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Judaism Reading List: Conservative Judaism (Pt. V)
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          Dorff, Elliott. Mitzvah Means Commandment. United Synagogue
          Bookservice. [A look into the question of "Why perform
          mitzvot?" This book traces the various views, from the Biblical
          to the philosophical. The book also includes a section on the
          Conservative Movement's viewpoints.]
          Gordis, Robert. The Dynamics of Judaism: A Study in Jewish Law.
          Indiana Univ Pr; 1990. Hardcover. ISBN 0-253326-02-8. [Outlines
          the basic traits of Judaism. Discusses the enduring features of
          Jewish law, including the primacy of ethical and moral
          concerns; discusses revelation as an active encounter between
          God and human; the creative role of the Mishna and Talmud; and
          how the lay community and minhag (custom) help shape Jewish
          law. Examines how the law changed and developed through the
          medieval period. Shows how the reaction to the Enlightenment
          produced the modern denominations and examines their view
          towards halakha. Particularly addresses the concerns of women
          in Jewish law, especially marriage, divorce, annulment, and
          women as rabbis.]
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          Greenberg, Simon (ed). The Ordination of Women As Rabbis:
          Studies and Responsa (Moreshet Series: Studies in Jewish
          History, Literature, and Thought, Vol XIV). Jewish Theological
          Seminary of Amer; 1988. Hardcover. ISBN 0-873340-41-8.
          [Collects the responsa and halakhic studies from members of the
          Conservative leadership; The papers in this volume led to the
          movement's decision to ordain women as rabbis and cantors.]
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          Klein, Isaac. A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice. Jewish
          Theological Seminary of Amer; 1979. Hardcover. ISBN
          0-873340-04-3. [Published by the Conservative movement, but
          based upon previous law codes, including the Mishneh Torah,
          Shulkhan Arukh, and later responsa by Conservative and Orthodox
          authorities. It is more than a list of do's and don'ts: Each
          chapter discusses the philosophy, history and the reasons why
          these laws and customs came to be. This guide covers daily
          prayer, tallit and tzitzit, tefillin, weddings, births,
          adoption, divorce, bar and bat miztvahs, death and mourning,
          the High Holy Days, the Jewish festivals and fast days,
          Shabbat, keeping kosher, the laws of family purity, abortion
          and other topics.]
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          Siegel, Seymour ed. Conservative Judaism and Jewish Law.
          Rabbinical Assembly, New York. 1977. Out of Print
          Rabbinical Assembly. Emet Ve-Emunah: Statement of Principles of
          Conservative Judaism. The JTS, Rabbinical Assembly, and the
          United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. 1988.
          Roth, Joel. The Halakhic Process: A Systemic Analysis. Jewish
          Theological Seminary of America, 1986. Out of Print. [Presents
          and analyzes the primary Talmudic and rabbinic sources relating
          to the legal and extra-legal factors that go into the process
          of halakhic decision-making, focusing on today's issues.]
          Wolfson, Ron. The Shabbat Seder (Art of Jewish Living). Jewish
          Lights Pub; 1996. Paperback. ISBN 1-879045-90-7. [A concise
          step-by-step guide designed to teach people the meaning of this
          weekly celebration, as well as its practices. Activities and
          rituals are set out in a straightforward way, along with
          instructions on how to perform them. Each chapter corresponds
          to one of ten steps which together comprise the Shabbat dinner
          ritual, and focuses on the concepts, objects, and meanings
          behind the specific activity or ritual act. It is designed in
          an easy-to-read format for people with varying degrees of
          Hebrew skills. Conservative.]
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          Wolfson, Ron. The Passover Seder (The Art of Jewish Living).
          Jewish Lights Pub; 1996. Paperback. ISBN 1-879045-93-1.
          [Explains the concepts behind Passover ritual and ceremony in
          clear, easy-to-understand language, and guides you with
          step-by-step procedures for observance and preparing the home
          for the holiday. The Haggadah texts are in Hebrew, English, and
          transliteration. A detailed description of the procedures
          involved in performing rituals is included, along with a
          section of practical questions and answers. "Innovations"
          offers imaginative ideas and customs for Seder celebration.]
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          Wolfson, Ron. Hanukkah (The Art of Jewish Living). Jewish
          Lights Pub; 1996. Paperback. ISBN 1-879045-97-4. [Discusses the
          holiday's origins, reasons for the Hanukkah candles and
          customs, and provides everything from recipes to family
          activities. There are songs in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish
          (with clear transliterations), recipes for Hanukkah foods,
          information on the arts and crafts of Hanukkah, the calendar
          and its relationship to Christmas time, and games played at
          Hanukkah. Putting the holiday in a larger, timely context,
          "December Dilemmas" deals with ways in which a Jewish family
          can cope with Christmas.]
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          Wolfson, Ron. A Time to Mourn, A Time to Comfort. A volume in
          The Art of Jewish Living Series. Jewish Lights Pub; 1996.
          Paperback. 320 pages. ISBN 1-879045-96-6. [This volume is a
          guide to those who are or will be mourning the loss of a loved
          one, those who will be comforting those who are mourning, and
          also contains information on advance planning for your own
          death and such end-of-life issues as ethical wills, advance
          health care directives, and estate planning.]
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