12 Basic Books

Abraham Joshua Heschel by Abraham Joshua Heschel and Suzannah Heschel offers excerpts from the great Jewish teacher's writings on humanity, prophecy, the mystery of God, the realm of Spirit, the place of prayer, and the practice of faith in everyday life.

Conquering Fear by Harold S. Kushner is a versatile and in-depth treatment of the very real fears that attack and deplete us and an affirmation of courage as a virtue that stretches our minds and souls.

The Empty Chair by Moshe Mykoff is a rousing collection of stories and pithy sayings on all aspects of the spiritual life by the great grandson of the Baal Shem Tov, founder of the Hasidic movement.

Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis provides a sturdy and sensitive spiritual curriculum that nourishes the soul and provides a plethora of practices that will bring more happiness, trust, and love into your life.

To Heal a Fractured World by Jonathan Sacks depicts Judaism as a complex and subtle faith that takes seriously the ethics of responsibility to redeem evil, transform suffering, and practice virtue.

The History of Last Night's Dream by Rodger Kamenetz is an erudite work on dreams, working with their images, downplaying interpretation, and seeing the dream world as a realm of the soul.

Invisible Lines of Connection by Lawrence Kushner is an exquisite collection of essays that affirms the many ways God works through the mundane and helps us all see how we are connected as "players in a sacred story."

Jewish with Feeling by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Joel Siegel gives an inspiring and expansive vision of Judaism informed by mysticism, Hasidism, everyday spirituality, a creative use of ritual, and an intriguing understanding of Jewish practice.

The Left Hand of God by Michael Lerner provides a foundational philosophical framework for progressive social change which criticizes the technocratic and bottom-line consciousness of the capitalist world and outlines the lineaments of a new spiritual covenant with America.

Living a Joyous Life by David Aaron explains the goal of Judaism as "to be who you are, a godly being" and shows how ancient practices can put us on the path of liberation and transformation by helping us stay connected to God and our neighbors.

Pebbles of Wisdom from Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz by Adin Steinsaltz and Arthur Kurzwell is an impressive collection of wisdom from a Jewish educator and scholar on God, the seeker, the children of Israel, the trials of life, and guidance.

The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness by Rami Shapiro is a beautiful and profound presentation of the spiritual practice which enables us to live in a godly manner, to cultivate an appreciation of ourselves and others, and to preserve kindness by the creation of an ethical will.

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