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.
The Koren Mesorat HaRav Kinot
Edited by Simon Posner
OU Press/Koren, £16.99
Just in time for Tishah b’Av, Koren has brought out a fine new edition of the liturgy for the fast including the Book of Lamentations and the kinot – dirges – recited on the saddest day of the calendar. It comes with an extensive commentary from the late Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik based on his lectures.