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Congregation Beth Ohr

A conservative, egalitarian synagogue in Central New Jersey

70 Route 516, Old Bridge, New Jersey 08857
Phone: 732-257-1523

Rabbi’s Message


Rabbi William Lebeau of the Rabbinical Assembly installs Rabbi Joel Mishkin (right) as our new Spiritual Leader on November 23, 2014.

Life-long Learning at Congregation Beth Ohr!

Shortly before the onset of the High Holidays I conducted a study workshop for our congregation titled “Six Strategies for Surviving the Holidays.” I was greatly pleased not only by the caliber of our participants but also by the number of students who chose to attend. Our workshop was comprised of fifteen adult students! Their attendance was even more striking since the class was offered on a Wednesday at eleven o’clock in the morning.

Aside from studying some of the more complicated Biblical texts for Yom Tov, I also provided our students with the titles of a number of books appropriate for the holidays. I wanted to expand on this idea so I am offering a bibliography of sorts in this article that will suggest a number of wonderful books, most available in paperback and e-print form that could deeply enhance and supplement the knowledge of any curious student of Judaism.

If an individual were to read just a couple of these books this fall he/she could seriously add to his/her basic level of knowledge of Judaism. Here is the list of books and I sincerely hope that each one of you will give serious consideration to tackling at least one or two of them this fall. I believe that it will not only deepen your understanding of Judaism but also enable you to take much more enjoyment in the observance of our rich, formidable and illustrious heritage.

Below are my choices listed in no specific order by title and author. Should you have difficulty finding any one of these selections please let me know so that I might be of assistance. Have a wonderful year.

Rabbi Mishkin DVar Torah June 26, 2020

Rabbi Mishkin DVar Torah June 19, 2020