Looking for some basic reading about Judaism? Here are some of the best bets around:
Settings of Silver, an Introduction to Judaism by Stephen M Wylen – This is the book I use for my Intro courses. I chose it because the information is solid, it includes a brief history, and it has a good index.
Living Judaism: The Complete Guide to Jewish Tradition, Belief, and Practice by Wayne Dosick – Another good basic text, used by many rabbis.
Basic Judaism by Milton Steinberg – Published in 1947, this is still a classic work. It’s small but powerful.
What is a Jew? by Morris N. Kertzer – This book has a Q&A format and it’s extremely basic. If you are looking for just some basic facts without details, it might be the right book for you.
These are not holiday or “how-to” books – I’ll post a list of those soon.
Do you have a favorite basic Judaism text?