Thursday, March 16, 2006

30% Off Sale at

If you need any Jewish books, is having a 30% off sale right now. But hurry, the sale ends on Monday, March 20th.


Blogger JewSlug said...

It's true...I recently bought an Artscroll siddur (sefard) for 30% off from the website. It was a really good deal, I think cheaper than you can buy it anywhere else. It just arrived today; took about 7 days with UPS.

Thu Mar 16, 12:40:00 PM 2006  
Blogger Fedora Black said...

Yes its a great sale. I hope to buy some gammoras.

Just one point to keep in mind for those buying siddurim:

The "nusach sfard" that artscroll sells is NOT a Sefardic siddur. It is a Chassidic Ashkanazi siddur. Chassidim (as well as other Ashkenazim) started to incorporate certain aspects of the Sefardic prayer rite into their Ashkenazi siddurim. Thus they were praying like the Sefardim, and they called their nusach "sfard". It does, however, resemble the Sefardic nusach quite a bit in many places, but in others it fallows the Ashkenazi nusach. So its more like a hybrid of the two.

I guess the best name for it would be "Ashkefardic".

Thu Mar 16, 03:07:00 PM 2006  
Blogger JewSlug said...

I really wanted to buy a strictly Sefardic siddur, but I couldn't find one on the web. The Artscroll nusach sefard was basically my compromise, because I thought that at least it resembles some aspects of sefardic siddurim. I think you're right, "Ashkefardic" would have to be the best name for it.

But fedora black, if you know of any place that I can get a sefardic siddur, either online or around the bay area, I would love to know where.

Thu Mar 16, 06:19:00 PM 2006  
Blogger G-D SQUAD said...

Yidslug, I apologize... I think I told you it was basically the same siddur. But in any case, the ArtScroll siddur is a really good place to start to learn about the structure of davening, so at least that's good.

Fri Mar 17, 04:13:00 PM 2006  
Blogger Fedora Black said...

There are a few that I am aware of. One is here. And I know one sfardi who uses this one.

I would contact Rabbi Yaakov Benzaquen in Palo Alto for more help. He is sefardi to the core, a nice guy, and really smart. Contact him at I am sure he will be more than happy to help you.

There is also the Bar Yochai Minyan in Sunnyvale. I have not been there yet (but hope to soon), but I am sure that they sell siddurim there. By the way, I hear their third meal on Shabbos is fantastic.

Finally, you could probably also contact Rabbi Eli Mansour of Daily Halacha dot com. He has a great daily halacha newsletter on halacha froma sefardic perspective, and I am sure he can point you in the right direction.

Fri Mar 17, 05:17:00 PM 2006  
Blogger JewSlug said...

You know, I have actually been getting Rabbi Mansour's daily halacha newsletter for a couple years now, and it is great. I didn't think of contacting him though, but now that you mentioned it, I think I might as he is obviously a great resource.

Thanks for those links by the way, they were very helpful; I will try to contact the Rabbi from JSN.

Interestingly, one of the founders of the Bar Yohai minyan has the same last name as my mother, Benhamou. I would love to meet him...hopefully I can make it out there some time.

Sat Mar 18, 08:07:00 PM 2006  
Blogger dinah said...

Well I just ordered my Chumash! It was well overdue to get one, but now I guess is as good as time as any..Thanks g-d Squad for posting the add!

Wed Mar 22, 01:28:00 AM 2006  
Blogger Fedora Black said...

Since we are bragging about orders, I just ordered two volumes of gammorah. Oh happy day!

Wed Mar 22, 05:52:00 PM 2006  

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