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The Sistine Secrets
Michelangelo’s Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican


Five hundred years ago Michelangelo began work on a painting that became one of the most famous pieces of art in the world—the Sistine Chapel ceiling. In The Sistine Secrets, authors Rabbi Benjamin Blech and Roy Doliner tell the fascinating story of how Michelangelo embedded messages of understanding between Christians and Jews within this masterpiece, challenging the prevailing anti-Semitism of his time and reminding Church authorities that Christianity’s roots are grounded in the Torah given to the Jewish people.

Triumph Over Tyranny by Philip Spiegel


Triumph Over Tyranny is the most complete account to date of the remarkable stories of those courageous people who changed the policies of a totalitarian regime. It is a panorama of the history of the international Soviet Jewry movement and the fight for human rights in the former Soviet Union. Don’t miss this book that Rabbi Eckstein called "a sobering account of the ravages of anti-Semitism, as well as an uplifting story of God’s favor toward His people and the good that can be accomplished when ordinary people stand up to confront evil and help the oppressed."

Let Us Break Bread Together
A Passover Haggadah For Christians (Many Mansions)


During Passover and Easter, we’re reminded of the common spiritual roots shared by both Christians and Jews. In this season that is holy to members of both faiths, Rabbi Eckstein is pleased to recommend Let Us Break Bread Together. Co-authored by a rabbi and a pastor, this book offers the unique opportunity to experience an authentic Jewish Passover Seder from a distinctively Christian perspective.

The Holocaust by Bullets


The Holocaust by Bullets is a poignant and heart-wrenching new book that tells the true story of Father Patrick Desbois, a Catholic Priest, and his journey to uncover the truth behind extermination of a million and a half Ukrainian Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators during World War II. Combining archival evidence with the voices of Ukrainian eyewitnesses, Father Desbois delivers the first complete and harrowing account of one of history’s long forgotten chapters.

Night


In Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel’s memoir Night, a scholarly, pious teenager is wracked with guilt at having survived the horror of the Holocaust and the genocidal campaign that consumed his family. His memories of the nightmare world of the death camps present him with an intolerable question: how can the God he once so fervently believed in have allowed these monstrous events to occur? There are no easy answers in this harrowing book, which probes life’s essential riddles with the lucid anguish only great literature achieves. It marks the crucial first step in Wiesel’s lifelong project to bear witness for those who died.

Kristallnacht
Night of Destruction/Dawn of the Holocaust An Oral History


On the nights of November 9 and 10, 1938, rampaging mobs throughout Germany and the newly acquired territories of Austria and Sudetenland freely attacked Jews in the street, in their homes and at their places of work and worship. The events of that night, known as Kristallnacht, or “the Night of Broken Glass” were the beginning of the Holocaust.

Bard records the events of this seminal historical event on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht. This book provides an account of the incidents immediately preceding the attacks on November 9-10, an oral history that provides a minute-by-minute and hour-by-hour account of what happened during the pogroms, and an analysis of the immediate aftermath and why the Holocaust can be dated from this evening.

How Firm A Foundation


In How Firm A Foundation, Rabbi Eckstein explores Jewish beliefs and holidays, the Jewish life cycle, Jewish worship practices, and much more. It’s an invaluable resource for Christians seeking to understand the Jewish roots of their faith and build relationships with their Jewish brothers and sisters. Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie, former Chaplain to the U.S. Senate, said that How Firm A Foundation is "rich in information Christians need to know to be responsible and affirming friends, neighbors and fellow citizens to Jewish people" and after reading it we know you will agree.

The Jewish Connection to Israel, the Promised Land
A Brief Introduction for Christians


The Jewish Connection to Israel, the Promised Land explores Israel’s achievements, disappointments, joys, and tragedies while addressing issues of particular interest to Christians. You’ll learn the importance of Israel’s existence to both Jewish and Christian identity, and how it creates opportunities for bridge-building between members of the two faiths.

Compelling, accessible, and honest, The Jewish Connection to Israel, the Promised Land is essential reading for Christians who want to better understand the Jewish roots of Christianity and the importance of Israel in Jewish faith, history and tradition

Understanding Israel


"Understanding Israel" is an informative history of the ancient and modern state of Israel written by Sol Scharfstein. Richly illustrated with more than 200 photographs, this book will help you better understand all aspects of Israeli history and culture, and will bring to life the heroes who sacrificed their lives for the establishment of the Jewish homeland.

Other Recommendations

Jews and Judaism

  • Yechiel Eckstein, How Firm a Foundation: A Gift of Jewish Wisdom for Christians and Jews
  • Eugene Borowitz, The Jewish Moral Virtues
  • Lucy Dawidowicz, The War Against the Jews, 1933-1945
  • Hayim Donin, To Be a Jew
  • Isidore Epstein, The Faith of Judaism
  • Abraham J. Heschel, God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism
  • Paul Johnson, A History of the Jews
  • Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin, Nine Questions People Ask about Judaism
  • Milton Steinberg, Basic Judaism
  • Joseph Telushkin, The Book of Jewish Values
  • Joseph Telushkin, Jewish Literacy
  • Joseph Telushkin, Jewish Wisdom
  • Elie Wiesel, Night

Israel and the Middle East

  • Benjamin Netanyahu, A Durable Peace: Israel and Its Place among the Nations
  • Donna Rosenthal, The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land

Anti-Semitism

  • Phyllis Chesler, The New Anti-Semitism: The Current Crisis and What We Must Do about it
  • Edward Flannery, The Anguish of the Jews: Twenty-three Centuries of Anti-Semitism
  • Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin, Why the Jews? The Reason for Anti-Semitism