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I am planning on converting to Judaism and I was wondering if anyone could reccomend any books for me to help me with the process. I have already ordered Basic Judaism. Thanks your help
These are some of the books recommended to me:
Living a Jewish Life - Anita Diamant
How to Live a Jewish Life: the Jewish Home Advisor - Alfred J. Kolatch
Gateway to Judaism: The What, How and Why of Jewish Life - Rabbi Mordechai Becher
Sacred Celebrations: A Jewish Holiday Handbook - Ronald Isaacs & Kerry Olitzky
First Steps in Hebrew Prayer for the Very Beginner - Dr Danny Ben-Gigi
and at least one good history of Judaism - my recommendation would be:
Jewish Literacy - Rabbi Joseph Telushkin - (this is the best for anyone - converting or not!)
Good Luck with your journey!!!!
I strongly second Telushkin's book (any of his books are wonderful but Jewish Literacy is a must-have) and Anita Diamant's book.
Depending on how you're considering practicing I might also suggest How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household by Blu Greenberg (for an Orthodox or Conservative conversion you would find this book helpful) or Jewish Living by Mark Washofsky for a Reform conversion.
I also enjoyed reading To Life: A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking by Harold Kushner with my husband when he underwent conversion.
I recommend To Pray As a Jew by Hayim Halevy Donin. This book is a guide to the siddur, and is very useful, though it is geared towards understanding an Orthodox service. It's really a very useful book and I recommend it highly.
*I recommend you download some prayers, blessings and zemirot to your iPod and listen to them when you have time so that you can learn them and be familiar with them. Choose tunes that resemble those used at the services you attend. We literally have hundreds of them and they were immensely helpful when my husband wanted to memorize the service and blessings. Be well!
I think it depends on what type of Judaism you will be practicing. Some books are not recommended for certain sects. I am in the process of an orthodox conversion
so if you are going that route here are a bunch of books
To Be a Jew: A Guide to Jewish Observance in Contemporary Life
by Hayim Donin- Basic Books
Sabbath: a Guide to Its Understanding and Observation
Sabbath, day of Eternity
The Shabbos Kitchen
The Shabbos Home
By Rabbi Simcha Bunim Cohen-Artscroll Halacha Series
Daughter of Israel (for Women)
Path of the Just: Mesilath Yesharim (first chapter)
by Moses Luzzato- Feldheim Pub
Avraham Ben Avraham
Concise Book of Mitzvoth
by Rabbi Ze’ev Greenwald- Feldheim Pub
Gateway to Judaism
by Rabbi Becher
The Laws of Berachos
by B. Forst- Mesoral Series
The Laws of Kashrus
by Rabbi Wagshall
The New Practical Guide to Kashruth
by Rabbi S. Wagschal
A Guide for the Jewish Woman and Girl
by Rabbi Dov Eisenberg
also...whatever Rabbi is helping you with your conversion should be recommending books for you to read.
Congratulations on this exciting time. My conversion was completed in August, and I hope you will find the process rewarding. I also recommend To Be A Jew and Jewish Literacy, as well as Being Jewish by Ari Goldman. More entertaining books were My Jesus Year (an Orthodox rabbi's son spends a year at Christian churches- I found the commonalities betwen the religions interesting) and the Rabbi Small mystery series.
I wanted to thank you all for your recommendations I met with the Rabbi this week and he was very impressed with how much I have already read so thanks a bunch. Looks like I will be starting class soon I am very excited and of course thanks again
I agree with all who listed Rabbi Telushkin's books, they are all wonderful.
Rabbi Donin's "To Be a Jew" is excellent, it's written for orthodox Jews but very well written and appropriate for all denominations
Well I am now doing my classes with my Rabbi and I already read one of the books he wanted to me to read so another big thanks guys. Now going to start learning about the Holidays and some more basic Jewish info with a book the Rabbi gave me and one I found through my library. So your updated lol and thanks again for the book ideas they have all been a big help
I am also going to be starting conversion classes -for Reform Judism - and I am SOoooooooooooooooooo Excited.
I am grateful to you all for this list of books.
I converted a few years ago, I have a list of books to suggest, some of which have already been posted. I am also writing a book as well.
So it really depends on what you are looking for in a book. The Teluskin really are very good but most of the books specifically for converts are lacking what I needed to know.