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amother




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Post  Tue, Feb 11 2020, 11:22 am
I'm trying to help a BT friend of mine start a personal library of Jewish books—
What books would you recommend for a BT who is basically starting from zero?
Books that are informative or inspirational, etc.

Thank you for your help
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amother




Ruby
 

Post  Tue, Feb 11 2020, 11:23 am
A Meaningful Life by Simon Jacobson
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Dina2018




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Feb 11 2020, 11:29 am
Eliyahu Kitov The book of our heritage
The Jew and his Home
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Dina2018




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Feb 11 2020, 11:32 am
a book on Shabat (inspirational), a book on Shabat on Halacha, A Journey through weekly parshiot (various authors), „Shabat On Time“
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amother




Burgundy
 

Post  Tue, Feb 11 2020, 11:55 am
Strive for Truth by Rav Dessler.
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amother




Red
 

Post  Tue, Feb 11 2020, 12:00 pm
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Convincing evidence of the truths of Judaism,
by Shmuel Waldman
Phenomenal book. Helped me tremendously.
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mommy9




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Feb 11 2020, 12:05 pm
All for the Boss. I think every Jewish home should have it.
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dee's mommy




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Feb 11 2020, 12:29 pm
Other than your basic Siddur, Chumash, Tanach, Tehillim and Machzorim of your choice:

I found the Artscroll series of halacha on Shabbos by Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen very useful when I was learning. (Any other comprehensive guides are good. There is one by Feldheim which is illustrated.

The Kosher Kitchen by Rabbi Binyomin Forst. (Or any comprehensive guide to Kashrut. there is one by Feldheim which is illustrated.)

Pirkei Avos

I enjoyed the Midrash Says, series, as well as the "Let My Nation..." series by Yosef Deutsch. Also, there is a set of two books called "The Weekly Midrash" which is a translated version of Tzena Urenah put out by Artscroll, which I recommend.

Aneni (This is put out by Feldheim)

If you can get a hold of it, Techinas: A Voice from the Heart by Rivka Zakutinsky. (This is out of print, so finding it would be like finding a treasure.)

Guard Your Tongue by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin. (my favourite adaptation of the Chofezt Chaim.) I recommend anything by Rabbi Pliskin. Anything having to do with learning the laws of Loshon Hara is important.

Biography on whoever your friend is interested in. If your friend is a woman, it is important to find biographies about women, because I think women need their own inspiration.

I recommend All for the Boss. I remember someone once telling me that was one of the books that inspired her to become frum. I couldn't think of a better recommendation than that.

Anything by Sara Yocheved Rigler. (She has written two bigraphies on women, as well as some other really good books.)

Anything by Tziporah Heller

Mirrors of Our Lives and Water from the Well by Holly Pavlov. (I really enjoyed these.)

Someone here mentioned the Eliahu Kitov Books. Those are really good.

This is a large list. There were mostly the books from my early days of Teshuvah. (I did mostly the "how to first" or halacha, as well as siddur, and Tanach and Tehillim, and then built up to other things.) Tell your friend to build up slowly, and gravitate to the books that inspire or speak to her. If it is possible to borrow, or be a member of a Jewish Library, I recommend that too.
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amother




Saddlebrown
 

Post  Tue, Feb 11 2020, 1:03 pm
One Above and Seven Below by Yechezkel Hirshman

Tells it like it is but with a bit of humor.

https://www.amazon.com/One-Abo.....44387
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amother




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Post  Tue, Feb 11 2020, 2:27 pm
Thank you all so much for your responses!
And if anyone else has anything to add, please please do Smile
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Dina2018




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Feb 11 2020, 2:35 pm
Blu Grinberg How to run a traditional jewish household
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sarahmalka




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Feb 11 2020, 2:38 pm
Dina2018 wrote:
Eliyahu Kitov The book of our heritage

I was going to suggest this one too.
For those whose Hebrew is not excellent, the artscroll translinear siddur is phenomenal.
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naturalmom5




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Feb 11 2020, 2:39 pm
Survival Guide to the High Holidays

Survival Guide to the Sedet
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avrahamama




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Feb 11 2020, 3:02 pm
Ill list authors
Rebetzin Jungreiss
Rabbi shimshon dovid Pincus
Rabbi avigdor Miller

I also love the Torah Anthology Me'Am loez series. It's a more detailed midrash I'm everything.

A really good siddur and tehillim - good translations-large print of Hebrew

Tefillat Chana
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amother




OP
 

Post  Tue, Feb 11 2020, 3:14 pm
naturalmom5 wrote:
Survival Guide to the High Holidays

Survival Guide to the Sedet


Are these books? I couldn’t find them online
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PinkFridge




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Feb 11 2020, 4:18 pm
amother [ OP ] wrote:
Are these books? I couldn’t find them online


I think these are Rabbi Apisdorf. Google Shimon Apisdorf,

Too much of a rush to think but Rav Schwab on Prayer is magnificent. And Rigshei Lev is useful on a practical level.
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amother




OP
 

Post  Tue, Feb 11 2020, 5:48 pm
PinkFridge wrote:
I think these are Rabbi Apisdorf. Google Shimon Apisdorf,

Too much of a rush to think but Rav Schwab on Prayer is magnificent. And Rigshei Lev is useful on a practical level.


Thank you!
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naturalmom5




 
 
 
 

Post  Tue, Feb 11 2020, 6:49 pm
amother [ OP ] wrote:
Are these books? I couldn’t find them online



https://www.amazon.com/Rosh-Ha.....2727X
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amother




OP
 

Post  Tue, Feb 11 2020, 7:54 pm
naturalmom5 wrote:
https://www.amazon.com/Rosh-Hashanah-Yom-Kippur-Survival/dp/188192727X


Thanks so much
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PinkFridge




 
 
 
 

Post  Wed, Feb 12 2020, 6:22 am
Two great books on how to think Jewishly:
Gateway to Happiness by Rabbi Pliskin
Making Sense of Suffering by Rabbi Yitzchak Kirzner, zt"l.

If there's extra money for fiction, Dual Discovery by Zecharya Hoffman.
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