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Exceptionally entertaining and thoroughly 'kid friendly' in organization and presentation, "Summer Vacation With The Grizzbears" is very highly recommended for family, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections.
A new release from the popular Animals Build Character series promoting compassion, respect, and responsibility from observing animal wisdom, "The Grizzbears Make New Friends: Listen and Learn From the Animals, Book 2" is sure to please an audience of young readers ages 5-10. Using animals from the Golan to teach thoughtful ways of showing respect, compassion for others, and other positive character traits, this original series is written and illustrated by a talented Israeli former preschool teacher. Divided into six illustrated chapters in 39 pages, "The Grizzbears Make New Friends" describes stages of adjustment as the Grizzbears family of four settle down to live among the other animals of the Golan Mountains..."The Grizzbears Make New Friends" is a great teaching book for children of different ages, cultures, and backgrounds. The Animals Build Character series demonstrates that wise animals can make good counselors and teachers. Read the complete review.
NEWS UPDATE: Dvora Waysman has been awarded the "Shabazi Prize" for her historical novel, "The Pomegranate Pendant", published by Mazo Publishers.
The committee of the Shabazi Prize for the Heritage of Jews from Yemen said "we have decided to honor and award you with the Shabazi Prize for your novel, The Pomegranate Pendant. We acknowledge its sensitive and creative literary style, which is deserving of the highest praise. Your book is a special cultural treasure, which adds an important chapter to the Zionist History by commemorating the First Aliyah of Jews from Yemen [Aliyah b'Tamar] and their participation in the redemption of Eretz Israel and the establishment of the State of Israel."
The Prize is awarded to researchers, authors and artists who have contributed to the research of the heritage of the Jews of Yemen and their culture.
Judaism, Addiction and Recovery: A Spiritual and Faith-based Approach
Rabbi Richard Eisenberg
Judaism, Addiction and Recovery presents a Jewish faith-based perspective on chemical dependence. The author, Rabbi Richard Eisenberg, a former rehabilitation counselor in a drug/alcohol treatment center for 10 years as well as a pulpit rabbi for 35 years, wrote this book as a wake-up call to the Jewish community. His approach draws upon models that extend beyond the 12 Step philosophy. The spiritual and faith-based outlook presented by Rabbi Eisenberg offers newer ways of understanding the phenomena of addiction and recovery, allowing fresh concepts to emerge from the fog of addiction and its effects. Expounding upon Biblical and Rabbinic texts plus the author’s professional clinical experience, Judaism, Addiction and Recovery invites Jewish individuals, families and communities to find helpful direction in the wake of a growing personal and public health crisis.
While this book is a first-hand account of a Hungarian family destroyed in the murderous Holocaust as well as those who survived, it is also the story of two men from different generations who discover each other’s existence to remember and record their family’s history.“The Fittest Survivor” provides an insightful and under-reported aspect of World War II history, refracted through the personal perspective, and courageous life of one notable forced slave labor survivor, Vilmos Abeles.
AMAZON 5 STAR REVIEW
5.0 out of 5 stars
A beautiful tribute and a moving story
September 17, 2019
Sigmund Abeles was my graphic art teacher and mentor when I was a college student. Since then I have followed his professional career in the art world over the years. I have viewed his work in galleries, museums, and read about him in art magazine articles. Once many years ago I studied with him in a pastel workshop. I have long been inspired by his skillful and intense realism in his treatment of portrait and figurative work. His art is consistently probing, penetrating and openly personal whatever the medium. I was quite curious to read The Fittest Survivor to learn more about my former teacher and how he would use his talents in a very different medium.
I was thrilled to find the book wonderfully illustrated with his drawings, paintings and family photographs. And I was especially happy to see that Sigmund Abeles does with words what he does so well with his visual tools. As I expected, this is a very intense and personal story, a double portrait really, of one man’s heroic survival of the Holocaust against terrible odds and another man’s discovery of his father’s family history. It is also a page turning detective story. Carefully the writer collects facts and stories about a part of his family he never knew. His visits in Brooklyn, New York with his aging but still very sharp second cousin, Vilmos Abeles are very moving. Finally, Sigmund Abeles takes us on his journey to eastern Europe to learn more about his roots, affirming the tragic fate of so many other relatives.
The Fittest Survivor is both a very personal and a universal story that reminds us that 6 million is not just a number. Kudos to the artist/author
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A man who was near death confided to his pastoral friend that it was not death that he feared, but that no one would know that he ever lived.