Visitors streamed to them for guidance and blessings; leading Rabbonim treated them with reverence. Living in a humble shack, poverty clung to them like the dust of the surrounding Jezre’el Valley. Childless themselves, they cared for cast-off children with profound handicaps. By life’s end, Rebbitzen Chaya Sara Kramer, together with her husband Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Kramer, had transformed the lives of tens of thousands of people worldwide.
This book chronicles a fascinating story of these hidden tzaddikim. But it is far more than a biography. It is a manual – a map of lessons – delineating Rebbitzen Kramer’s prescription for personal greatness. An amazing person with a rare degree of humility, she left us a legacy of experience, knowledge and wisdom by which to elevate our own lives.
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Emunah With Love and Chicken Soup
Henny Machlis – The Brooklyn-born girl who became a Jerusalem legend
The Machlis family hospitality is legendary. Every Shabbos they fit 150 or more people in their small Jerusalem living room, preparing for their guests over 40 chickens, three different kugels, countless salads, four desserts, and, of course, gefilte fish, chicken soup, and cholent– both traditional and vegetarian.
Brooklyn-born Henny Machlis was at the heart of this amazing weekly adventure. But, as author Sara Yoheved Rigler, bestselling author of Holy Woman and a friend of Henny’s, discovered as she interviewed Henny’s fourteen children, relatives, students, and friends, the Shabbos hospitality was just one glowing facet of the multi-faceted diamond that was Rebbetzin Henny Machlis.
A master of prayer, a virtuoso in chesed, an adept in childrearing, a wise Torah teacher, an expert at working on middos, and a successful shadchanit, Henny Machlis regarded a life of Torah and mitzvos as a great treasure that she was eager to share with everyone.
And her emunah, her faith in G-d’s love and providence? That was where her light shone the most brightly. She lived on the Planet of Emunah, a place where miracles were everyday occurrences, because she knew, really knew, that only Hashem is in charge and He can do anything. And, for Henny, He often did.
Like a steaming bowl of chicken soup, this book will satisfy you. Comfort you. And heal you — in a way that only Rebbetzin Henny Machlis could. Sip it. Savor it. And be inspired and transformed.
Sara Yoheved Rigler, one of the leading lights of Torah literature and the author of the bestselling biography Holy Woman, opens our eyes to Hashem’s boundless love and caring as we uncover His “heavenprints” in these unusual, captivating true stories and essays. In the Amazon jungle, the English countryside, post-revolution Iran, a tiny Caribbean island and, of course, the Western Wall, the author finds the “heavenprints” that show us how Hashem’s presence and His providence are always near us. With deep insight into both our human nature and our Divine gifts, the author gently shows us how to look for “heavenprints” in our own lives and challenges.
The tales collected in this book span the breadth of Sara Yoheved Rigler’s colorful, adventure-filled life. The lessons derive from a dizzying variety of sources:
- A Hassidic Rebbe in Jerusalem
- A guru in Varanasi
- A Kabbalist in rural Israel
- Girls at a Calcutta orphanage
- A clown
- A Maharaj’s palace in the foothills of the Himalayas
- Her 90-year-old mother-in-law
- A cat on a dangerous military mission
- A totally paralyzed author of 8 books
The tales in this book will make you laugh—and cry. The lessons will transform your life. Sections of God Winked:
- Lessons from Gurus and Rabbis
- Lessons from My Heroes
- Lessons from Life
- Lessons from Unlikely Places
- Lessons from the Inner Depths of the Jewish Holidays
- Lessons from History
BattlePlans : How to fight the Yetzer Hara
We’ve all met the yetzer hara, the inclination to do evil that is wired into every human being. We’ve been tempted, we’ve fought – and sometimes we’ve fallen. Acclaimed author, lecturer and educator Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller and Sara Yoheved Rigler, bestselling author of Holy Woman andLights from Jerusalem, join together to offer a remarkable collection of strategies to defeat the yetzer hara as it tries to defeat us. Drawing upon the eternal wisdom of Torah sages throughout the ages – Rabbi Yehudah Lowe, the Maharal; Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, author of Mesillas Yesharim; Chassidic masters and great Mussar personalities – the authors combine profound scholarship with a deep and insightful understanding of our lives to give us effective, practical strategies to defeat the enemy within us.
Lights From Jerusalem
Like Holy Woman, the stories in this volume both fascinate and inspire. Its wisdom is gleaned from: a paralyzed educator who writes books with his eye movements; from a mother of 14 children who feeds 200 guests every Shabbos; from 75 orphans in Calcutta; from a Nobel Prize winner; from a Jerusalem Kabbalist; and from a colorful cast of characters whom the author has encountered in her epic spiritual journey.
Authored from her 900-year old home in Jerusalem, Sara Yoheved Rigler’s writings plumb the depths of human nature and aim toward the heights of spiritual aspiration. Her own 17 years of seeking took her from Brandeis University in the turbulent sixties around the world until, in 1985, she heard an Orthodox rabbi speak about “love of God.” That led her to Jerusalem, where she was amazed to discover the depths of Torah Judaism.
In the more than 50 selections in this book, Sara Yoheved Rigler shares with the reader her ever-fresh wonder and love for the transformative power of Judaism. One of the most masterful writers in the Jewish world, she keeps the reader glued to the page. And from the page, she catapults the reader upward.