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During the period of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, the Rosh Hashanah holiday service, consisting of sacrifices and appropriate Biblical readings as well as the sounding of the shofar ended fairly early in the day.

Waiting for Rain is an elegantly written guide to the liturgical themes for the High Holy Days.

Making Prayer Real: Leading Jewish Spiritual Voices on Why Prayer is Difficult and What to Do About It by Reform Rabbi Mike Comins and with 53 other contributing Rabbis and leaders/thinkers, mostly from the liberal Jewish sects, is a wonderful introduction to the world of prayer, giving the skeptical and the unfamiliar a broad outline of understanding and a sensitive and generous permission from which to begin to experiment and explore.

In Repentance: The Meaning and Practice of Teshuva, Dr. Louis E. Newman, a professor of religious studies at Carleton College, begins by identifying teshuvah (repentance) as one of the “central religious-moral” teachings of Judaism, and takes a rigorous analytical approach to understanding what teshuvah is and how it is done.

Reading this book is like taking a trip to Baskin-Robbins, only instead of flavors of delicious ice cream, you get delicious flavors of guilt, each irresistible in its own, funny, weird, touching, infuriating but inevitably engaging way.

s Reform Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, PhD. candidly describes in the insightful introduction to Who by Fire, Who by Water: Un’taneh Tokef, when prayer books began appearing in translation, many Jews, both leaders and laity, were distressed by the content and meaning of the prayers.

Holy days and holidays provide the peak experiences of Jewish life. These moments speak deeply to the Jewish soul and animate Judaism's culture.

In thoughtful and engaging prose, Rabbi Greenberg explains and interprets the origin, background, ceremonial rituals, and religious significance of all the Jewish holidays, showing how they are related to Judaism's central themes andgiving detailed instructions for observing them.

Stopping short of creating an imaginary conversation between two great Jewish writers, Rodger Kamenetz provides the groundwork for such an exchange in this highly original study—a meditation, really—on the inner circumstances that link them. Kamenetz reads the works of each man “as autobiography of the soul,” the soul of an ardent seeker.

The incredibly erudite R. Steinsaltz’s latest contribution to Jewish thought is a compendium of essays that focus on the inherent personal, spiritual meanings of Jewish celebrations and commemorations throughout the year.

Rabbi Norman Lamm has had a distinguished career of over a half century in the rabbinate and university administration.

If any cuisine could use lightening up, it’s Jewish cuisine. But Faye Levy doesn’t stop at simply cutting calories from old favorites like (peach pistachio) noodle kugel, (whole wheat) matzo balls, and (buckwheat) blintzes (with goat cheese and ratatouille).

Jewish holidays, with the exception of Yom Kippur, are associated with special foods.

We all have friends whom we see often and others with whom we have not been in contact for weeks, months, or years—but the relationship is still vibrant and can be rekindled at any moment.

Laura Frankel, chef and founder of Shallots, a well-known kosher Chicago restaurant, feels that fresh, high-quality ingredients are essential for good cooking.

Kids love to cook, and this book will help them create some traditional and not so traditional items for their holiday menus.

This is the sixth and final addition to the author’s excellent Holiday Time series, just in time for Rosh Hashanah!

This slim paperback volume includes instructions for 24 Jewish origami projects, along with a black and white photograph and a brief explanation of each project’s historical and spiritual significance.

  • Alissa Frankel

    I just bought this book! I'm going to use it during HH youth programming!

Everyone makes “I’m sorry” lists before Taschlich, the symbolic casting away of sins into water.

Fifth grader Ellie Silver is eager to go to the new indoor water park, but her parents and brother are not interested.

A change from the usual apples and honey presentation, What’s the Buzz, through wonderful photographs and simple explanations, teaches both adult readers and young children how we get honey.

Talented children’s author Jacqueline Dembar Greene mixes a high holiday with scary Jewish history during the Spanish Inquisition in a little known Sephardic legend.

Blue silk kippot inscribed with, “Bar Mitzvah of Joshua Jacobs” are given to guests at Josh’s Bar Mitzvah.

A lovely book about Tashlich that attempts to make an old tradition meaningful in an up-to-date fashion.

This book is so gorgeous that within ten minutes of seeing my early review copy, I contacted the artist and bought the cover art to have framed and placed on the wall of our temple library.