Recommended books

We recommend all the books, studies and articles one can find on the website website http://www.azamra.org

 

Further on, we recommend following books though this list of course cannot be considered as complete.

 

Apologetics

 

Judaism and Christianity : a contrast

by Rabbi Stuart Federow

published by iUiverse, Inc, - Bloomington.

Many people consider the differences between Judaism and christianity as minimal; they are convinced that discussions are focused on and limited within the borders of the amount of 'rules and restrictions' imposed by the rabbis. This kind of thought only feeds the own feelings of superiority and antisemitism. This book is a must read here because it is well written and documented. It shows how fundamental the gap is between christianity and judaism. Furthermore it gives well reasoned and scriptural answers on the many objections christians usually make against judaism. The author has read the gospels and apostolic writings by himself and this gives an authenticity to this work. If you want to know the judaic approach of the apostolic writings and the Hebrew Bible and know the answers on the usual objections that christians give, then this book is for you. This book demonstrates with biblical arguments how dubious most christian dogmas and arguments are.

 

Bible

 

 

The Tanach,

The Torah / Prophets / Writings: the twinty-four books of the Bible newly translated and annotated,

by Rabbi Yehuda Heimowitz in collaboration with Rabbi Shai Markowitz,

Edited by Rabbi Nosson Sherman

The ArtScroll Series published by Mesorah Publications, ltd

 

PRAYER, SPIRITUAL PRACTICES AND HITBODEDUT

 

Siddur Tefilat L'el Chaiai

Nusach Sefard - Schonfeld Family Edition

The Breslov Siddur

published by Breslov Research Institute - Jerusalem / NY

a recommended prayer book. Besides the unique translation of the prayers (for week days) one can find an explanation of specific Hebrew terms used in these prayers : this may enhance the spiritual experience of the reader.

 

Siddur Etz Chaim

Nusach Sefard - Schonfeld Family Edition

The Complete Artscroll Siddur

published by Mesorah Publications, Ltd

recommended : a prayer book that is very structured and complete. This prayer book contains the prayers for weekdays, but also the main prayers for shabbat and festivals. The layout is very helpful for the user of this book.

 

My Prayer

by Nissan Mindel (Kehot Publication Society)

chassidic insights concerning prayer.

 

Outpourings of the Soul

translated by Rabbi Aryeh kaplan (Breslov Research Institute).

Excellent teaching of Rebbe Nachman concerning Hitbodedut

 

 

Jewish Spiritual Practices

by Yitzchak Buxbaum (Jason Aronson Inc.)

an excellent collection of chasidic spiritual practices.

 

DE WERKEN VAN REBBE NACHMAN VAN BRESLEV

 

See the books published by the Breslov Research Institute, Jerusalem.

Further more :

 

Advice

translated into English by Avraham Greenbaum.

Practical Advice about all kinds of matters,

from Likutey Moharan en other works of Rabbi Nachman.

 

Ayeh - "Where" -

english translation with commentary on Likutey Moharan II-12

This book teaches about the theme of seeking G-d and deals with spiritual darkness and despair.

 

Azamra - "I will sing !"

english translation with commentary on Likutey Moharan I:282.

This book deals with Rabbi Nachman's path to happiness through the search for the good points into one's life

 

A Day in the Life of a Breslover Chassid

Translated into english by R. Yitzchok Breiter, from 'Seder HaYom'

 

Garden of the Souls

English translation with commentary on Likutey Moharan I:65

this book deals with the subject of pain and suffering.

edited by Avraham Greenbaum

 

Likutey Moharan Vols. I-IV

an ongoing translation project with comment of the most important work of Rabbi Nachman

 

Rebbe Nachman's Stories

translated into english by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan.

The 13 most important stories told by Rebbe Nachman, along with some more little parables,

published with comment.

 

Rebbe Nachman's Tikkun

translated into english by Avraham Greenbaum.

The ten psalms, in hebrew, with English transliteration and translation, along with an extensive commentary.

 

Rebbe Nachman's Wisdom

translated into english by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan.

Rebbe Nachman's discussions about faith, joy, meditations, etc..

A very good starter for one who wants to explore the teachings of Rebbe Nachman.

 

Restore My Soul

translated into english by Avraham Greenbaum.

How to deal with depression and despair..

 

Seven Pillars of Faith

by R. Yitzchok Breiter.

This booklet deals with the pillars of a jewish biblical faith.

A must for one who looks for more clarity about his faith, freedom of choice, personal responsability etc. It also gives a perspective on the subjects of injustice and how the Holy One acts and deals in cases of injustice. E

 

The Aleph-Bet Book

translated into english by Moshe Mykoff.

Rebbe Nachman's aphorisms.

 

Tsohar - "Light"

english translation and commentary on Likutey Moharan I:112 on the theme of truth as the key for our dedication in prayer and hitbodedut.

 

Tzaddik

translation into english by Avraham Greenbaum.

Rabbi Nathan's biografie of Rebbe Nachman.

DE WERKEN VAN RABBI AVRAHAM GREENBAUM

 

We recommend very much the books and studies of Rabbi A. Greenbaum but also all his articles and teachings you can discover on the website http://www.azamra.org.

From our experience they are fundamental and very practical for anyone yearning for further growth in his life ; several of his works can be read for free on this website.

 

 

Especially for 'starters', we can recommend :

 

Under the Table & How to get up

Jewish Pathways of spiritual growth,

by Avraham Greenbaum

published by The Azamra Institute POB 50037, Jerusalem 91 500, Israel

 

A must read for anyone wanting to deepen his relationship with the Holy One.

