Staff Picks – Alex Drucker

This month’s selections come from International Retail Manager and wannabe chef, Alex Drucker. Alex Drucker is the International Retail Manager for Koren Publishers.  Originally from London, he made aliya from Hong Kong in 2016 with his family and now lives in Modi’in with his wife and 3 children (each one born in a different country). …

Talmud Study Aids – A Starter’s Pack

The Noé Edition Koren Talmud Bavli is now available in its entirety. To celebrate this historical achievement and to recognize the upcoming Siyum HaShas we encourage anyone and everyone to begin their own journey into Talmud learning no matter your current learning level. Talmud learning may appear to be intimidating and foreign. Maybe you haven’t learned…

The Yom Tov of Rosh Ha-Shanah – Excerpt from Seasons of Nobility

Seasons of Nobility is a selection of Rabbi Dr. Aaron Levine’s sermons on the Jewish holidays and special Shabbatot, transcribed from his manuscripts dating from 1982 to 2011. Drawing upon the author’s deep reservoir of Torah knowledge, the sermons offer original insights into the laws, customs, prayers, and public readings of the Jewish festivals. These stirring…

Staff Picks – Matthew Miller

Koren Sacks Maḥzorim for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur                   These utterly transformed my ḥagim. Rabbi Sacks‘ gorgeous and elegant translations, inspiring commentaries and – perhaps most of all – incredibly intelligent and incisive introductory essays to each of the Holidays gave me new perspectives I had…

When Abraham Met Brahma- Excerpt from Be, Become, Bless

The thirst for spirituality and meaning is a defining characteristic of our times. A societal shift is taking place, one that emphasizes experience, feeling, and imagination. Be, Become, Bless presents a Jewish approach to transforming the way we see and live our lives. In these pages, Rabbi Yakov Nagen uses the weekly parasha as a springboard to converse with both Eastern spirituality…

Staff Picks – Tani Bayer

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. Tani Bayer is the Art Director at…

Author Q&A: Alex Israel

Koren Publishers:    Tell us about yourself. Alex Israel: I live in Gush Etzion and teach Tanakh in Jerusalem. I am lucky enough to teach in several wonderful frameworks, teaching students aged 18 to 80 and from a diverse set of backgrounds. I teach Modern Orthodox gap-year students at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi and Midreshet Lindenbaum. I…

Staff Picks-Rabbi Yossi Pollak

Yossi Pollak is Koren’s director of sales for the Northeast US (and Atlanta) and has been with Koren for almost 6 years. Yossi is a former pulpit rabbi who served shuls in Westport, CT, the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and Washington, DC and was the first person hired to work full time for Koren…