New Releases Summer 2020

Judaism’s Life-Changing Ideas

by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Judaism? A religion? A faith? A way of life? A set of beliefs? A collection of commands? A culture? A civilization? It is all these, but it is emphatically something more. It is a way of thinking about life, a constellation of ideas. One might think that the ideas Judaism introduced into the world have become part of the common intellectual heritage of humankind, at least of the West. Yet this is not the case. Some of them have been lost over time; others the West never fully understood. Yet these ideas remain as important as ever before, and perhaps even more so. In this inspiring work, Rabbi Sacks introduces his readers to one Life-Changing Idea from each of the weekly parashot.

The Koren Yachad Siddur

The Koren Yachad Siddur invites readers of varying levels of skill to join and be included in tefilla.

Designed by Yachad, a global organization dedicated to addressing the needs of Jewish individuals with disabilities, this groundbreaking Siddur features easy-to-read conceptual English translation and commentary focused on fundamental concepts of tefilla that bring the text alive.

Ease of navigation is enhanced by the prominent marking of critical sections of prayer, color coding of the commentary and responsive sections between the Leader and congregation, and insertion of icons to provide pictorial instruction of actions embedded in tefillah.

Tribal Blueprints: Twelve Brothers and the Destiny of Israel

By: Nechama Price

The Jewish nation begins with a collection of twelve brothers and half-brothers, linked through their father, Jacob. From these close familiar beginnings, each develops into a distinct tribe, with unique characteristics and destinies that have indelible imprints on the rest of Tanakh.

Tribal Blueprints examines each of Jacob’s sons, revealing their individual stories in Genesis and the impact of their shifting places within the family. How do these individuals evolve? What is the role of each of the four mothers? How does each brother’s placement in the birth order of the family influence his behavior? How are the brothers’ personalities reflected in future generations?

In this volume, Prof. Nechama Price takes the reader on a journey through the biblical narrative, looking anew at the ancient stories of Genesis to uncover a new appreciation for the special role of each of the twelve tribes, who together form the nation of Israel.

 

Dreams Never Dreamed

By: Kalman Samuels

 

Traveling to study in France for the summer, Canadian college student  Kerry Samuels made a stop that would change his life. An unlikely chain of events landed him pursuing theological study in Israel, changing his name to Kalman, and marrying his wife Malki. In 1977 their infant son Yossi was injured and rendered blind, deaf, and acutely hyperactive. During the difficult and isolating years of Yossi’s early childhood, his mother promised to dedicate her life to helping other children with disabilities and their families if Yossi’s world of darkness and silence would ever be penetrated.

Inspired by their son’s remarkable breakthrough to communication, Kalman and Malki established Shalva, one of the world’s largest centers for disability care and inclusion – creating a better society for all.

In Dreams Never DreamedSamuels juggles life’s bitter and sweet in pursuit of good. Driven by humorous stories and insights, this memoir is both heart-wrenching and heartwarming at once. A story of hope, courage, and leadership; it demonstrates that ordinary people can create extraordinary change and transform life’s challenges into opportunities.

 

Noé Edition Koren Talmud Bavli Paperback Edition

The Noé Edition Koren Talmud Bavli Paperback Edition is the simplest and easiest way to keep your learning on track. The same contenct as the the hardcover edition with color images.

The Lady of Hebrew and Her Lovers of Zion

By: Hillel Halkin

 A number of major Hebrew authors, writing in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, had a huge impact on the evolution of the modern Hebrew language and on the emergence of Zionism as a his­toric force in Jewish life. Yet Hebrew novelists, essayists, and poets like Joseph Perl, Peretz Smolenskin, Ahad Ha’am, Micha Yosef Berdichevsky, Chaim Nachman Bialik, Rahel, Yosef Chaim Brenner, and S. Y. Agnon are far from being of only historical significance. All were highly accomplished writers who owe their place in the pantheon of modern Hebrew literature to the skill, depth, and power of their work.

In The Lady of Hebrew and Her Lovers of Zion, acclaimed Jewish writer and master translator Hillel Halkin offers a glimpse of these authors and their writing in a captivating work of literary criticism, intellectual history, virtuoso translation, and personal reflection all in one.

 

Judges: The Perils of Possession

By: Rabbi Michael Hattin

In Judges: The Perils of Possession, Rabbi Michael Hattin offers a highly readable introduction to the biblical book of Judges that combines imaginative sweep with analytic depth. Utilizing literary techniques, ancient and modern commentaries, as well as current academic research, Hattin draws us into the book’s epic accounts of mighty leaders and their exploits, stories that both shock and inspire. As each successive judge falls farther from the ideal of good governance, an urgent question takes shape: How can the downward spiral be halted?

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