BOOK DESCRIPTIONS

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HARMONY WITH OTHERS: FORMULAS, STORIES, INSIGHTS
by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin


Every one of us wants to live harmoniously. But how many of us have succeeded? This book describes over 90 ways to help us deal with minor quarrels and major disagreements. Included is advice on how to bring harmony to others who are locked in turmoil, and offers important tips on common mistakes made by well-meaning peacemakers. What happens when the stakes are high--when a marriage, money or honor are on the line? By reorienting our goals and implementing the lessons of Jewish tradition, these battles can be turned into an opportunity to develop "spiritual muscles." Even the most difficult circumstances can be improved by using the techniques demonstrated in this wise and practical book.

JEWISH MATTERS: A POCKETBOOK OF KNOWLEDGE AND INSPIRATION
Compiled by Doron Kornbluth


More and more Jews from across the spectrum of religious practice are looking to learn more about their heritage. In this book of essays, twenty-three Jewish leaders, thinkers, and educators offer their insights and knowledge on topics as varied as relationships, prayer, mysticism and happiness. A sample of such articles includes:

*World Perfect
*The Secret Ingredients of a Successful Marriage
*What Is Your Potential?
*Men and Women: The Jewish View
*Jewish Mysticism
*The Great Science-Bible Debate

INSPIRING LIGHTS: CELEBRATING A VISION OF LIFE AS ILLUMINATED BY THE LIGHTS OF CHANUKAH
Published by K'Hal Publishing in conjunction with the Afikim Foundation


The light of Jewish wisdom shines on Chanukah, perhaps, as no other holiday. In exploring the messages that lie at the heart of this holiday, we can connect to the powerful vision the Jewish people bring to the world. 19 Essays from prominent Jewish writers seek to achieve this, including:

Self Mastery: The View from Chanukah………………...........................................................................… Lawrence Keleman
Chanukah and the Light of Creation……………..........................................................................………...Harvey Belovski
Jewish Women, Jewish History and Chanukah……........................................................................……Shimon Apisdorf
See the Light?.................................................................................................................................................. Eliyahu Safran
Money, Money, Money and Chanukah……………...........................................................................……...Shimon Apisdorf

LIFE IS A TEST: HOW TO MEET LIFE'S CHALLENGES SUCCESSFULLY
By Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis


For over forty years, Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis has been an eloquent spokeswoman for Judaism addressing the specific needs of contemporary Jews. Life Is A Test is really three books in one, each bearing a particular focus to help readers look for the message embedded in any difficulty. The book begins with tests of self-discovery and then examines the challenging realm of interpersonal relationships, concluding with a section on perceiving the the Divine Design in the big picture of global events as well as in one's world. In doing so, Rebbetzin Jungreis captures many of our deep-seated questions and provides a decipherable answer key.

KINDNESS: CHANGING PEOPLE'S LIVES FOR THE BETTER
by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin


Kindess is one of the pillars of Creation: the kind person is the agent of the Creator Himself. Kindness builds character and elevates the soul; it is a two-way street that leads to satisfaction and fulfillment. This book can inspire one about the meaning of kindness and guide us with practical suggestions to help others. In 85 short, readable and down-to-earth chapters, one finds a road map to personal enrichment and making the world a kinder place.

WHAT THE ANGEL TAUGHT YOU: SEVEN KEYS TO LIFE FULFILLMENT
By Rabbi Weinberg and Yaakov Salomon, C.S.W.


Have you ever asked, "What does the Creator really want from me?" In this ground-breaking book, two world-renowned educators collaborate to ask and answer some of the most compelling questions we all seem to have:

*What is the highest class of pleasure in this world?
*How do I get my prayers answered?
*How do I know if my decisions are right?
*What is the definition of love?
*Why was man created?

These and other issues are discussed in a clear and penetrating way which offers an inspiring perspective on how to make the most of life.

HAPPINESS: FORMULAS, STORIES, and INSIGHTS
By Rabbi Zelig Pliskin


The quality of your life is based on your level of happiness. The value of everything else you have and do depends to a great extent on whether or not it brings you true inner happiness. That is why this book's 93 short, easy-to-read chapters are so important. They explain how to appreciate and enjoy the many gifts we already possess, and develop attitudes, perceptions and techinques that will give you more joy, decrease stress and increase energy.

GOSSIP: Ten Pathways to Eliminate It From Your Life and Transform Your Soul
By Lori Palatnik with Bob Burg


Negative speech can destroy friendships, break up marriages and ruin businesses. Put-Downs, rumors, accusations, etc. not only hurts the person being talked about. They also hurt the person speaking and the person listening. Throughout this timely book, readers will learn what the Bible and Jewish wisdom have to say regarding speech and how their teachings relate to our world today. Readers will also learn via real-life examples how to break the goosip habit and how to teach others to do the same. This can lead us to positive interactions with the people around us, the healing of relationships and a more complete self.