Can someone recommend a good edition of Aish Kodesh by R. Kalonymus Kalman Shapiro? I am looking for an English or Hebrew edition.
There are two separate versions, 1 for the Hebrew version, 1 for the English version.
Torah Discourses on the weekly Torah portions from the Years of Wrath, by Rabbi Klonimus Kalmish of Piasetzna(1889-1943), during his days at the Warsaw Getto (1940-1943), spoken on shabbats and holidays. His writings were found in the ruins of the Warsaw Getto.
And the Feldheim version
[...] Because of this influence, Rav Moshe Weinberger chose to name a newly established shul in Woodmere, New York, after the Rebbe's sefer Aish Kodesh and instituted an annual hilula on the Rebbe's yahrtzeit, attended by approximately 1,000 Jews of all types and ages from throughout the tri-state area. This sefer consists of the Torah taught by Rav Weinberger at these annual hilula gatherings.
So basically, the last one from Eichlers contains the teachings of Rav Weinberger on Sefer Aish Kodesh.
The English version is also available on other sites, such as Amazon
I have 3 English books extracted or translated from the writings of the Aish Kodesh, R Kalonymos Kalman Shapira Hyd.
- Sacred Fire: Torah from the Years of Fury 1939-1942 which are commentaries on the weekly parsha and on each major holidays. This is the closest to a full translation of the original sefer
- The holy fire: the teachings of R Kalonymus Kalman Shapira which a reviewer called "a manual on comprehending evil from within God"
- To Heal the Soul: The Spiritual Journal of a Chasidic Rebbe which is the translation of a journal he left behind
All 3 are excellent if you are interested in understanding the Aish Kodesh, but they are not easy reading. They convey a deep sense of anguish and suffering, increasing as time passes, as he tries to make sense of the pain they are going through.