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  1. 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

    $26.75

    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

  2. Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi - The Alter Rebbe

    Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi - The Alter Rebbe

    $19.00

    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
  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. The Secret Life of Gershon Burd

    The Secret Life of Gershon Burd

    $21.95

    Unknown to even his family, Gershon Burd led a double life ...

    Gershon Burd -- a regular guy who rose to spiritual greatness like a meteor before passing from this world at the tragic young age of forty -- knew how to do chessed (acts of kindness). Not with fanfare or fireworks, but secretly. So secretly that whatever people knew of his chessed while he lived, it was like the tip of an iceberg that protruded slightly above the water’s surface while leaving its vast mass hidden below. He was an absolute master, often able to make you feel like you were doing him the favor rather than the other way around.

    Do yourself a chessed, and read this book! Gershon Burd’s story just might inspire you to start your own "secret life" -- one hidden chessed at a time. Learn More

  8. The Night Is Not Dark, story of a young boy and the gedolim who took him into their homes and hearts

    The Night Is Not Dark, story of a young boy and the gedolim who took him into their homes and hearts

    $24.75

    Why did The Chofetz Chaim give a blessing to a priest?

    Why did 2,000 secular kibbutzniks pay tribute to a 100 year old rabbi?

    How did a mischievous boy cement a friendship with R' Aharon Kotler?

    How did that same boy parlay eggs and herring into a yeshiva education?

    The Night is Not Dark tells the story of Yitzchak Bernstein, a young boy, an ilui with a well-developed streak of mischief - and of the gedolim of Europe who took him in, taught him, disciplined him and loved him.

    Yitzchak'l Bernstein left home at age 7 to become a yeshiva bachur. He learned b'chavrusa with R' Yisrael Gustman, satisfied Rav Shimon Shkop's exacting standards, was accepted as a student of R' Elchonon Wasserman in Baranovitz, and was nursed back to health by Rav Chaim Ozer Grodzinsky - all before his bar mitzvah. When the Polish army came to draft him, it was Rav Leizer Yudel Finkel who interceded to keep him safe.

    In The Night is Not Dark we journey down the streets of Baranovitch, the lanes of Grodno, and the cobbled pathways of Mir. We meet the great roshei yeshiva of Europe, some still unknown lamdanim toiling at their gemaras, others in their prime. More than the story of one precocious boy, this book evokes the rhythms and lives of pre-war Europe, the great men and the simple ones, the triumphs and the tragedies of the Jewish people. Learn More

  9. Against All Odds

    Against All Odds

    $21.00

    “I’ll tell you a story, a true story, a story about my firstborn son, Moshe. A catastrophe struck. I knew it would. For years I waited in panic. Yet when it did, it struck me by surprise and left me breathless, like a blow to my solar plexus.”

    So begins a mother’s candid and harrowing account of a devastating injury her son received during a mis- sion in the Israeli air force. Shock and despair give way to determination, emunah, and hope, as the fam- ily struggles to cope with Moshe’s complex medical is- sues, with the help of friends and community.

    The story portrays a period of pain, fear, and frustration that is permeated with love, humor, and blessed moments of grace, as Moshe’s family helps him in his heroic quest to choose life, against all odds. Learn More

  10. Incredible! From the Bronx to Bnei Brak: The amazing true story of Rabbi Yossi Wallis

    Incredible! From the Bronx to Bnei Brak: The amazing true story of Rabbi Yossi Wallis

    $25.75

    This is a true story so full of non-stop action, physical and spiritual courage, Divine Providence, spine-tingling adventure -- and an utter dedication to Torah -- that it can only be called: Incredible!

    As CEO of Arachim, the ultra-successful global kiruv organization, Rabbi Yossi Wallis has touched and transformed the lives of tens of thousands of Jews, and has developed personal, warm relationships with many of our greatest Torah leaders.

    Before he became a renowned kiruv master, Yossi ("Joe") Wallis lived a life of breathtaking exploits and hair-raising escapes. It began on the tough New York streets, where Joe led the Bronx's first all-Jewish gang, black leather jackets and all. It was a life that included dangerous encounters with the Mafia underworld, a stint in the Israeli air force, and an unexpected discovery of his Torah heritage while waiting in a restaurant for his treife sandwich.

    Rabbi Wallis wasn't the only illustrious member of his family. Under the deft hands of master storyteller Rabbi Nachman Seltzer we meet Rabbi Wallis's ancestor, Rafael Vallis, one of the three last Jews to be publicly burned in a Spanish auto-da-fe. And Yeedle Wallis, Rabbi Wallis's father, whose against-all-odds survival in the Holocaust and journey to pre-State Palestine is something you'd expect only to find in fiction.

    This is a story that reads like a thriller, and, at the same time, it is an inspiring account of a spiritual journey.

    This is a story that is simply Incredible! Learn More

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