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  1. Echoes of Glory Compact Size, The story of the Jews in the classical era 350 BCE-750 CE

    Echoes of Glory Compact Size, The story of the Jews in the classical era 350 BCE-750 CE

    $28.50

    Rabbi Berel Wein has become a household word on six continents, as a foremost rosh yeshivah, rabbi, lecturer and historian. His scintillating presentations of Jewish history have won him a host of admirers - and deservedly so.

    Perceptively, wittily, wisely and accurately, he presents an ancient story as if it were happening before our eyes. He relates old dilemmas to today's problems and shows how Jewish history is an endless and inspiring continuum.

    In this, his third masterwork, Rabbi Wein takes us from the end of the First Temple Era to the times of the Geonim. He transports us to the eras of Alexander the Great; the miracle of Chanukah; the creation of the Mishnah and Talmud, and how they saved Jewish life for all time; the Roman Empire and the courageous rebellion of Bar Kochba; the rise of Christianity; such great Geonim as R' Saadia, R' Sherira and R' Hai, and how they led the monumental Torah centers of Babylonia and North Africa; the emergence of Islam and the Jewish response; Jewish life taking root in the then-barbarous lands of Europe.

    Rabbi Wein places Jewish history in the context of the times. Just as important, he tells it from the perspective of the Jews, not through the eyes of Jewry's enemies and conquerors, as history books commonly do.

    The author has a voracious appetite for history and even the places where it happened. When he tours the world, he sees it as the locale of Jewish eternity, the settings where our nation took shape, the building blocks of today. His broad experience lets him paint the picture of yesterday with the broad strokes of scholarly insight.

    In this new volume, Rabbi Wein introduces us to times that were exotic, exciting, dangerous, triumphant. This book does them justice. Seldom is a must reading so enjoyable. Learn More

  2. Triumph of Survival Compact Size, The Story of the Jews in the Modern Era 1650-1995

    Triumph of Survival Compact Size, The Story of the Jews in the Modern Era 1650-1995

    $28.50

    Most books on modern Jewish history have been written by "outsiders" looking in. This book, Triumph of Survival, is written by an "insider" looking out. It tells the inner story of the people of Israel, which most often escapes the secular historian. It also places this inner story of Israel within the perspective of general world history, something which many traditional Jewish historians have failed to do.

    The facts of Jewish history force judgments upon us. Divine Guidance, the Torah, and Jewish commitment are central to our story over the last 300 years. The book does not create myths nor does it come to revise our understanding of IsraelÂ’s history. Replete with facts, dates, and anecdotes, it records a story that has somehow escaped the notice of even many Jews. It informs and inspires.

    The pain and struggle of the present become more understandable when one knows Jewish history. An ignorant Jew is dangerous. A perpetuation of mythical fantasies about the personalities and events of the last centuries is harmful to our growth and strength. This book can help end the reader's ignorance regarding Jewish life since 1650.

    Finally, this is a Jewish history book, not merely a book about the Jewish people and its history. The author is a student of the great scholars and leaders he mentions. He is engaged in the daily communal struggle regarding the historical forces loosed in the Jewish world in the modern era. Jewish history is not a subject or a field of academic discipline to him. It is his life's work, his vocation and his career. Consequently, this is also a very passionate and personal book. Jewish history has never been neutral about human beings and events. This book is not neutral about Jewish history. Learn More

  3. Yemei Bracha - ימי ברכה

    Yemei Bracha - ימי ברכה

    $27.50

    includes the personal diaries of Chabad Historian Rabbi Eliezer Zaklikovsky, Shliach in Monroe, NJ, of Tishrei 5752, in the court of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, the last Tishrei before the Rebbe suffered a debilitating stroke, the last Tishrei he was in full vigor.

    This last Tishrei turned out to be a very special one indeed, highlighted by almost daily interactions with the many thousands of Chassidim and guests from around the world who came to celebrate with the Rebbe, as the Rebbe showered endless blessings through the various distributions, talks, and encounters with men, women and children throughout Tishrei, hence the name Yemei Bracha - Days of blessing.

    The diaries chronicle in great detail the daily happenings by the Rebbe during the entire 30 days of the month of Tishrei 5752, including public appearances, Davening, Farbrengens, Sichos, distribution of dollars, Lekach, Kos shel Bracha, personal anecdotes, customs during Yomim Tovim, and more.

