Friday, June 22, 2007

A Daily Dose of Torah Vol 11 Released

The Kleinman Edition of A Daily Dose of Torah has become a systematic, 18-minute a day program for thousands of Torah learners. Offering a daily six-part focus on Torah, Mishnah, Gemara, halacha, mussar, and tefilah, the Daily Dose series nears conclusion with the release this week of Vol. 11, covering the four weeks of Parshiyos Mattos through Va’Eschanan. Plans are in motion to reissue the 14 volumes as a specially boxed set in time for Parashas Bereishis.

Rav Lau on Pirke Avos Set Completed

The long-awaited third and final volume of Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau’s comprehensive commentary on Pirke Avos (the Ethics of the Fathers) is ready to ship to a Judaica store near you. A rich and eloquent exposition of the fifth and sixth perakim, this third volume is brimming with insights, history, anecdotes, and wise principles for character development. One of the youngest survivors of the Buchenwald death camp, Rav Lau grew up under the influence of great Torah leaders. A renowned teacher of Torah, Rav Lau is the former Chief Rabbi of Israel. He is currently the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv. A profound work by a world-class teacher, the completed set of Rav Lau on Pirke Avos is sure to become a classic.

It is a centuries-old custom to study the six-chapter tractate of Pirkei Avos on the Shabbat afternoons between Passover and Rosh Hashanah. ArtScroll has produced over 20 different versions of this masterpiece of Jewish ethical thought, including a version for children. To see the complete line, click HERE.

Monday, June 18, 2007

ArtScroll Adds Live Help and Call Back Option to Online Customer Service

You're under pressure. You've got 10 minutes to order a bar mitzvah gift online before leaving for an important business lunch. But after wading through eight web pages of books, you haven't a clue what to get. Suddenly, an IM (instant message) pops up on your screen: Hello, my name is Goldy. How can I help you? With a few key strokes and links, Goldy guides you to a wonderful selection you hadn't thought of. You choose the best shipping option, which will include a personal Mazel Tov card from you, and the transaction concludes. You're off to lunch and the Bar Mitzvah package is already being processed through the shipping department. Welcome to ArtScroll's new online Live Help! customers report high satisfaction from the newly installed Live Help feature, available during business hours (9:00AM-5:30PM Eastern time). Before and after business hours, customers can select the "Request a Call Back" option. An ArtScroll online representative will call you the next business day.

More Straight Talking Advice from Rabbi Abraham Twerski

There's something about a newspaper advice column that fascinates readers and keeps them coming back for more. Rabbi Abraham Twerski's popular weekly column in Hamodia, Seeking Solutions, is no exception. People love it. Not one to miss a publishable opportunity, Rabbi Twerski gathered up a number of his favorites reponses to readers' questions which ArtScroll published last summer as Dear Rabbi, Dear Doctor: The renowned rabbi-psychiatrist gives straight answers to tough questions

The content proved to be so popular in book form that ArtScroll decided to release Dear Rabbi, Dear Doctor 2, a second volume with all new content - including some that was never published. Fresh off the bindery assembly, Dear Rabbi Dear Doctor 2 is on its way to a Judaica bookstore near you - or you can order it right now at 20% off during the annual BookWeek Sale, going on now until June 25.

Rabbi Twerski has authored over 50 books during his professional career as a renowed therapist and addictions specialist. A descendant of an illustrious chassidic dynasty, Rabbi Twerski has written 29 of his books with ArtScroll, a complete list of which is available here.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Ultimate Way to Keep Foods Warm on Shabbos

There's more to than books, audio, and software. Here's a state-of-the-art kitchen product we found that is purely life-enhancing. Now you can keep prepared foods warm on Shabbos without overheating the kitchen! This deluxe glass-top warming tray is easy to use, easy to clean, and easy to store.

Your deluxe warming tray includes:
Sturdy aluminum side carry handles
300 watts power for quick warming
On-off switch
Red pilot indicator light for safety
Variable temperature control dial with removable knob- minimum 110°F, maximum 230°F
Handy storage bag
One year limited warranty
Two sizes available: Full-size 24"x20" and Half-size 12"x20"

This new product is ready for shipping the week of June 19. Order now and get free shipping. For details, click HERE.

