Recommended Reading: Learn More About Judaism

Are you curious about Judaism? Are you thinking of choosing Judaism? Here are some excellent resources to explore on your journey. Don't forget to check out Judaism classes offered by the Union for Reform Judaism and Reform Jewish congregations, as well. 

Books

  • Living a Jewish Life by Anita Diamant: This book opens the door to Jewish tradition and offers a modern look at creating a Jewish home, and the cycle of the Jewish year, life cycle celebrations and more.
     
  • Lights in the Forest: Rabbis Respond to Twelve Essential Jewish Questions edited by Rabbi Paul Citrin: This anthology of essays presents a range of Jewish responses to both theological and philosophical questions pertaining to God, humanity, and the Jewish people.
     
  • Choosing a Jewish Life, Revised and Updated: A Handbook for People Converting to Judaism and for Their Family and Friends by Anita Diamant: Whether you are just beginning to consider converting or have already started down the path to Judaism, this comprehensive book offers everything you need to know to make the process joyous, sacred, and meaningful.
     
  • Gates of Shabbat, edited by Rabbi Mark Dov Shapiro: This book is a rich resource to guide you through the celebration of Shabbat. It includes a “how to” guide and essays that add depth and meaning to Shabbat observance.
       
  • The Jewish Home: A Guide for Jewish Living, by Rabbi Daniel Syme: Written in an engaging question and answer format, this book is equally informative for both the life-long Jew and the new Jew-by-choice. Delving into Jewish observance through the calendar and life cycle, this is a perfect how-to guide to Judaism.
     
  • Navigating the Journey: The Essential Guide to the Jewish Life Cycle, edited by Rabbi Peter S. Knobel, PhD: This book is an introduction to the Jewish lifecycle, including birth, Jewish education, bar/bat mitzvah, the Jewish home, marriage, divorce, conversion, death, and mourning. 
     
  • Mishkan Moeid: A Guide to the Jewish Seasons, edited by Rabbi Peter S. Knobel, PhD: A survey of the sacred days of the Jewish yearly cycle, including detailed guidance on observing Shabbat and the Jewish holidays, including historical background, essays, and extensive notes.
     
  • Choosing Judaism by Lydia Kukoff: By sharing her own story, Lydia Kukoff has created a truly remarkable work about what it means to make this significant choice.
      
  • Every Person’s Guide to Judaism by Rabbi Stephen J. Einstein and Lydia Kukoff: Originally published in the late 1980s, this book includes a straightforward introduction to Judaism and its customs, ceremonies, and theology for daily living.
      
  • What is a Jew? by Rabbi Morris N. Kertzer, revised by Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman: Originally published in 1953, this book may be somewhat outdated but contains quite a bit of relevant learning. Rabbi Kertzer answers more than 100 of the most commonly asked questions about Jewish life and customs

Additional Reading

  • Weekly Torah commentaries: Each Monday, ReformJudaism.org publishes a new Torah commentary through our Ten Minutes of Torah email series. Read them online each week, or subscribe to Reform Voices of Torah, which delivers these commentaries to your inbox on Monday mornings.
     
  • Jewish Sacred Texts: Learn about the sacred texts of Judaism and the role they play in Jewish spirituality and culture. 
      
  • Ten Minutes of Torah: Each weekday, more than 20,000 subscribers receive an email that brings the Jewish world to them. From modern Torah commentaries to essays about Jewish food, holidays, culture, and more, Ten Minutes of Torah explores the great variety of Jewish life. Learn more and subscribe to Ten Minutes of Torah.

Multimedia

  • BimBam: BimBam uses digital storytelling to spark connections to Judaism for learners of all ages.
     
  • Stories We Tell: Judaism has a deep and rich tradition of storytelling, of passing down stories from one generation to the next. To carry on that tradition, Stories We Tell, this podcast shares a new story with you every week.
       
  • Wholly Jewish: Jews of a diversity of backgrounds share their experiences, insights, and how their identities enrich and create a more vibrant Jewish community. Season one features interviews with Jews of Color, and season two focuses on the stories of LGBTQIA+ Jews.
     
  • On the Other Hand: Ten Minutes of Torah: Each week, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, offers insights into the weekly Torah portion to help open up Jewish thought and its contemporary influence on your life. (Though this podcast is not currently producing new episodes, its existing episodes remain prescient.)

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