Full of Chesed brings us many engaging, kid-friendly stories, each with its own charming and fun illustration beautifully drawn by the talented Lea Kron. Bring the kids into the Machlis home, and prepare for an unforgettable experience. And discover how each of us can become just like Henny Machlis! Learn More

  2. SHADAR, Touching Hearts, One Person at a Time

    SHADAR, Touching Hearts, One Person at a Time

    $21.00

    A young yeshivah student in Otwock, Poland, Shmuel Dovid Raichik awoke one morning to the sound of German bombs falling on the idyllic resort town. As the world he had known burned before his eyes, he fled, first to Vilnius, Lithuania, then to Kobe, Japan, and finally to Shanghai, China, where he helped lead the Lubavitch yeshivah in exile. After the war, the sixth Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, and later the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, appointed him “shadar,” a title bestowed on select individuals who traveled the world at the Rebbes’ behest, promoting Torah education and observance. As the first “shluchim” on the West Coast, Rabbi and Rebbetzin Raichik touched thousands of lives and influenced a generation of Jews. Their extraordinary story is told here for the first time, complete with hundreds of photos and documents. Learn More
  3. Reb Mendel - Comics

    Reb Mendel - Comics

    $17.50

    The story of Reb Mendel Futerfas. The Jews he helped escape Russia, and his many years of imprisonment in Siberia.

    This book combines drama, suspense and humor together with important chassidic-educational lessons. Read this story for an unforgettable exciting experience!! Learn More

  4. Rabbi Avraham Blumenthal

    Rabbi Avraham Blumenthal

    $17.50

    The story of Rabbi A.Y. Blumenthal, father of the Zion Orphanage

    During World War I, so many children in Jerusalem were orphaned that a new home had to be created for them. Rabbi Avraham Y. Blumenthal created that home. It was called the Zion Orphanage. Rabbi Blumenthal became the children’s father. He cared for them day and night. He saved them from starvation and taught them to be good Jews. This is his story. It is the story of a man who became a father to hundreds. Learn More

  5. The Story of Rebbetzin Henny Machlis, Her Amazing Home & Family

    The Story of Rebbetzin Henny Machlis, Her Amazing Home & Family

    $19.95

    It looks like an ordinary apartment in Jerusalem. But once you step in, extraordinary things happen. Welcome to the Machlis home. Mordechai and Henny Machlis moved to Israel right after they were married. They knew they wanted to build a beautiful Jewish home. They wanted to welcome visitors. But they never dreamed that they would become famous as the family that hosted more than 100 people (sometimes even 150!) in their apartment every Shabbos. In this book we will see how Rebbetzin Machlis – whom everybody called Henny – managed to take care of so many people while raising her own large family. But more: we will see how she loved every single Jew she met. We will be inspired by her emunah, her faith and trust in Hashem. We will be amazed by the unbelievable things that happened to her all the time, because she knew that she was taking care of all of Hashem’s children. “In the Machlis home, miracles happened every day,” one of her grandchildren once said. In The Story of Rebbetzin Henny Machlis we’ll be amazed and inspired by those miracles of love, caring, and faith. Learn More
  6. Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz, His Vision, Wisdom, & Warmth Lit Up the World

    Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz, His Vision, Wisdom, & Warmth Lit Up the World

    $24.75

    He taught so many of us to learn. He taught so many of us to pray. 
    Now, through his engrossing life story, Reb Meir Zlotowitz will teach us how to become better parents, better children, better friends. Better people.

    Many of us know the story of how Meir Zlotowitz, a young graphic artist, started a company -- and a Torah revolution -- called ArtScroll. In this scrupulously researched and beautifully written biography, author Yisroel Besser paints a stunning portrait of a remarkable man, one of the greatest Torah disseminators of our time; a giant with global impact who managed, at the same time, to be devoted to his family and loyal to his friends. Busy building a Torah empire, he somehow always managed to find the time to advise and help the countless friends and strangers who sought him out.

    What was the secret of Rabbi Zlotowitz's phenomenal success? How did he establish relationships with the greatest Torah luminaries of the time? How did his personal challenges affect the person he became? What role did his rebbi, Rav Moshe Feinstein, play? How did he attract supporters from the entire spectrum of Jewish life even while being unapologetically rooted in the world of the yeshiva? What sort of advice and guidance did he offer younger businessmen, educators and activists who looked to "Uncle Meir' as a mentor?

    Most important of all: How did he maintain his care and concern for every individual, while devoting himself so wholeheartedly to the entire Jewish people?

    This book is a page-turner, a hard-to-put-down masterpiece that will inspire you to reach out and change the world -- while investing yourself in those closest to you, your family and friends. It's a story not only about what Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz did, but about what he was. A story of one man’s courage, his vision, and his unwavering faith in the Jewish People and their Torah. Learn More

  7. One of The 36 Hidden Tzaddikim

    One of The 36 Hidden Tzaddikim

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    Hagaon rav Yitzchak Silber zt'l: His life and legacy, as told by his students and those close to him

    Rav Yitzchak had to find someone urgently, probably for a get, but he did not know the address. He called a taxi, came out of the house, sat in the car, and said, "Let's go!" the taxi driver asked, "Where to?" "I don't know. I need to find a certain person. Please go…" They left Sanhedria and reached a traffic light. "Now, where?" Rav Yitzchak answered, "If one does not know where to go, it is written that one should make a right turn." They turned right and drove past the Ramot neighborhoods, left Yerushalayim, and headed in the direction of Tel Aviv. The driver could not bear it any longer. He turned into the first town along the way, Givat Ze'ev, and said, "You don't even have an address! Don't waste your money. Get out here -- look, here's a bus stop and go home. I feel bad wasting your money." Rav Yitzchak got out of the taxi and asked the first passerby, "Excuse me, do you know such-and-such a person?" The man answered, "He lives in that house over there."

