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!
The Book of our Heritage by Rav Ki Tov
Rambam Laws of perepntance……. slowly!
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.
Ebay seller bluebirds15 usually has over 1000 Jewish books in Hebrew, English, Yiddish and Ladino listed. Well worth looking over his listings.
Fabulous! Thank you yaakov doe.
Just to clarify: The Book of Our Heritage is an excellent and very readable treatment of the entire yearly cycle. It’s three volumes.
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wrote a commentary to the rosh hashana machzor, published by koren(it has an amazing introduction). Highly recommended.
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.
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).
Thank you Matan1, I had not even thought of audio CDs!