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  1. Rebbe, The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History. (soft cover edition)

    Rebbe, The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History. (soft cover edition)


    Rebbe, The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History

    The inspiring story of the prominent yet deeply modest leader who rebuilt a dwindling post-holocaust community into the most influential Jewish organization in the world, the late Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

    From a small synagogue In Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the late Rebbe Schneerson impacted the policies of U.S. presidents and politicians, counseled some of our greatest thinkers, and spread his teachings of love and righteousness to the far corners of the world. An ambassador for Jews globally, his role was unprecedented within a fragmented religion, comprised of diverse, often divided, sects. Many Jews—especially those involved in Chabad—believed that the Rebbe was the messiah while he was still alive.

    Drawn from the Rebbe’s private correspondence, Rebbe is a rich and illuminating portrait of this remarkable man who was a devoted spiritual leader and tireless counselor; controversial advocate for women’s rights and community openness; and an accomplished scholar fluent in dozens of languages. Joseph Telushkin illuminates the Rebbe’s rich private life and chronicles his achievements, from his close bond with his congregants to his influence on presidents, including Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Throughout, Telushkin pays tribute to the Rebbe’s legacy—his teachings, of love, education, and respect—which have become engrained in millions of Jews and non-Jews alike.

    Book Description

    In this enlightening biography, Joseph Telushkin offers a captivating portrait of the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a towering figure who saw beyond conventional boundaries to turn his movement, Chabad-Lubavitch, into one of the most dynamic and widespread organizations ever seen in the Jewish world. At once an incisive work of history and a compendium of Rabbi Schneerson's teachings, Rebbe is the definitive guide to understanding one of the most vital, intriguing figures of the last centuries.

    From his modest headquarters in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Rebbe advised some of the world's greatest leaders and shaped matters of state and society. Statesmen and artists as diverse as Ronald Reagan, Robert F. Kennedy, Yitzchak Rabin, Menachem Begin, Elie Wiesel, and Bob Dylan span the spectrum of those who sought his counsel. The Rebbe was the only rabbi ever to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, and to have an American national day, Education and Sharing Day, proclaimed in his honor. No one has succeeded him in his position. Nevertheless, twenty years after his death, his movement has doubled in size, spreading to more than eighty countries, and his impact resonates still. But what was the secret of the Rebbe's success and influence? What principles of leadership guided him? And how did he rally such extraordinary devotion and resolve?

    Rebbe explores Schneerson's overarching philosophies against the backdrop of treacherous history, revealing his clandestine operations to rescue and sustain Jews in the Soviet Union, and his critical role in the expansion of the food stamp program throughout the United States. More broadly, it examines how he became in effect an ambassador for Jews globally, and how he came to be viewed by many as not only a spiritual archetype but a savior. Telushkin also delves deep into the more controversial aspects of the Rebbe's leadership, analyzing his views on modern science and territorial compromise in Israel, and how in the last years of his life, many of his followers believed that he would soon be revealed as the Messiah, a source of contention until this day.

    Epic, intimate, and masterfully told, Rebbe is the definitive work on a monumental and multifaceted leader, written by one of today's most prominent and respected Jewish scholars. Learn More

  2. Keep On Driving, The power of Jewish persistence

    Keep On Driving, The power of Jewish persistence


    The name of this precious book, "Keep On Driving " alludes in its simplicity to the underlying nature of Creation...Divine Providence!! Our job is to keep on driving...the Aibershter's job is to get us there.

    Moshe Ber HaKohen Katz, of Tzfat, the holy city, kept on driving until this treasure of a manuscript was retrieved from the depths of boxes and boxes of all kinds of things buried underneath the famed Tefillin stand at the Kotel... the same Tefillin stand where Sarge spent so many hours in the later years of his life winning the hearts of worldwide visitors who's own Divine Providence led them there.

    Every step of the path to the publication of Sarge's story was filled with rich stories of Divine Providence. In itself, those stories became melded together with Sarge's story--and message--that the world must NEVER FORGET . And that we must Keep In Driving, until we arrive at the complete, ultimate and final redemption!! Learn More

  3. Making a Difference

    Making a Difference


    In his unique and dynamic way, he touched the world and changed the lives of thousands. The Story of Reb Dovid Winiarz.

