Books for the Days of Awe

Books for Preparation and Reflection in Elul

  • Days of Awe: A Treasury of Jewish Wisdom for Reflection, Repentance and Renewal on the High Holy Days, by Shmuel Yosef Agnon. Schocken, 1948.
  • Return: Daily Inspiration for the Days of Awe, by Erica Brown. OU Press, 2012.
  • Rosh Hashanah Readings – Inspiration, Information and Contemplation, by Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins. Jewish Lights, 2006.
  • Yom Kippur Readings – Inspiration, Information and Contemplation; Forty Days of Transformation, by Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins. Jewish Lights, 2005.
  • The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season, by Marcia Falk. Brandeis University Press, 2014.
  • Entering the High Holy Days: A Complete Guide to the History, Prayers and Themes, by Rabbi Reuven Hammer. Jewish Publication Society, 1998.
  • We Have Sinned. Sin and Confession in Judaism—Ashamnu and Al Chet, ed. by Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman. Jewish Lights, 2012.
  • The Journey of the Soul: Traditional Sources on Teshuvah, ed. by Leonard S. Kravitz and Kerry M. Olitzky. Jason Aronson, 1995.
  • This is Real...And You Are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation, by Rabbi Alan Lew. Little, Brown, 2003.
  • Repentance: The Meaning and Practice of Teshuvah by Dr. Louis E. Newman. Jewish Lights, 2010.
  • Preparing Your Heart for the High Holy Days, by Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky and Rachel Sabath. Jewish Publication Society, 1996.
  • Wounds Not Healed by Time: The Power of Repentance and Forgiveness, by Solomon Schimmel. Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • On repentance : in the thought and oral discourses of Rabbi Joseph D. Soloveitchik, by Pinchas H. Peli. Oroth, 1980.
  • Beginning Anew: A Woman’s Companion to the High Holy Days, by Gail Twersky Riemer and Judith A. Kates. Simon & Schuster, 1997.