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Building a Home Jewish Library

Jewish wisdom and values can't quite give you pointers on how to build bookshelves for your home, but they will help you select the books that will fill these shelves and enhance your Jewish home library.

In the pages that follow, we present suggestions from experts in all aspects of Jewish life and literature, from Talmud scholars to students of mysticism, from teachers of Jewish history to authorities on children's books. The roster of contributors is impressive.

We are also pleased to announce that wherever possible, the United Synagogue Book Service lets you do one-stop shopping for these books. Just email with a list of the books you want to buy. For older or out-of-print books, we suggest you go to a specialized bookstore or seacrh online.

While we remain the people of the Book -- the Torah -- we truly have become a people of many books. As the philosopher Franz Rosenzweig wrote, "Nothing Jewish is foreign to me." Let us follow his lead. A Jewish journey must include both practice and learning. The books suggested in these essays will serve as valuable guides to inform and enhance that journey.


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