Good reading suggestions for Elul and the High Holy Days for a beginner

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    aurora77
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    Hello everybody,

    I am looking for suggestions for this type of reading. I have just begun posting here (my first thread is fresh here, about becoming Jewish after discovering Jewish roots).

    To give you an idea of the level I am on, I will tell you what I have read so far, which I have been able to understand. Please keep in mind that I would need a a book with an English translation of almost any Yiddish or Hebrew if I am to understand the points being made.

    I have thus far gotten a great deal out of S.Y. Agnon’s Days of Awe and Reuven Hammer’s Entering the High Holy Days.

    Thank you so much for your suggestions as always!

    #893146

    RABBAIM
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    The Book of our Heritage by Rav Ki Tov

    Rambam Laws of perepntance……. slowly!

    #893147

    aurora77
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    Why thank you Rabbaim! I am not in a major city with incredible bookstores, so I am thinking I should probably order this online…is there a cite that you or anyone would recommend as having a particularly good selection? I live in the United States if that makes a difference.

    #893148

    yaakov doe
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    Ebay seller bluebirds15 usually has over 1000 Jewish books in Hebrew, English, Yiddish and Ladino listed. Well worth looking over his listings.

    #893149

    aurora77
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    Fabulous! Thank you yaakov doe.

    #893151

    yehudayona
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    Just to clarify: The Book of Our Heritage is an excellent and very readable treatment of the entire yearly cycle. It’s three volumes.

    #893152

    Matan1
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    Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wrote a commentary to the rosh hashana machzor, published by koren(it has an amazing introduction). Highly recommended.

    #893153

    aurora77
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    Wonderful suggestions yehudaona and Matan1 — many thank yous! I really enjoy books that cover the whole year so that I get a better feeling for themes and cycles.

    #893154

    Matan1
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    Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveichik(the rav) gave many lectures on the holidays. you can order many of his works on amazon (most literature in english by R Soloveichik was not written by him, but by his students).

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    aurora77
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    Thank you Matan1, I had not even thought of audio CDs!

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