Best Torah Books

Here you will get Best Torah Books For you.This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. The Rational Bible: Exodus

Author: by Dennis Prager
520 pages

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER “Dennis Prager has put together one of the most stunning commentaries in modern times on the most profound document in human history. It’s a must-read that every person, religious and non-religious, should buy and peruse every night before bed.

It’ll make you think harder, pray more ardently, and understand your civilization better.” Ben Shapiro, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show” “Dennis Prager’s commentary on Exodus will rank among the greatest modern Torah commentaries. That is how important I think it is.

And I am clearly not alone… It might well be on its way to becoming the most widely read Torah commentary of our timeand by non-Jews as well as by Jews.” Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, bestselling author of Jewish Literacy Why do so many people think the Bible, the most influential book in world history, is outdated?

Why do our friends and neighbors and sometimes we ourselves dismiss the Bible as irrelevant, irrational, immoral, or all of these things? This explanation of the Book of Exodus, the second book of the Bible, will demonstrate that the Bible is not only powerfully relevant to today’s issues, but completely consistent with rational thought.

2. The Israel Bible (Hebrew and English Edition)

Author: by Tuly Weisz
Menorah Books
Hebrew, English
2212 pages

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The Israel Bible is the world’s first Bible centered around the Land of Israel, the People of Israel, and the dynamic relationship between them. Designed for both Jewish and non-Jewish readers alike, The Israel Bible offers a unique commentary that seeks to explain God’s focus on the Land of Israel alongside the original Hebrew text and the New Jewish Publication Society translation.

All 929 chapters highlight verses that relate to Israel, including relevant quotes and perspectives from prime ministers, as well as abundant maps, charts, and illustrations. In the 70 years since the modern rebirth of the State of Israel, the Jewish State has been at the forefront of the world’s attention.

Today, there are countless efforts to vilify the Jewish state. Yet, there is also an ever-expanding movement of biblical Zionists who stand alongside the nation of Israel as an expression of their commitment to God’s eternal word. As we seek to understand the clash between these two conflicting ideologies, while seeking to make sense of the modern world s great interest in Israel, the need for The Israel Bible has never been so timely or important.

3. The Torah: The Five Books of Moses, the New Translation of the Holy Scriptures According to the Traditional Hebrew Text (Five Books of Moses (Pocket))

Author: by Jewish Publication Society Inc.
620 pages

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Read our customer guideThe Torah is the essence of Jewish tradition; it inspires each successive generation. The current JPS translation, based on classical and modern sources, is acclaimed for its fidelity to the ancient Hebrew.

4. The Torah: The Five Books of Moses, the New Translation of the Holy Scriptures According to the Traditional Hebrew Text

Author: by Jewish Publication Society Inc.
394 pages

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Read our customer guideThe Torah is the essence of Jewish tradition; it inspires each successive generation. The current JPS translation, based on classical and modern sources, is acclaimed for its fidelity to the ancient Hebrew.

5. The Torah

Author: by Rodney Mariner

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This edition brings together one of the most beautiful renderings of the Hebrew Bible in the English language with a wealth of Jewish art and imagery. The classic 20th century translation by the Jewish Publication Society is illustrated with ancient frescoes, medieval illuminated manuscripts, and paintings by contemporary Jewish artists.

Bound in blue cloth with an illuminated gold foil front cover, this book is an ideal gift and would grace any home. A ‘synoptic contents’ is included to help the reader locate the better-known events and their themes among the Torah’s five books.

The Hebrew texts as they appear in the Torah scroll have also been included for several significant passages. An introduction by Rabbi Mariner sets the tone of this elegant edition.

6. Jewish Literacy Revised Ed: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its History

Author: by Joseph Telushkin
William Morrow
800 pages

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What does it mean to be a Jew? How does one begin to answer so extensive a question? In this insightful and completely updated tome, esteemed rabbi and bestselling author Joseph Telushkin helps answer the question of what it means to be a Jew, in the largest sense.

Widely recognized as one of the most respected and indispensable reference books on Jewish life, culture, tradition, and religion, Jewish Literacy covers every essential aspect of the Jewish people and Judaism. In 352 short and engaging chapters, Rabbi Telushkin discusses everything from the Jewish Bible and Talmud to Jewish notions of ethics to antisemitism and the Holocaust; from the history of Jews around the world to Zionism and the politics of a Jewish state; from the significance of religious traditions and holidays to how they are practiced in daily life.

Whether you want to know more about Judaism in general or have specific questions you’d like answered, Jewish Literacy is sure to contain the information you need. Rabbi Telushkin’s expert knowledge of Judaism makes the updated and revised edition of Jewish Literacy an invaluable reference.

7. Hebrew-English Torah: the Five Books of Moses (Hebrew Edition)

Author: by Varda Books

418 pages

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Hebrew-English Torah: The Five Books of Moses is a Study Edition of the traditional Masoretic text, placed next to the classic “word-for-word” Jewish translation; it features the most authoritative Hebrew text – based on the Leningrad Codex and complete with cantillation marks, vocalization and verse numbers.

The large format and the use of good paper are part of the design to allow a diligent Torah student to write on margins for more efficient learning.

8. Living a Jewish Life, Updated and Revised Edition: Jewish Traditions, Customs, and Values for Today's Families

Author: by Anita Diamant
William Morrow Paperbacks
320 pages

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Living a Jewish Life describes Judaism as not just a contemplative or abstract system of thought but as a blueprint for living fully and honorably. This new edition builds on the classic guide, which has been a favorite among Jewish educators and students for years.

Enriched with additional resources, including online resources, this updated guide also references recent changes in the modern Jewish community, and has served as a resource and guide for nonJews as well as Jews. Addressing the choices posed by the modern world, Living a Jewish Life explains the traditions and beliefs of Judaism in the context of real life.

