APRIL’S WINNER of A TASTE of TORAH!

GOOD NEWS!
Keren’s book “A TASTE of TORAH” is now available in 

SOUTH AFRICA!
To obtain a copy contact Colleen at:  magnum@iafrica.com

Congratulations ANMAR VOLSCHENK!
We are so very thankful to have you with us here at HIS-ISRAEL.

A reminder to everyone else! Remember to post a new comment each month to participate in the current month’s name selection and for another chance to receive a complimentary copy.

Next selection will be June 1, 2019.

This Grateful Heart – Prayer and Poems

 

Prayer reminds me of the simple truths. We are surrounded by holiness. By beauty. By wonder and awe. At the same time, we must live as it is offered us, sometimes messy, sometimes challenging, potentially painful, potentially traumatic, a mixed bag of joy and sorrow. No matter what, our lives are enriched by prayer. Prayer gives our hearts a voice.

There’s no moment too small for a prayer. Or too large for that matter. A single petal of a rose. A field of wildflowers. A birth. A death. And there’s no moment too small or too large for gratitude.

 

THIS GRATEFUL HEART
Psalms and Prayers for a New Day
by Alden Solovy

~ review by Cindy

Alden Solovy is a well-known liturgist and has become a favorite writer of mine. His words are both beautiful and heartfelt and I find myself not just reading his words but praying them. These psalm and prayers are both profound and deeply seated expressions that stir yearnings in my heart and have often helped me form words that I couldn’t find on my own.

This stirring anthology contains over 100 poems, organized into nine sections to make finding what you are looking for easy:

  1. Days
  2. Seasons
  3. Shabbat
  4. Jewish Holy Days
  5. Other Special days
  6. Turning Points
  7. End of Life
  8. Grief
  9. Memorial Prayers

The Grateful Heart is deeply soulful.  Often used by myself for personal prayer, Alden Solovy truly does bend light onto the pages of this inspiring collection.

His new book This Joyous Soul is just as beautiful and inspirational.

You can find them both on Amazon.com

Visit Alden Solovy at To Bend Light

March’s Winner of ‘A Taste of Torah’

Congratulations CEYLON CUSICK HARGROVE
we are so grateful for your friendship to HIS-ISRAEL!

As always, please remember to post a new comment each month to participate in the current month’s name selection and for another chance to receive a complimentary copy.

Next selection will be May 1, 2019.

February’s Winner of ‘A Taste of Torah’

Congratulations ROBYN NEIL
and thank you for joining us here at HIS-ISRAEL!

Just a reminder – remember to post a new comment each month to participate in the current month’s name selection and for another chance to receive a complimentary copy.

Next selection will be April 1, 2019.

January’s Winner of ‘A Taste of Torah’

Congratulations SOJ FRASIER and our warm thanks to you for joining us here at HIS-ISRAEL!

Remember to post a new comment each month to participate in the current month’s name selection and for another chance to receive a complimentary copy.

Next selection will be March 1, 2019.

December’s Winner of ‘A Taste of Torah’

Congratulations MEG JOHNSON
and thank you for being a friend to HIS-ISRAEL.

Please remember to post a new comment each month to participate in the draw and for another chance to receive a complimentary copy.

Next selection will be February 1, 2019.

* Please note – Due to increased mailing cost, those living outside of the USA will
receive a coupon from FFOZ to download a complimentary PDF eBook of Keren’s ‘A Taste of Torah.’ Those living within the USA will continue to have the option for a hardcopy or may choose to receive the PDF eBook.

November’s Winner of ‘A Taste of Torah

Congratulations STEVE FRANKLIN
and our warm thanks for joining us here at HIS-ISRAEL.

Please remember to post a new comment each month to participate in the draw and for another chance to receive a complimentary copy.

Next selection will be January 1, 2019.

ONE CANDLE – dispels much darkness

Join Keren in lighting the lights on the first night of Hanukkah HERE

And enjoy this beautifully illustrated and stirring story of one family’s special Hanukkah tradition… (With special thanks to Gayle Ann Cater for gifting Dwight and me with this book many Hanukkahs ago!)  ~Keren   

October’s Winner of ‘A Taste of Torah’

Congratulations SHAYNDEL
and our warm thanks for joining us here at HIS-ISRAEL!

Please remember to post a new comment each month to participate in the current month’s name selection and for another chance to receive a complimentary copy.

Next selection will be December 1, 2018.

