Staff Picks – Shlomo Peterseil

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Every month a different member of our team tells us about some of their favorite titles or gives their recommendations for books that you may have missed, but certainly deserve your attention. Meet the people who make the books you love
and find out which are their favorites.

This month’s list comes from the Director of  International Sales and Marketing, Shlomo Peterseil. Born in Canada and raised in New York, Shlomo Made Aliya as a teenager in 1986.  Shlomo returned to America for 5 years as the Shaliach in Stamford CT and now lives in Modiin with his wife and 5 amazing children.

The Lobel Edition – Koren Ani Tefilla Siddurim 


Finally! Like many of us, I have always struggled to fully internalize the tefillot. Not only to understand the words of Tefilla, but to actually attempt to implement them in our everyday life. The incredible commentary in the Koren Ani Tefilla Siddur has made it my go-to.

Comes in four editions:


Koren Kinot Mesorat HaRav

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I really wanted to cry every Tisha B’Av during Kinot, since the Kinot are so sad, right? The truth is that I never really understood their literal or deeper meaning and couldn’t connect to their poetic language and structure.  That is until I read from the Mesorat HaRav Kinot for the first time. The superb translation by Rabbi Weinreb with intros and stories connected to different kinot, caused me, for the first time, to shed a tear on Tisha B’Av.


Ethiopian Haggada: Journey to Freedom

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As a 9th grader I was fortunate to participate in programs to help the Ethiopian community adjust to their Aliya. I heard from them about their astonishing journey to the Holy Land. From jumping into the sea in anticipation that the sea would split, to bringing a red heffer to purify themselves before entering Eretz Yisrael, this inspirational haggada is a complete Hebrew/English Haggada incorporating Ethiopian culture and history throughout.

Redemption, Then and Now

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Pesach is only a month away so I think it’s only fair to share another of my favorite haggadot! When I first read Redemption, Then and Now I thought it would just be “another Haggada”. Boy was I wrong. This haggada shows the unbelievable depth of the seder using gematria, Hasidut and more to bring out new meaning to the words of the haggada.

The Holy Brothers

by Simcha Raz

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As a direct descendent to the Noam Elimelekh, I felt a familial connection to this book even before opening it.  After reading The Holy Brothers, my relationship, not just to my ancestor, but to my soul, has changed forever. These inspirational stories of Reb Elimelekh of Lizhensk and his brother Zusha, give us a glimpse of who they were and what brotherly love truly is (which helps as one of 9 siblings!).

The Noé Edition Koren Talmud Bavli Paperback editions


Over the past few years we have been part of an incredible project of publishing the 42 volume Noé Edition Koren Talmud Bavli. I am writing this from Australia as we near the end of masekhet Berakhot and, thanks to the new paperback Noé Edition Koren Talmud Bavli, I have been able to keep up with Daf Yomi. The print is clear and the illustrations are easy to decipher, despite how compact and portable these new editions are!  I’ve been able to study on 4 planes, in 3 airports and on 2 continents – never missing a Daf! The only problem is keeping up with what time zone I’m in, are we on daf 53 or 54 now?

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