Brain Food

We’ve partnered with the Jewish Book Council to bring some awesome stuff to your Shabbat dinner table.

Jewish Book Council enriches and educates the Jewish community through Jewish literature.  JBC provides tools for substantive conversations about Jewish life and identity. You can find out more at, and join the conversation on Instagram and Facebook.

“Three possessions should you prize: a field, a friend, and a book.”
– R. Hai ben Sherira, ca. 998 CE.

The Jews have long been known as a “people of the book,” a reference to the centrality of Torah to the Abrahamic faiths. For your next Shabbat dinner, we invite you to let your table be your field, and gather with friends and a good book.

This Month's Books as Nourishment

Finalist for a National Jewish Book Award | The ancient ritual of making challah remains deeply meaningful even in today’s busy world. Physician-mother Beth Ricanati learned this firsthand when she stopped to make this magical bread over a decade ago. Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs is her memoir, and a recipe for how to not only slow down and be present, but also how to make delicious challah in the meantime.

An inspiring story about claiming your transformative power, using your unique gifts, and giving yourself the most precious gift of all: a life rich with meaning and hope. Jordan Kassalow shares the breakthroughs, dead ends, life-changing experiences, and life-altering encounters that have shaped his inspiring journey. He and co-author Rabbi Jennifer Krause will inspire you to forge your own unique path to personal meaning and social purpose. With simple daily practices you can instantly integrate into your life already in progress, they will help you see that it’s about getting to the heart of what matters to you most.

The Spirit Almanac is a beautifully illustrated book of rituals to call on throughout the year to feel more grounded, aligned with your purpose, and in touch with your own innate sense of knowing. Divided by the seasons, it invites readers to practice and personalize dozens of routines incorporating science-backed techniques like breathwork, meditation, and aromatherapy, as well as astrology, crystals, and tarot. It dives fascinating history of ritual and traces ancient spiritual practices through the ages to modern day applications from several true masters who live and breathe this work.

Bring the Words to Your Dinner

After you’ve selected your books for Nourishment, we’ll send you a letter from the author written just for OneTable hosts.

How to Get the Texts

To Receive Books:You must have already posted your dinner in order to successfully request books.

Create your dinner and select your Nourishment Credits:

  • All of these books are available as a Nourishment Option for your Shabbat! Simply fill out how many of them you want on the selection screen.
  • Then fill out a simple form indicating which books you want, and where we should send them.
  • Get to reading!

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