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Spirituality and Intimacy: Where Heaven and Love Meet

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Spirituality and Intimacy: Where Heaven and Love Meet Rabbi Raphael Aron Mosaica Press / 196 pp.
Rabbi Raphael Aron, a Chabad Rabbi from Melbourne with a proven record of experience and expertise in the world of “Love and Judaism,” has released yet another title on the subject.
In Spirituality and Intimacy, the author presents many different facets of marriage, intimacy, and child rearing, explaining Judaism's position on the issue from philosophical perspectives. The book does a great job in highlighting the beauty of each of these issues. This is true even regarding the temporary restrictions between husband and wife that can frustrate a relationship. The author weaves material from a variety of Torah sources and genres highlighting comparisons, metaphors, and symbolism from other areas of Torah and observance.
For example, the are citations from throughout scripture on romance in Judaism, a comparison between the restrictions of marriage and the restrictions of Shabbat, marria…

The Kippah

The Kippah: All About Yarmulkes, Judaism, and Life
Rabbi Moshe Becker
Mosaica Press / 126 pp

A project whose proceeds are being put to tzedaka, the Kippah is an absolutely lovely presentation of everything one needs to know about the importance of wearing a Kippah. The book's goal is to inspire those "on the fence" to begin wearing a Kippah and to further encourage those who already do.

Every chapter presents the Kippah from a different aspect of rabbinic literature, citing the original sources in both Hebrew and English, and then elaborating upon them in an especially gentle, clear, and thorough manner. For example, chapter one cites the Talmudic sources, chapter two cites sources in the rishonim, chapter three cites the relevant halachic sources, and so on.

The book is small-size, very easy reading, and handy to have as a permanent reference guide. It is definitely required reading for your friends and neighbors who may not yet be wearing a Kippah and are in need some …

Two New Sefarim Received

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I am pleased to have received the following sefarim:

1. Chumas Mesoras Harav: With Commentary Based on the Teachings of Rabi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (OUPRESS)

Exceptionally clear and crisp making learning from it a pleasure! The commentary is delicately lomdish. It is a "must have" for chassidim of the Rav. For more see here: https://www.ou.org/oupress/product/chumash-mesoras-harav-sefer-vayikra/




2. That's Why I Married You (Gefen Publishing)

This book, although not truly qualifying as a "Torah Book" from the perspective of this site, is a Torah flavored guide to making your marriage better, written by an orthodox author. Although a little too optimistic in nature (some people just shouldn't stay married!) it is fun and practical. It is packed with essential marriage advice, information, practical exercises, tips and charts. I have already adapted some of its secrets to my marriage. 

See here for more: http://www.chanalevitan.com/

My New Halacha Sefer!

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Dear Friends- It’s FINALLY here! I am excited to announce the release of my newest English Halacha sefer: "Halichot V'halachot: Halachic Insights & Responsa". It is the EIGHTH volume in the series. As with the previous volumes, Halichot V'halachot discusses over 100 contemporary halachic issues in a very unique and encompassing manner. The style is very clear, articulate, and engaging. There are over 2500 references to halachic texts. Some of the highlights of Halichot V'halachot Include: A Brit: No Invitations Please 
Using Disposable Dishes and Plasticware on Shabbat 
Gebrokts 
Is There a Need to Wear Hats & Jackets 
Kedusha: Feet Together….Until? 
Synagogue Construction: Symbolism and Meaning 
Toothpaste and Mouthwash 
Inviting Deceased Relatives to a Wedding 
Cannibalism 
Inducing Labor 
A Husband's Presence at Childbirth 
Honorifics for the Deceased 
Yartzeit: Serving a Tikkun 
Leaving a Sefer Open 
The Fast for Dropping a Torah 
The Book of Ben Sira 
The Death …