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High Holiday Books & Readings

As we approach the high holidays many of us are seeking safe and socially distanced ways to feel more connected to the Jewish community. With more time at home, or close to home, one way to connect is through literature. 

If you'd like to share a book or reading, you may do so here.

Rabbi Eva Sax-Bolder

My absolute favorite go-to year after year is THIS IS REAL AND YOU ARE COMPLETELY UNPREPARED: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation by Rabbi Alan Lew, z"l.

Each year I take out this book on the 17th of Tammuz, refresh myself with the intro and then begin to savor the pages from Tisha B'Av through the holidays. I always find a new nugget to mine. The author reminds us that as the days and seasons turn, so do we. This is the season of tshuvah, of opening ourselves to the spiritual transformation to return to ourselves.

The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season by Marcia Falk. Ms. Falk is one of my favorite feminist Yiddish and Hebrew translators. Her re-writing and interpretation of the liturgy is poetic and draws me into an imagined realm of holiness. I integrate readings from this book into my own daily prayer practice.

 

Patti and Rob Ivry

The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish - described as an intellectual and emotional jigsaw puzzle, winner of the National Jewish Book Award in 2017.

Witness by Ariel Burger; and A Reflection on Teachings by Elie Wiesel.

 

Cathy Cooper

These are Jewish books -- not necessarily just for High Holidays.

SPINNING SILVER by Naomi Novik Amazon

PEOPLE OF THE BOOK by Geraldine Brooks Amazon

JUDAH THE PIOUS by Francine Prose Amazon

THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI by Helene Wecker Amazon

THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION by Michael Chabon Amazon 

THE RED TENT by Anita Diamant Amazon 

THE DOVEKEEPERS by Alice Hoffman Amazon 

 

Norman Schiff

Tales of the Hasidim by Martin Buber, subtitled: The Early Masters. Originally published in separate books and later combined. The earlier book is better, I think, as an introduction.

Many of the stories relate to High Holiday themes, even if not specifically referencing the High Holidays. Very fun and thought-provoking reading. Amazon & Google Books

 

Wed, September 23 2020 5 Tishrei 5781