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)
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March 1, 2012 – 7 Adar I, 5772