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A House Full of Torah Books

A House Full of Torah Books

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A container is defined by its contents. If a decanter, for example, contains even a little water, you’ll say, “Pass the water.”

Your home is also defined by its contents. Aside from those who live there, the most significant items are the Torah books lining the shelves and scattered about. They transform the environment in which you live.

There’s another advantage to filling your home with Torah books: You or your kids might just pick one up and read a little. And then maybe even start asking some questions. Beware: This behavior may prove habit-forming.

Basic Books

Start off with the basics and expand from there

Start off with the basics and expand from there. Here’s a starter’s guide. All of these are available in translation.

Chumash: a.k.a. “The Five Books of Moses.” G‑d dictates, Moses transcribes, and you get to have the book in your house.

Tehillim: a.k.a. “The Psalms of David.” The book your great-grandparents poured their hearts and tears into.

Siddur: a.k.a. “Jewish Prayerbook.” It took 120 sages and prophets to compose one way for all Jews to talk to one G‑d.

Tanach: a.k.a. “The Bible.” Every prophecy and divinely inspired writing that the sages determined would be needed for every generation. Make sure you get an authentic Jewish translation.

Talmud: Voluminous compendium of discussion, debates and anecdotes that defined Jewish practice at the outset of the Diaspora. The meat and potatoes of Jewish learning.

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch: Highly popular guide to Jewish practice for the everyman, first published in 1864 by a recognized Hungarian authority on Jewish law.

Tanya: The most important work of Hasidic teachings, blending and balancing the mystical and practical aspects of classic Jewish thought.

Life in Books

We treat Torah books with respect: We kiss them when they fall, we are careful to always place them right-side up, and we never use them for anything other than reading and study.

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Samantha Leon July 16, 2015

I have Torah books scattered all over the place in my apartment. I keep my hard covers in a special spot, and the rest of them are literally all over the place. Reply

David Dowdy January 29, 2013

do all jewish people follow the teachings of the talmud Reply

Rochel Chein for chabad.org December 20, 2012

Re: Books for women Jewish women (and men as well) should own and study books of Jewish law and traditions. You can find such books at your local Jewish book store or at www.chabad.org/store . Reply

Rebecca Cleveland, OH December 18, 2012

Books for women Is it necessary for a single woman to own Talmud? What about Kitzur Shulchan Aruch? And is there anything special that a woman should own, or are their needs covered by Chumash, Tehillim, Tanakh, Siddur, Tanya? Reply

Orah Chadasha Santa Cruz, CA/USA January 4, 2011

torah books in the home I was once trying to find an address ,to pick someone up.the phone crackled & the call was cut off before I could get the house number, so knowing the street name,I drove slowly trying to spot my friend ,when my eye was caught by the shining gold crowns of the Artscroll volumes on a book case through an open curtain,then I knew I was in the right place! my own Torah books are a constant source of comfort for me and answer many important questions. I even take many with me when I travel,sure they are heavy ,but just knowing the source of that weight ,gives me extra strength to carry them. Reply

Jocelyn Ruth Krieger Boca Raton, Fl. January 3, 2011

House of Books I recall the story of a wise man who lay dying. His last request was to be helped to his massive bookshelves where he kissed his soferim and said, "I have to say goodbye to my friends."
The Rebbe always said to surround your children with books. Today I am blessed to see this reflected in their adult homes. Reply

Dee Lee February 8, 2010

The Very First WORD of ALL! B'RAI-SHEET: What does this mean? Raish: the head, the beginning. B'Raish... In the beginning! Also B'Rah! Made, create, brought forth. Oh, such poetry of existence! Oh, so many meanings within meanings! How meaningful is the wording of Torah. Reply

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