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Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf

Shimon Apisdorf is the award-winning author of ten books that have been read by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. He is able to extract the essence of classical Jewish wisdom and show how it can be relevant to the essential issues facing the mind, heart and soul in today’s world. His writings speak poignantly, with rare sensitivity and with humor to people of all backgrounds. His writing can be found at: www.shimonapisdorf.com.

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It is unacceptable that the Jewish people are not mobilized on behalf of their fellow Jews.


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The key points of history show how easily the mighty can fall, and how survival of the Jews depends on a connection to God.


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For the Maccabees, it was not physical life at stake, but the spiritual life of the Jew.


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Jewish survival and Jewish revival begins in the Jewish home.


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What's the deeper meaning of money and what does it have to do with Chanukah?


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Have others really tried to destroy us in every generation?


Oil or Candles?

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To get oil from an olive, you've got to press hard. So too, the Jewish people shine under pressure.


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The Temple in Jerusalem was a place of concentrated spiritual power and electrifying inspiration.


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The Chanukah story is filled with the dedication and heroism of Jewish women.


Chana's 7 Sons

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The story of Chana and her seven sons is one of the most heartrending in all of Jewish history.


California Dreamin'

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God shines Chanukah light into the seemingly darkest place.


Holocaust Miracle

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As in the Time of the Maccabees, a great miracle happened.


Door for Elijah and Hallel

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Four Sons

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Your Inner Flame

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A Deeper Look

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Transcending Limits

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Commandments Equal Freedom

Commandments Equal Freedom

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In difficult times, we can't continue as if nothing has happened.


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