Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Judaism. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.
1. Man's Search for Meaning
A book for finding purpose and strength in times of great despair, the international best-seller is still just as relevant today as when it was first published. “This is a book I reread a lot . . . it gives me hope . . . it gives me a sense of strength.” —Anderson Cooper, Anderson Cooper 360/CNN This seminal book, which has been called “one of the outstanding contributions to psychological thought” by Carl Rogers and “one of the great books of our time” by Harold Kushner, has been translated into more than fifty languages and sold over sixteen million copies. “An enduring work of survival literature,” according to the New York Times , Viktor Frankl’s riveting account of his time in the Nazi concentration camps, and his insightful exploration of the human will to find meaning in spite of the worst adversity, has offered solace and guidance to generations of readers since it was first published in 1946. At the heart of Frankl’s theory of logotherapy (from the Greek word for “meaning”) is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but rather the discovery and pursuit of what the individual finds meaningful. Today, as new generations face new challenges and an ever more complex and uncertain world, Frankl’s classic work continues to inspire us all to find significance in the very act of living, in spite of all obstacles. A must-read companion to this classic work, a new, never-before-published work by Frankl entitled Yes to Life: In Spite of Everything , is now available in English.
- Author: Viktor E. Frankl
- Publisher: Beacon Press; 1st edition (June 1, 2006)
- Genre: History, World
- ISBN: 978-0807014271
- Dimensions: 5.52 x 0.58 x 8.53 inches
2. The Books of Enoch: The Angels, The Watchers and The Nephilim: (With Extensive Commentary on the Three Books of Enoch, the Fallen Angels, the Calendar of Enoch, and Daniel's Prophecy)
Now buy this amazing volume for a special low price. The well known and acclaimed work of Dr. Joseph Lumpkin has been enlarged to include new research on the Books of Enoch, Fallen Angels, the Watchers, and the Nephilim. After presenting extensive historical backgrounds and brilliant translations of The First, Second, and Third Books of Enoch, Lumpkin takes time to piece together a historical narrative of Fallen Angels, the Watcher, and the Nephilim, using his extensive knowledge of ancient texts. The history of the Fallen Angels is sewn tightly together using such books as Enoch, Jasher, Jubilees, The Book of Giants, The War Scrolls, and many others. The story will astonish you. - - - New information on the First Book of Enoch is greatly expanded. Lumpkin describes the Calendar of Enoch and its pivotal place in the prophecy of Daniel. He takes First Enoch apart, section-by-section to describe its history, the time frame of authorship, and its contents. Copious notes are included throughout. - - - This volume, containing The First Book of Enoch (The Ethiopic Book of Enoch), The Second Book of Enoch (The Slavonic Secrets of Enoch), The Third Book of Enoch (The Hebrew Book of Enoch), and The Book of Fallen Angels, The Watchers, and the Origins of Evil. Expanded Commentary is included for the three books of Enoch, as well as the sections on Angels, Prophecies and the Enochian Calendar. These sources are found here, all in a single source. - - - Dr. Joseph Lumpkin is the CEO of Fifth Estate Publishers and the author of over twenty books. He appears regularly of L.A. Talk Radio and the show, "Rain Making Time" as an expert guest on the subjects of religion, theology, and church history.Look for other books by Joseph Lumpkin such as the Book of Jasher, The Book of Jubilees, Lost Books of the Bible, Banned from the Bible, and the Encyclopedia of Lost and Rejected Scriptures. A complete catalog can be seen at http://www.fifthestatepub.com
- Author: Joseph Lumpkin
- Publisher: Fifth Estate, Incorporated; Second Edition (October 1, 2011)
- Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Judaism
- ISBN: 978-1936533077
- Dimensions: 6 x 0.82 x 9 inches
3. God Will Use This for Good: Surviving the Mess of Life
Does it ever feel like life is out of control? Could you use the reminder that God is in control? When tragedy strikes, people desperately search for answers. Believers and unbelievers alike find themselves turning to God. Bestselling author and pastor Max Lucado tells us that though it may not be quick or painless, God will use this mess for good. In this booklet, Max Lucado will help you: Find courage to never give up during turbulent times Trust God to help you through all of life’s trials Remember that God will use every painful circumstance for good Scriptures for Your Turbulent Times also included
- Author: Max Lucado
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 8.11.2013 edition (September 17, 2013)
- Genre: Christian Books & Bibles, Bible Study & Reference
- Dimensions: 4.13 x 0.2 x 6.75 inches
4. The Book of Enoch
