Books: A Starter Reading List for Newly Returned Hebrews – Books for Building Character – Jul 8 2018

Shalom, everyone! Congratulations! You just found out that you are an Ehveh (Hebrew) and a descendant of the Twelve Tribes of Yisra’el, where do you go from here? There are many books available about the African heritage of the ancient Hebrews, however, before even delving into those books, you should look first to building your relationship with The Creator, and refining your character so that you can have good relationships with others, as The Creator wishes. It is good to acquire a lot of knowledge about our history and heritage, however, it is better to have a solid relationship with The Creator and to be of good character, treating all people with respect, dignity, and compassion.

The following is our starter reading list of recommended books for individuals who are new to Torah observance, featuring works from both Israelite and Jewish authors. This is also a good list for those needing a refresher. The messages in these books are universal. There are many more books which new returnees should read in our quest for growth, and we will feature them in the future. Please click on the image of each book referenced below to learn more and purchase the book from or another vendor:

Ben Zoma would say: Who is wise? One who learns from every man. As it is written: “From all my teachers I have grown wise, for Your testimonials (eidosecha) are my meditation.” ~ Ethics of the Fathers (Pirkei Avot), 4:1

# Title & Author Comments
1 Tanach the Stone Edition -Student Size (Hebrew and English Edition)
by Nosson Scherman
Tanach the Stone EditionStudent Size (Hebrew and English) contains the weekly Torah and Haftarah portions, as well as the designated readings from the Tanakh on mo’edim and holidays. We recommend this edition for those who are new to the Torah way of life. It is very important that you start reading the Holy Scriptures written without any non-Hebraic influence. Christian bibles, though they have the “Old Testament,” are often mistranslated and biased towards making the reader accept Christian doctrine. Walking the Torah way requires a complete change of mindset. This study bible is easy-to-read and understand, and contains timelines, charts, illustrations, maps and other references to help the reader understand the written text.
2 Tehillim/Psalms (Artscroll/Mesorah) (Hebrew and English Edition)
by Nosson Scherman, Hillel Danziger
Tehillim/Psalms – the Artscroll Hebrew/English Edition presents the psalms in an easy-to-read and understand format. The psalms have always been an excellent accompaniment to praise, worship and supplication of Our Creator. There is a psalm for virtually every situation in life. These songs provide remind us of The Creator’s greatness, the wisdom of His Torah, His faithfulness and comfort to those who serve Him, and His judgment on those who are His enemies and the enemies of His people. This book is light and is good for travel.
3 Ny’awo Ruth – A Commentary on the Book of Ruth
by Akwetey Basil Amaah
Ny’awo Ruth (Mother Ruth) is a first of its kind commentary on the Book of Ruth by a member of the Ehveh people, renown teacher and scholar, Rabbi Akwetey Amaah. The hidden messages of the Book of Ruth are revealed. They are the blueprint for our survival as a people: Returning to The Creator, obeying His Torah, and securing our legacy by raising up and teaching our children to do the same. The example given by our ancestor Mother Ruth shows us that this entirely possible, even under the most difficult circumstances. Ny’awo Ruth teaches us the importance of our relationship with The Creator, honoring His Torah and honoring our families – the rewards are endless. This is a must-read for every Ehveh household.
4 The Trail to Tranquility
by Lazer Brody
The Trail to Tranquility was written for a universal audience, and honestly, if we all applied the principles in this book, this world would be a better place. In this book, Lazer Brody teaches us the basics of developing a close relationship with The Creator (HaShem) and creating loving and peaceful relationships with others and ourselves. Brody teaches us about “Emuna,” the Hebrew word from complete trust and confidence in HaShem. Brody also teaches us how to identify our own strengths and weaknesses, how to turn our weaknesses into strengths, and how to overcome our character flaws, specifically, anger, anxiety, and arrogance.
5 Words That Hurt, Word That Heal: How to Choose Words Wisely and Well
by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
We all need to understand the power of our own words, which can heal and build, or hurt and destroy. Let us use our words to heal and build. This book provides very important lessons on how we should use our words wisely to help others, and avoid using hurtful words to others, about others and ourselves. If The Creator could create the universe through the power of His spoken word, it stands to reason that our own spoken words are powerful as well. Proverbs 18:21 states, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that indulge it shall eat the fruit thereof.”

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