 

Furthermore the following books published by the Azamra Institute :

 

The Wings of the Sun

The Jewish Healing Tradition in Theory and Practice

by Avraham Greenbaum

published by The Azamra Institute POB 50037, Jerusalem 91 500, Israel

An actual work about healing in jewish tradition, practical for everyday use.

 

A Call to Live : Jewish Guidance on Healing

by Avraham Greenbaum

published by The Azamra Institute POB 50037, Jerusalem 91 500, Israel

 

Behind the frustration and pain in times of sickness we may discover a hidden truth : a call for life. There is no way that contributes more to our healing than our decision to live life to its fullness. This decision is one of the most important steps one can take in his healing process. This is a book of trust in G-d's Remaining Kindness and Goodness for all of us : He stays concerned, even in a time of serious illness and crisis.

 

A Joyous Heart : Torah Healing Wisdom

by Avraham Greenbaum

published by The Azamra Institute POB 50037, Jerusalem 91 500, Israel

A pocket book bringing us insights from traditional Torah sources.

 

VARIA

 

The 6 Constant Mitzvos,

based on a series of lectures by Rabby Yitzchak Berkowitz,

by Rabbi Yehuda Heimowitz in collaboration with Rabbi Shai Markowitz,

overview by Rabbi Nosson Scherman

published by Mesorah Publications, ltd

 

"The classic work Sefer Hachinuch lists six mitzvos (note : a mitzvah is a commandment) that are "constant". They must be a part of us every moment of every day of ourlives: we must perform them with every breath we take and every thought we have. they are :

- emunah : Faith in Hashem

- Lo Yihiyeh : Not to believe in other gods

- Yichud HaShem : Hashem's Oneness

- Ahavas Hashem : loving Hashem

- Yiras Hashem : fearing Hashem

- Lo Susuru : do not stray after your heart and after your eyes.

How can we perform even one mitzvah, let alone six, on a constant, never-ending basis, and still live our everyday lives ? How can we bring commandments such as the prohibition against idolatry or the mandate to proclaim Hashem's Oneness into our day-to-day activities ? The 6 Constant Mitzvos shows us how."

 

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch - "The code of Jewish Law"

by Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried (1804-1886).

Classic work teaching the rules of a jewish life.

this work exists in different languages.

 

Mishneh Torah

by Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon (The Rambam - 1135-1204)

Do you want to know the commandments and the oral law ?

This work is published in several languages.

 

The Laws of Interpersonal Relationships

a classical codification of the Torah : this codification contains all commandments.

by Rabbi Avrohom Ehrman

published by Mesorah Publications, ltd

 

"In "the Laws of Interpersonal Relationships", Rabbi Avrohom Ehrman, a distinguished scholar, comprehensively and systematically discusses the Torah laws that guarantee a harmonious, humane, ethical society. Halacha provides rules and guidelines for scores of everyday situations each of us encounters at home, in school, and in the workplace. But Rabbi Ehrman does more than give us the laws. He provides real-life examples - the kind we live with every day - and show we show how we should deal with them. Among the many issues covered in this book:

- How should you offer constructive criticism ?

- When do your needs come before those of others ?

- How can you get along with your contentious neighbor ?

- What business practices constitute coercion ? "

 

 

A Practical Guide to Kashrut : the Dietary Laws

by Rabbi S. Wagschal (Feldheim)

 

Taharas Am Yisroel : A Guide to the Laws of Family Purity

by Rabbi S. Wagschal (Feldheim)

 

The Sanctity of speech : A Compendium of the Laws of Lashon Hora [= Bad Talk]

by Rabbi Y.K. Krohn & Rabbi Y.M. Shain translated by Rabbi Hillel Danziger (chevras Shmiras Haloshon).

 

The Book of Our Heritage

by Eliahu Kitov,

translated by Rabbi Nachman Bulman. 3 volumes (Feldheim)

The Jewish Year, including the Festivals - background and practice.

 

Derech HaShem - "The Way of God"

by Rabbi Moshe Chayim Luzzatto (1707-46)

English translation by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan (Feldheim).

a classic, this work deals with the foundations of our faith and our life from a torah perspective.

 

Mesillas Yesharim - "The Path of the Just",

by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto,

translated in English by Rabbi Yosef Leibler (The Torah Classics Library - Feldheim)

a mussar classic and a must read for anyone who wants to grow in his relationship with the Holy One.

 

"The Guide to Serving God ",

by Rabbeinu Avraham ben HaRambam, son of Maimonides,

translated in English by Rabbi Yaakov Wincelberg (The Torah Classics Library - Feldheim)

a mussar classic and a must for anyone who wants to grow in his service of the Holy One.

 

My Father, My King

connecting with the Creator

by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

published by Mesorah Publications, ltd

 

" 'When a person becomes aware of the reality of the Almightty's existence, he will experience limitless joy. All the pleasures of the world are as nothing compared to the intense pleasure of a person cleaving to his Creator.' Chazon Ish, Emunah U'Bitachon 1:9

My Father, My King enables the reader to become more aware of this reality in all aspects of life. It will help intensify spiritual experiences and elevate the mundane."

a verry encouraging book.

 

Gateway to Happiness

by Rabbi Moshe Zelig Pliskin (Aish HaTorah Publications 1983)

a practical work for anyone who wants to grow more serene and happy