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Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots
3.63
I'm almost halfway through this book, but it's my last-resort book when I'm tired of the other books I'm reading at the same time. It's not that it is ...more
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Apr 15, 2012
 
6
Choosing a Jewish Life: A Handbook for People Converting to Judaism and for Their Family and Friends
4.02
This book really lays out the details of becoming a Jew-By-Choice, from why others have made the decision, to what to expect from your rabbi and your ...more
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Jun 30, 2011
 
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Nothing Sacred: The Truth About Judaism
3.70
I am of two minds about this book. It's a very Jewish work--it questions and struggles with Judaism, God, and everything related in order to find mean ...more
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Jun 30, 2011
 
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The Essential Talmud
4.00
A surprisingly easy read, especially since it's in translation from the original Hebrew. This is a friendly yet detailed introduction to the Talmud, i ...more
Dec 28, 2011
Sep 18, 2011
 
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One People, Two Worlds: A Reform Rabbi and an Orthodox Rabbi Explore the Issues That Divide Them
3.76
I went into this book expecting a balanced debate between the Reform rabbi and the Orthodox rabbi, with the Reform rabbi defending elements of my own ...more
May 26, 2012
May 03, 2012
 
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Why the Jews?
3.98
The book convincingly and depressingly describes antisemitism as a natural response to Judaism, due both to the nature of Jewish thought and teaching ...more
Jan 13, 2012
Dec 28, 2011
 
44
[Mishkan Tefilah Le-Nosim] =: Mishkan T'Filah for Travelers: A Reform Siddur
4.80
This isn't really a book I've "read" as much as a book I use. It's the compact edition of the Reform Movement's full-size new siddur (prayerbook), Mis ...more
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Feb 21, 2012
 
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Why Be Jewish?
3.82
The first book I read on my conversion journey, this very short discussion of Judaism told me things about it I never, ever knew and in a few short Ch ...more
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Jun 30, 2011
 
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For Those Who Can't Believe: Overcoming the Obstacles to Faith
3.65
This book struck me as a kinder, gentler version of Kushkoff's "Nothing Sacred." Whereas Kushkoff calls for a completely humanistic Judaism (but refus ...more
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Jun 30, 2011
 
50
Everything Is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism
4.04
This is such a great and a "meh" book at the same time. The nondual religious perspective will be no surprise to anyone with a background in the pract ...more
Jun 16, 2012
May 26, 2012
 
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In the Beginning: A Short History of the Hebrew Language
3.66
An incredibly well-researched book that lays out the history of the Hebrew language from antiquity to today, told through the lens of the invention, u ...more
Feb 13, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
 
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Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism
3.93
This book really helped me place Judaism in context with other major religious and philosophical schools of thought, and unexpectedly brought me to th ...more
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Jun 30, 2011
 
37
Surprised by God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion
3.97
Ruttenberg's story helped me let my guard down and become more at ease with PDRs--public displays of religiosity (my term.) As a Jew-by-Choice, my ear ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Aug 27, 2011
 
34
Questions and Answers: Intellectual Foundations of Judaism
3.00
Skimmed it for historical information (i.e. when and who wrote the Mishnah, the different Talmuds, etc.) But didn't read all the way through. Felt mor ...more
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Jul 04, 2011
 
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God Was Not in the Fire
4.05
Kind of answers the question of Why Judaism? The answer is pretty much Why Not? The book demonstrates the importance of ritual and Jewish action as co ...more
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Jun 30, 2011
 
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Biblical Literacy: The Most Important People, Events, and Ideas of the Hebrew Bible
4.32
This is a terrific resource for learning about the entire Hebrew Bible. It goes way beyond the five books of the Torah and covers the Writings and Pro ...more
Jun 16, 2012
Jun 30, 2011
 
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The Jewish Home: A Guide to the Jewish Holidays and Life Cycles
4.00
The question-and-answer nature of this book seemed to cover all the bases (and intuit all of my questions) about Jewish holidays and the Jewish life c ...more
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Jun 30, 2011
 
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The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man
4.34
Breathtaking. A love story about Shabbat, written in the most amazingly respectful and reverent language that easily communicates the hallowed feeling ...more
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Jun 30, 2011
 
35
A New Voice for Israel: Fighting for the Survival of the Jewish Nation
3.86
I've had the opportunity to hear Jeremy ben-Ami speak in person, and he writes just like he speaks--with a lot of repetition. You'll get the point of ...more
Aug 16, 2011
Jul 20, 2011
 
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The Art of Torah Cantillation: A Step-By-Step Guide to Chanting Torah [With CD]
4.20
I'm going to file this into my "Read" category although it's really more of a workbook, anyhow. I'll continue to use it and return to it to learn and ...more
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Apr 15, 2012
 
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The New Rabbi
3.69
Fascinating, depressing, shocking, overly important, and sometimes just boring. Fascinating to learn the machinations of how Jewish clergy compete for ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Aug 27, 2011
 
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Witnesses to the One: A Spiritual History of the Sh'ma
3.78
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Jun 30, 2011
 
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Kosher Nation: Why More and More of America's Food Answers to a Higher Authority
3.90
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Jun 30, 2011
 
24
God Was in This Place and I, I Did Not Know
4.31
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Jun 30, 2011
 
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Make Your Own Passover Seder: A New Approach to Creating a Personal Family Celebration
3.80
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Jun 30, 2011
 
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Taking Judaism Personally: Creating a Meaningful Spiritual Life
3.00
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Jun 30, 2011
 
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Service of the Heart: A Guide to the Jewish Prayer Book
4.25
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Jun 30, 2011
 
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Every Person's Guide to Purim
2.00
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Jun 30, 2011
 
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An Introduction to Islam for Jews
4.12
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Jun 30, 2011
 
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Chanukah: Eight Nights of Light, Eight Gifts for the Soul
3.67
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Jun 30, 2011
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