Recent releases we’ve enjoyed

It’s been a while since I posted about the new books my family and I enjoyed. Here are some we read recently.

The Chase – A Novel by Rabbi Meir Uri Gottesman is engaging, fast-paced, and full of mysticism and symbolism. At first, my daughter got it from the library, but we liked it so much that we bought our own copy. It’s a beautiful book that can be read again and again.


Code One by Rabbi Yitzchak Goldman is a beautifully written, fast-paced thriller with well developed, memorable charactres. It takes places in modern day Britain, but much of the plot revolves around the massacre of the Jewish community of York in the 12th century. My teenagers loved it. I read it in one sitting — I couldn’t put it down.

We are very excited about the sequel that just came out:

Code Two – A Novel. I bought it, but haven’t read it yet. With enough self-control, I might save it for Pesach :).


Just Imagine! The Purim Story Today … by M. Safra is a graphic novel retelling the story of Purim in modern day terms. My eight year old son loved it, and even my teenage daughters found it interesting.

Hope you enjoy these!

Book list for Shemos (Exodus)

As we begin Sefer Shemos (Book of Exodus) this week,

here is the updated book list.

Coming up: some books my family and I enjoyed recently.

Chanuka book list

Chodesh tov!

It’s the month of Kislev, and time to get ready for Chanuka. Here is the updated Chanuka book list, in a new format.

Enjoy! And if you know of any other books I could add please let me know.

New release: Spies and Scholars, by Yehudis Litvak

Just in time for Chanuka! The sequel to Swords and Scrolls, Spies and Scholars by Yehudis Litvak (yours truly :)) continues the story of the Maccabean revolt.

Who can be trusted in these turbulent times?
The war between the Maccabees and the Greeks rages on. Miriam ventures into enemy territory as a spy for the Maccabees. Her cousin Elisha is caught in an internal battle. Can he trust himself? Can the faithful Jews trust each other? Can they put their own differences aside as they fight for the heart and soul of their nation?

Available from the Jewish Children’s Book Club.

Book list in new format — please check it out

Hello everyone!

As I mentioned previously, the current astore format of the book list will be discontinued by Amazon in less than a week. I am trying out a new format. To keep things simple, there is a page for each category, and the books are listed on each page in no particular order.

So far, I’ve only put up pages for the five books of the Torah. Please check out the new format. All feedback is very much welcome!

Book list

New release: Family Midrash Says on Tishrei

Another exciting new release. According to the description, ages 14 and up.

The Family Midrash Says , The Book Of Tishrai

New releases: Just Imagine! for Yom Kippur and Sukkos

I saw these two books in the local bookstore — they look amazing. Each is a graphic novel. We haven’t read them yet.

Just Imagine! Your Day in Court

Just Imagine! We're Going to the Beis Hamikdash

Books for this time of the year

Hello everyone!

First of all, I’d like to remind you that if you’re looking for books for your family about the upcoming holidays, you can check the relevant book list here. Hope you find it helpful.

Second, I’m still looking for ideas on how to reorganize the list (see my previous post. Feedback would be much appreciated!

Need your feedback!

Hi everyone!

I will have to do some major revamping of this site. Unfortunately, Amazon will discontinue its astore feature at the end of October, so I won’t be able to keep my book list in its current format. I’d like some feedback on what would be the best way to maintain the book list on this site. I’d like to be able to update the list easily, so I’d rather not go back to Excel files.

I would really appreciate if you could either comment here or email me directly and answer some of the following questions:

— How do you use the book list?
— How often do you access it?
— What works for you and what doesn’t?
— Is there a different format for the book list that you would prefer?
— Are there any specific features you’d like to see?

Thank you!
Yehudis at