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  1. 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

  2. To Rise Above, The Life of R" Dov Cohen, A Journey to Greatness Against All Odds

    To Rise Above, The Life of R" Dov Cohen, A Journey to Greatness Against All Odds

    $31.50

    To Rise Above is the incredible, true story of a young thirteen-year-old American boy brought by his mother surreptitiously to Eretz Yisrael in the 1920s to fulfill a dream - that he become a Talmid Chacham. Alone, little Benny faces the daunting challenge of growing in Torah in an environment far different from his native home. In the telling, history comes alive: the shtetls of southern Lithuania; Seattle, Washington in the 1920s; Chevron Yeshiva, the Alter of Slabodka, Rav Yechezkel Sarna, and Rav Leib Chasman. Step by step, Rav Dov Cohen rises in greatness to become a Gadol b'Yisrael and an influential builder of Yiddishkeit in the nascent Jewish state. Based on personal interviews and writings, extensively indexed, and with over 600 rare photographs and documents, here is a unique, fascinating and inspiring tale of spiritual triumph in the face of adversity. Learn More
  3. The Rabbi from the Lower East Side

    The Rabbi from the Lower East Side

    $23.75

    RABBI YAAKOV YITZCHAK SPIEGEL’S STORY - AN INSPIRING NARRATIVE OF A HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD

    HE GREW UP in Brownsville in the 1940s, a tumultuous time for American religious Jewry. Named after his saintly ancestor, the Chozeh of Lublin, and born into a distinguished rabbinical family, Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak Spiegel forged his own greatness as a Torah leader. After studying under Rav Aharon Kotler and Rav Moshe Feinstein, his esteemed rabbinical positions culminated in his appointment as the Rabbi of the famed Romanisher shul, which flourished under his leadership.

    Whether it was financial assistance, spiritual guidance, or just someone down on his luck who needed a smile, Rabbi Spiegel was always there for anyone in need. With over sixty inspiring short stories, ¬the Rabbi from the Lower East Side provides a glimpse into the life of an incredible man. Included is the fascinating history of the Jewish Lower East Side of Manhattan, the neighborhood where Rabbi Spiegel served as Rav: the first Sephardic settlers in 1654, escaping the Inquisition in Brazil; Chaim Solomon and the Revolutionary War; the hope and despair of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, the first Chief Rabbi; the pushcart, the melting pot, and much more.

    Unique, engrossing, and uplifting, and enhanced with a special picture section, here is a book to enjoy until the very last page. Learn More

  4. Emunah With Love and Chicken Soup, Henny Machlis,The Brooklyn-born girl who became a Jerusalem legend

    Emunah With Love and Chicken Soup, Henny Machlis,The Brooklyn-born girl who became a Jerusalem legend

    $27.75

    The Machlis family hospitality is legendary. Every Shabbos they fit 150 or more people in their small Jerusalem living room, preparing for their guests over 40 chickens, three different kugels, countless salads, four desserts, and, of course, gefilte fish, chicken soup, and cholent-- both traditional and vegetarian.

    Brooklyn-born Henny Machlis was at the heart of this amazing weekly adventure. But, as author Sara Yoheved Rigler, bestselling author of Holy Woman and a friend of Henny's, discovered as she interviewed Henny's fourteen children, relatives, students, and friends, the Shabbos hospitality was just one glowing facet of the multi-faceted diamond that was Rebbetzin Henny Machlis.

    A master of prayer, a virtuoso in chesed, an adept in childrearing, a wise Torah teacher, an expert at working on middos, and a successful shadchanit, Henny Machlis regarded a life of Torah and mitzvos as a great treasure that she was eager to share with everyone.

    And her emunah, her faith in G-d's love and providence? That was where her light shone the most brightly. She lived on the Planet of Emunah, a place where miracles were everyday occurrences, because she knew, really knew, that only Hashem is in charge and He can do anything. And, for Henny, He often did.

    Like a steaming bowl of chicken soup, this book will satisfy you. Comfort you. And heal you -- in a way that only Rebbetzin Henny Machlis could. Sip it. Savor it. And be inspired and transformed. Learn More

  5. Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi - The Alter Rebbe

    Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi - The Alter Rebbe

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    This book tells the story of the life of the Alter Rebbe, as originally described in the Chabad Heritage Series tapes by Rabbi Shloma Majeski. It is the only comprehensive and authoritative history of the Alter Rebbe in English. Explanatory footnotes, references, a glossary, chronology, maps and more are added to enrich the reader’s experience of the first Lubavitcher Rebbe. From the Rebbe's birth, to his bar mitzvah and marriage, through his arrest, liberation, and finally his histalkus the reader will gain an invaluable view into the fascinating life of the founder of Chabad Chassidus. This book will serve as an invaluable reference as well as an entertaining biography for anyone who has a connection to Lubavitch Chabad, whether expert or novice. Learn More
  6. The Life of the Arizal