    The diaries were meticulously kept by the then Yeshiva Bochur who had the opportunity to spend every day of Tishrei near the Rebbe, up-close, and to bear witness to these extraordinary events as they unfolded. They are being published for the very first time.

    The album includes dozens of photographs and manuscripts that give an eye opening glimpse of the daily happenings during that Tishrei and bring the diaries to life as a picture is worth more than a thousand words.

    The album, in large 8.5X11, 4 color format

    יומן אירועים בחודש החגים תשנ"ב Learn More

  4. Miracle at El Alamein

    Miracle at El Alamein

    $19.00

    Miracle at El Alamein

    The story of the rabbis who stopped the Nazi onslaught at the gates of Eretz Yisrael

    “All of Palestine was in a panic ... This time, there seemed to be no way out.” -- R’ Chaskel Besser

    In 1942, as General Rommel led the German and Italian armies through North Africa toward Eretz Yisrael, terror gripped the Holy Land. It seemed inevitable that the entire Jewish population would fall into the Germans’ murderous hands.

    This is the story of the holy tzaddikim of Eretz Yisrael who stormed the heavens with their prayers and brought Rommel’s progress to a stunning halt at El Alamein in Egypt. The events that took place there were nothing short of miraculous.

    This gripping account -- a true story of despair transformed into salvation -- will reinvigorate your faith in the power of tefillah.

    “An extraordinary source of inspiration and enlightenment [that will leave you] with a heightened ... appreciation of the otherwordly wisdom of the Gedolei Torah ... of the previous generations and their power to influence the course of history.”

    -- Rabbi Shmuel Irons, Rosh Kollel and noted historian and speaker. Learn More

  5. Six Million and One

    Six Million and One

    $25.75

    Six Million and One

    Six million tragedies. And one more.

    The tragedy of a life lived in the shadow of pain…the life of a survivor and the lives of the second and third generations.

    In the turmoil and terror that was Holland during World War II, identical twins Chana and Shprintze are torn apart, one destined for life, the other, for annihilation. The quest to memorialize her lost sister becomes an obsession for Chana Eichler, but she is denied the gift of a daughter. All her yearning is now fixed on the third generation, and when her son marries, his wife discovers that the path to her mother-in-law’s heart is blocked by the past.

    Bayla Green, a Dutch Holocaust survivor living in New Jersey, sets out on a journey to uncover what really happened in an Amsterdam convent during the war years. She enlists the help of Jan Bricker, a righteous Dutch gentile, who is swiftly and inexorably drawn into a web of intrigue and deception.

    When Chana returns to Holland for the first time since the war, she finds herself caught up in events beyond her control, and is suddenly forced to confront the secrets of her family’s history.

    Six Million and One will take you on a suspenseful journey, from America to Holland to Eretz Yisrael, from Holocaust survivors determined to unearth the truth, to evil-minded individuals who seek only death and destruction. Who will triumph: the elderly nun desperate to cover her tracks; or the Bricker and Eichler families, dedicated to life and truth? The answer lies behind the door with three locks... Learn More

  6. Drawing New Worlds, A courageous young manʼs struggle for physical and spiritual survival

    Drawing New Worlds, A courageous young manʼs struggle for physical and spiritual survival

    $21.95

    We were lined up when the general appeared. He called out, “Yosef Markovitz aus Budapest.” What?! From all the hundreds of prisoners lined up he has to call me? And he even knew my name! In the camp we did not have names, only numbers.

    I stood rooted to the spot, paralyzed by fear. My friends whispered, “Yossele, you’re endangering all of us by standing here.”

    My knees shaking uncontrollably, and not daring to breathe, I began walking towards the general.

    “Are you Yosef Markovitz of Budapest?”

    I saluted and responded, “Jawohl.”

    The general withdrew my siddur from inside his jacket and handed it to me, saying, “Here is your prayer book.”

    I took back my siddur and promptly fainted.

    His old world was gone. If he survived, what would the young yeshivah bachur find in the new world?

    Drawing New Worlds is the remarkable story of Rabbi Yosef Meir Markovitz, the respected patriarch of a large family in Williamsburg. The story begins on the eve of the Holocaust in old-world Hungary, with its esteemed yeshivos and tangible yiras Shamayim. We are given a vivid portrayal of real life in the last moments of the alter heim as we join Yosef Meir in his journey from one yeshivah to another and his face-to-face encounters with the Torah luminaries of the previous generation.

