Best Jewish Orthodox Movements Books

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1. 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.

2. My Grandfather's Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging

Author: by Rachel Naomi Remen
Riverhead Books
400 pages

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In My Grandfather’s Blessings, Rachel Naomi Remen, a cancer physician and master storyteller, uses her luminous stories to remind us of the power of our kindness and the joy of being alive. Dr. Remen’s grandfather, an orthodox rabbi and scholar of the Kabbalah, saw life as a web of connection and knew that everyone belonged to him, and that he belonged to everyone.

He taught her that blessing one another is what fills our emptiness, heals our loneliness, and connects us more deeply to life. Life has given us many more blessings than we have allowed ourselves to receive. My Grandfather’s Blessings is about how we can recognize and receive our blessings and bless the life in others.

Serving others heals us. Through our service we will discover our own wholenessand the way to restore hidden wholeness in the world.

3. מה טובו אוהליך: די תורה'דיגע השקפה אויף שלום בית און קדושת הבית (Yiddish Edition)

Author: by Mechon Machsheves
428 pages

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This Sefer will teach you what the Torah says about Shalom Bayis and Kedushas Habayis. We explain the true meaning of Shalom Bayis and how to accomplish it with ease and clarity. The Mitzvah of Onah is then thoroughly examined to determine its underlying duty, purpose, and holiness.

Our sefer stands out from the rest not just because it is the first sefer on these themes to be written in Yiddish, but also because we provide a very balanced perspective when other Seforim simply paint one side of the picture.

Every topic is thoroughly covered, with over 700 footnotes allowing you to explore the references. This Sefer’s guidance and insights will assist you in being zoiche to a happy and sanctified Yiddishe household be’ezras hashem. We have no doubt that this Sefer will make a positive difference in your life!

4. A History of the Jews

Author: by Paul Johnson

‎ Harper Perennial

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A national bestseller, this brilliant 4000 year survey covers not only Jewish history but he impact of Jewish genius and imagination on the world. By the author of Modern Times: The World From the Twenties to the Eighties.

5. Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Path of Mussar

Author: by Alan Morinis
352 pages

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Mussar is an illuminating, approachable, and highly practical set of teachings for cultivating personal growth and spiritual realization in the midst of day-to-day life. Here is an accessible and inspiring introduction to this Jewish spiritual path, which until lately has been best known in the world of Orthodox Judaism.

The core teaching of Mussar is that our deepest essence is inherently pure and holy, but this inner radiance is obscured by extremes of emotion, desire, and bad habits. Our work in life is to uncover the brilliant light of the soul.

The Mussar masters developed transformative teachings and practicessome of which are contemplative, some of which focus on how we relate to others in daily lifeto help us to heal and refine ourselves.

6. All Who Go Do Not Return: A Memoir

Author: by Shulem Deen
288 pages

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Named one of “forty-two books to read before you die” by the Independent (UK)2015 National Jewish Book Award Winner 2016 Winner of the GLCA New Writers Award in NonfictionOne of Star Magazine’s “Fab 5 Can’t-Miss Entertainment Picks”A moving and revealing exploration of Hasidic life, and one man’s struggles with faith, family, and communityShulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous.

As a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the US, he knows little about the outside world-only that it is to be shunned. His marriage at eighteen is arranged and several children soon follow.

Deen’s first transgression-turning on the radio-is small, but his curiosity leads him to the library, and later the Internet. Soon he begins a feverish inquiry into the tenets of his religious beliefs, until, several years later, his faith unravels entirely.

Now a heretic, he fears being discovered and ostracized from the only world he knows. His relationship with his family at stake, he is forced into a life of deception, and begins a long struggle to hold on to those he loves most: his five children.

7. Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Author: by Simon Jacobson
William Morrow Paperbacks
336 pages

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Toward a Meaningful Life is a spiritual road map for living based on the teachings of one of the foremost religious leaders of our time: Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Head of the Lubavitcher movement for forty-four years and recognized throughout the world simply as the Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who passed away in June 1994, was a sage and a visionary of the highest order.

