10 Titles You Don’t Want to Miss at the YU Seforim Sale

From February 3rd until February 23rd, Yeshiva University will run its annual Seforim Sale in which over 15,000 customers will come to take a look at at the many thousands of titles that will be on sale.

The Seforim Sale can be a bit overwhelming so we made a list of some Koren titles that you may have missed but are definitely worth checking out!

The Sale is run by students, for students, and all of the profits go towards YU Student Life initiatives.

Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel

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Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel is a collaboration between acclaimed Batman comics creator and Jewish cartoonist Jordan B “Gorf” Gorfinkel, Koren Publishers, and Israeli artist Erez Zadok.

Using contemporary, vibrant illustrations, Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel integrates a brand-new, modern translation into sophisticated and fun sequential art that brings the epic Exodus story to life. The result of extensive historical and linguistic research, every gorgeous panel imbues the classic narrative with renewed relevance and excitement. The graphic novel pages are presented alongside the unabridged, traditional Seder service text, in Hebrew and transliteration, and accompanied by “how to” instructional cartoons depicting all of the rituals, as celebrated every year for the last 4000 years in Jewish homes around the world.

Return and Renewal

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The process of repentance, teshuva, presents each of us with both challenges and opportunities. While self-scrutiny, confession, and commitment to change are among the most difficult human undertakings, the very process of renewing and reconnecting – to ourselves and to God – is a gift that can fundamentally repair us, our communities, and society at large. In his annual discourses on repentance, Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l set out to make the elusive path of teshuva more navigable.

Return and Renewal collects twelve of these public lectures, adapted for print by Michael S. Berger and Reuven Ziegler.

Isaiah

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Many consider Isaiah to be the prophet of world peace, a utopian visionary who transcends the boundaries of political reality and inhabits the realm of ideal cosmic harmony. As the herald of peace, he has become the most influential among the Hebrew prophets; his vision of the End of Days is among the most celebrated of biblical passages: “And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift sword against nation, nor shall they learn war any more” (2:4).

Yet there is another dimension to Isaiah – a political thinker who spent decades around the royal palace in Jerusalem, promoting justice and charity, speaking truth to power, struggling to avert disaster. Reading his prophecies in their historical context, Isaiah: Prophet of Righteousness and Justice allows us to see beyond the surface. By recapturing the prophet’s voice and highlighting the dilemmas faced by the rulers he challenged, this work presents Isaiah’s story in all its vitality and drama.

Megillat Esther Mesorat HaRav

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Megillat Esther Mesorat HaRav contains the commentary of Rabbi Joseph B Soloveitchik on Megillat Esther and the Ma’ariv service for Purim, collected from a variety of his published writings, notes and lectures. The Rav’s philosophical acumen and Talmudic insight fruitfully combine to depict the complex nature of the Purim drama. In addition to the Megilla and Ma’ariv commentary, this volume also includes a section of Reshimot, containing the Rav’s more extensive halachic analyses, and a derasha by the Rav on the nature of Purim. Megillat Esther Mesorat HaRav will be a welcome addition to Jewish libraries, both as an original perspective on the Purim holiday and as part of the growing body of the Rav’s works.

Creation: The Story of Beginnings

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In Creation: The Story of Beginnings, Jonathan Grossman unveils the hidden meaning of the first eleven chapters of Genesis. His insightful and creative literary analysis interweaves theology, psychology, and philosophy, extracting a fresh and refreshing understanding of the biblical text. Drawing upon the words of the sages and the great medieval commentators, and employing contemporary literary tools, Grossman journeys back to the beginning of creation to show how human initiative goes hand in hand with both sin and progress. This volume is part of the Maggid Tanakh Companion series and is published in partnership with YU Press.

Netivot Shalom

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Blending the warmth of the Hassidic approach with the sharp clarity of the Lithuanian yeshiva, the Slonimer Rebbe responded to new intellectual challenges and offered words that were a source of inspiration and solace to the Jewish people. This volume grows out of a conviction that the Netivot Shalom will be appreciated as one of the most influential works of this generation. The Slonimer Rebbe did not shy away from addressing the faults and failures he found in the community – even major ones. With absolute honesty, he speaks again and again about doubt, spiritual estrangement, wrestling with base desires and temptations, and serial failure. For each challenge of modern life, the Rebbe offers both prescriptions and encouragement. Through his teachings on the holidays and avodat Hashem, the service of God, the Netivot Shalom not only offers sparkling insights on the meaning of time and history, but also enables us to flourish and grow amidst the challenges of a new era.

Shalom Rav

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Shalom Rav is a compilation of Rabbi Rosner’s inspiring and thought-provoking ideas on the weekly parasha, selected and adapted by Marc Lesnick. Drawing on an extraordinarily wide spectrum of sources, these essays offer relevant and refreshing insights for every Jewish home.

Siddur Avodat HaLev

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The NEW RCA Siddur – Siddur Avodat Halev, is a full Siddur for Weekday, Shabbat, Festivals and Holidays.

Produced by an outstanding team of dozens of RCA members and consulting scholars, under the leadership of Rabbi Basil Herring, editor-in-chief. With all of its groundbreaking features the Siddur Avodat Halev is likely to become the standard Siddur used in English-speaking Orthodox communities for many years to come.

Holy Brothers

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The bestselling author of A Tzaddik in Our Time: The Life of Rabbi Aryeh Levin now welcomes us into the world of two legendary Hasidic masters: Reb Elimelekh and Reb Zusha. With charm and a deep respect for the values by which they lived, Simcha Raz opens the window into the lives of these two brothers, their profound teachings, and their simple, yet deep dedication to living lives of holiness.Translated by Dov Peretz Elkins and with a foreword by one of the most prolific storytellers of our generation, Rabbi Hanoch Teller, The Holy Brothers: Reb Elimelekh of Lizhensk and Reb Zusha of Anipoli is the first time the tales of these two personalities are published in English.

Palestine Posts

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Mordecai Chertoff came to Palestine in 1947 as a twenty-five-year-old, determined to make his contribution to the emerging Jewish state. He wrote vivid and often moving letters to his family, describing the events of that time: the news of the UN vote for partition, the siege of Jerusalem, the bombing of the Palestine Post, and the declaration of the State of Israel. His correspondence was filled with details of everyday life in Jerusalem, meetings with famous people, and historical information never before disclosed – as well as the more personal drama of his search for a wife.

Mordecai’s son Daniel S. Chertoff has taken these letters and given them narrative context. Together, father and son have written a unique book that gives us the vicarious experience of participating in Israel’s founding, while at the same time, accompanying Daniel on his journey to penetrate the heart and mind of his father.

 

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