Joel S Kaminsky, Joel N Lohr
Beginner's Guides One World, £9.99
A brief guide to the Five Books of Moses by two American professors, looking at religious and academic approaches. An unusual feature is that it also gives examples of the use of the text by Christianity.
This new siddur combines Lord Sacks' translation of the prayers with commentary from the late Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, one of the most influential Orthodox rabbis of the last century. An introduction to Soloveitchik's thought has contributions from Lord Sacks and others
This ambitious and unusual work combines a step-by-step guide to Shabbat observance, with recipes, song-lyrics and ideas for 'fostering meaningful conversations'. Harvard-graduate Miller's work dispels myths about the value and practicalities of Shabbat observance for modern suburban families.
Marcus Braybrooke Christians Aware (Leicester) £12.50 (+£4 p&p)
Former Council of Christians and Jews director, the Reverend Marcus Braybrooke, draws on his 40 years of interfaith experience to offer Christians an insight into the Jewish community and of the Jewish contribution to civilisation.
"Christians cannot come close to Jews until they appreciate why Israel is so important to most Jews," he says.
Rabbi Mark Glickman, of Washington, tells the story of one of the great archaeological Jewish finds: 300,000 ancient documents secreted in the attic of an Egyptian synagogue – including early copies of the Dead Sea Scrolls and samples of Maimonides’s own handwriting.
By Andrew Goldstein and Charles Middleburgh Canterbury Press £14.99
The month of Ellul is traditionally a warm-up for Rosh Hashanah. The rabbis of old knew that it can be difficult to get in the mood for the Days of Awe without some kind of preparation: hence the twice daily recitation from the beginning of the month of Psalm 27, "The Lord is my light", the blowing of the shofar at the end of shacharit and the saying of selichot, penitential prayers, the week before Rosh Hashanah.