The Bible, as we hold it today, is esteemed by many religious institutions and especially Conservative Christians to be the inspired, inerrant Word of God. This doctrinal position affirms that the Bible is unlike all other books or collections of works in that it is free of error due to having been given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works (2 Tim. 3:16, 17). While no other text can claim this same unique authority, the Book of Enoch is an ancient Jewish religious work, ascribed by tradition to Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah, which played a crucial role in forming the worldview of the authors of the New Testament, who were not only familiar with it but quoted it in the New Testament, Epistle of Jude, Jude 1:14 15, and is attributed there to "Enoch the Seventh from Adam" (1 En 60:8). The text was also utilized by the community that originally collected and studied the Dead Sea Scrolls. While some churches today include Enoch as part of the biblical canon (for example the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church), other Christian denominations and scholars accept it only as having historical or theological non-canonical interest and frequently use or assigned it as supplemental materials within academic settings to help students and scholars discover or better understand cultural and historical context of the early Christian Church. The Book of Enoch provides commentators valuable insight into what many ancient Jews and early Christians believed when, God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets (Heb. 1:1). As Dr. Michael S. Heiser in the Introduction to his important book Reversing Hermon so powerfully notes: For those to whom 1 Enoch sounds unfamiliar, this is the ancient apocalyptic literary work known popularly (but imprecisely) as the Book of Enoch. Most scholars believe that 1 Enoch was originally written in Aramaic perhaps as early as the 3rd century B.C. The oldest fragments of the book were found among the Dead Sea Scrolls and dated to roughly the second century B.C. This places the book squarely in the middle of what scholars call the Second Temple Period (ca. 500 B.C. 70 A.D.), an era more commonly referred to as the Intertestamental Period. This book will use the more academic designation ( Second Temple Period ) ... The Watcher story of 1 Enoch, as many readers will recall, is an expansion of the episode described in Genesis 6:1-4, where the sons of God (Hebrew: beney ha- elohim) came in to the daughters of man (Gen 6:4; ESV). Consequently, Watchers is the Enochian term of choice (among others) for the divine sons of God. While the story of this supernatural rebellion occupies scant space in Genesis, it received considerable attention during the Second Temple Period ... The Enochian version of the events of Gen 6:1-4 preserves and transmits the original Mesopotamian context for the first four verses of the flood account. Every element of Gen 6:1-4 has a Mesopotamian counterpoint a theological target that provides the rationale for why these four verses wound up in the inspired text in the first place. Connections to that backstory can be found in the Old Testament, but they are scattered and unsystematically presented. This is not the case with Second Temple Jewish literature like 1 Enoch. Books like 1 Enoch preserve all of the Mesopotamian touchpoints with Gen 6:1-4 when presenting their expanded retelling of the events of that biblical passage. The Book of Enoch is therefore intended to be an important supplemental resource for assisting serious researchers and students in the study of the Bible.
- Author: Enoch
- Publisher: Defender Publishing (March 24, 2017)
- Genre: History, World
- ISBN: 978-0998142623
- Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
5. Yes to Life: In Spite of Everything
Find hope even in these dark times with this rediscovered masterpiece, a companion to his international bestseller Man’s Search for Meaning . Eleven months after he was liberated from the Nazi concentration camps, Viktor E. Frankl held a series of public lectures in Vienna. The psychiatrist, who would soon become world famous, explained his central thoughts on meaning, resilience, and the importance of embracing life even in the face of great adversity. Published here for the very first time in English, Frankl’s words resonate as strongly today—as the world faces a coronavirus pandemic, social isolation, and great economic uncertainty—as they did in 1946. He offers an insightful exploration of the maxim “Live as if you were living for the second time,” and he unfolds his basic conviction that every crisis contains opportunity. Despite the unspeakable horrors of the camps, Frankl learned from the strength of his fellow inmates that it is always possible to “say yes to life”—a profound and timeless lesson for us all.
- Author: Viktor E. Frankl
- Publisher: Beacon Press (March 23, 2020)
- Genre: History, World
- ISBN: 978-0807005552
- Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
6. Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots
Called “brave and riveting” by Jeannette Walls, Deborah Feldman’s New York Times best-selling memoir of escaping from a strict Hasidic community includes a new afterword by the author as well as the epilogues from the original 2012 editions detailing the circumstances of her life after leaving her husband and forging new beginnings for herself and her young son. As a member of the strictly religious Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism, Deborah Feldman grew up under a code of relentlessly enforced customs governing everything from what she could wear and to whom she could speak to what she was allowed to read. Yet in spite of her repressive upbringing, Deborah grew into an independent-minded young woman whose stolen moments reading about the empowered literary characters of Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott helped her to imagine an alternative way of life among the skyscrapers of Manhattan. Trapped as a teenager in a sexually and emotionally dysfunctional marriage to a man she barely knew, the tension between Deborah’s desires and her responsibilities as a good Satmar girl grew more explosive until she gave birth at 19 and realized that, regardless of the obstacles, she would have to forge a path - for herself and her son - to happiness and freedom. Remarkable and fascinating, this “sensitive and memorable coming-of-age story” ( Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ) is one you won’t be able to put down.
