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- The Agam Torah: The Five Books of Moses
A Large Print Edition of the Koren Chumash.
- The Artscroll Tehillim, Edited by Rabbi Nosson Scherman and Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz.
The psalms of King David, in Hebrew with English translation on the facing page. This edition includes brief commentaries related to the Tehillim.
- ArtScroll Youth Haggadah, translation and comments by Rabbi Nosson Scherman and Rabbi Yitzchok Zev Scherman.
This is an oversized, fully illustrated Haggadah that features the complete text of the Haggadah in Hebrew, along with a simplified translation in English and brief commentary on the text that was designed especially for younger readers.
- A Time for Change, By Asher Keren.
A thought-provoking text that will make you reexamine your core values and culturally held beliefs.
- Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts, by edited by Barry W. Holtz.
Essays analyze the major traditional texts of Judaism from literary, historical, philosophical, and religious points of view.
- Bible Psalms with Jerusalem Commentary, by Amos Hakham.
This three volume set features the Hebrew text in accordance with the Aleppo Codex, an English translation of the text, and an English translation of the famed Da'at Mikrah Hebrew commentary which includes both Talmudic and Midrashic interpretations as well as classic medieval and modern commentaries.
- The Book of Legends, edited by Hayim Nahman Bialik and Yehoshua Hana Ravnitzky.
The English translation, by Rabbi William G. Braude, of the Sefer Ha-Aggadah, a compodium of lore compiled from Talmud and Midrashic literature. (CD)
- The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary, by Robert Alter.
Alter's The Book of Psalms captures the simplicity, the physicality, and the coiled rhythmic power of the Hebrew, restoring the remarkable eloquence of these ancient poems. His learned and insightful commentary illuminates the obscurities of the text.
- The Book of Psalms in Plain English, by Aaron Lichtenstein.
The Book of Psalms in Plain English, presents the Book of Psalms in a clear and readable English translation, translated by a scholar of Judaism and professor of English.
- Chofetz Chaim: A Daily Companion (Day 11), by Michael Rothschild and Rabbi Shimon Finkelman. (Book Excerpt)
- Chofetz Chaim: A Lesson A Day (Day 17), by Rabbi Shimon Finkelman and Rabbi Yitzchak Berkowitz. (Book Excerpt)
- Chofetz Chaim: A Lesson A Day II (Day 17), by Rabbi Shimon Finkelman and Rabbi Yitzchak Berkowitz. (Book Excerpt)
- Chofetz Chaim: Lessons in Truth (Chapter 1), by Rabbi Shimon Finkelman. (Book Excerpt)
- Chofetz Chaim: Loving Kindness, by Rabbi Fishel Schachter and Chana Nestlebaum.
Daily Lessons in the Power of Giving, based on the Chofetz Chaim's Ahavas Chessed.
- Chumash Chorev ha-Menukad.
This five-volume, large print, Hebrew edition contains the complete text of the Chumash, as well as commentaries by Rashi, Targam Onkelos, Ikkar Sifsei, Chachamim, Ba'al HaTurim, and Toldos Aharon.
- Entering Torah: Prefaces to the Weekly Torah Portion, by Reuven Hammer.
For the believing Jew today, no less than for those in the past, the study of the weekly Torah portion is a religious experience. Enter into the Torah text with this insightful companion and experience the full impact of the age-old and totally new weekly portion.
- The Family Haggadah, Translation and introduction by Rabbi Nosson Scherman, and marginal notes by Rabbi Avie Gold.
A small, yet detailed and easy to read Hebrew - English Haggadah that provides ample instructions to guide you through the entire Passover Seder.
- The Five Books of Moses, by Everett Fox.
This new translation of the Hebrew Scriptures reveals the full force of the Bible's original rhetoric and poetry - the rhythm, nuances, and stylistic devices that are particular to Hebrew and essential to the Bible's true message and to the spiritual and aesthetic power of its art.
- The Five Books of Moses, by Robert Alter.
Alter's majestic translation of the Five Books of Moses recovers the mesmerizing effect of these ancient stories — the profound and haunting enigmas, the ambiguities of motive and image, and the distinctive cadences and lovely precision of the Hebrew text.
- From Fasting to Feasting: A Unique Journey Through the Jewish Holidays, by Joe Bobker.
