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              Selected Sources for Additional Reading on Judaism
      Part I: Introduction, General Sources, Torah, Talmud, and Mishnah
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     There is nothing more uniquely characteristic of the style of
     Jewish religious life than the great love Jews have for holy books.
     [Str73] 
     
   This message is intended to provide the readers of the
   soc.culture.jewish family of newsgroups, as well as those interested
   in learning more about Judaism, with suggestions for books discussing
   various Jewish topics, especially the subject of Jewish law and
   practice. While no book can substitute for a formal course of
   instruction guided by one's Rabbi, these books are useful as reference
   material for the knowledgeable, and as an introduction for the
   not-yet-knowledgeable about Judaism.
   
   It is difficult to separate what is now termed "Orthodox" judaism from
   the collective term "Judaism". The practices of Orthodoxy tend to be
   the traditional practices. Furthermore, Orthodoxy is not organized as
   a movement in the same sense as Reform or Conservative; although
   Orthodox organizations exist, congregations do not need to join them
   to be considered Orthodox.
   
   This list is by no means intended to be exhaustive, and it is designed
   to lean toward traditional Judaism, although some of the sources
   included under the GENERAL headings include references to liberal
   movements.
   
   In general, throughout the reading lists, North American (US/Canada)
   terms are used to refer to the movements of Judaism. Outside of North
   American, Reform is Progressive or Liberal Judaism; Conservative is
   Masorti or Neolog, and Orthodoxy is often just "Judaism". Even with
   this, there are differences in practice, position, and ritual between
   US/Canada Reform and other progressive/liberal movements (such as UK
   Progressive/ Liberal), and between US/Canada Conservative and the
   conservative/Masorti movement elsewhere. Where appropriate, these
   differences will be highlighted.
   
   The reader is also referred to the excellent chapter on "Creating a
   Jewish Library" in the first volume of The (First) Jewish Catalog.


Subject: The following is an index to all the SCJ Reading Lists. It is grouped by the files available through the SCJ FAQ Autoretriever. general [3]Introduction/General Reading List traditional [4]Traditional Life and Practice Reading List mysticism [5]Kabbalah, Mysticism, and Messianism Reading List reform [6]Reform Judaism Reading List conservative [7]Conservative Judaism Reading List reconstructionist [8]Reconstructionist Judaism Reading List humanistic [9]Humanistic Judaism Reading List chasidism [10]Chassidism Reading List zionism [11]Zionism Reading List antisemitism [12]Antisemitism Reading List intermarriage [13]Intermarriage Reading List childrens [14]Books for Jewish Children [15]Archival Information 2000 Visit the SCJ Frequently Asked Questions [16][FAQ] [17]www.scjfaq.org/faq (c)1996-2000 Daniel P. Faigin. Maintained by: Daniel P. Faigin <[18]maintainer@scjfaq.org>. References 1. file://localhost/home/faigin/S.C.J/HTML/rl/fm-hl-index.html 2. file://localhost/home/faigin/S.C.J/HTML/rl/intro.html 3. file://localhost/home/faigin/S.C.J/HTML/rl/gen-index.html 4. file://localhost/home/faigin/S.C.J/HTML/rl/tra-index.html 5. file://localhost/home/faigin/S.C.J/HTML/rl/mys-index.html 6. file://localhost/home/faigin/S.C.J/HTML/rl/jlu-index.html 7. file://localhost/home/faigin/S.C.J/HTML/rl/jcu-index.html 8. file://localhost/home/faigin/S.C.J/HTML/rl/jrc-index.html 9. file://localhost/home/faigin/S.C.J/HTML/rl/jsh-index.html 10. file://localhost/home/faigin/S.C.J/HTML/rl/joc-index.html 11. file://localhost/home/faigin/S.C.J/HTML/rl/zio-index.html 12. file://localhost/home/faigin/S.C.J/HTML/rl/ant-index.html 13. file://localhost/home/faigin/S.C.J/HTML/rl/int-index.html 14. file://localhost/home/faigin/S.C.J/HTML/rl/kid-index.html 15. file://localhost/home/faigin/S.C.J/HTML/rl/archival.html 16. file://localhost/home/faigin/S.C.J/HTML/faq/index.html 17. http://www.scjfaq.org/faq/ 18. mailto:maintainer@scjfaq.org The following is an index to the questions and other information contained in each section: Part I: Introduction and General * [8]Introduction to this Reading List * [9]Where Can I Get These Books From? * [10]But The List is So Long, Where Should I Start? * [11]For Non-Jewish Readers * [12]General Judaism * [13]General Jewish Thought * [14]General Jewish History * [15]Contemporary Judaism * [16]Noachide Laws * [17]Torah and Talmud * [18]Mishnah * [19]Torah and Talmudic Commentary * [20]Midrash * [21]Halachic Codes * [22]Becoming An Observant Jew * [23]Women and Judaism * [24]Science and Judaism * [25]Credits for this List Part II: Traditional Liturgy, Practice, Lifestyle, Holidays * [8]Introduction to this Reading List * [9]Traditional Liturgy * [10]Traditional Philosophy and Ethics * [11]Responsa Literature * [12]Prayer * [13]Traditional Practice * [14]The Household * [15]Life, Death, and In-Between * [16]The Cycle Of Holidays * [17]Credits Part III: Kabbalah, Mysticism, and Messianism * [8]Introduction to this Reading List * [9]Academic Treatments of Kaballah * [10]Religious Treatments of Kaballah * [11]Spirituality * [12]The Messiah * [13]Chassidic Approaches To Spirituality * [14]Credits Part IV: Reform Judaism * [8]Introduction to this Reading List * [9]Where Can I Get These Books From? * [10]Reform Beliefs * [11]Reform Rituals and Practice * [12]Reform Liturgy * [13]Reform Responsa * [14]Reform History * [15]The Bible * [16]The Rabbinate * [17]Credits Part V: Conservative Judaism * [8]Introduction to this Reading List * [9]Conservative Beliefs * [10]Conservative Practices * [11]Conservative History * [12]Conservative Liturgy * [13]Credits Part VI: Reconstructionist Judaism * [8]Introduction to this Reading List * [9]Philosophy Of Movement * [10]Reconstructionist Education * [11]Reconstructionist Liturgy * [12]Credits Part VII: Humanistic Judaism * [8]Introduction to this Reading List * [9]Philosophy Of Movement * [10]Other Related Reading * [11]Credits Part VIII: Chassidism * [8]Introduction to this Reading List * [9]Historical Chassidism * [10]Chassidic Approaches: Lubavitch * [11]Chassidic Approaches: Satmar Chassidism * [12]Chassidic Approaches: Breslov Chassidism * [13]Chassidic Approaches: Other Approaches * [14]Credits Part IX: Zionism * [8]Introduction to this Reading List * [9]Zionism and The Development Of Israel * [10]The Founders * [11]Zionistic Movements * [12]Zionism in Israel Today * [13]Credits Part X: Antisemitism * [8]Introduction to this Reading List * [9]Antisemitism * [10]What Led to The Holocaust * [11]Medieval Oppression * [12]Antisemitism Today (Including Dealing with Hate Groups) * [13]Judaism and Christianity * [14]Judaism, Freemasonry and other rumors * [15]Credits Part XI: Intermarriage * [8]Introduction to this Reading List * [9]So You're Considering Intermarriage? * [10]The Traditional Viewpoint * [11]Conversion * [12]You've Done The Deed. Coping With Life As An Intermarried * [13]Credits Part XII: Books for Jewish Children * [7]Introduction to this Reading List * [8]Birth and Naming * [9]Raising a Child * [10]Family Guidebooks * [11]Ceremonies: From Upsheren to Confirmation * [12]Holiday Books for Children * [13]Liturgy for Children * [14]Bible and Torah for Children * [15]Jewish History for Children * [16]Jewish Theology for Children * [17]Israel * [18]Learning Hebrew * [19]Jewish Stories * [20]Credits
Subject: Where Can I Get These Books From? With the growth of the Internet, there are now many, many, many retailers of both secular and Jewish products on the Internet. This reading list cannot claim to list them all; however, we can identify some of the largest ones. Note that the FAQ makes no claim as to the quality of any of these services. They are likely all good, but the reading list can provide no guarantees. Secular Services The following commercial concerns all provide a large selection of books, including a fair selection of Jewish books: * Amazon. [6]http://www.amazon.com/ [7][Amazon Associate] Note: The S.C.J Reading List has established an affiliate relationship with Amazon.Com. Now you can complete your Jewish library and support the continued development of the Reading Lists at the same time. For those reading this at www.scjfaq.org/rl/gen-sources.html, you can click the link to the left to browse Amazon's selections. Alternatively, if you enter Amazon using the URL [8]http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect-home?tag=socculturej ewish, the reading lists will get credit for your entry. [9]We make it easy. When you see the Amazon graphic (or "[Buy at Amazon: http:...]") on an entry in the reading list, this indicates that the specific book is available for purchase at Amazon. Click on the graphic/link to go to Amazon and purchase the book. * Barnes and