This is a list of some books on the subjects of Judaism and/or conversion that have been a useful resource for me.  I welcome any suggestions for my reading list! I am always trying to learn more. 🙂

Judaism- General:

  • Agnon, S.Y. Only Yesterday. Tel Aviv: Schocken Publishing House, 2000.
  • Bialik, Hayim Nahman and Yehoshua Hana Ravitzky. The Book of Legends: Legends from the Talmud and Midrash. New York: Schocken Books, 1992. (English translation)
  • Blech, Benjamin. The Complete Idiots Guide to Understanding Judaism. New York: Alpha Books, 2003.
  • Chill, Abraham. The Mitzvot: The Commandments and their rationale. Jerusalem: Keter Pub. House, 2000.
  • Donin, Hayim Halevy. To be a Jew: A Guide to Jewish Observance in Contemporary Life. New York: Basic Books, 1972.
  • Donin, Hayim Halevy. To Pray as A Jew: A Guide to the Prayer Book and Synagogue Service. New York: Basic Books, 1980.
  • Elkins, Dov Peretz. The Wisdom of Judaism: An Introduction to the Values of the Talmud. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publ., 2007.
  • Freudel, Barry. Why We Pray What We Pray: The Remarkable History of Jewish Prayer. Jerusalem: Urim Publications, 2010.
  • Heschel, Abraham Joshua.Heavenly Torah: As Refracted through the Generations.New York: Continuum, 2011.
  • Robinson, George. Essential Judaism: a Complete Guide to Beliefs, Customs and Rituals. New York: Atria Paperback, 2001.
  • Shapiro, Marc. The Limits of Orthodox Theology: Maimonides’ Thirteen Principles Reappraised. Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2011.
  • Spiegelman, Art. The Complete Maus. New York: Pantheon Books, 2011.
  • Telushkin, Joseph. Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, its People, and its History. New York: William Morrow, 1991.

Judaism- Poetry:

  • Amichai, Yehuda. Open, Closed, Open. New York: Harcourt, 2000.
  • Cole, Peter. The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain 950-1492. Woodstock: Princeton University Press, 2007.
  • Piercy, Marge. The Art of Blessing the Day: Poems with a Jewish Theme. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.

Judaism- Conversion:

  • Davidman, Lynn. Traditions in a Rootless World: Women Turn to Orthodox Judaism. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991.
  • Diamant, Anita. Choosing a Jewish Life: A Handbook for People Converting to Judaism and for Their Family and Friends. New York: Schocken Books, 1997.

My Reading List for the Living Judaism class at my synagogue-Conservative Movement:

  • Artson, Bradley Shavit. Its a Mitzvah!: Step-by-Step to Jewish Living. West Orange, NJ: Behrman House, 1995.
  • Heschel, Abraham Joshua. The Sabbath. New York: Farrar, Straus and Young, 1951.
  • Jacobs, Louis. The Book of Jewish Belief. New York: Behrman, 1984.
  • Jacobs, Louis. The Book of Jewish Practice. West Orange, NJ: Behrman, 1987.
  • Kushner, Lawrence. Honey from the Rock: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publ., 1994.
  • Shiovitz, Jeffery. B’kol Echad. New York: United Synagogue of America, 1998.
  • Stern, Lisë. How to Keep Kosher: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding Jewish Dietary Laws. New York:  William Morrow, 2004.

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