A vibrant, educational, and humourous overview of the Jewish holidays, with insights into how they are celebrated, as well as associated customs, history, and religious significance.
- Gateway to Judaism, by Rabbi Mordechai Becher.
The What, How, and Why of Jewish Life - A concise, and readable introduction to Judaism that covers all facets of Jewish life from keeping the Sabbath to studying Torah.
- A Gift For Yom Tov (Chapter 8), by Rabbi Yisroel Miller. (Book Excerpt)
- Great Torah Lights from Great Torah Minds, by Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Goodman.
In this five-volume set, Rabbi Goodman has incorporated the teachings and wisdom of some of the greatest Torah scholars of all times, including HaRav Pinchas Friedman of Belz, in this innovative and highly accessible commentary on the Chumash.
- Haggadah - Expanded Edition (Chapter 6), by Rabbi Joseph Elias. (Book Excerpt)
- The Haggada of the Jewish Idea, with commentary by Binyamin Zev Kahane hy"d.
A Haggada in English and Hebrew, along with commentaries by Rav Kahane that not only explain the basic foundations of Judaism and the teachings inherent in the Pesach story, but he also elucidates his father's teaching about the "Jewish Idea" and the importance of every Jew in the galut returning to Israel - immediately.
- Halichos Bas Yisrael, by Rabbi Yitzchak Yaacov Fuchs.
A Woman's Guide to Jewish Observance. Volume one, of this two volume sets, concerns the day-to-day Halachah associated with maintaining a home and one's personal faith, while volume two concentrates more upon the observances related to the holidays.
- The Holy Scriptures: CD-ROM Bible
The entire text of the Tanach (Old Testament), in Hebrew, and accompanied by a English translation. Rashi's commentaries, in Hebrew only, on the Chumash (the Torah, i.e., the First Five Books of the Bible) are also included in this edition of the Bible. (CD)
- The Jew and His Home, by Eliyahu Kitov.
A Guide to Jewish Family Life. This is a perfect guide book for those seeking an introduction to a Torah Observant family life, as well as a reference guide for students, newlyweds, and anyone seeking an overview of the Jewish life-cycle and home life.
- JPS Illustrated Children's Bible, retold by Ellen Frankel.
A collection of fifty-three classic Bible stories, based upon the 1985 JPS translation of the Hebrew Bible (NJPS). The stories have been retold for children and are enlivened by full-page, color illustrations.
- The Kids' Cartoon Bible, by Chaya M. Burstein.
This is a very unique children's Bible - it is presented in comic strip format, complete with lively illustrations and thought bubbles that retells the main events in the Hebrew Bible. It is an ideal read-aloud book for pre-readers and a read-alone book for young readers.
- Kitzur Shulchan Aruch - Code of Jewish Law: Volume 4, by Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried.
Covering chapters 98-144 of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, this volume primarily covers the Halachah (Jewish Laws) surrounding the Holidays - such as Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Succos, Chanukah, Purim, and more...
- The Koren Illustrated Five Megillot
Ruth, Naomi, Esther, Mordechai and the other figures of the five Megillot are brought to life in this special Illustrated Five Megillot with more than thirty vivid, watercolor illustrations. Texts in Koren Tanakh Font include Shir Hashirim, Ruth, Ekha, Kohelet and Esther.
- Koren Large Type Torah
The Koren Large Type Torah is a clear, large type edition of the Five Books of Moses. Featuring the famous Koren Tanakh Font, the text is particularly well suited for students in the early stages of learning Hebrew and studying the Torah, and for those needing large type.
- The Kosher Kitchen: A Practical Guide, by Rabbi Binyomin Forst.
This book presents an authoritative, yet accessible and clear overview of the Halachos of Kashrus that is ideal for laymen and scholars alike. This book will help you to better understand the laws related to keeping Kosher, as well as learning to identify problem situations and how to ask for clarification from your Rav.
- Laws of the Three Weeks, Tishah B'Av and other Fasts, by Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen.
This volume serves as a comprehensive halachic guide, in English, to The Seventeenth of Tamuz, The Three Weeks, The Nine Days, Tishah B'Av, Tzom Gedaliah, and Asarah B'Teves. It also includes a detailed overview of the history and religious significance of the Three Weeks and associated fasts.
