Recommended Reading List

Below is a list of books I recommend reading.  Full disclosure: The links are affiliate links and I will share a small commission if you order through  The prices are the same either way, and Amazon’s great service is the same either way… It’s just a way for you to help me.  Thank you!

If you have any books you are always recommending, then please share your recommendations below.  I love discovering new authors and ideas.

If you have already read some of these books, and would like to place a review please do so in the comment area below.

Thanks again! Now go study…


Biblical Literacy: The Most Important People, Events, and Ideas of the Hebrew

by Joseph Telushkin


JPS Torah Commentary: Genesis 

by Dr. Nahum M. Sarna


The JPS Torah Commentary: Exodus Hardcover – 1991

by Nahum M. Sarna


Leviticus (Continental Commentary)  Hardcover – June 21, 2004

by Jacob Milgrom


The JPS Torah Commentary: Numbers (English and Hebrew Edition) Hardcover – June 1, 2003

by Jacob Milgrom


The Book of Deuteronomy (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) Hardcover – August 12, 1976

by Peter C. Craigie


The JPS Torah Commentary: Deuteronomy Hardcover – June 1, 2003

by Dr. Jeffrey H. Tigay


For Rashi Commentary:

Sapirstein Edition Rashi: The Torah with Rashi’s Commentary Translated, Annotated and Elucidated, Vols. 1-5 [Box Set, Full Size]: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy 

by Rabbi Yisrael Herczeg


For Chassidic Commentary with Rashi and others:

Chumash: The Gutnick Edition – All in one – Synagogue Edition Hardcover – May 18, 2008

by Rabbi Chaim Miller

Torah Translation into English: The most literal I’ve found…

The Five Books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy (The Schocken Bible, Volume 1) Paperback – February 8, 2000

by Everett Fox

The Tanya was a truly transformative book for me. I’m grateful to Chabad for introducing me to it.

Lessons in Tanya: The Tanya of R. Shnuer Zalman of Liadi Hardcover – November 1, 1998

by Rabbi Shnuer Zalman of Liadi

Learn American Values, and why they are vital for the betterment of the world.

Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph Paperback – June 25, 2013

by Dennis Prager

Great guides to fixing the moral compass.

A Code of Jewish Ethics: Volume 1: You Shall Be Holy

Mar 7, 2006 | Deckle Edge

by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin


A Code of Jewish Ethics, Volume 2: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Feb 10, 2009 | Deckle Edge

by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

A collection of 44 essays from Dennis Prager.

Think a Second Time Paperback – August 30, 1996

by Dennis Prager


THOMAS SOWELL: I cannot overstate the clarity Thomas Sowell seems to bring to any subject he writes about.  He has so many books, I just linked to his author page.  So read everything you can by Thomas Sowell… you’ll gain wisdom, insight, and clarity.  Now who doesn’t want that?

A compilation of Thomas Sowell’s library of work.

The Thomas Sowell Reader Hardcover – October 4, 2011

by Thomas Sowell

So glad I read Tony Robbins as young man.  Transformative.

Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!

Nov 1, 1992

by Tony Robbins

Anything from Jim Collins will help you, your business, and your relationships.  He provides clarity and directives on how to change and why to change.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t

Oct 16, 2001

by Jim Collins


  1. This page isn’t working for me. I can’t see any of the books. Could you write the book titles into the actual page? That way even if the links don’t work we could still see the book titles.

  2. VeganDave thinks:

    Nor can I. None of the links work or are the pages visible.

    • Nahum Roman Footnick thinks:

      “Nor I” said the schmuck who actually made the webpage. I apologize and am working on fixing it. Thanks for letting me know!

    • Nahum Roman Footnick thinks:

      Okay I’ve rewritten the whole thing. Everything should work now. Please let me know if you have another problems.

  3. David Wank thinks:

    Where are you. You are a welcome breath in this chaotic world. I miss your podcasts very much.

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