Book release- Bnei Avraham Ahuvecha: Gerim in Chassidic Thought

On Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 blogger, and a person that I am privileged to call a friend, posted that he would greatly reduce his blogging to start something that, in his own humble words, was, “the whole purpose of my “A Simple Jew” blog was to develop my knowledge, writing skills, and contact network to the point where I could take on this new project. In a sense, my last five years of blogging has served as a springboard for this project.”
Yesterday, A Simple Jew, revealed the fruits of his labor. His book project, Bnei Avraham Ahuvecha: Gerim in Chassidic Thought is a labor of love, insight and Torah. From the description:

This book will enthusiastically be sought after by Jews who were not born Jewish, and those on the path to becoming Jewish. It has received glowing approbations from the Sudilkover Rebbe, Bostoner Rebbe, Hornsteipler Rebbe, Rabbi Yitzchok Meir Morgenstern, Rabbi Dovid Meisels, and Rabbi Lazer Brody.

Unlike numerous books already published in English on conversion to Judaism, this book is not a personal narrative, how-to manual, digest of relevant laws, or academic historical overview. This book presents the story behind the story – the mystical teachings found within Chassidic literature that illuminate the hidden inner world of the ger.

Until now, these teachings were scattered in an unorganized manner throughout countless volumes and inaccessible to those unfamiliar with the Hebrew language. With this book, “Bnei Avraham Ahuvecha: Gerim in Chassidic Thought”, relevant Chassidic teachings are collected, translated from Hebrew into English, organized topically, and further elucidated, when needed. Interspersed with these translated teachings, stories- both old and new – are included to help bring them to life. In addition, this book includes supplementary essays written by Rabbi Chaim Kramer, Rabbi Ozer Bergman, Rabbi Dovid Sears, Rabbi Avraham Chaim Bloomenstiel, and Mrs. Talya Lipshutz (based on conversations with Rav Elazar Mordechai Kenig of Tsfat).

The book can be ordered here and also at Amazon, here.  It is amazing chizuk for me to see that someone who has a full-time job and a family to take care of can make the conscious decision to use his free time and talents to work on such an important sefer. I am ordering the book after my next paycheck and can’t wait to dive into it.  

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