- Mesillat Yesharim, by Moses Hayyim Luzzatto.
This landmark translation of Mesillat Yesharim has finally made this Hebrew text available to English readers, and it gives us insights into the groundbreaking work that Kaplan did in orienting American Jews to the deep connection between ethical living and religious belief. This book has become the centerpiece of the modern-day Mussar Movement.
- My People's Passover Haggadah, Volume 1, edited by Rabbi L. A. Hoffman and Dr. David Arnow.
Volume 1: In two volumes, this empowering resource for the spiritual revival of our times enables us to find deeper meaning in one of Judaism's most beloved traditions, the Passover Seder.
- My People's Passover Haggadah, Volume 2, edited by Rabbi L. A. Hoffman and Dr. David Arnow.
Volume 2: In two volumes, this empowering resource for the spiritual revival of our times enables us to find deeper meaning in one of Judaism's most beloved traditions, the Passover Seder.
- The Neshamah Should Have an Aliyah, by Rabbi Tzvi Hebel.
This practical and inspirational Torah guide will show you how to help your departed loved ones in the most meaningful way possible ... and find profound comfort in the process.
- Nefesh Shimshon: Shabbos Kodesh, by Rav Shimshon Dovid Pincus.
Making the Most of Shabbos: Inspiring Insights into the Meaning and Purpose of Shabbos. An inspirational book based upon the lectures, writings, and example offered by Rav Pincus zt"l.
- Onkelos on the Torah: Exodus, by Israel Drazin and Stanely M. Wagner.
Understanding the Bible Text: The text of Sefer Shemos in English and Hebrew, along with the text of Targum Onkelos and Rashi's commentaries, and extensive commentaries from a variety of ancient and modern sources.
- Onkelos on the Torah: Genesis, by Israel Drazin and Stanely M. Wagner.
Understanding the Bible Text: The text of Sefer Bereishis in English and Hebrew, along with the text of Targum Onkelos and Rashi's commentaries, and extensive commentaries from a variety of ancient and modern sources.
- Onkelos on the Torah: Leviticus, by Israel Drazin and Stanely M. Wagner.
Understanding the Bible Text: The text of Sefer Vayikra in English and Hebrew, along with the text of Targum Onkelos and Rashi's commentaries and extensive commentaries from a variety of ancient and modern sources.
- Onkelos on the Torah: Numbers, by Israel Drazin and Stanely M. Wagner.
Understanding the Bible Text: The text of Sefer Bemidbar in English and Hebrew, along with the text of Targum Onkelos and Rashi's commentaries, and extensive commentaries from a variety of ancient and modern sources.
- A Passover Haggadah: Go Forth and Learn, by Rabbi David Silber, with Rachel Furst.
Rabbi Silber has given us two books in one: the Haggadah itself, in English and Hebrew, with his seder commentary and a collection of essays that provide close readings of the classic biblical and rabbinic texts that inform Seder-night ritual and narration.
- Pirke Avot, by William Berkson.
In this new edition of the well-known Jewish classic, Berkson helps us see that Pirke Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) is more than just a fundamental religious text; it is also a compelling, contemporary ethical guide.
- Pirkei Avos with a Twist of Humor, by Joe Bobker.
This book takes readers on an insightful and humor-filled journey through the Pirkei Avos (Sayings of Our Sages) that is filled with lots of information about Jewish history, culture, ethics, and law - as well as with a wide assortment of jokes and whimsical musings on Jewish ethics.
- Portals of Faith, by Rabbi Danon Danin.
An essential, in-depth guide to The Thirteen Principles of Faith, based on rabbinical sources from the Rishonim down to the present day.
- Praying with Fire, by Rabbi Heshy Kleinman.
Igniting the Power of Your Tefillah. A 5-Minute, Lesson-A-Day program that will forever change how you pray.
- Praying With Fire 2, by Rabbi Heshy Kleinman.
With 118, all new, 5-minute daily lessons, volume two of Praying with Fire will inspire and energize your prayer. In addition, Rabbi Kleinman also delinates 14 strategies to getting your prayers accepted while also Igniting the Power of Your Tefillah and strenthening your Emunah and Bitachon.
- Ramban: Commentary on the Torah - Bereishis / Genesis, Volume 1, by Rabbi Yaakov Blinder in collaboration with Rabbi Yoseph Kamenetsky.
