Books about Judaism

This page provides links to selected books about various aspects of Judaism but is not a comprehensive list. The links below will take you back to the Amazon site where more information about the individual books is available (and from where you may buy the books if you wish).


JUDAISM – GENERAL & INTRODUCTORY BOOKS

Books about Judaism 1Books about Judaism 2Jewish Literacy Revised Ed: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its HistoryBooks about Judaism 2 This book is an excellent introduction to the many aspects of Judaism. Written in a clear, easy-to-read style, chapters are short (usually 1-3 pages) unlike many other ‘introductory’ books; resulting benefits to the reader are that it is possible to easily find information on a specific aspect of Judaism and that it is possible to read the book in short snatches and yet acquire worthwhile knowledge about Judaism. The book is authored by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, an American Modern (or ‘Centrist’) Orthodox rabbi who presents a balanced viewpoint and a vast wealth of information about all things Jewish, including Jewish history. Books about Judaism 2

Books about Judaism 5Exploring Jewish Tradition: A Transliterated Guide to Everyday Practice and ObservanceBooks about Judaism 6 Written by the American Rabbi Abraham Witty and his wife Rachelle, this is another excellent and readable introduction to Judaism, this one focusing on practical aspects of being an observant Jew.

To Be A Jew: A Guide To Jewish Observance In Contemporary LifeBooks about Judaism 7 Written by Rabbi Hayim Donin, this is another well-regarded introduction to Judaism written from an Orthodox perspective.

Living Judaism: The Complete Guide to Jewish Belief, Tradition, and PracticeBooks about Judaism 8

This Is My GodBooks about Judaism 9 by Herman Wouk. Although this book was first published in 1959, it is still a well-regarded and enlightening introduction to Orthodox Judaism.

Books about Judaism 10 How to Run a Traditional Jewish HouseholdBooks about Judaism 11 by Blu Greenberg. This books includes lots of advice about the practicalities of running an Orthodox Jewish home.

Nine Questions People Ask About JudaismBooks about Judaism 12 by Dennis Prager and Rabbi Joseph Telushkin. A thought-provoking consideration of Judaism; particularly recommended for those considering converting to Judaism.


JEWISH HOLYDAYS (GENERAL)

For information on Jewish holidays, also see the section above (Judaism – General & Introductory Books) as all these books (except ‘Nine Questions…’) include sections on Jewish holydays. Our pages on the various holydays also have links to books on specific holydays.

Celebrating the Jewish Year: The Fall Holidays: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, SukkotBooks about Judaism 13

Celebrating the Jewish Year: The Winter Holidays: Hanukkah, Tu B’shevat, PurimBooks about Judaism 14

Celebrating the Jewish Year: The Spring and Summer Holidays: Passover, Shavuot, The Omer, Tisha B’AvBooks about Judaism 15

The Jewish HolidaysBooks about Judaism 16

The Book of Jewish HolidaysBooks about Judaism 17


JEWISH LIFECYCLE EVENTS

The Complete Book of Hebrew Baby NamesBooks about Judaism 18 An excellent introduction to the meaning and significance of Hebrew names for children.

New Jewish Baby Book: Names, Ceremonies & Customs, A Guide for Today’s FamiliesBooks about Judaism 19

The Comprehensive Dictionary of English & Hebrew First NamesBooks about Judaism 20

Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child’s Bar or Bat MitzvahBooks about Judaism 21

The Jewish Way in Love & MarriageBooks about Judaism 22

Made in Heaven: A Jewish Wedding GuideBooks about Judaism 23

The Everything Jewish Wedding Book: Mazel tov! From the chuppah to the hora, all you need for your big day (The Everything® Kids Series)Books about Judaism 24

The Jewish Way in Death and MourningBooks about Judaism 25

Mourning & Mitzvah: A Guided Journal for Walking the Mourner’s Path Through Grief to HealingBooks about Judaism 26

A Time to Mourn, a Time to Comfort: A Guide to Jewish Bereavement (The Art of Jewish Living)Books about Judaism 27


CRAFT, ACTIVITY & SONG BOOKS

Jewish Holiday Origami (Dover Origami Papercraft)Books about Judaism 28

Celebrating with Jewish CraftsBooks about Judaism 29

Crafting Jewish: Fun holiday crafts and party ideas for the whole familyBooks about Judaism 30

Jewish Holiday Craft Book,TheBooks about Judaism 31

The International Jewish Songbook (Book only)Books about Judaism 32

Jewish Songs for Children: 15 Favorites to Play and SingBooks about Judaism 33

Favorite Hebrew Songs For Piano (Tara Books)Books about Judaism 34


STORIES FOR CHILDREN

Classic Bible Stories for Jewish ChildrenBooks about Judaism 35

JPS Illustrated Children’s BibleBooks about Judaism 36

Stories for ChildrenBooks about Judaism 37

The Wise Men of Helm and Their Merry TalesBooks about Judaism 38

It Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish Folk Tale (Michael Di Capua Books)Books about Judaism 39

Something From NothingBooks about Judaism 40

Reb Yitzchak’s JewelBooks about Judaism 41

For children’s story books about specific Jewish holidays, please see our Holiday pages which include links to books about specific holidays.