Noble. [10]http://www.bn.com/ Jewish Retailers The following retailers all provide a large selection of Jewish books: * Broders Rare and Used Books. [11]http://www.brodersbooks.com/ A good sources for the rare or used books, often not stocked by other retailers. * Jewishmall [12]http://www.jewishmall.com/ A collection of online Jewish retailers * Jewishmusic.Com [13]http://www.jewishmusic.com/ Operated by Tara Publications. Stocks both books and music. * Judaism.Com. [14]http://www.judaism.com/ Operated by US Judaica, formerly Pinsker's Bookstore in Pittsburgh PA. This concern is well known from their land-line number: 1-800-JUDAISM. * J. Levine Books and Judaica. [15]http://www.levinejudaica.com/ Based out of New York, NY. Sells books, media, and Judaica. * My Jewish Books. [16]http://www.myjewishbooks.com/ An online discount Jewish bookstore. Orders are fulfilled by Amazon.com, and proceeds go to tzedakah. * Virtual Jerusalem Shops. [17]http://vjshops.virtualjerusalem.com/ A collection of Judaica shops in a wide variety of categories. Publishers The following are publishers of Jewish Music or Jewish texts. You can often order directly from them. An additional source of Jewish Publishers is the Association of Jewish Book Publishers ([18]http://www.avotaynu.com/ajbp.html). There is another list of publishers at [19]http://www.lights.com/publisher/db/topics-Religion-Jewish.html. Additionally, almost all "mainstream" publishing houses, such as Simon and Schuster ([20]http://www.simonsays.com/), Macmillan Publishers ([21]http://www.macmillan.com/), Doubleday ([22]http://www.randomhouse.com/doubleday/, another division of Random House), Random House ([23]http://www.randomhouse.com/), Harper Collins ([24]http://www.harpercollins.com/hc/), among others, all offer popular Judaica in their catalogs. Some good publishers that focus specifically on Judaica are: * Artscroll/Mesorah. [25]http://www.artscroll.com/ [26][Artscroll Affiliate] Publishers of timeless Jewish classics, including Talmud commentaries. The S.C.J Reading Lists have also established a relationship with Artscroll. Support the Reading Lists by purchasing books through Artscroll. In the web version of the reading lists, you can use the Artscroll graphic link link to the left (or the link that is at the bottom of each page) to shop at Artscroll. If you are reading this without the graphical links, either visit [27]http://www.scjfaq.org/rl/ to read the web version, or go to Artscroll directly at [28]http://artscroll.com/linker/socculturejewish/home [29]We make it easy. When you see the Artscroll graphic (or "[Buy at Artscroll: http:...]") on an entry in the reading list, this indicates that the specific book is available for purchase at Artscroll. Click on the graphic/link to go to Artscroll and purchase the book. * Jacob Aronson Inc. [30]http://www.aronson.com/ Publishers of Judaica * Behrman House. [31]http://www.behrmanhouse.com/ Behrman House is the leading publisher of Judaica and educational materials for Jewish religious schools in North America and in English-speaking countries around the world. * Ben-Simon Publications. [32]http://www.swifty.com/bensimon/ Publishes Jewish and family themed books. * CCAR Press. [33]http://www.ccarnet.org/press/ Publishers of liturgical and reference material for the Reform movement. * Feldheim Publishers. [34]http://www.feldheim.com/aa/index.shtml "Bringing you the finest in Torah Literature for the Entire Family" * Five Star Publications. [35]http://www.fivestarsupport.com Various categories including kosher cookbooks, Holocaust memoirs, consumer-oriented (Profits of Death, an expose of the funeral industry) and children's books. * Jewish Lights Publishing. [36]http://www.jewishlights.com/ Publishers of a large amount of contemporary Jewish thought and practice books, including Anita Diamont's stuff. * Jewish Publishing Society. [37]http://www.jewishpub.org/ The oldest publisher of Jewish literature published in the English language. Since 1888, JPS has providing titles that further Jewish culture and education * Jonathan David Press. [38]http://www.jonathandavidonline.com/home.htm A New York-based nonfiction trade book publisher that specializes in sports, biography, reference, and popular Judaica. The parent corporation, Jonathan David Co., Inc., markets and distributes Jonathan David publications throughout the world. In addition, it issues Judaica Book Guide, a mail-order catalog offering the very best in Judaica from the lists of all publishers