    The Life of the Arizal

    $17.50

    True Stories from Tzefas’s Golden Age

    Take an awe-inspiring step back in time…

    The life of the Arizal, Rav Yitzchak Luria Ashkenazi, is cloaked in awe and mystery. His impact on the sixteenth century Tzefas mystics left a profound impact that spread throughout the world. These magnificent stories, culled from the ancient and revered sefer Shivchei HaAri and other authentic sources, give us a small glimpse of his greatness.

    We are transported back in time to the Arizal’s childhood hardships, his spiritual ascent in Egypt, and wondrous stories of his contemporaries such as Rav Chaim Vital, Rav Moshe Cordovero, and Rav Yosef Karo, culminating in the miracles and teachings that enveloped his scant two-year sojourn in Tzefas. Take a step back from today’s noisy and distracting world and enter a sacred time and space where great scholars saw with their own eyes the marvels of the Arizal. Learn More

  7. Rav and Rebbe

    Rav and Rebbe

    Regular Price: $43.00

    Special Price: $33.00

    6 x 9; Hardcover Color Cover; 400 pgs; 550 endnotes; 50 pics & docs; New Interviews; Addendums; Bibliography; Glossary; Index; natural paper; made in the USA The two great Jewish sages of the past century, Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik - The Rav - YU and Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson - The Rebbe - Chabad grew up in Russia. They both studied at the University of Berlin and each became a leading figure in post-Holocaust Judaism in America. Read now, for the first time ever, about their unique relationship and respect for each other. Understand that although the Rav was a father-figure for Lithuanian Judaism and the Rebbe, the world's greatest Chasidic master, nevertheless their message was universal. Learn More
  8. Rebel with a Cause, One Woman's Desparate Search for Meaning and Truth

    Rebel with a Cause, One Woman's Desparate Search for Meaning and Truth

    $21.95

    I stood alone on the pavement, suitcase in hand, staring at the closed door of my house. As far I was concerned, my home was gone forever.

    So begins Shira Yehudit Djalilmand’s riveting story of her life, a story which begins in a small, dusty manufacturing town in the West Midlands of England and takes us on a tumultuous journey through her rebellious teenhood to her wanderings in Morocco, across the Spanish countryside, and eventually to a kibbutz in the Negev. Searching desperately for some meaning to her existence, this Christian-born young woman wrestles with the deepest questions of mankind and nearly despairs of finding the answers that would bring peace to her tortured soul. When she finally finds that peace, her questions fall away in the face of the enormity of the gift she’d been given…the gift of Torah and Judaism.

    Rebel with a Cause, by talented and popular Mishpacha writer Shira Yehudit Djalilmand, is an eye-opening, gut-wrenching memoir, amazing in its honesty and in its author’s quest for truth. Learn More

  9. Rav Yaakov Galinsky, The Legendary Maggid with the Fiery Spirit of Novardik

    Rav Yaakov Galinsky, The Legendary Maggid with the Fiery Spirit of Novardik

    $23.75

    From his earliest years to his final days, Rav Yaakov Galinsky zt”l lived a life of rock-solid faith and complete trust in HaShem.

    From his childhood in Krinik to yeshivah in Novardok, from exile in Siberia to starvation in Kazakhstan, from torture in prison to the German DP camps, and finally to Eretz Yisroel where he established yeshivos and kollelim, inspiring thousands along the way – here is the fascinating and powerful story of this legendary Maggid.

    Told as only a devoted daughter can, Rebbetzin G. Lehrer lovingly recounts the story of her illustrious father – his mesiras nefesh for Torah, mitzvos, and fellow Jews. Filled with wit, wisdom, and over 130 photographs, this unforgettable biography shines with warmth and inspiration on each and every page. Learn More

  10. Nezirah, The Story of Queen Helene of Adiabene

    Nezirah, The Story of Queen Helene of Adiabene

    $23.95

    She left her family, her people, her country. And she never looked back.

    Nezirah: The Story of Queen Helene of Adiabene is an exquisite portrayal of the little known personality of Queen Helene, a righteous convert who left the pagan country in which she had reigned, to settle in the Holy Land during the tumultuous days before the destruction of the second Beis Hamikdash.

    The compelling, true story of Queen Helene's life is skillfully woven together with vivid descriptions of life in Eretz Yisrael under Roman rule, creating a historical masterpiece that will leave its readers enlightened, inspired, and uplifted. Learn More

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