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OK, sometimes people ask me for recommendations for books to learn more about Judaism, or certain aspects of Judaism. I recently put together this book list to do some of that work. Here you go, in thread form. 1/x
It's not comprehensive, it doesn't have everybody's book, and your fave might be missing. I tried to focus on stuff that was going to give an expansive view of things, on women, queer, JOC voices, and that was above all accessible to the intelligent lay reader.
In the interests of full disclosure: there are a few books on this list that I have not personally read, but that people I trust recommend strongly. If there is something problematic on here (different from: not my theology, etc), I'd be glad to know.

Judaisms: A Twenty-First-Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities, Aaron Hahn Tapper
To Life: A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking, Harold Kushner
Whose Torah? A Concise Guide to Progressive Judaism, Rebecca T. Alpert

The Sabbath, Abraham Joshua Heschel
The Jewish Holidays, Michael Strassfield
The Jewish Book of Days: A Companion for All Seasons, Jill Hammer
The Torah of Music: Reflections on a Tradition of Singing and Song, Joey Weisenberg
The First Jewish Catalog: A Do-It-Yourself Kit, Michael Strassfeld
A Guide to Jewish Prayer, Adin Steinsaltz
The Jewish Cultural Tapestry: International Jewish Folk Traditions, Steven Lowenstein
Talking to God: Personal Prayers for Times of Joy, Sadness, Struggle, and Celebration, Naomi Levy
A Book of Life, Embracing Judaism as a Spritual Practice, Michael Strassfeld
Living A Jewish Life, Anita Diamant
Jewish Passages: Cycles of Jewish Life, Harvey Goldberg
Chanah’s Voice: A Rabbi Wrestles with Gender, Commandment, and the Women’s Rituals of Baking, Bathing and Brightening, Haviva Ner-David
Life on the Fringes: A Feminist Journey Toward Traditional Rabbinic Ordination, Haviva Ner-David

How to Read the Jewish Bible by Marc Zvi Brettler
Who Wrote the Bible? Richard Elliott Friedman
A Driven Leaf, Milton Steinberg (Fiction)
The Essential Talmud, Adin Steinsaltz
The Talmud: A Biography, Barry Wimpfheimer
Rabbinic Creativity in the Modern Middle East, Zvi Zohar
A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts from the First Century to 1969, Noam Sienna

Torah Journeys: An Inner Path to the Promised Land, Shefa Gold
The Five Books of Miriam: A Woman’s Commentary on the Torah, by Ellen Frankel
If All The Seas Were Ink, Ilana Kurshan
The Torah: A Woman’s Commentary, Tamara Cohn Eskanazi
Torah Queeries, Gregg Drinkwater and David Shneer
Carnal Israel: Reading Sex in Talmudic Culture, Daniel Boyarin
The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism, Danya Ruttenberg
THEOLOGY (2 tweets)

God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism , Abraham J Heschel
Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective, Judith Plaskow
Radical Judaism: Rethinking God and Tradition, Arthur Green
Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People, Harold Kushner
Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew, Neil Gillman
God Is a Verb: Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism, David Cooper
Surprised By God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion, Danya Ruttenberg

Be Still and Get Going: A Jewish Meditation Practice for Real Life, Alan Lew
This Is Real And You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as Journey of Transformation, Alan Lew
Sacred Therapy: Jewish Spiritual Teachings on Emotional Healing and Inner Wholeness, Estelle Frankel
Jewish W/Feeling: A Guide To Meaningful Jewish Practice, Zalman Scacter-Shalomi
Climbing Jacob's Ladder: 1 Man's Journey to Rediscover a Jewish Spiritual Tradition, Alan Morinis.

There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice Through Jewish Law and Tradition, Jill Jacobs
To Heal a Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility, Jonathan Sacks
Yentl’s Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism, Danya Ruttenberg
The Flying Camel: Essays on Identity by Women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage, Loolwa Khazzoom
Queer Jews, David Schneer & Caryn Aviv
Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community, Noach Dzmura
Ariel Samon: Freelance Rabbi, Manishata (Fiction)
HISTORY 2 tweets
My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Family's Past in Jewish Iraq, Ariel Sabar
Out of Egypt: A Memoir, André Aciman
Mordecai: An Early American Family, Emily Bingham
Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, & Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain, Maria Rosa Menocal
After Expulsion: 1492 & Making of Sephardic Jewry, Jonathan Ray
Sephardi Lives: Documentary History, 1700–1950, Julia Philips Cohen and Sarah Abrevaya Stein
Some great website resources, aka places where you can do substantial reading/learning online: @SefariaProject @KeshetGLBTJews @jwaonline @jewlearn @InterfaithFam @bechollashon @JewishDiversity
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