at bargain prices. * Kehot Publishing. [39]http://www.kehotonline.com/ The publishing arm of Chabad. * KTAV Publishing Company [40]http://www.ktav.com Publisher of fine Jewish books and gifts, including prayer books, books for children and young adults, toys, games, school supplies and textbooks. KTAV also produces distinguished scholarly books on topics ranging from Biblical study to contemporary issues. * Milah Press. [41]http://www.milahpress.com/ Books on the holocaust, Hebrew language, and Zionism. * Paulist Press [42]http://www.paulistpress.com/ * Pelican Publishing Company, Inc. [43]http://pelicanpub.com Publishes books of Jewish interest for all ages, including A Travel Guide to Jewish Europe, Passover Lite Kosher Cookbook, Kosher Cajun Cookbook, Kosher Creole Cookbook, Kosher Southern-Style Cookbook, Toby Belfer's Seder: A Passover Story Retold, Toby Belfer Never Had a Christmas Tree, and A Belfer Bar Mitzvah. * Praeger Press. [44]http://www.praeger.com/. * The Reconstructionist Press. [45]http://www.jrf.org/pub/listmain.html Publishing arm of the Reconstructionist movement. Publishes over fifty titles dealing with Reconstructionist philosophy, liturgy, education and current issues in daily Jewish life. The press also publishes and distributes the works of Mordecai M. Kaplan. * Schocken Books. [46]http://www.randomhouse.com/knopf/schocken/home.html A division of Random House, Schocken is well known for publishing scholarly books on a wide variety of Jewish subjects. * SHJ Press. [47]http://www.shj.org/gift.html The publishing arm of the Society for Humanistic Judaism movement. * Soncino Press. [48]http://www.soncino.com/ Publishers of Judaic classic books. * Targum Press. [49]http://www.targum.com/ A major publisher of Jewish books. A subsidiary of Feldheim Publishers. * UAHC Press. [50]http://www.uahcweb.org/press/ Publishers of a large amount of material dealing with the Reform movement. * USCJ Bookstore. [51]http://www.uscj.org/mall/bookservice.htm USCJ is the publisher of books for the Conservative movement. The following University presses occasionally publish books of Jewish interest: * Columbia University Press. [52]http://www.cc.columbia.edu/cu/cup/bottom.html * Oxford University Press. [53]http://www.oup-usa.org/ * University of Chicago Press. [54]http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ Specialty Sources The following vendors and publishers provide books for more narrowly-focused audiences: * [55]JudaicKiosk.com. JudaicKiosk.com is a one-stop shop for a wide variety of Jewish Russian-language literature sold over the Internet. Their catalogue, which can be accessed at [56]http://www.judaickiosk.com, includes over 400 titles, including fiction, poetry, biographies, Biblical commentary, Judaic encyclopedias, history and academic texts, Hebrew-Russian dictionaries and kosher cookbooks. JudaicKiosk.com guarantees a wide range of Russian language Judaica, with reasonable prices and excellent service.
Subject: But the list is so long, where should I start? For a basic understanding of Judaism, start with Prager and Telushkin's [6]The Nine Questions People ask about Judaism, as well as Telushkin's [7]Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About Judaism. As mentioned above, the [8]Jewish Catalog series (3 volumes) provides more than enough information, as well as providing pointers to even more sources. Siegel and Rheins [9]The Jewish Almanac also provides useful high-level information. For a deeper understanding, continue with Donin's [10]To Be a Jew and [11]To Pray as a Jew. For some historical perspective, read Prager and Telushkin's [12]Why the Jews?. General history is covered well in Grayzel's [13]A History of the Jews and Wein's [14]Triumph of Survival: The Story of Jews in the Modern Age, 1650-1990. For a discussion of the emotional, social, and lifestyle aspects of becoming an observant Jew, read Steinsaltz's [15]Teshuvah. Readers are also urged to explore Jewish audio-tape lending libraries, such as those run by Aish HaTorah, Etz Chayim, [16]Chabad ([17]http://www.chabad.org/), Beis Chana in Minnesota and various other Jewish outreach groups. Tape series on Jewish History, Jewish Law, (all levels), Torah, Talmud, and other subjects are available. For those of you with backgrounds in Liberal Judaism, audio-tapes are also available from the [18]Union of American Hebrew Congregations ([19]http://www.uahc.org/). Contact your local Rabbi, or the library at a local synagogue, for more information.
