Sunday, 17 July 2016

Shavuah Tov - Great Start to the Week!

It's been a busy but creative day at Chessed Ve'Emet today.

Editing a book, networking, preparing for some freelance writing work and then time for a bit of creative fun. We've been making up some hand-made greeting cards ready for our next sale. 

We still have some items left from our Post Moving Sale so please be in touch if you would like any of the following:
- second hand, fully lined curtains. We have 3 different sets in 3 different colours
- a vacuum cleaner used only 3 times
- a set of tea cups and saucers, new, un-used but not in their box
- a set of espresso coffee cups and saucers
- an artsy vase
- 2 sets of new linen for single beds
- 2 new white men's shirts
- picture frames

Next step will be placing these items on our website, be in touch if you would like the link or come back to visit for the next blog post. 

Once we have sold off these items, our next sale will be art, hand-made items, some drawings and our books. Stay tuned for details of our sale. Please do support our sale. Every item makes for a lovely gift for yourself or others and it helps us to continue our work. Many of the hand-made items are made by widows and orphans and help to provide them with income.

Shoshanah Shear
Chessed Ve'Emet

Thursday, 14 July 2016

First Review of Parshah in Just Two Minutes

The following review is our first review to be posted onto Amazon for my husband's new book:"Parshah in Just Two Minutes." It comes with 5 stars. We are very grateful for this review.

Full disclosure: This book was given to me as a gift by the author, with whom I have had cordial relations for years. This review is mainly for a Jewish audience but useful lessons applied to all nations.

The weekly Parshiot (individual Aliyot) are summarized in English. Each of the Five Books has a epigraph page which can serve as a leitmotif to initiate discussion. There is a useful glossary at the end that translates Hebrew terms that appear again and again.

Why do I feel Jews especially should buy this booklet? (I bought another copy to give as a gift):

1) As the author notes in the introduction, we are commanded to not let the Torah depart from our mouths, day and night. If you read the two minute chapter in English out loud, you are on a path to fulfilling that Mitzvah - Hashem will assist you on that path.

2) The book is very handy at meal times. I struggle sometimes when sitting at the dining table with young-ish children to initiate appropriate conversation & speak words of Torah while eating, in fulfillment of BeRahamim LeHayyim: "This is the table that is before G'd" (Ezekiel 41:22).

Why is it important to speak words of Torah while eating? Zohar Teruma 153 explains:
"Of a table upon which words of Torah were not spoken, it is written: "For all [such] tables are full of vomit and filth, so that there is no place clean" (Isaiah 28:8). It is forbidden to bless over such a table. What is the reason? Because there is a table, and there is a table. A table should be set above before G'd and be always ready so that words of Torah may be spoken on it and that it should include letters of the words of Torah. "

3) The author (a Rabbi) and his wife live in Eretz Israel, have devoted themselves to myriad initiatives (Mikveh, buying books for scholars, money for indigent brides, etc, check out his website 
) to perform acts of kindness. All this despite life in Eretz Israel not being easy from an economic point of view. We Jews in the Galut are commanded to assist our brethren, assisting Torah scholars especially and priests.

As a cautionary tale, remember what happened in the time of Judges, with the tribe of Dan, Michah's Teraphim idol and the Levite who went up from Bethlehem and found himself a fat livelihood as Michah's private Priest. This priest was the grandson of Moshe, Yehonasan ben Gershom ben Menasheh. He seems to have felt it necessary to hire himself out for Avoda Zarah. Why? I cite from Rav ABY from the AZAMRA institute in Jerusalem:
"So Yonasan was a Levite for whom the intended system of supporting the nation's spiritual teachers through tithes (the Levitical 'maaser') was evidently not working in Bethlehem, forcing him to go off in search of opportunities for parnassa, livelihood, wherever he could find them. This in itself is a reproof against the people of whatever time it was that this story occurred: by failing to support their teachers by the Torah system of tithes, they forced them to demean themselves and base their ministry on money, with all the attendant evils."

Support your teachers so they may not have to demean themselves for money. A lesson for all people, Jews and Gentiles.

For all these reasons, in my considered opinion, it is worthwhile to buy this booklet.

By Daniel Billar

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Another Outlet for Tuvia Finds His Freedom

I was busy preparing a letter in application for a book review and decided to look again at where our book is available. I was delighted to discover that our distribution has expanded. Our book "Tuvia Finds His Freedom" is available on Barnes and Noble too. 

It is so exciting to find our book cropping up on more and more websites that sell books. This is the first book that we wrote and has been self-published via CreateSpace. Here is the list of the websites that we know the book is available on. Please note, the book is available in both English and Hebrew.

So here goes. Tuvia Finds His Freedom is available online for sale on:

The CreateSpace eStore.
Amazon in the US 
Amazon in the UK

And our latest discovery is Barnes and Noble 

We have the book in 3 libraries so far too. This list is for the English version of the book, I still need to prepare a list of the Hebrew version online. However, if anyone is interested, by visiting the links provided you will be able to find the Hebrew book too.

This is very exciting. As we work to promote our books, we are seeking suitable blogs to do a book review or an interview of either or both authors. If you have a book related to kindness to animals or anything Torah related, and do book reviews, please be in touch.

Have a wonderful day


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