I’m a relative newcomer to Judaism, having converted four years ago and undergoing my bar mitzvah two years ago. One thing I’m struggling with is learning the melody and words so I can sing along at Conservative services without sounding like a total idiot or imposter. Is there a go-to album or other aid I can use to catch up?
Also, I would like to improve upon my daily observance, preferably without annoying my family, friends, and local rabbi to death with a million questions and requests. I came across “To be a Jew: A Guide to Jewish Observance in Contemporary Life” by Rabbi Hayim Halevy Donin, but I don’t know if that is a good resource or not. Do any of you have recommendations for books that I can use a handy, fairly comprehensive reference for everyday daily life, as well as prayers, walkthroughs for proper Shabbat and Havdalah, etc.?
Thanks in advance for your patience and insights. I’m embarrassed I don’t know and do more, but I want that to change. With the High Holidays nigh I want to get started on being a better Jew for the new year. Plus, I want to be able to be a positive, knowledgeable role model for my kids once they’re old enough.