[A friend involved in kiruv asked me the following question which I thought I would post here for further reference and to get additional suggestions]

I am in contact with lots of Jews who want to get closer to their Judaism but are starting from scratch. What are good English books to recommend to these baalei tshuva in addition to classes, getting a rav, etc.

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    I now saw this related question: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/10739/11501 – mbloch Sep 20 '18 at 11:30
  • seems like a duplicate, no? Maybe we should merge all that here? – Double AA Sep 20 '18 at 12:53
  • @DoubleAA I keep struggling with the search system. I searched for books/beginners and variations thereof but didn't find anything. Afterwards I came across that other question (resources/learning/foundations ???) by searching for Donin as I remembered seeing that book mentioned somewhere. This being said, it is a duplicate. Are you suggesting closing? I would be OK with this of course – mbloch Sep 20 '18 at 12:56
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    @ezra but here they are Jews, so their interests are different, e.g., halacha is much more relevant – mbloch Sep 20 '18 at 14:49

Here are a few books I really like in this context


I highly recommend The Non-Orthodox Jew's Guide to Orthodox Jews by David Baum. This book goes more into the philosophy behind traditional Judaism and gives (one) Jewish opinion on various modern topics, such as the superiority of Judaism versus other religions (like Christianity and Islam), science, politics, and social life.

I mention that it's "one Jewish opinion" because there's no way to reflect the view of every Orthodox Jew in one book. The author presents his view based on his understanding of Judaism. Just as a warning, the author is somewhat Zionist.

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    There is a haredi version of this book by a different author with the same intent: One above and seven below, also recommended – mbloch Mar 18 '19 at 6:30

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