Toward a Meaningful Life gives people of all backgrounds fresh perspectives on every aspect of their livesfrom birth to death, youth to old age; marriage, love, intimacy, and family; the persistent issues of career, health, pain, and suffering; and education, faith, science, and government.

We learn to bridge the divisions between accelerated technology and decelerated morality, between unprecedented worldwide unity and unparalleled personal disunity. Although the Rebbe’s teachings are firmly anchored in more than three thousand years of scholarship, the urgent relevance of these old-age truths to contemporary life has never been more manifest.

8. Tanya – Likutei Amarim (Revised Hebrew and English Edition)

Author: by Shneur Zalman of Liadi
Hebrew, English
1160 pages

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The Tanya considered the “Written Torah” of Chasidism, is now studied by tens of thousands of people, from all walks of life. The Bilingual Tanya has contributed enormously to this global interest, by both stimulating and sating the quest for deeper involvement in Chasidut, in those to whom the orginal Hebrew text remains inaccessible, not only on the intellectual level, but as a modus vivendi.

We are pleased to present a newly revised edition of the classic Likkutei Amarim Tanya – Bilingual Edition. First published in 1973, the Bilingual Edition has become the standard translation of Tanya. Seeking to bring the teachings of Tanya to an ever-wider readership, we have implemented the following revisions and features: The Sefer has received a aesthetic facelift, presented in fresh, easy-to-read typeface.

The Hebrew text has been reproduced from the recently revised Hebrew edtion of Likkutei Amarim Tanya (Kehot, 2010). The original translation of the five parts of Tanya was the work of a number of translators. As such, the rendtion of terms, the transliteration of non-English words, and the general system of translation varied from part to part.

9. Every Day, Holy Day: 365 Days of Teachings and Practices from the Jewish Tradition of Mussar

Author: by Alan Morinis
ISBN: 978-1590308103
Published at: Trumpeter; 1st edition (August 10, 2010)

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“You shall be holy,” teaches the Bible. The masters of the Jewish Mussar tradition have crafted a roadmap to help people approach that lofty goal. Mussar is a system of introspective practices that can help you identify and break through the obstacles to your inherent holiness, using methods that are easy to integrate into daily life.

Every Day, Holy Day is an essential companion for anyone who wants to experience the life-changing gifts of Mussar. The program laid out in this book focuses on 26 traits (middot)such as loving-kindness, strength, generosity, compassion, honor, and equanimityeach of which takes center stage for a week of contemplation and exercises, in order to develop and refine that quality in yourself.

Alan Morinis invites you to follow the Mussar path with him for a year. It is remarkably simple, and also remarkably effective in helping you overcome negative tendencies and strengthen positive onesand to reveal your innate holiness in the process.

10. Mudhouse Sabbath: An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline

Author: by Lauren F. Winner

Paraclete Press
162 pages

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After her conversion from Orthodox Judaism to Christianity, Lauren Winner found that her life was indelibly marked by the rich traditions and spiritual practices of Judaism. She set out to discover how she could incorporate some of these practices into her new faith.

Winner presents eleven Jewish spiritual practices that can transform the way Christians view the world and God. Whether discussing attentive eating, marking the days while grieving, the community that supports a marriage, candle-lighting, or the differences between the Jewish Sabbath and a Sunday spent at the Mudhouse, her favorite coffee shop, Winner writes with appealing honesty and rare insight.

11. The Forgotten Jesus: How Western Christians Should Follow an Eastern Rabbi

Author: by Robby Gallaty
Zondervan (April 4, 2017)

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Through the years, our understanding of Jesus has been shaped by different cultural influences, and many Christians have forgotten that Jesus was a Jewish man living in a Jewish land, observing Jewish customs, and investing his life into Jewish men and women.

Trading the popular, but inaccurate Western perspective of the Bible for the context in which Jesus actually ministered in 2000 years ago, author Robby Gallaty reveals the fascinating Hebraic culture, customs, and nuances many Christians have never experienced or learned about.