    THE INCREDIBLE LIFE OF RAV YITZCHAK ZILBER -- legendary leader of Russian Jewry in Israel for the past three decades -- has been immortalized in the perennial bestseller, To Remain a Jew. Now you can read 280 firsthand stories of his unswerving emunah in Hashem, superlative middos, and unparalleled love for all Jews, which helped him rise above seemingly impossible situations throughout his life in Communist Russia and Eretz Yisrael. Told by the people who experienced them, they provide an awe-inspiring glimpse into the life of One of the Thirty-Six Hidden Tzaddikim Learn More

  8. Kosher Investigator, How Rabbi Berel Levy Built the OK and Transformed the World of Kosher Supervision

    Kosher Investigator, How Rabbi Berel Levy Built the OK and Transformed the World of Kosher Supervision

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    Kosher Investigator: How Rabbi Berel Levy Built the OK and Transformed the World of Kosher Supervision

    Even as a young child, Berel Levy was determined and fearless in the pursuit of his goals. From the home of his uncle, “the Malach,” to the Lubavitch yeshivah in Otwock, Poland, he followed his dream of studying Torah, despite his parents’ disapproval and the looming clouds of World War II. In the halls of Torah Umesorah and the clandestine Jewish schools of the Soviet Union, he bolstered Jewish education and observance in the face of political opposition and an oppressive Communist regime. Perhaps most remarkably, as the head of the Organized Kashrus Laboratories, he forever changed the world of kosher supervision. Rabbi Levy’s life story is told for the first time in these pages.

    “Kosher Investigator pays honor to a founding father of modern industrial kosher certification. Rabbi Berel Levy’s passionate commitment to yiddishkeit and his keen powers of investigation helped transform the American kosher certification system into a model of reliable private regulation.”

    – Professor Timothy D. Lytton, author of Kosher: Private Regulation in the Age of Industrial Food

    “Kosher Investigator beautifully captures Rabbi Berel Levy’s remarkable contributions to kosher food – and, more generally, to Judaism. A skilled investigator himself, author Dovid Zaklikowski draws on oral interviews, obscure printed sources, and Rabbi Levy’s previously unknown personal papers to provide a revelatory account of his life. Written with great sympathy – and not shying away from controversial topics – this carefully researched book is a page-turner that readers will thoroughly enjoy.”

    – Dr. Roger Horowitz, author of Kosher USA: How Coke became kosher and other tales of modern food Learn More

  9. Early Years

    Early Years

    $41.95

    The product of an exhaustive, years-long, worldwide research project, Early Years tells the riveting story of the early life of the man who, as much as anyone else, set the course of Jewish history in the twentieth century.

    What was his childhood like? What type of schooling did he receive? Who were his mentors and teachers? When did he first meet his father-in-law and predecessor, and what was the relationship between them like? At what point did the ideas that were to transform the landscape of post-Holocaust Jewry begin to take form in his mind?

    These questions and others about the Rebbe’s early life have never been answered comprehensively.

    Presenting newly-uncovered government documents, private journals, letters and diaries, Rabbis Boruch Oberlander and Elkanah Shmotkin have produced a highly-engaging account which offers an unimpeded view of the formative years of modern Judaism’s most recognized personality.

    Over 450 documents and photographs are beautifully reproduced in full color, illuminating and informing the text. Learn More

  10. A Star from Sanz, Rebuilding From the Ashes, The Story of Rav Yitzchok Sternhell

    A Star from Sanz, Rebuilding From the Ashes, The Story of Rav Yitzchok Sternhell

    $23.75

    Rabbi Yechiel Spero brings all his acclaimed storytelling talent to the inspiring life of Rav Yitzchok Sternhell, one of the unsung heroes of the resurgence of Torah in postwar America. In these pages, we meet the luminaries of "Itche Sanzer's" past - his ancestors, Rav Shmelke of Nikolsburg and Rav Mendel of Rimanov; the Divrei Chaim of Sanz, whose teachings molded him; and the Minchas Elazar of Munkatch, his beloved rebbi. We also encounter many gedolim, both pre and postwar Europe. And, of course, we meet - and learn to love and respect - Rav Yitzchok himself.

    When the Holocaust came to an end, Rav Yitzchok Sternhell had almost nothing. No, that's not accurate: Though most of his family had perished, though he had no belongings or money, he possessed a wealth of Torah learning, a treasure of faith and trust in Hashem. Still more assets: He had with him his illustrious ancestry, his matchless teachers, and his uncompromising determination to rebuild Torah life as he'd experienced it in Europe.

    And rebuild he did - first, immediately after the war, in Salzburg, Austria, and then, in what was the fledgling Torah community, in Baltimore, Maryland.

    For decades, Rav Sternhell was the rav of a Baltimore kehillah initially composed mainly of survivors. He founded Shearis Hapleita, a boys' school that aimed to replicate the chadarim of prewar Europe. He brought the first chalav Yisrael milk to Baltimore, and was instrumental in raising the standards of kashrus in the city. He was a man of contrasts: fearless and outspoken and uncompromising when it came to issues of Torah, sensitive and loving and warm to every Jew. Be prepared to be amazed and inspired by the story of this unassuming, modest man, a world class talmid chacham, a revered leader, and, always, a builder of Torah. Learn More

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