Subject: For Non-Jewish Readers You'll probably find the texts listed elsewhere in this list may be a little too deep if you just want to learn what Judaism is. Consider the following instead: [Clo87] Clorfene, Chaim and Yaakov Rogalsky. The Path of the Righteous Gentile. Smithfield, MI: Targum Press, 1987. [6][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/087306433X/socculturejew ish] [Dia91] Diamant, Anita; and Cooper, Howard. Living a Jewish Life: A Guide for Starting, Learning, Celebrating, and Parenting. HarperCollins Publishers, New York, NY 10022. 1991. Hardback: Out of Print. Paperback: Reissued 1996, ISBN 0-062734-43-1. 352 pgs. [An introduction to liberal Judaism, or more precisely, the broad range of religious practices of non-Orthodox North American Jews] [7][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062734431/socculturejew ish] [Ein91] Einstein, Stephen J. and Kukoff, Lydia. Every Person's Guide to Judaism. UAHC Press #142610. 1991. Reprinted 1998. 195 pp. ISBN 0-807404-34-9. [Non-Orthodox. Guide to Judaism that recognizes that study is only the first step to learning and living as a Jew.] [8][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0807404349/socculturejew ish] [Gar89] Garfiel, Evelyn. Service of the Heart: a Guide to the Jewish Prayer Book. Jason Aronson, Northvale (NJ), October 1995, ISBN 1-568210-41-8. [9][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568210418/socculturejew ish] [Isa93] Isaacs, Ronald H. and Olitzky, Kerry M. The How-To Handbook for Jewish Living. K'tav, Hoboken NJ. 1993. ISBN 0-881252-94-8 (Hardback), 0-881252-90-5 (Paperback) [10][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0881252905/socculturejew ish] [Jab00] Jablon, Shmuel. Jewish Answers. Unknown; 2000. Paperback: ISBN 0-595122-31-0. [11][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0595122310/socculturejew ish] You should also explore [12]The Jewish Almanac, [13]The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism, the excellent books by Donin ([14]To Be A Jew, [15]To Pray as a Jew) and the [16]Jewish Catalog series. You'll find a discussion of the relationship between Christianity and Judaism in the supplemental [17]Antisemitism reading list.
Subject: General Judaism [Ari95] Ariel, David. What Do Jews Believe? The Spiritual Dimensions of Judaism. Schocken Press; 1995. Hardback. Schocken Books; 1996. Paperback: ISBN 0-805210-59-8. [6][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0805210598/socculturejew ish] [Bla66] Blau, Joseph L. Modern Varieties of Judaism. Columbia Univerity Press, New York NY. 1966. Republished 1972. Paperback. ISBN 0-231086-68-7. [7][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0231086687/socculturejew ish] [Ble92] Blech, Benjamin. Understanding Judaism : The Basics of Deed and Creed. Jason Aronson; 1992. Paperback: ISBN 0-876682-91-3. [8][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0876682913/socculturejew ish] [Ble99] Blech, Benjamin; Joel, Richard M. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Judaism (Complete Idiot's Guide) . MacMillan Distribution, 1999. Paperback. 379 pages. ISBN 0-028631-91-9. [9][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0028631919/socculturejew ish] [Bot00] Boteach, Shmuel. An Intelligent Person's Guide to Judaism. Duckworth; 2000. Hardcover. ISBN 0-715628-64-X. [10][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/071562864X/socculturejew ish/] [Car00] Cardozo, Nathan Lopes. Judaism on Trial: An Unconventional Discussion about Jews, Judaism. Urim Publications; 2000. Hardcover. 2nd edition. ISBN 9-657108-28-4. [This book attempts to bring clarity to timeless questions relating to the very purpose of our existence while openly confronting such contemporary concerns as the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox divide. It argues that science and anti-religious philosophy are not responsible for the decline of Judaism; rather, it is those who teach Jewish law and custom as a dogmatic creed that make Judaism appear irrelevant to the needs and problems of modern man. He argues that Judaism must reflect deep compassion to recapture the flowing fountain of a glorious tradition.] [11][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/9657108284/socculturejew ish/] [Cos00] Costa, David Yehuda. Judaism: Questions and Answers from the Internet. GreatUnpublished.com; 2000. Electronic. No