RECIPE BOOKS

The Children’s Jewish Holiday Kitchen: 70 Fun Recipes for You and Your Kids, from the Author of Jewish Cooking in AmericaBooks about Judaism 42

1,000 Jewish Recipes (1,000 Recipes)Books about Judaism 43

The New York Times Jewish Cookbook: More than 825 Traditional & Contemporary Recipes from Around the WorldBooks about Judaism 44

The Essential Book of Jewish Festival Cooking: 200 Seasonal Holiday Recipes and Their TraditionsBooks about Judaism 45

Jewish Vegetarian Cooking: An Irresistible Choice For Those Who Love Good FoodBooks about Judaism 46

The World Of Jewish Desserts: More Than 400 Delectable Recipes from Jewish CommunitiesBooks about Judaism 47

Passover Seders Made Simple (Cooking/Gardening)Books about Judaism 48

The New York Times Passover Cookbook : More Than 200 Holiday Recipes from Top Chefs and WritersBooks about Judaism 49

Passover Made EasyBooks about Judaism 50

The Hadassah Jewish Holiday Cookbook: Traditional Recipes from Contemporary Kosher KitchensBooks about Judaism 51


JEWISH HISTORY

A Short History of the Jewish People: From Legendary Times to Modern StatehoodBooks about Judaism 52

A History of the JewsBooks about Judaism 53

Jewish Literacy Revised Ed: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its HistoryBooks about Judaism 2

A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People: From the Time of the Patriarchs to the PresentBooks about Judaism 55

Jewish History: The Big PictureBooks about Judaism 56

The Timechart History of Jewish Civilization (Timechart series)Books about Judaism 57

The Cambridge Guide to Jewish History, Religion, and Culture (Comprehensive Surveys of Religion)Books about Judaism 58

The Chosen Few: How Education Shaped Jewish History, 70-1492 (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World)Books about Judaism 59

An Illustrated History of the Jewish People: The epic 4,000-year story of the Jews, from the ancient patriarchs and kings through centuries-long persecution to the growth of a worldwide cultureBooks about Judaism 60


JEWISH PRAYER

The Synagogue Survival Kit – An excellent introduction not only to a wide range of Jewish prayers but also to all things related to being in a synagogue (including how to dress and behave).

To Pray As A Jew: A Guide To The Prayer Book And The Synagogue ServiceBooks about Judaism 61

Entering Jewish Prayer: A Guide to Personal Devotion and the Worship ServiceBooks about Judaism 62

A Guide to Jewish PrayerBooks about Judaism 63

Making Prayer Real: Leading Jewish Spiritual Voices on Why Prayer Is Difficult and What to Do about ItBooks about Judaism 64

The Way Into Jewish PrayerBooks about Judaism 65

Entering the High Holy Days: A Complete Guide to the History, Prayers, and ThemesBooks about Judaism 66

Seven Prayers That Can Change Your Life: How to Use Jewish Spiritual Wisdom to Enhance Your Health, Relationships, and Daily EffectivenessBooks about Judaism 67


JEWISH ETHICS & VALUES

The Jewish Encyclopedia of Moral and Ethical IssuesBooks about Judaism 68 by R. Nachum Amsel. An excellent reference, fully referenced.

The Encyclopedia of Jewish ValuesBooks about Judaism 69 Another excellent book by R Nachum Amsel.

A Code of Jewish Ethics: Volume 1: You Shall Be HolyBooks about Judaism 70 by R. Joseph Telushkin.

The Book of Jewish Values: A Day-by-Day Guide to Ethical LivingBooks about Judaism 71 by R. Joseph Telushkin.

The Jewish Ethicist: Everyday Ethics for Business and LifeBooks about Judaism 71 Focuses primarily on business and financial ethics but is an informative and entertaining read. Available in both hard cover and paperback.