CHICKEN MAN

I wrote Chicken Man after living and working on Kibbutz Mizra. I had a friend who worked in the ‘lul’ [lool] – the chicken coop. His charming stories of the chickens and the fun he had in the lul convinced me to work there, too. It was a horrible place and I hated the chickens. That’s when I learned about the power of stories. [1]

CHICKEN MAN
by Michelle Edwards

~ Review by Cindy

Deep in Israel’s Jezreel Valley there once lived a man known to his mother as Rody and to all the rest of  Kibbutz Hanan as Chicken Man…Chicken man liked the chicken coop. He liked the chickens. He liked all the noisy clucking when he sang…Chicken Man thought that he might like to work in the chicken coop forever.

Rody loves his job in the chicken coop, he loves the chickens as well. And the chickens? Well they love Rody in return – in fact when Rody took care of the chickens they laid more eggs than ever before.

But there was a problem. Rody had a unique attitude toward his work and that attitude caused others to covet his position. You see Rody was a content and happy worker. He even sang as he worked. He made whatever job he was given seem easy and that caused Bracha – who spent long hours in front of a big hot stove – to request to be moved to the chicken coop. So Rody was moved to the laundry.

It was hard for Rody to leave the chickens but he said goodbye and moved to the laundry. Singing as he worked, he once again made his job look easy. And soon Dov – who milked the cows – asked for Rody’s job. And so it goes on and Rody is moved from one position to another.

This is truly a delightful read and without giving the entire story away – all ends well for both Rody and the chickens.

Chicken Man teaches us that there is beauty and value in every job. This book is a sweet introduction for children to a valuable work ethic and an insight into the early years of life on the kibbutzim in Israel.

In conjunction with reading this book with your children or grands, you might like to take advantage of a free online teacher guide written by Barb Stein and Michelle Edwards:

Chicken Man Teacher’s Guide

You can purchase Chicken Man from amazon.com
Chicken Man

1. From a Barbara Bietz interview of Michelle Edwards. You can read the entire review at Jewish Books for Kids

September’s Winner of ‘A Taste of Torah’

Congratulations JULIE RACHOR
and our warmest thanks for joining us here at HIS-ISRAEL!

Please remember to post a new comment each month to participate in the current month’s name selection and for another chance to receive a complimentary copy.

Next selection will be November 1, 2018.

August’s Winner of ‘A Taste of Torah’

Congratulations HENRIETTA GAMEZ
and thank you for being a friend to His-Israel.

Henrietta please email us about your free copy – keciro@gmail.com.

Remember to post a new comment each month to participate in the current month’s
selection for another chance to receive a complimentary copy.

Next selection will be October 1, 2018.

If All The Seas Were Ink

What a healthy relationship to time, viewing it not as a mark of age, but as an opportunity to grow in wisdom. If I learned a page a day, then instead of resigning myself to being one day older, I could aspire to be one day wiser.

if all the seas were ink ~ A Memoir
by Ilana Kursham

~review by Cindy

[The rabbis of the Talmud] they’re not just talking about legal stuff. They’re arguing with their wives, insulting their students, one-upping their colleagues – and when talking about law, they’re not telling you what to do. They’re figuring it all out, invoking not just the Bible but also folk tales, fables, and cultural myths…It is a text for those who are living the questions rather than those who have found the answers.

If All The Seas Were Ink is a moving memoir of Ilana Kurshan. Beginning, at the end of a broken marriage, Ilana is 27 and alone in Jerusalem. At the suggestion of a friend, Ilana takes on the discipline of daf yomi “daily page” – which is studying a page of Talmud a day. With this regimen of taking one page a day, the study of the Talmud is completed in seven and a half years.

…my journal, a record of what happens beneath the surface, in the deep and rocky emotional terrain of my heart, a landscape that sometimes feels so alien and barren that it may as well be on the moon – orbiting the earth, and keeping pace with sublunary reality, but a different thing entirely. Like the moon, my journal entries are merely a product of my own reflections, waxing and waning depending on how much light I shed on to the page.

Immersing herself into this daily study, together with journalling, Ilana weaves together a tapestry that is deeply vulnerable, thoughtful and salted with humor. She brings the reader into her conversation with the Talmud and the inner workings of her heart. Her commitment is deeply inspiring and the way she applies all she is learning of G-d, His Word, and the Talmud to her personal life, intensely challenges me to do the same.

Said Rabbah: Even though our ancestors have left us a scroll of Torah, it is our duty to write one for ourselves.
                                                   – Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 21B

Ilana shares about her habit of writing a limerick or sonnet corresponding to each page she learned, “I was trying to make my learning so much a part of me that I, like Rabbi Eliezer, might someday be able to refer to ‘my two arms, like two wrapped Torah scrolls’ (Sanhedrin 68a).”*

Full of beauty and deeply inspiring, Ilana said that, for herself, her writing became a sort of shofar, [a wake-up call] causing her to live intentionally and reflectively. I would say her words have had the same effect on my heart.

