What is the Rabbi Reading?

One way to know someone more deeply is to find out what they’re reading. Board member Pattie Lipman asked our shlichei tzibbur (prayer leaders) what they are reading, and here’s what they said in response!

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat is reading:

Rabbi Pam Wax is reading

  • Colum McCann’s new book TransAtlantic;
  • Eitan Fishbane’s memoir about his wife’s tragic death (at age 32!) Shadows in Winter: A Memoir of Love and Loss. I teach in Eitan’s “Practical Hasidism” class at JTS every year, and he gave me the memoir as a gift because of all the bereavement groups I lead.
  • My Mussar hevruta partner and I are slogging through Avraham ben haRamban’s (Maimonides’ son) Mussar tome The Guide to Serving God, from the year 1230.
  • And I am re-reading (for the 3rd or 4th time) the most seminal Mussar classic, Mesillat Yesharim/The Path of the Just (early 1700’s) to try to keep at least a half step ahead of the rabbi/cantor Mussar group I lead.

She adds: “There are a lot of books I dabble in regularly but don’t read cover-to-cover — Naomi Levy’s amazing book of personal prayers, Talking to God is a mainstay, as are the poetry books of Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai.”

Rabbi Howard Cohen is reading

And Rabbi Dennis Ross, who will lead services here on Shabbat Shuvah (between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur), is reading

Stay tuned for the next installment in this periodic series of glimpses into the bookshelves of our shlichei tzibbur!

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