A Short History of Jewish Ethics: Conduct and Character in the Context of CovenantBooks about Judaism 73

Jewish Ethics for the Twenty-First Century: Living in the Image of God (Library of Jewish Philosophy)Books about Judaism 74

Jewish Biomedical Law: Legal and Extra-legal DimensionsBooks about Judaism 75

Judaism and Environmental Ethics: A ReaderBooks about Judaism 76


JEWISH BIBLES & PRAYER BOOKS (ORTHODOX)

JPS Hebrew-English TanakhBooks about Judaism 77 Has a contemporary English translation which still remains faithful to the original Hebrew text; each page has a column of Hebrew text and, alongside it, the corresponding English text.

The Jewish Bible: A JPS Guide (JPS Guides)Books about Judaism 78

The Jewish Study Bible: Featuring The Jewish Publication Society TANAKH TranslationBooks about Judaism 79

Tanach the Stone edition – Student Size (Hebrew and English Edition)Books about Judaism 80

The Chumash: The Stone Edition, Full Size (ArtScroll) (English and Hebrew Edition) The Torah: Haftaros and Five Megillos with a Commentary Anthologized from the Rabbinic WritingsBooks about Judaism 81 The Chumash is a version of the Bible specially designed to assist those in synagogue follow along with the readings – widely used in synagogues.

The Koren Sacks Siddur: Hebrew/English Translation and Commentary, Compact Ashkenaz (Hebrew Edition)Books about Judaism 82

Koren Sacks Rosh HaShana Mahzor (Hebrew and English Edition)Books about Judaism 83

Koren Sacks Yom Kippur Mahzor (Hebrew and English)Books about Judaism 84

Machzor Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur 2 Vol Slipcased Set Full Size Asheknaz (English and Hebrew Edition)Books about Judaism 85

Artscroll Children’s Siddur: The Peritz Edition (Artscroll Youth Series) (Hebrew and English Edition)Books about Judaism 86

The Koren Mibereshit Siddur: An Illustrated Hebrew Prayer Book for Preschoolers (Hebrew Edition)Books about Judaism 87

Blessed Are You: Traditional Everyday Hebrew PrayersBooks about Judaism 88


KASHRUT (KEEPING KOSHER)

How to Keep Kosher: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding Jewish Dietary LawsBooks about Judaism 89

A Practical Guide to the Laws of KashrutBooks about Judaism 90

The Kosher Kitchen: A Practical Guide : Feuereisen Edition (Artscroll Halachah; the Kosher Kitchen)Books about Judaism 91


HEBREW LANGUAGE

Teach Yourself to Read HebrewBooks about Judaism 92 by Ethelyn Simon and Joseph Anderson. A teach-yourself guide for adult learners. The pronunciation taught is Modern Israeli. (Note: a high level of commitment is required to successfully teach yourself to read Hebrew from a book. Many people may prefer to use a software program such as Davka’s Learn to Read Hebrew or TES’ Read & Speak Hebrew for Adults).

How the Hebrew Language GrewBooks about Judaism 93 by Edward Horowitz. An engaging book telling the story of how the Hebrew language grew and developed new vocabulary over time. This book helps the reader develop skills in deciphering the meaning of Hebrew words. (Note: the book assumes the reader is familiar with the Hebrew alphabet and can read it.)
Oxford Dictionary: English-Hebrew/Hebrew-English (Hebrew Edition)Books about Judaism 94 edited by Yaakov Levy. This is probably the best of the English-Hebrew/Hebrew-English dictionaries currently available for Modern (Israeli) Hebrew. However, it is a general-purpose dictionary and does not include jargon or specialised vocabulary (which is fine for most people, but may not suit advanced users).

The Oxford English-Hebrew DictionaryBooks about Judaism 95 by The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. The great strength of this large volume is its inclusion of Hebrew idioms and its nuanced translation of words (explaining in which context a particular word is the correct translation for what you wish to say). The translation is in one direction only – from English into Hebrew as there is no section dealing with translating Hebrew into English. Its large size makes it a reference book destined to live on a bookshelf or desk and not to be carried around.

Modern Hebrew: An Essential Grammar (Routledge Essential Grammars)Books about Judaism 96. The best of the grammar books dealing specifically with Modern Hebrew grammar. Note that a number of grammar books specifically for Biblical Hebrew are available, but these are only partially applicable to Modern Hebrew which has simpler grammar than Biblical Hebrew.

Hebrew Verb TablesBooks about Judaism 97  For those already familiar with Hebrew grammar and who understand the system of Hebrew verb conjugations, this is an excellent compact resource as it sets out the conjugations of numerous verb roots in table form.

501 Hebrew Verbs (501 Verb Series)Books about Judaism 98 by Shmuel Bolozky. This Hebrew verb reference is more suited than the previous book to beginning students of Hebrew but at the price of being a much larger (and heavier) book. It includes many examples of the verbs being used in actual sentences and idioms. Note that this book is a reference for Modern Hebrew, not Biblical Hebrew.