A story of loss, healing, love, living…of just learning to walk spiritually and emotionally – at times simply one foot in front of the other. Deeply engrossing and a read I truly couldn’t put down!

 

Ilana lives in Jerusalem with her husband and four children.

This intimate and passionate read has very deserveably received recognition as the 2018 winner of Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature; the 2018 Sophie Brody Medal; the 2018 Natan Book Award Finalist, and it was also a Finalist for the 2017 National Jewish Book Award in Women’s Studies.

 

You can purchase this wonderful read here: If All the Seas Were Ink: A Memoir

* Beth Kissileff, Bringing ‘Daf Yomi’ to Life. And Vice Versa.

June’s Winner of ‘A Taste of Torah’

Congratulations LEE REGAN
and our warm thanks for joining us here at HIS-ISRAEL!

Please remember to post a new comment each month to participate in the current month’s name selection and for another chance to receive a complimentary copy.

Next selection will be August 1, 2018.

Art of REVELATION by Yoram Raanan

“Few artists in the Jewish world capture the beauty of holiness, and avodah [worship]…than Yoram Raanan.”

~ Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Raanan’s paintings add a dimension of renewal, revival and hope. His paintings create a bridge between past and future, the individual and community and between physical and spiritual.

~ Nurit Siris Bank –  Curator, Researcher, Lecturer

Art of REVELATION – A Visual Encounter with the Jewish Bible

Paintings by Yoram Raanan \ Commentary and Explorations by Meira Raanan

Review by Keren Hannah 

 

Yoram Raanan and his wife Meira live on  moshav Beit Meir, a type of communal village, in the Judean hills outside Jerusalem. I remember well the horror of the wave of arson attacks by PLO terrorists during November of 2016. I experienced deep shock and sadness on hearing that the Raanans’ moshav was one of those targeted and part of the destruction suffered was the burning of Yoram’s art studio. Forty years of his life’s work, about 2000 works of art, were consumed in the flames of the enemy’s hatred.
His collection included canvases being saved for their children and grandchildren’s inheritance as well as many intended for a worldwide exhibition and for inclusion in a museum of Jewish Art.

Yoram recalls how, as he and his wife were escaping their still burning village, he had a revelation: “I realized that this was surely the work of G-d, and only good would come of it.”  He understood that what the enemy meant for evil, G-d could turn around for good and for blessing. This book, indeed, as a vessel for sharing much of his art with the world, is a major source of goodness and blessing.

He and Meira had for many years been capturing the inner depths of the weekly Torah portions. Yoram depicted the parasha in a painting and Meira researched and wrote about the biblical understanding and the artistic nuances that these visual representations of the parshiot conveyed. Baruch HaShem – thank G-d, their work was recorded digitally and can now be shared and kept alive in the pages of this book.

Meira describes the spiritual essence of Yoram’s art beautifully when she says:

The Lubavitcher Rebbe once said: “Real art does not reproduce the visible, but rather reveals the invisible.” Raanan’s art strives to make… the transcendent moments in Torah visible – to reveal the inner dimension and essence of the events, the people, the laws, and stories of the biblical narrative. …We experience vibrations of light and color, and an energy that affects our hearts and emotions.

~ The Seventh Day of Creation

~ The Banquet of Joseph and his Brothers

~ The Lion of Judah

My personal encounter with Art of REVELATION was like entering the Holy Place of the Beit HaMikdash (the Holy Temple). As I perused the pages, I was aware of many key recent Bible studies and spiritual points of focus somehow converging together in unity. It was as if, suddenly, in the words and pictures before me, layers of meaning were surfacing and blending together in a burst of revelation, beauty and color. Threads of previous inspiration and understanding of G-d’s Word were being pulled together in a glowing tapestry.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacke well expressed in his Introduction: 

Art is supremely the language of the spirit. God wants us to see beauty and create beauty.

This unique book, dear readers, will be an investment for your own continual enjoyment, as well as an opportunity to share its wonder with family and friends.

~ The Peace Offering

~ The Cherubim above the Ark

Available at Pomeranz Bookstore in Jerusalem – www.pomeranzbooks.com  – 011-972-6235559 / 1-800-SFORIM / pomeranz@netmedia.net.il

Or via the Raanan Art website. www.YoramRaanan.com/new-release