He works from the premise that we can’t truly appreciate the New Testament unless we understand the Old Testament. By uncovering the teaching of the first and second century rabbis and Christian theologians, and highlighting little-known Jewish idioms and traditions, Gallaty takes Christians on a biblical journey to rediscover a forgotten Jesus from a biblical perspective, deepening your relationship with God.

12. Tales of the Hasidim (The Early Masters / The Later Masters)

Author: by Martin Buber
Schocken (July 23, 1991)

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This new paperback edition brings together volumes one and two of Buber’s classic work Takes of the Hasidim, with a new foreword by Chaim Potok. Martin Buber devoted forty years of his life to collecting and retelling the legends of Hasidim.

“Nowhere in the last centuries,” wrote Buber in Hasidim and Modern Man, “has the soul-force of Judaism so manifested itself as in Hasidim… Without an iota being altered in the law, in the ritual, in the traditional life-norms, the long-accustomed arose in a fresh light and meaning.”These marvelous talesterse, vigorous, often crypticare the true texts of Hasidim.

The hasidic masters, of whom these tales are told, are full-bodied personalities, yet their lives seem almost symbolic. Through them is expressed the intensity and holy joy whereby God becomes visible in everything.

13. The Halachic Haircutting Handbook: A Breakthrough Exposure of an Obscure Mitzvah

Author: by Rabbi Chaim Jachter
118 pages

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Much confusion persists regarding the laws of pe’ot and electric shavers. Unanswered questions abound regarding these two areas of halachah. The product of thorough halachic and technological research, The Halachic Haircutting Handbook sets out to present what constitutes baseline halachah with respect to these issues.

Included in this volume:How far the pe’ot ha’rosh must extendHow short one may trim pe’ot ha’roshShaving in halachahThe permissibility of electric shaversBreakdown of the types of electric shaversNew evidence from Philips Norelco

14. This Is My God

Author: by Herman Wouk
Back Bay Books
345 pages

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“Valuable, wise, and quietly moving” (Chicago Tribune), This Is My God is Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Herman Wouk’s famous introduction to Judaism. A miracle of brevity, This Is My God guides readers through the world’s oldest practicing religion with all the power, clarity, and wit of Wouk’s celebrated novels.

“Anyone who wants to know what orthodox Judaism means to an informed and intelligent orthodox Jew, who is at the same time thoroughly American in outlook and culture, will do well to study this work.” -New York Times Book Review

15. To Be a Jew: A Guide to Jewish Observance in Contemporary Life

Author: by Hayim H. Donin
Basic Books
464 pages

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The classic guide to the ageless heritage of JudaismEmbraced over many decades by hundreds of thousands of readers, To Be a Jew offers a clear and comprehensive introduction to traditional Jewish laws and customs as they apply to daily life in the contemporary world.

In simple and powerful language, Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin presents the fundamentals of Judaism, including the laws and observances for the Sabbath, the dietary laws, family life, prayer at home and in the synagogue, the major and minor holidays, and the guiding principles and observances of life, such as birth, naming, circumcision, adoption and conversion, Bar-mitzvah, marriage, divorce, death, and mourning.

Ideal for reference, reflection, and inspiration, To Be a Jew will by greatly valued by anyone who feels that knowing, understanding, and observing the laws and traditions of Judaism in daily life is the essence of what it means to be a Jew.

16. Defenders of the Faith: Studies in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Orthodoxy and Reform (Touro University Press)

Author: by Judith Bleich
440 pages

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The Emancipation of European Jewry during the nineteenth century led to conflict between tradition and modernity, creating a chasm that few believed could be bridged. Unsurprisingly, the emergence of modern traditionalism was fraught with obstacles. The essays published in this collection eloquently depict the passion underlying the disparate views, the particular areas of vexing confrontation and the hurdles faced by champions of tradition.

The author identifies and analyzes the many areas of sociological and religious tension that divided the competing factions, including synagogue innovation, circumcision, intermarriage, military service and many others. With compelling writing and clear, articulate style, this illuminating work provides keen insight into the history and development of the various streams of Judaism and the issues that continue to divide them in contemporary times.