Volume one in a seven-volume set that presents Ramban's commentaries in both Hebrew and English, and which makes his commentaries accessible to both laymen and scholars by providing copious notes and explanatory materials that helps to explain Ramban's words.
- The Royal Table, by Rabbi Norman Lamm.
A traditional Passover Haggadah in both Hebrew and English, enhanced by eloquent commentaries that elucidate the Exodus story, by Rabbi Norman Lamm, a pillar of the Modern Orthodox community.
- The Rubin Edition of The Prophets, by Rabbi Nosson Scherman.
A three-volume matched set of the Early Prophets, with Commentary Anthologized from the Rabbinic Writings.
- Sapirstein Edition of Rashi, by Rabbi Yisrael Isser Zvi Herczeg.
A full size, 5 volume, slipcased set of the Torah with Rashi's commentaries translated, annotated, and elucidated.
- Schottenstein Edition Interlinear Chumash: Shemos/Exodus, edited by Rabbi Menachem Davis.
This volume on Shemos/Exodus features the Hebrew text of the Chumash, Targum Onkelos, and Rashi's commentary, along with an interlinear English translation of the Chumash text. Commentaries, in English, are also included, as are interlinear versions of the corresponding Haftaros for Shemos, as well as the Megillas Esther.
- Schottenstein Interlinear Haggadah, edited by Rabbi Menachem Davis.
This Passover Haggadah features an interlinear English translation of the Hebrew text. Instructions and commentaries are presented in English.
- Sefer Ha-Aggadah: The Book of Legends, by H. N. Bialik and Y. H. Rawnitzky.
The Hebrew poet Hayim Nahman Bialik and the renowned editor Yehoshua Hana Ravnitzky, selected hundreds of texts from the Talmud and midrashic literature and arranged them thematically, in order to provide their contemporaries with easy access to the national literary heritage of the Jewish people.
- The Shabbos Companion: Shabbos Day, by Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski.
In this second book in Rabbi Twerski's informative series on Shabbos, Rabbi Twerski interweaves stories, songs, prayers, and customs as he delves into the beauty, significance, and the elements that comprise Shabbos Day.
- The Shabbos Companion: Shabbos Eve, by Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski.
An informative book that interweaves stories, songs, prayers, and customs as it delves into the beauty, significance, and the elements that comprise Shabbos Eve.
- The Stone Edition of the Chumash, edited by Rabbi Nosson Scherman.
The Torah, Haftaros and Five Megillos with a Commentary Anthologized From the Rabbinic Writings.
- The Stone Edition of the Tanach, edited By Rabbi Nosson Scherman.
This single volume edition of the Tanach contains all 24 books of the Bible (Chumash, Neviim, and Kesuvim) in Hebrew, with an English translation on the facing page.
- Tehillim / Psalms, by Rabbi Avrohom Chaim Feuer.
This comprehensive verse-by-verse translation of the Tehillim, along with a commentary anthologized from Talmudic, Midrashic, and Rabbinic sources by Rabbi Avrohom Chaim Feuer, is both inspiring and uplifting.
- Torah - Chumash Bereishis, with commentaries by Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson.
A new English translation of Chumash Bereishis, according to Rashi, along with commentaries and insights based upon the works and teaching of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson. It is ideal for use by adults new to the study of the Torah.
- The Torah - Large Print Edition.
This English edition of The Torah is based upon the second edition of the new Jewish Publication Society's translation of The Holy Scriptures.
- Torah: Through a Zionist Vision, by Rabbi Avraham H. Feder.
This two-volume set provides insightful commentaries and analysis on the weekly Torah portion as seen through the prism of Zionism.
- Unlocking the Torah Text: Shmot, by Rabbi Shmuel Goldin.
An In-depth Journey into the Weekly Parsha.
- Why Be Jewish? Intermarriage, Assimilation, and Alienation, by Rabbi Meir Kahane zt"l.
Many Jews are asking the question, "Why be Jewish?" In this inspiring book, Rabbi Kahane discusses why this question is being asked, and he provides solid, authoritative answers why they should, indeed, 'be Jewish'.
- A Woman's Guide To The Laws Of Niddah (Preface), by Rabbi Binyomin Forst. (Book Excerpt)
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