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Essential literature for someone who wasn’t raised Jewish?

My mother was Jewish, but I never had much of a relationship with her. I grew up with my dad and occasionally went to Baptist church but never particularly enjoyed it. Lately I’ve been very interested in exploring Judaism, but I can’t help but feel like an outsider having 0 knowledge of what it actually means to be Jewish. I read “To be a Jew” by Hayim Donin and was moved enough by it enough that I would like to continue reading similar literature before potentially reaching out to a rabbi and joining a synagogue. I don’t really live near one but I’m planning on moving after grad school in a year, so I’d just like to learn more so I can be sure I’m serious before talking to anyone at that point.

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