- Author: Deborah Feldman
- Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Community & Culture, Women
7. The Book of Secret Wisdom: The Prophetic Record of Human Destiny and Evolution
In these troubled times, do you wonder about the future and the destiny of humanity? Do you want to know the true purpose of your existence on Earth and in the Universe? The most secret book in the world holds the answers you seek! Named as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in 2020 by Watkins Mind Body Spirit , Zinovya Dushkova , Ph.D. , is one of the few who has gained access to the million-year-old manuscript widely known as the Book of Dzyan , which contains answers to humanity's most pressing questions. Written in the language of the Gods, called Senzar , it is secretly hidden in the heart of the Himalayas, accessible to only a chosen few over the course of human history, including Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ, Pythagoras, Plato, and Helena Blavatsky. Now, for the first time ever, Dr. Dushkova has presented a never-before-seen excerpt from the mysterious Book of Dzyan in The Book of Secret Wisdom to bring new meaning and hope into your life. Beautiful and enlightening, it will reveal not only our past, but also our present and future. To facilitate your understanding of this profound and poetic text, the book contains a comprehensive glossary gleaned from the supreme sources of wisdom. In The Book of Secret Wisdom , you will discover the answers to these questions: What are the ultimate goal and purpose of human existence? What is the cause of natural disasters, global warming, and epidemics? What really happened in 1999 and 2012? What Great Event occurred invisibly in 2017? When will Armageddon and the Last Judgment occur? What should you expect in the coming decades? Why are people dying, and is there a chance to be immortal? Why does it seem that time is speeding up? What is the famous Philosopher's Stone? and much, much more! The all-embracing and undistorted Truth presented in this book was once accessible only to the privileged initiates of ancient civilizations who spent much of their lives seeking it. But now it is available to you in the pages of The Book of Secret Wisdom , a book that offers unprecedented access to the world's most ancient mysteries. If you are a spiritual seeker who enjoys expanding the boundaries of your understanding, this book is for you. "This book is an immeasurable treasure of knowledge. Its depth and scope are incredible." -- 2016 Benjamin Franklin Awards Judge "It reads beautifully like a storybook, feels like a fable, and reveals valuable lessons of love for this lifetime." -- Allyson Gracie, Wellness Specialist, Pilates & Yoga Instructor "One of the most inspiring, all encompassing, volumes of true truth I have read in all my years of seeking truth." -- April Gieseking "It is deep, deeper and vast than you could have ever imagined." -- Aakriti, Goodreads Buy The Book of Secret Wisdom now to unveil the future and destiny of humanity!
- Author: Zinovya Dushkova
- Publisher: Radiant Books (October 12, 2015)
- Genre: Religion & Spirituality, New Age & Spirituality
- ISBN: 978-5990543140
- Dimensions: 6 x 0.61 x 9 inches
8. Ten Myths About Israel
The myths and reality behind the state of Israel and Israeli-Palestinian conflict—from “the most eloquent writer on Palestinian history” ( New Statesman ) In this groundbreaking book, published on the fiftieth anniversary of the Occupation, the outspoken and radical Israeli historian Ilan Pappe examines the most contested ideas concerning the origins and identity of the contemporary state of Israel. The “ten myths” that Pappe explores—repeated endlessly in the media, enforced by the military, accepted without question by the world’s governments—reinforce the regional status quo. He explores the claim that Palestine was an empty land at the time of the Balfour Declaration, as well as the formation of Zionism and its role in the early decades of nation building. He asks whether the Palestinians voluntarily left their homeland in 1948, and whether June 1967 was a war of “no choice.” Turning to the myths surrounding the failures of the Camp David Accords and the official reasons for the attacks on Gaza, Pappe explains why the two-state solution is no longer viable.
- Author: Ilan Pappe
- Publisher: Verso (May 2, 2017)
- Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
9. Unicorn Color by Numbers for Kids Ages 4-8: Unicorn Coloring Book for Kids and Educational Activity Books for Kids (Unicorn Books for Girls)
Unicorn Color by Number Coloring Books for Kids ages 4-8 At first grade, your child should already be adept at writing , counting and colors. This book was designed to help preschool through first grade children accurately identify objects, colors and numbers, simply drawn color-coded vignettes include cute unicorn pictures. Book’s Features Lightness of Number Guide, More beautiful when coloring completely. Large 8.5 x 8.5 inch pages, Easy to Color for kids Single sided pages to avoid bleed through Suitable for coloring with pencils, crayons, markers, gel pens etc Buy a copy today!
- Author: Hero Press
- Publisher: Independently published (May 8, 2019)
- Genre: Children's Books, Arts, Music & Photography
- ISBN: 978-1097378708
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.12 x 8.5 inches
10. The Beauty of What Remains: How Our Greatest Fear Becomes Our Greatest Gift
A Los Angeles Times bestseller From the author of the best-selling More Beautiful Than Before comes an inspiring book about loss based on his most popular sermon. As the senior rabbi of one of the largest synagogues in the world, Steve Leder has learned over and over again the many ways death teaches us how to live and love more deeply by showing us not only what is gone but also the beauty of what remains. This inspiring and comforting book takes us on a journey through the experience of loss that is fundamental to everyone. Yet even after having sat beside thousands of deathbeds, Steve Leder the rabbi was not fully prepared for the loss of his own father. It was only then that Steve Leder the son truly learned how loss makes life beautiful by giving it meaning and touching us with love that we had not felt before. Enriched by Rabbi Leder's irreverence, vulnerability, and wicked sense of humor, this heartfelt narrative is filled with laughter and tears, the wisdom of millennia and modernity, and, most of all, an unfolding of the profound and simple truth that in loss we gain more than we ever imagined.
- Author: Steve Leder
- Genre: Self-Help, Relationships, Love & Loss