Top 100 Jewish Books

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8. The Rise of David Levinsky, Abraham Cahan. An immigrant success story, written by the long-time editor of the Yiddish Forward.

9. Badenheim 1939, Aharon Appelfeld.

10. Goodbye Columbus, Philip Roth.

(The biblical book of Esther, in my opinion, can also be included for this category. I consider it the first book of Jewish historical fiction, but that is a discussion for another time and another article.)

Poetry/Drama/Short Stories

1. Penguin Book of Hebrew Verse, edited and translated by T. Carmi. Great anthology.

2. Poems of Jerusalem and Love Poems, Yehuda Amichai. A broad and a bilingual collection.

3. The Dybbuk, Ansky. Bless my soul; I am stuck on this play.

4. The Shawl, Cynthia Ozick.

5. Favorite Tales of Shalom Aleichem, selected and translated by Julius and Frances Butwin.The "Jewish Mark Twain" in English.

6. Miriam's Tambourine: Jewish Folktales from Around the World, Howard Schwartz.

7. America and I: Short Stories by American Jewish Women Writers, Joyce Antler (Editor).

8. Chicken Soup for the Jewish Soul: Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit, Jack Canfield (Editor).

9. Twenty-One Stories, S. Y. Agnon.

10. Shirot Bialik, Hayyim Nahman Bialik. Steven Jacobs (Editor).

Children's Books

1. Something from Nothing, Phoebe Gilman, simply the best introduction for small children to the Jews of Eastern Europe, and it does not even mention Eastern Europe!

2. Jeremy's Dreidel, Ellie Gellman. "Being blind is not about how you look, it is about how you see."

3. When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest.

4. About the Bnai Bagels, E. L. Konigsburg.

5. The Return, Sonia Levitin. Escape from Ethiopia.

6. Diary of A Young Girl, Anne Frank.

7. The Devil's Arithmetic, Jane Yolen.

8. All of a Kind Family, Sydney Taylor.

9. The Feather Merchants and Other Tales of the Fools of Chelm. Retold by Steve Sanfield. Antics of the sages of Chelm.

10. The House on the Roof: A Sukkot Story, David Adler. "Then the judge said to the old man, 'I'll give you just 10 days to take your Sukkah down.'"

Misc. Great Books

1. Back to the Sources: Reading the Classical Jewish Texts, Barry W. Holtz.

2. The Last Trial, Shalom Spiegel. The binding of Isaac from midrashic perspectives.

3. Living Each Day, Abraham J. Twerski.

4. This is my God, Herman Wouk.

5. Sacred Fragments, Neil Gillman.

6. My Life, by Golda Meir. Powerful autobiography from one of the 20th century's greatest Jewish women.

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Rabbi Miriam Spitzer is the Judaic Studies Curriculum Coordinator and School Rabbi at the South Area Solomon Schechter Day School in Stoughton, Mass.