It explores the spectrum of liberal Jewish thought, from Conservative to Reconstructionist to Reform, as well as unaffiliated, new age, and secular. Celebrating the diversity of Jewish beliefs, this guide provides information in ways that readers can choose how to incorporate Judaism into their lives.

Readers will learn how to choose the right synagogue, and discover the meaning and significance of lighting Sabbath candles. “Shabbat,” “Torah,” “kosher,” “mitzvah” and other key words are all defined in all of their complex and potent meanings. On the most basic level, this book explains the essential Jewish vocabulary, but more importantly, LIVING A JEWISH LIFE is a sensitive and comprehensive introduction that reveals the timeless nature of Jewish tradition, rich with history and relevant in the modern world.

9. God in Search of Man : A Philosophy of Judaism

Author: by Abraham Joshua Heschel
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
464 pages

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Abraham Joshua Heschel was one of the most revered religious leaders of the 20th century, and God in Search of Man and its companion volume, Man Is Not Alone, two of his most important books, are classics of modern Jewish theology.

God in Search of Man combines scholarship with lucidity, reverence, and compassion as Dr. Heschel discusses not man’s search for God but God’s for man-the notion of a Chosen People, an idea which, he writes, “signifies not a quality inherent in the people but a relationship between the people and God.” It is an extraordinary description of the nature of Biblical thought, and how that thought becomes faith.

10. Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary

Author: by David L. Lieber
Jewish Publication Society
1500 pages

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Special features make Etz Hayim meaningful for lay and clergy alike: – Essays on key themes by prominent Conservative movement rabbis and scholars- Separate p’shat and d’rash commentary themes, showing two approaches to interpreting the Torah: The p’shat commentary, adapted from the JPS Torah Commentary and edited by Chaim Potok, seeks to explain the basic meaning of the text.

The d’rash commentary, edited by Harold Kushner, selects insights from over 2,000 years of Torah study, including passages from the Talmud and Midrash, the teachings of the Sages, comments by Rashi, homiletic and psychological insights by Hasidic teachers, and readings by contemporary rabbis and scholars, including women’s voices.

The haftarot commentary, edited by Michael Fishbane and drawn from his JPS Bible Commentary: Haftarot, explains the supplemental readings from the Prophets (Nevi’im), which accompany each weekly Sabbath reading. Highlights of traditional readings for Sephardic and Ashkenazic communities including the special section halakhah l’ma-aseh, which indicates where Jewish laws are based on biblical passages.

11. Torah IQ: The Great Torah Riddle Book

Author: by David Woolf
428 pages

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“These quizzes can transform a Shabbos table into an exciting, engrossing and enjoyable experience.” RABBI DR. SHOLOM GOLD, Rabbi Emeritus, Kehillat Zichron Yoseph, Har NofTORAH IQ: The Great Torah Riddle BookMore than 1,500 questions and answers on the parshiyot, the calendar, the chagim, halachot and Torah triviaperfect for different ages and levels of knowledge.”With this sefer in hand, a whole new generation of young Jews will be excited to make our precious Torah part of their life.” RABBI YIRMIYA MILEVSKY, Rabbi, Congregation B’nai Torah, Toronto

12. The Israelite Samaritan Version of the Torah: First English Translation Compared with the Masoretic Version

Author: by Benyamim Tsedaka
558 pages

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This landmark volume presents the first-ever English translation of the ancient Israelite Samaritan version of the Pentateuch, or Torah. A text of growing interest and importance in the field of biblical studies, the Samaritan Pentateuch preserves a version of the Hebrew text distinct from the traditional Masoretic Text that underlies modern Bible translations.

Benyamim Tsedaka’s expert English translation of the Samaritan Pentateuch is here laid out parallel to the more familiar Masoretic Text, highlighting the more than 6,000 differences between the two versions. In addition to extensive explanatory notes in the margins throughout, the book’s detailed appendices show affinities between the Samaritan and Septuagint versions and between the Samaritan and Dead Sea Scroll texts.

Concluding the volume is a categorical name index containing a wealth of comparative information.

13. The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism

Author: by Daniel C. Matt
240 pages

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From three award-winning and bestselling humor writers comes a hilarious guide to everything you need to know about Jewish history, holidays, and traditions. Why do random Jewish holidays keep springing up unexpectedly? Why are yarmulkes round? Who was the first Jewish comedian?

What’s “Christian humor” and have you ever even heard of that phrase? Who is “the Golem” and whom do you want it to beat up? These baffling questions and many more are answered by comedy legends Dave Barry, Adam Mansbach, and Alan Zweibel, two-thirds of whom are Jewish.

In A Field Guide to the Jewish People the authors dissect every holiday, rite of passage, and tradition, unravel a long and complicated history, and tackle the tough questions that have plagued Jews and non-Jews alike for centuries. Combining the sweetness of an apricot rugelach with the wisdom of a matzoh ball, this is the last book on Judaism that you will ever need.

So gather up your chosen ones, open a bottle of Manischewitz, and get ready to laugh as you finally begin to understand the inner-workings of Judaism.

15. Torah Studies Season 4 (Year 16 Book 60)

Author: by The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute
217 pages

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12 lessons that probe into the depths of contemporary Torah thought, with a special focus on issues surrounding spirituality, the human psyche, love, and relationships. Every experience offers meaningful and timely lessons from the most timeless of texts. You will walk away surprised, inspired, and knowing more about who we are as Jews, and who you are as an individual.

Torah Studies is a project of The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. The Rohr JLI is a revolutionary concept in adult education. An unprecedented presentation of traditional Judaism in a highly professional, innovative, academically rigorous yet accessible format.