Recommended Readings for Considering Judaism

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Recommended Readings for Considering Judaism 

Yehuda Amichai, Poems of Jerusalem and Love Poems

Bradley Shavit Artson, It’s a Mitzvah! Step-by-Step to Jewish Living

Wendy Besmann, A Separate Circle: Jewish life in Knoxville

Benjamin Blech, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Judasim

Anita Diamant, Choosing a Jewish Life

Anita Diamant and Howard Cooper. Living a Jewish Life: Jewish Traditions, Customs and Values for Today’s Families

Wayne Dosck, Living Judaism: The Complete Guide to Jewish Belief, Tradition and Practice

David J. Goldberg and John D. Rayner, The Jewish People: Their History and Their Religion

Arthur Green, Judaism’s 10 Best Ideas: A Brief Guide for Seekers

Blu Greenberg, How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household

Irving Greenberg, The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays

Abraham Joshua Heschel, God in Search of Man

Susannah Heschel, On Being a Jewish Feminist

Barry Holtz, Back to the Sources

Louis Jacobs, The Book of Jewish Beliefs

Louis Jacobs, The Book of Jewish Practice

Mira Kimmelman, Echoes from the Holocaust

Harold Kushner, To Life! A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking

Maurice Lamm, Becoming a Jew

Maurice Lamm, The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning

Joan Nathan, Jewish Cooking in America

Amos Oz, In the Land of Israel

Judith Plaskow, Standing Again at Sinai

Chaim Potok, The Gift of Asher Lev

George Robinson, Essential Judaism: A Complete Guide to Beliefs, Customs, and Rituals, updated 2016

Claudia Roden, The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand

Howard M. Sachar, A History of Israel

Richard Siegel, Michael Strassfeld, and Sharon Strassfeld, The Jewish Catalog

Michael Strassfeld, A Book of Life: Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual Practice

Joseph Telushkin, The Book of Jewish Values

Joseph Telushkin, Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know about the Jewish Religion, Its People and Its History

Leo Trepp, The Complete Book of Jewish Observance

Ellen M. Umansky and Diane Ashton, Four Centuries of Jewish Women’s Spirituality

Leon Uris, Exodus

Elie Wiesel, Night

David Wolpe, Why be Jewish?