Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

These Books are Great for Summer Reading

Tue, 12/28/2010 - 12:00am -- Rabbi Cosnowsky

Well, it’s summertime and hopefully the living is easy. I have had time to relax and get ready for the impending arrival of the twins. And because I have had some time, I have started to compile a wish list of books I’d like to read. I’m not sure I will actually have time to get to them, but I thought I’d make the list available to you so that maybe you could take in a few of these. The books I have listed all come highly recommended, and hopefully, if I do get to read a few, I will do a book review of one at the end of the summer as one of my sermons.

So, get to your nearest library or bookstore and see if you agree that these books are great for summer reading. I’m excited to hear your thoughts on them as well.


The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement - Steven L. Pease
This is an examination of Jewish achievement from the past 200 years. The author is not Jewish, but his curiosity led him to wonder how such a minority could have a major impact upon our society. Jewish achievements include the number of Nobel Prize winners, the number of doctors who have made a difference in the world, despite our small numbers.

Moses and the Journey to Leadership: Timeless Lessons of Effective Management from the Bible and Today's Leaders - Norman J. Cohen
This book was written by HUC’s Professor of Midrash. His premise is that leaders are not born; they are made through life's trials and tribulations. Moses exemplifies this notion. Because Moses was faced with many challenges, but through them he became a great leader. Dr. Cohen believes that we can all exemplify Moses and have the potential to become effective leaders.


The Saturday Wife - Naomi Ragen
This novel about an Orthodox wife, Delilah Goldgrab who marries a rabbinical student. He was happy just to serve his grandfather's congregation in the Bronx. However, she pushes her husband to take a job in a wealthy Connecticut suburb where she finds herself unable to sustain in the rat race of a demanding congregation. A very thought provoking novel.

The Kids' Fun Book of Jewish Time - Emily Sper
Something for the kids to do. They can learn about Jewish time. The information about the cycles of the moon, the days of the week and the different observances is here to appeal to kids.

Drawing in the Dust - Zoe Klein
Rabbi Klein's first novel. After many years of digging in Megiddo, an archeologist longs for something new. An Arab couple proposes that she investigate the ruins under their home, she goes and finds various artifacts and murals which suggests they have come upon the grave of the prophet Jeremiah. This multi-layered book is a pleasure to read.

I hope you all have a wonderful, fun filled summer!

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