October 15, 2010 1:16 am at 1:16 am #592638
Hi me and a few friends (a few friends and I?) want to learn something every night together. Something more hashkafadic (a word?). Does anyone have any good books but that read well/and are more appropriate for teenagers – that deal with what teenagers today are dealing with.
Thanks, it’s very much appreciated!October 15, 2010 5:30 am at 5:30 am #867106
May I ask what age or grade, and what background/type of girls?
Truthfully, I think your teachers (either last years or current) can help you best with this because they know you in person.October 15, 2010 5:15 pm at 5:15 pm #867107theprof1Participant
Why don’t you go to Eichlers and browse around the various books until you find one that you’re comfortable with and learn that.October 15, 2010 7:40 pm at 7:40 pm #867108
We are 16 – 17. More of a BY background but open-minded (I mean we have internet! 😉
I can’t really ask any teachers since:
A) I just switched schools so no teacher really knows me plus I’m not the type that gets close to teachers.
B) We are all in different schools.
theprof1 – I went to the local Jewish bookstore and browsed around but I just wanted to know if there are any easy to read that are on general Hashkafa, not specific things.
Thanks 🙂October 15, 2010 8:08 pm at 8:08 pm #867109cshapiroMember
Try Garden of Emunah by Rabbi Brody….its an amazing sefer that discusses Emunah, which is a topic that is rarely properly addressed in BY schools.October 15, 2010 8:12 pm at 8:12 pm #867110RSRHMember
I would strongly suggest R’ Samson Raphael Hirsh’s “The Nineteen Letters.” Is is a brilliant explanation, of the purpose of creation, the role of humanity on the world, the role of Jews in humanity, and the role of Torah and halacha in Jewish life.
Horeb, by the same author is also absolutely brilliant. In it, R’ hirsch explains the practical reasons for the mitzvos – why Hashem commands us to do X or not do Y, when He could have chosen to command and prohibit something else entirely. It is wonderful for understanding what our following halacha is supposed to do for us in terms of bettering our daily existence.
Horeb is a bit difficult at times, so I would say start with the Nineteen Letters, whioch really sets a basic hashkafic framework which he then places all the mitzvos into in Horeb.October 15, 2010 8:25 pm at 8:25 pm #867111
I have some ideas for you
THE SIX CONSTANT MITZVOS
Based on a Series of Lectures by Rabbi Yitzchok Berkowitz
Praying with fire 1 and 2
Yearning with fire by same author
CHOFETZ CHAIM: A LESSON A DAY
Concise Chafetz Chaim: A Page A Day
Buy Green Bananas by Rabbi Berel Wein
HEART TO HEART TALKS
by Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg
I think thats enough for now 🙂October 15, 2010 9:00 pm at 9:00 pm #867112popa_bar_abbaParticipant
You can just ask us any hashkafa questions you have. We can help.
But don’t listen to the following posters:
EditedOctober 15, 2010 9:13 pm at 9:13 pm #867113Ben TorahParticipant
WIY: Are you an Artscoll sales agent? 🙂October 16, 2010 7:05 pm at 7:05 pm #867114MoqMember
Gila Manoloson’s new book about Tzinius , Feminity & Relationships is excellent “Choosing to Love” – she covers everything from negiah to frum fashion & everything in between.October 16, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm #867115
Bichlal not. I just happened to search through their website, and it just happens to be that they published a lot of great books.October 17, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm #867116tzippiMember
The Nineteen Letters is fantastic but I don’t see how anyone, especially a teenager, can learn it without a guide. Any edition.
There’s Rabbi Tatz’s book for Thinking Teenagers. Forgot the full title. It may also be heavy but I will assume he writes in a somewhat accessible way.
There’s also a book put out by Feldheim by R’ Doron Korbleuth specifically for teenagers. He has a few good anthologies of general thought; you might enjoy the others too.
Thirty years ago JEP put out some wonderful books. They may not be sophisticated enough – maybe geared more for earlier teens – but they’re good reads. The hashkafa book is Lehavin ULehaskil.
Do any of your friends have teachers they can ask?
Any teachers in the CY?
Hatzlacha!October 18, 2010 12:45 am at 12:45 am #867117
Thank you all for the suggestions! We’ll look through them.
I borrowed “The Thinkin Jewish Teenagers Survival Guide” by Rabbi Tatz but when I skimmed through it, I didn’t find it easy to read.
I don’t remember the exact name of the book, but it had a picture of an ipod on the front, maybe “teens survival guide or something” it was a blue book. Does anyone know if it a good easy to read book?
Thanks a ton!!! I really really appreciate it!!!!!November 3, 2010 5:17 am at 5:17 am #867118
If you want easy to read get Garden of Emunah the book is a must read.November 3, 2010 6:01 am at 6:01 am #867119YTVYTTCBBRKLYNMember
Michtav Eliyahu or the translation Strive for TruthNovember 3, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am #867120myfriendMember
Why did you go to 3 different Yeshivos?November 3, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm #867121yes-its-meParticipant
you wont find any hashkafic legitimacy for the internet. Experience has it that since letzonos echad docheh 100 tochochos, so will the internet destroy any hashkofoh.November 3, 2010 3:22 pm at 3:22 pm #867122cokeMember
there is an amazing book out there on emunah and bitachon called “the garden of emunah” by rabbi arush. try it- it changed the way i thought about everything in life.November 3, 2010 7:31 pm at 7:31 pm #867123
No way!November 3, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm #867124yitayningwutParticipant
He must have learned the gemara (A.Z. 19a) that says ?? ????? ???? ??? ??? ???? ???? ???? ????.
Alternatively, he didn’t go to all three, and he’s just proud that he lives in Brooklyn because of those yeshivos.May 26, 2011 7:46 pm at 7:46 pm #867125optimusprimeMember
I was recently introduced to Stop Surviving, Start Living by Rabbi BenTzion Shafier. He is a musmach of Yeshivat Rabbeinu Yisrael Meir HaKohen and was close to the R”Y Rav Henoch Leibowitz ZT”L. He uses the first chapter of Mesilas Yesharim as a guide to answer difficult hashkafic questions that come up everyday.
It was a real joy to read. I would highly recommend it.May 26, 2011 8:40 pm at 8:40 pm #867126adorableParticipant
whoever recomended garden of emunah- thank you its a great book and i read it but did not do enough of it to really change my life i did it here and there and only a little every day. i love the stop surviving start living!He is great!!!!!!May 27, 2011 8:51 am at 8:51 am #867127HaLeiViParticipant
There are some great books from Reb Arye Kaplan. Most are deep, but some are less. He wrote, ‘The Handbook of Jewish Thought’, which is a Kitzur Shulchan Aruch on Hashkafa — a concise and straight to the point guide of what the Yesodos Emuna are on different topics.May 27, 2011 1:53 pm at 1:53 pm #867128EmunahPshutaOrNoMember
If you want to listen to someone instead of reading you could listen to R’ Tatz’s shiurim online (or download them) for free @simpletoremeber.com. He is perhaps one of the best speakers in the world! Will absolutely change the way you approach Judaism!April 12, 2012 3:22 am at 3:22 am #867129
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