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Captures of Nature, High Holy Days Reading

The photograph above always brings me back to the Smokey Mountains, and to the beauty and awe of nature. To call the scenic setting breathtaking, is an understatement. Like Yosemite National Park, the sea, or the Grand Canyon, the Smokey Mountains leave me gasping at the wonder of it all.

Recommended Reading in preparation for the High Holy Days:

Waiting for Rain, by Bryna Jocheved Levy


The Koren Sacks Siddur: A Hebrew/English Prayerbook
, by Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks

Preparing Your Heart for the High Holy Days, by Dr. Kerry M. Olitzky

A Jewish Woman’s Prayer Book, by Dr. Aliza Laviwe

Days of Awe: A Treasury of Jewish Wisdom for Reflection, Repentance, and Renewal on the High Holy Days, by Shmuel Yosef Agnon

The How & Why of Jewish Prayer, by Israel Rubin

The Gift of Rest, by Senator Joe Lieberman

The Jewish Body, by Melvin Konner


Man’s Search for Meaning
, by Viktor Frankl

Seyder Tkhines, by Devra Kay

Hours of Devotion
, by Dinah Berland

Entering the High Holy Days
, by Rabbi Reuven Hammer

August 21, 2012 – 3 Elul, 5772

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Jewaicious Jewish Book Recommends

I love Jewish-related prayer books, and have a few of them in my collection, sitting on my night table. Each one affords me a different perspective on Jewish life, Jewish culture, Jewish religious issues and thoughts and Jewish family dynamics. Some hold prayers within the pages that were written by women centuries ago, offering prayers for any life event and not just for holiday celebrations. I wouldn’t be without these books close to my bedside, where I can reach out for them when I want some comfort or reassurance, or just to read before going to sleep in order to gain some insight.

Here is a list of some of my night table security blankets:


The Women’s Torah Commentary: New Insights from Women Rabbis on the 54 Weekly Torah Portions


The Women’s Haftarah Commentary

A Jewish Woman’s Prayer Book, by Aliza Lavie

Hours of Devotion: Fanny Neuda’s Book of Prayers for Jewish Women, by Dina Berland

Seyder Tkhines: The Forgotten Book of Prayer for Jewish Women, by Devra Kay

The Koren Sacks Siddur, by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

One book that speaks to me is entitled The Sabbath, by Abraham Joshua Heschel. You can read my review, here.

For Passover I recommend A Passover Haggadah, as Commented on by Elie Wiesel

I also recommend Pesach for the Rest of Us, by Marge Piercy

I can’t say enough about Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl. I refer to it often. It helps to ground me when I need to contemplate on a serious note. You can read my review, here.

For Lithuanian history I recommend: The Litvaks: A Short History of the Jews in Lithuania, by Don Levin

For recipes I recommend these two books: 1,000 Jewish Recipes, by Faye Levy

Quick and Kosher: Meals in Minutes
, by Jamie Geller

The photograph above was taken a while ago, and shows some of my books relating to Jewish prayer.

The photograph below is one that I took in a synagogue of its Holy Ark (with permission)

All photography, writing, poetry, etc. is my copyright and may not be reproduced without my express written permission.

March 1, 2012 – 7 Adar I, 5772

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