This product is not intended for cooking. The laws of preparing and heating food for use on Shabbos are very complex. Our best-selling title, The Shabbos Kitchen, discusses many of these laws. However, please consult your Rabbi about how to use this product properly on Shabbos.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Breakthrough New Halachic Series for Daily Living -

Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen’s popular books on the laws of Shabbos and Yom Tov have clarified complex questions of halachah for tens of thousands of Jewish homes worldwide. Last week, ArtScroll published the first volume in Rabbi Cohen’s much-anticipated new series on the Laws of Daily Living. Heralded as a “Kitzur Shulchan Aruch for our time”, this comprehensive volume provides a clearly delineated halachic guide which examines: Morning Routines, Preparations for Prayers, Tallis, Tefillin, the Berachos, Amen, and Pesukei Dezimrah. Dedicated by the Taub family of Lawrence NY, this significant new text is already generating strong and positive feedback from scholars and lay readers.

Just in Time for the Year of Shemittah

Next year in Israel is a Shemittah year, wherein according to biblical law, the land is to lie fallow every seventh year. There are many important aspects of halachah (Jewish law) which apply to this practice. Because of its timely relevance, ArtScroll's editors of the Jerusalem Talmud gave priority to completing Yerushalmi Mesechta Shevi’is, which is the primary source for the laws of Shemittah. since there is no gemara on Shevi’is in the Talmud Bavli. So far Mesechta Shevi’is complete in two volumes in English. Volume 1 in Hebrew has been published and volume 2 will be released in August. Already numerous groups have undertaken study of the mesechta, here and in Israel. Rabbis and laymen now have access to a clear and authoritative resource for studying the Talmudic basis for Hilchos Shevi’is, which was previously available only to accomplished talmidei chachamim. ArtScroll has also published the Ryzman Hebrew Edition of Mishna Shevi'is, which is available in full and pocket size.

Talmud Yerushalmi: the next frontier

The monumental fifteen-year, 73-volume Schottenstein English Edition of the Talmud Bavli was completed in March 2005, but that was only the stimulus for a new beginning. Work was already underway on an unprecedented new project: the Schottenstein Edition of Talmud Yerushalmi, in Hebrew and English. For over 1600 years, the Yerushalmi has been a sealed treasure to all but the most outstanding Torah scholars. The editors of ArtScroll felt that they should undertake the same sort of commentary to Yerushalmi that they had done to the Bavli.

But before undertaking this 12-year, 47-volume project, it was necessary to consult Da’as Torah. Rabbis Meir Zlotowitz and Nosson Scherman sought the guidance of Hagaon Harav Yosef Shalom Eliashiv and Hagaon Harav Chaim Kanievsky in Israel, and the leading roshei hayeshivah in America. They gave their approval and warm encouragement, so the work was begun. So far ArtScroll has released Mesechtos Berachos (1 & 2), Peah, Ma’asros, and Shevi’is in English. Accolades have not stopped pouring in. To browse the Jerusalem Talmud category at, please click the image of the book or click here.

Life Is A Test Going International

The impact of Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis’ Life Is A Test has been extraordinary. Now in its fourth impression since Nov. 7 (over 30,000 copies in print) , this remarkable book is literally changing lives across the English-speaking world. A Spanish and a Hebrew edition are in preparation now, with plans for other languages in the coming year. Over the next few months, Rebbetzin Jungreis plans to present her Life Is A Test message in France, Venezuela, Argentina, the UK, Israel, and South Africa.

"Holy Woman" on Tour

Two years ago, ArtScroll published Holy Woman: The road to greatness of Rebbetzin Chaya Sara Kramer, written by Sara Yoheved Rigler, a seasoned writer who was privileged to have a close relationship with Rebbetzin Kramer. This remarkable book, now in its seventh printing, has rocketed to become ArtScroll’s second bestselling biography. A featured columnist for Aish HaTorah, Mrs. Rigler anticipates a second new book through ArtScroll in August. She is currently on a whirlwind speaking tour America. She is speaking twice in the NYC area this week - tonight (Wed) at Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere NY and Sunday night, June 17 at the Bialystocker Shul, 7-11 Willett St., Lower East Side of Manhattan. For information, call 718-921-9000, ext. 226.

To learn more about the book Holy Woman, click here.