We will soon reach the point when there are no survivors of the holocaust still alive. As the survivors age there is a steady flow of memoirs published which document their experiences. Is it too much? The new book Sori’s Story is proof that a well written memoir of the holocaust is always a valuable contribution to the writing of Jewish and indeed, human, history. Written from the perspective of an 8 year old girl readers can only be captivated by the story of Sori’s parents sitting her down one night to explain that the next morning she was to be taken away by a non-Jewish woman who would smuggle her to over the border to Hungary and hopefully to safety from the Nazis. The scene is so powerful. Sori’s world has been overturned in just one conversation. It is rare to read and experience such a heart-wrenching experience from the perspective of a young girl. It highlights the awful truth that literally millions of Jewish children went through similar experiences of having their families torn apart. Unfortunately, most did not survive to describe their experiences. Sori’s Story is here for us and is an excellent read for anyone looking to deepen their knowledge of how individuals survived the Nazis and actually flourished afterwards.
Describing As Long as I Live, the autobiography of Rav Aharon Margalit, the back cover challenges readers to “Learn from his hard-earned lessons and original insights, and change your entire outlook on life.” After reading this engaging, inspiring work, it would be hard to imagine any reader not touched by this mission. In every area of life, from childhood to adulthood, school, work, individual actualization and social interactions, Rav Margalit describes his sometimes mountainous struggles with insight and clarity. Even greater care is used to describe how he works to overcome them, ultimately illustrating seemingly super-human heights of personal strength and perseverance to reach his goals. Rav Margalit’s triumphs outshine and outweigh his immense, and often fearsome struggles in this volume not to be missed. It’s uplifting messages of personal ability and responsibility are especially important in a time focused on realizing the greatest potential in every person.
Readers reviews point to a “must read” book:
“I couldn’t put the book down. It was so emotional and inspiring that it could bring one to tears one minute and laughter at another.”
“What an awe inspiring book of chizuk! And what a page turner. Perfect for a 12 year old and a 52 year old as well.”
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There is a very sweet article about Rav Neuwirth z”l on the Jewish Mom blog. It is worth reading. A highlight: The author explains that upon hearing of the Rav’s death this week ”I was hard-pressed to think of any person in recent history who has written a book that has done more good, and helped more people to keep a mitzvah than Rabbi Neuwirth zt”l.”
She then goes on to tell about the story behind the writing of Shemirat Shabbat, the Halachic masterpiece which Rav Neuwirth wrote.
Another Feldheim staff member has suggested some titles currently on sale: “Coming on the heels of Yom Tov, my pick is ‘Round & Round the Jewish Year’. Even my big ones will pick it up if it is lying around after the little ones read.”
We have asked Feldheim staff for their suggestions of great titles to buy during our children’s sale. One staff member suggested books from the Kid’s Speak series. She tells us “Forget kids! I love these books and just read one yesterday!” Find Kid’s Speak titles on sale here.
We’ll share more suggestions as we get them!
Just in time for Shavuos – a new release in the bestselling Let My Nation series by popular author Rabbi Yosef Deutsch. Using classic Jewish sources Rabbi Deutsch brings together the story of Ruth, her challenges and ultimate triumph in a page turning book which enable readers to experience Jewish history in a unique and thoroughly enjoyable way. On sale now everywhere. Available on the Feldheim website here.
It has become quite popular for Jews of all ages to visit the areas of Europe where the Holocaust took place. These visits once took place around the time of Israel’s Yom Hashoah commemoration. Today, visits take place year round. The new book Triumph and Tragedy: Journeying Through 1000 Years of Jewish Life in Poland is fast becoming a “must have” for visitors to Poland. The book is also a useful guide for those who prefer to visit Poland “virtually”. It offers information on the people and places that made up the life of Polish Jewry for over 1000 years.
Once used exclusively for JRoots student groups visiting Poland from the UK, Triumph and Tragedy has been revised, edited and updated and is now available to the public from Feldheim.
See all Feldheim books about the Holocaust here.
Exciting news for fans of Rav Pincus z”l! His fifth book to appear in English is now out. Entitled The Attainment of Torah, this book focuses on the learning of Torah giving both practical advice on how to succeed in learning as well as the depth and inspiration for which Rav Pincus z”l was so well known.
Find more books from Rav Pincus z”l here.