Jewish books are a source of great inspiration for Jews world-wide with a wide variety of different themes and genres that connect to the Jewish community in ways both religious, emotional, artistic, and informative.
One of the most popular genres of Jewish books is Israeli history books that cover all different angles of Israel’s past, present, and possible futures. Often, these Jewish books take on a very informational tone as they meditate on Israel’s politics, economics, and most famously, her military struggles.
Though not unique to Jewish books, the genre of historical fiction takes on a different atmosphere in Jewish books. The Holocaust is a favorite topic in this genre. The intense emotions, heavy visuals, and meaningful messages portrayed in such Jewish books make them one of the best ways to learn about Jewish culture and history as well as one of the most world-changing events ever. Many of these Jewish books have been turned into Israeli movies to reach a wider audience.
One popular author in this category of Jewish books is Leo Uris. Uris is widely recognized for Jewish books about the Holocaust such as “Mila 18” about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and “Exodus” which follows Jewish refugees after World War II as they attempt to reach the land of Israel and build a nation.
These types of Jewish books tell moving stories as while educating us about the rich and fantastic history of a determined people. Jewish books such as Uris’s and the history told within them affect all areas of modern Israeli art including Israeli music.
However, the term “Jewish books” does not only refer to Israel, the Holocaust, and related issues. Jewish books include works be world renowned authors for works not connected to Judaism.
Franz Kafka is one such example as is Kahlil Gibran famous for his Jewish books related to spirituality, but not to Judaism. Other types of Jewish books are well known for being excellent aides to the Jewish faith and many are written by famous or highly respected Rabbis such as Rabbi Meir Lau. These Jewish books cover all aspects of Judaism. Some attempt to inform beginners of the Jewish traditions and religious practices while others delve deep into religious texts attempting to explain the meaning of the universe through Hebrew texts or Kabbalah.
Many Jewish books are well-recognized for their significant contributions at all levels of society. This includes Jewish cooking books that most often like to bring you different takes on typical Israeli dishes. There are however, a great number of Jewish cookbooks that also cover food from different countries where there are or once was a large Jewish population.
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Important Jewish Books
A few of the most important Jewish books are the bible, Siddur that is the daily Jewish prayer book, Tehillim, books that relate and focus on the essence of Judaism and Jewish traditions. Moreover, tourism books that reveal the beauty of Israel trails, nature and landscape that will inspire you to embark on a historical journey, as taken by Moses, King David and other patriarchs. Books about family life and Jewish holidays are also very popular and have a central place in Jewish books.
Not all Jewish books discuss such sensitive topics. There are books on spiritual, cultural or culinary subjects. Life cycles (birth and marriage for example) are also popular subjects in Jewish books, Readers love to share and read about their own personal experiences of shopping in the market, lessons of Jewish dance or Yoga. Israeli authors that are known for their fiction are Jonathan Safran Foer, the American author of ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly close’.