    His world is about to change forever, but his impeccable upbringing, sheer determination, and stalwart emunah will enable him to draw new worlds around himself — both in pre- and post-war Europe, as he fights for his physical and spiritual survival.

    Poignant and often humorous, Drawing New Worlds will open readers’ hearts to the courageous story of one man’s struggle and triumph. Learn More

  7. The History of the Jewish People, 2 Vol. Set

    The History of the Jewish People, 2 Vol. Set

    $43.00

    The History of the Jewish People, 2 Vol. Set

    The history of the Jews from the times of the Second Temple until the present, by Rabbi Chaim Dov Rabinowitz, author of the Biblical commentary "Da'as Sofrim." Translated by Rabbi Shlomo Carmel. Complete in two volumes. Learn More

  8. A Glimpse at Greatness

    A Glimpse at Greatness

    $19.00

    A Glimpse at Greatness

    Quick Overview

    A Study in the Works of Giants of Lomdus (Halachic Analysis) Including short biographies of the featured authors and an Introduction to Lomdus.

    Did you ever want to:

    Experience the depth of Torah study but avoid textual struggle? Become familiar with the lives and works of Torah giants? Understand what Yeshiva students get excited about? Have an intellectual challenge in authentic Jewish studies?

    A Glimpse at Greatness is your chance!

    ...

    “I am sure that this book will be of great value to those who seek knowledge and are thirsty for the sweetness of Torah” - Translated from the approbation of HaRav Asher Weiss, Av Beit Din and Rosh Yeshiva of Darkei Torah.

    “Rabbi Mann’s lucid presentation of the novella of four Torah giants, and his own original insights provided in the endnotes, are welcome additions to the English language Torah literature.” - Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Rosh Yeshiva at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.

    “This book, as its title indicates, truly allows the reader/student a glimpse into the greatness on in-depth Talmudic study. The presentation of four different great and renowned authors’ approach to basic Talmudic issues is enlightening, informative, and most instructive. Anyone who truly wishes to understand the wonder of studying Torah will find in this book an invaluable aid and learning companion.” - Rabbi Berel Wein, Renowned Rabbi, Historian, and Writer.

    “I learned A Glimpse at Greatness with a group of students spanning a variety of levels. The material was great; they really enjoyed it. Overall, everyone thought the material was clear, very understandable, and super helpful (even to the more advanced learners). Some students have a very limited Torah learning background, and they were also able to access and benefit from the material.” -Rabbi Jonathan Shulman, Director of OU/JLIC at Penn Hillel. Learn More

  9. Baron Rothschild, The Life and Times of Baron Shimon Wolf Rothschild

    Baron Rothschild, The Life and Times of Baron Shimon Wolf Rothschild

    $19.00

    Baron Rothschild, The Life and Times of Baron Shimon Wolf Rothschild

    ROTHSCHILD – the name alone conjures images of colossal wealth and influence. Although many in the family were not observant Jews, Baron Shimon Wolf (Wilhelm), grandson of the founder of the Rothschild dynasty, was an exception. A tzaddik and first-class Torah scholar, he stood behind nearly every Jewish religious undertaking in nineteenth century Europe. Who was this great philanthropist about whom so little is written? Could it be that he came to know authentic Judaism through…an Italian priest?!

    Here is a fascinating, true story of intrigue and triumph, peril and deliverance, all woven together with the golden thread of Divine providence. History comes alive as you meet the Gedolim of this pivotal era, and travel from Naples to Jerusalem, Istanbul to Frankfurt, in search of a long lost child. Dramatic and inspiring, Baron Rothschild enthralls as it reveals the beauty of Torah combined with riches, permeated with the fear of Heaven. Learn More

  10. Three Special Days

    Three Special Days

    $21.00

    Three Special Days

    Young readers are invited to join Naftali and his family to experience a true Pesach celebration at the time of the second Beis HaMikdash. Catch a glimpse of the Sanhedrin in session, walk through the marketplace to buy wine, matzos, and marror, and learn the laws of the offerings brought in the temple, and more. This fascinating book is packed full of information, imparted in a way that young readers will appreciate and grasp. Includes maps, diagrams, and charming illustrations. Learn More

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