Tonight we light the 5th candle. Here’s the question: what five books have been influential or made a difference in your life? If you want, you can also include movies that make you laugh or cry.
Here are mine (it was very difficult to only choose five):
Torah– especially the stories in Genesis & the wisdom gained from wrestling with the imperfect people who are my ancestors. My favorite commentary is The Torah, A Women’s Commentary by my teacher Rabbis Tamara Eskenazi & Andrea Weiss. It is the first ever commentary written exclusively by women scholars and rabbis (brag – I co-wrote a brief piece.)
The Big Lebowski – This movie never fails to make me laugh out loud. Especially the parts where John Goodman talks about “not rolling on Shabbes.”
Invisible Lines of Connection – this delightful and deep by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner weaves spiritual principles into everyday life stories.
The Golden Notebook – I read this book by Doris Lessing in college, and it became my entry into feminism. I think I still have it because it reminds me of those days, learning about empowerment. I can’t remember the content of the book.
This Is Real & You Are Completely Unprepared – The way Rabbi Alan Lew z’’l tells the story of the High Holy Days with an eye toward mindfulness and seeing below the surface always blows me away.
What about you? I’d love to hear.