I’m always looking for interesting translations and commentaries. We have a pretty eclectic set of books for Tankah/Chummash and Talmud in our library.
Here’s a recent commentary by Robert Alter.
About the Author:
Robert Alter‘s translation of the Hebrew Bible, the magnificent capstone to a lifetime of distinguished scholarly work, has won the PEN Center Literary Award for Translation. His immense achievements in scholarship ranging from the eighteenth-century European novel to contemporary Hebrew and American literature earned Alter the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Los Angeles Times. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, Alter is the Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.
If you are looking to do something other than money, there are so many possibilities for gift ideas. I’d love to hear what you recommend.
You might also want to consider giving them the opportunity to purchase something for themselves. Some ideas for Gift Cards are Forever 21, iTunes, Sephora, Amazon, American Eagle, Regal Entertainment, AMC Theaters.
Some girls receive a lot of jewelry. You might find that a jewelry box might be more useful to the Bat Mitzvah girl instead of jewelry.
Alex and Ani
Alex and Ani have a number of designs and some are have Jewish starts or Hamsas. They also have more pop culture like Harry Potter.
Michal Golan has a number of interesting a unique styles. She has Judaica, jewelry, and keepsake boxes.
Personalized Hebrew Name Necklace or Ring
Personalized items can be fun. Especially when you get something in the child’s Hebrew name.
Yair Emanuel Jewelry Boxes
There are some beautiful designs for Jewelry boxes from Yair Emanuel.
Chances are if your child is not already doing a bunch of traveling that they soon will be. If they are involved in any sort of teen youth group, they might find themselves away at least 3 – 4 weekends a year. They are sure to get a lot of use out of a good overnight bag.
Personalized Custom String Art Gift
Elana’s Designs does great work! She is very creative and creates anything to match the personality of the child or the theme of the Simcha. She had does designs off of invitations. This might be a fun idea and very unique piece of art work for the child.
You can see more of her designs on her website.
The Bat Mitzvah girl might not be into purses now, a nice purse might be a gift that they appreciate later on.
With a Siddur, the biggest thing to think about is what kind of shul do they go and what kind of siddur do they use. At our shul we use Nusah Sefard, but another synagogue they might use Nusah Ashkenazi.
Although many kids receive a Tanakh in Hebrew School or Day School, a nicer Tanakh might be a great idea.
Traveling Candle Stick Holders
I think traveling Candlesticks are different and nice twist on a traditional bat mitzvah gift. As a girl gets older, she will probably develop her own tastes for what design and material (modern, glass, aluminum, wood, etc.) she wants for her regular Shabbat candle holders. I like the traveling cases because as the girl begins traveling, she might want to light her own set.
For a girl who is reading Torah and you think might regularly read, a yad might be a nice item.
The Koren Rav Kook Siddur is an exciting new prayer-book that offers a dimension of spirituality sorely lacking in our world today. Abraham Isaac Hakohen Kook (1865-1935), first Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi of Eretz Israel, was renowned for his harmonious blending of both the body and the soul of the Torah, as represented in the Halakhah and Aggadah.
Culled from Rav Kook’s own commentary to the Siddur, ‘Olat Re’iyah, and other writings of the master, as well as rich anecdotes transmitted by Rav Kook’s son and major disciples, The Koren Rav Kook Siddur speaks to the soul, while it connects us all to the sacred soil of the Holy Land.
The Siddur includes Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks’ immensely popular English translation, while it features a digest of Rav Kook’s commentary, never before seen in English. The work includes an introduction about Rav Kook’s overall philosophy of prayer, adapted by Rabbi Bezalel Naor, acknowledged interpreter of Rav Kook’s thought.
This dropped in price yesterday morning. It’s the cheapest price I have found at $15.49. You can see a sample chapter on the Koren Publisher’s website.
The newest edition of the traditional Ethics of our Fathers features the Hebrew text aligned alongside the rich English translation of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. The commentary by Rabbi Marc D. Angel includes ideas from traditional and contemporary thinkers and scholars, allowing the lessons of Pirkei Avot to resonate with readers of all levels of observance.
I usually refill this smaller bottle from the larger jugs.
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