Books for the New Year:
The Rosh Hashana/Yom Kippur
Shimon Apisdorf’s Rosh Hashana/Yom Kippur Survival Kit is an essential resource to anyone wishing to truly benefit from the High Holiday Services. With an easy-to-read, fast-paced style, the book provides readers with an overview to the holidays as a whole, and then some. The Survival Kit is an excellent resource for preparing to face the “Days of Awe” and for making the most of the Holy Days themselves. Not only is it a wonderful tool for the festival season, but it encompasses ideas pertinent to the rest of the year as well.a
The Rosh Hashana/Yom Kippur Survival Kit brings in ideas and fundamental questions about Jewish beliefs and customs. Apisdorf addresses issues like focusing during prayer, faith and the survival of the Jewish People. In fact, the wide scope of the book addresses basic issues and questions that have been asked, at some time or another, by almost every Jew; and, he provides simple, straight forward answers.
The Rosh Hashana/Yom Kippur Survival Kit is a guide. Buy it before the holiday season and use it as a pre-festival guide. Read it, takes notes on it, and meditate on the lesson within it. Then take the messages of the holiday and use them to move forward and enter the new year.
The reflective time of the Jewish New Year is a wonderful opportunity to explore one’s Jewish heritage. Below is a list of recommended reading:
To Be A Jew
by Hayim Halevy Donin A detailed description of day to day Jewish life, To Be A Jew is a valuable resource for every Jewish home. Read it through or use it as a reference source, Hayim Halevy Donin covers topics from circumcision to marriage and kashrut to holidays.
This Is My G-d
by Herman Wouk Well known novelist Herman Wouk’s reflections on traditional Jewish life. This Is My G-d is the perfect overview of the philosophy and details of Jewish life.