Our virtual bookstore, powered by Amazon, includes the texts that will best support you in your introductory Jewish studies. In addition, these make a great addition to our Judaism For Beginners program.
available online and free of charge
All Jews should have the basic Jewish texts, whether those be digital or physical. Many of these texts are now available for free online and/or to download. The following resources are recommended for use by our Director of Education, Rabbi Sandy Zisser, and may be accessed online free of charge. Interested in additional recommendations? Contact our Rabbi Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Sefaria is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering open, participatory Jewish learning for the digital era. Here you will find the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) amongst other key texts.|
|Mechon Mamre is Hebrew for “the Mamre Institute.” Mamre is a place name for the place where Abraham, our patriarch, lived. Here you will find the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) and the Mishneh Torah (the RaMBaM’s restatement of the oral law).|
|Chabad.org, the flagship website of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement, offers the complete Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) with modern, English translation and Rashi’s commentary.|
|ALHATORAH.ORG is a one-stop Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) study resource, providing the texts, tools, and technology to make Torah come alive in the home, class, and synagogue.|
Books by our Darshan Yeshiva students
created and edited by Rabbi Barbara Aiello
Our Darshan Yeshiva students are a unique and diverse group of individuals from all over the world. Many students live in isolated areas where attendance at a weekly conversion class is not possible; others have work schedules that prohibit joining in a Shabbat service or holiday celebration at a brick-and-mortar synagogue or community center.
It’s great seeing my work in print.— Guided Comprehensive Jewish Studies student
Through these books, several of our students share their experiences living a Jewish life — creating Shabbat and seders, singing and praying — sometimes on their own and other times joined by family or friends. Comments range from, “It’s great seeing my work in print,” to, “I see now that I’m not out here all alone!”
I see now that I’m not out here all alone!— Conversion to Judaism student
We’d like to acknowledge and thank Rabbi Barbara Aiello for creating these and other opportunities for our students.