The Rabbis’ Good Reads

I know I accidentally posted this before we had the chance to edit it. So here you go! Rabbi Berry’s books have been added, we’ve changed a couple of other little things (you can treat it like a word search puzzle), and we hope that it gets the conversation going about what to pick up next!

Last year, we posted up a few books that each of us is currently reading. I find that it’s nice to check in with my colleagues to hear what books have been grabbing their attention. We were recently talking about this among us, and decided that it would be a fair time to share:

Rabbi Eric Gurvis is carrying around four books, as of late: John Lennon and the Jews by Ze’ev Maghen is an interesting take on Jewish thought, identity, and life by someone Rabbi Gurvis knew over 30 years ago. He’s also been reading the classic Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankel, as well as a Hebrew academic text by Shalom Hartman faculty, Micah Goodman, The Secrets of the Guide for the Perplexed. Finally, let’s not forget a little bit of fun reading. Red Sox’s Truck Day was yesterday, which means that we’re getting ready for baseball season. To get ready for that, Rabbi Gurvis has been reading Under the March Sun: The Story of Spring Training by Charles Fountain.

Rabbi Allison Berry suggests a couple of titles: Past Imperfect by Julian Fellowes. This is a novel written by the creator of my new favorite TV show Downton Abbey. The book is not the same as the TV show but also follows the lives of upper class British society from the 1930ties-1990ties. The First Year: Autism Spectrum Disorders by Nancy D. Wiseman; our son has recently been diagnosed and we are doing as much reading as possible from multiple perspectives. The Art Forger: A Novel by B.A. Shapiro – A mystery novel: this is the most fun I have had in a long time! It is about the art heist at the Isabella Stuart Gardener museum. A great way to learn more about the art world and the “craft” of forging art masterpieces. 

And then, I want to tell you about two books: I have long been a fan of reading thin, thought provoking books on theology. Someone recently directed me to Paul Tillich’s book, Love, Power, and Justice. It is a tough text, but it is worth the effort. Then, it discusses a heavy topic, but it is well worth the read: Columbine by Dave Cullen. In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook, I have been motivated to write and reflect more on gun violence as it occurs in the United States. Having been a high school student when Columbine occurred, this has been something that has shaken me to attention. It’s a disturbing read, but so well researched; it gives a whole different layer of perspective to the current debate.

We’d love to know what else is on your bookshelves. If you have anything we should be taking a look at, post it up in the comments section here!

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