    A young man gives a Jewish book to each of the waiters and waitresses under his charge in camp one summer. Jennifer, one of those waitresses, takes her book with her as she journeys through high school and college. It is the only Jewish item she owns, her only connection to the faith she scarcely knows.

    On a trip to Israel, Jennifer sees a lecture being advertised—given by the author of her one Jewish book. She immediately goes to hear "her” rabbi speak, and comes away from the lecture inspired.

    Jennifer begins to learn more about her heritage, and eventually becomes an observant Jewish woman, marrying a religious husband and raising a beautiful Torah-true family.

    All because of a seed planted by a young man named Dovid Winiarz.

    Meet Reb Dovid Winiarz: a community askan, one-man kiruv machine, husband and father, radio show host, and ben Torah who worked tirelessly all his days to make a difference in the world around him.

    The Gemara (Shabbos 31a) discusses a list of questions posed to each person when he is brought to the Heavenly Tribunal, including: Were you honest in your business dealings? Did you set aside times to study Torah? Did you pursue wisdom and fear of Heaven?

    If one were to ask Reb Dovid Winiarz to summarize the list, he would do so with one unifying question: Were you involved in making a difference?

    And in the case of Reb Dovid, the answer was surely a resounding, Yes!

    Making a Difference relates the incredible stories of an ordinary man who accomplished extraordinary things, by being willing to step up to the plate and take action. See how one man can reach and help so many thousands, & learn how you, too, can change the world. Learn More
  4. How Could I Not Have Known? A True Story of Strength, Courage, & Unwavering Faith

    How Could I Not Have Known? A True Story of Strength, Courage, & Unwavering Faith


    Chana Rotenberg spent a happy childhood in Antwerp with loving parents who took her and her siblings to summer vacations at the seaside in Holland and winter vacations in the Alps. She wore nice clothes, and every year on the last day of school, a photographer would come to the house to take the children's portraits while the parents stood by, beaming.

    But there was an invisible curtain in their home, kept tightly closed. It hid something that was off-limits, forbidden and terrible, something that wasn't spoken of, something that was scarcely even thought about - until one day, when Chana was already a grown woman raising a family of her own in Israel, the curtain is pulled back. The secret of her Polish-born parents' war experiences is revealed, and her whole world is overturned. To see her strong, capable parents as victims is traumatic. But Chana decides to confront the monstrous facts, and in the process, she discovers that her Mama and Papa are many times greater than she ever knew.

    This is the true story of Chana Rotenberg's voyage of discovery. Half as a guide and half as a visitor, she joins a trip to Poland with a group of Israeli graduate students, organized by Nefesh Yehudi. She retraces the steps of her parents' youth, revisits the scenes where they were dragged into the seventh level of Gehinnom, and relates the stories of their strength, courage, and unwavering faith. As she goes through her personal journey, she imparts to the students a recognition of what real heroism is, and what it truly means to be a Jew.


    "Although she is a second-generation survivor, the author has fulfilled, through this book, the mitzvah of 'Remember what Amalek did to you… do not forget.' In addition, the book fulfills the last wishes of the martyrs, may their blood be avenged, who asked that their memory be preserved and perpetuated." Learn More

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

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


    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

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

    SHADAR, Touching Hearts, One Person at a Time


    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
  7. Reb Mendel - Comics

    Reb Mendel - Comics


    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

  8. Moments & Documents, The Story Of The Rebbe's Wedding

    Moments & Documents, The Story Of The Rebbe's Wedding


    A fascinating album printed on high quality paper describing all the stages of the Rebbe's wedding in a short and concise manner, in a light and friendly format. Suitable for the entire family. Great wedding gift! Learn More
  9. Rabbi Avraham Blumenthal

    Rabbi Avraham Blumenthal


    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

  10. Flight to Freedom, True Story of a Family's Escape from Wartorn Belgium

    Flight to Freedom, True Story of a Family's Escape from Wartorn Belgium


    This remarkable memoir chronicles the trials of a Jewish family struggling to stay one step ahead of the Nazi invasion. While part of the Berkovitz family tries to sail to England, Pappa and Brudi are left behind in occupied France. Their harrowing escape takes them through Spain and Portugal, along with many other desperate refugees, in a little-known story of escape.

    Without passports, visas or authentic identity papers, bitachon becomes the family's ticket on a perilous flight to freedom. Learn More

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