Libi Astaire

Biography

Libi Astaire is an author and journalist who often writes about Jewish history. Her novel about Spain's crypto-Jews, "Terra Incognita," and her collection of stories for Chanukah, "36 Candles: Chassidic Tales for Chanukah" are both available on Smashwords. She is also the author of the award-winning Ezra Melamed Mystery series.

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Books

The World Is Built With Kindness: 15 Chassidic Tales for Shavuos
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,120. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2013 by Aster Press. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Holidays / Jewish
"The world is built with kindness," King David wrote in Psalm 89. And he should know. He was the great-grandson of Ruth, the Jewish convert who is known as the embodiment of kindness--and whose story we read on the holiday of Shavuos. The Chassidic masters also turned performing acts of kindness into a fine art. In these 15 tales they show us the way to build a world of kindness for ourselves.
Day Trips to Jewish History
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 91,070. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2013 by Aster Press. Category: Nonfiction » History » Jewish
Who was the New World's first Jewish author? Why did some medieval moneychangers cover their hair? Which Jewish woman became queen of a North African people? And what's the truth about the story that claims Hebrew almost became the official language of the United States? Join journalist and historical novelist Libi Astaire for a fascinating journey down some of the less-traveled roads of the past.
The Banished Heart
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 62,990. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2012 by Aster Press. Category: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Jewish
Paul Hoffmann, a young German Jew, dreams of a literary career. But since the year is 1933, his life takes a very different turn — back to Elizabethan England, where William Shakespeare is writing The Merchant of Venice. As Shakespeare vacillates between loyalty to a Jewish friend and pleasing his public to further his career, both he and Hoffmann are forced to confront some unpleasant truths.
Pass Over to Freedom: 15 Jewish Tales for Passover
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,590. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2012 by Aster Press. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Holidays / Jewish
The Passover Seder is a time when Jewish families gather together to retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt. It is also a time when we share stories about our Sages, such as the 15 stories in this book. Join Rabbi Elimelech of Lyzhensk, Rabbi Shmelke of Nikolsburg, the Chofetz Chaim and others in this journey to discover why the Passover Seder night really is different from all other nights.
Choose Life! 8 Chassidic Stories for the Jewish New Year
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,480. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2011 by Aster Press. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Judaism
Rebbe Zusha of Hanipoli was once walking down the street when he was asked by a Russian police officer, “Where are you going?” Where are you going? That question - which is especially pertinent during the days of Rosh Hashanah, the Ten Days of Repentance, and Yom Kippur - is explored through the lens of Chassidus in these eight short stories retold by Libi Astaire.
Terra Incognita
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 110,930. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2011 by Aster Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
When Vidal Bonet returns to Catalonia to revive his dying village, he has no idea that his plan for the future will uncover a deeply buried secret about the village's past: they are all descendants of Anusim - Spanish Jews who were forced to convert to Christianity during the Middle Ages. Poignant and comic, Terra Incognita will resonate with anyone who has gone on a quest to discover their past.
36 Candles: Chassidic Tales for Chanukah
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,830. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2010 by Aster Press. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
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Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, will be a whole new experience after reading these thirty-six stories from the Chassidic tradition - one tale for each candle lit during Chanukah's eight nights. Join Chassidic masters such as the Baal Shem Tov, Zusya of Hanipoli, and Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev as they share their timeless wisdom for how to stay happy and optimistic during even the darkest times.

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