ISBN. Available at [12]http://www.greatunpublished.com/Authors/Rabbi_Costa.htm [Dos98] Dosick, Wayne. Living Judaism: The Complete Guide to Jewish Belief, Tradition and Practice Harper San Francisco. Reprinted June 1998. ISBN 0-060621-79-6. [Written by an originally Reform rabbi who then joined the Conservative movement, and who appreciates Orthodox traditions, this is a unique introduction to Jewish belief and practice. A nice feature is that it discusses the similarities and differences between the movements.] [13][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060621796/socculturejew ish] [Dia91] Diamant, Anita; and Cooper, Howard. Living a Jewish Life: A Guide for Starting, Learning, Celebrating, and Parenting. HarperCollins Publishers, New York, NY 10022. 1991. Hardback: Out of Print. Paperback: Reissued 1996, ISBN 0-062734-43-1. 352 pgs. [An introduction to liberal Judaism, or more precisely, the broad range of religious practices of non-Orthodox North American Jews] [14][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0062734431/socculturejew ish] [Ein91] Einstein, Stephen J. and Kukoff, Lydia. Every Person's Guide to Judaism. UAHC Press #142610. 1991. Reprinted 1998. 195 pp. ISBN 0-807404-34-9. [Non-Orthodox. Guide to Judaism that recognizes that study is only the first step to learning and living as a Jew.] [15][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0807404349/socculturejew ish] [Fri90] Friesel, Evyatar. Atlas of Modern Jewish History Oxford University Press. 1990. Out of Print. ISBN 0-195053-93-1. [Contains demographics of the American Jewish population, including employment categories, intermarriage rates, maps, etc.] [Gla82] Glazer, Nathan; Boorstin, Daniel J. (ed). American Judaism. University of Chicago Press, Chicago IL. 1982. 2nd Revised edition, 1989. 214 pp. ISBN 0-226298-43-4. [16][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0226298434/socculturejew ish] [Gre88] Greenberg, Irving. The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays. Summit Books, New York NY. 1988. Reprinted September 1993, Touchstone Books. Paperback. ISBN 0-671873-03-2. [17][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0671873032/socculturejew ish] [Her91] Hertzberg, Arthur, ed. and interp.. Judaism: The Key Spiritual Writings of the Jewish Tradition. Simon & Schuster/Touchstone. New York NY. 1991. ISBN 0-671743-77-5 (Hardback) 0-671743-76-7 (Paperback). Out of Print. [Non-Orthodox source] [Isa93] Isaacs, Ronald H. and Olitzky, Kerry M. The How-To Handbook for Jewish Living. K'tav, Hoboken NJ. 1993. ISBN 0-881252-94-8 (Hardback), 0-881252-90-5 (Paperback) [18][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0881252905/socculturejew ish] [Jab00] Jablon, Shmuel. Jewish Answers. Unknown; 2000. Paperback: ISBN 0-595122-31-0. [19][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0595122310/socculturejew ish] [Jac95] Jacobs, Louis. The Jewish Religion: A Companion. Oxford Univ Press; 1995. Hardcover: ISBN 0-198264-63-1. [20][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0198264631/socculturejew ish] [Kap91] Kaplan, Mordecai;Goldsmith, Emanuel S. (ed); Scult, Mel (ed). Dynamic Judaism: The Essential Writings of Mordecai M. Kaplan. Fordham Univ Pr; 1991. Paperback reprint edition. ISBN 0-823213-10-2. [21][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0823213102/socculturejew ish/] [Ker97] Kertzer, Morris N. What Is a Jew?. Collier Books; 1997. Paperback: ISBN 0-684842-98-X. [22][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/068484298X/socculturejew ish] [Kle79] Klein, Isaac. A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice. Jewish Theological Seminary of Amer; 1979. Hardcover. ISBN 0-873340-04-3. [Describes Conservative Practice] [23][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0873340043/socculturejew ish/] [Kol81] Kolatch, Alfred J. The Jewish Book of Why. Jonathan David Pub; 1981. Hardcover: ISBN 0-824602-56-0. [24][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0824602560/socculturejew ish] [Kol95] Kolatch, Alfred J. The Second Jewish Book of Why. Jonathan David Pub; 1995. Hardcover: ISBN 0-824603-05-2. [25][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0824603052/socculturejew ish] [Kus9x] Kushner, Arlene. The Jewish People: A Resource and Reference Book. Self-Published; contact the author at <[26]Apkushner@aol.com> to order. [A comprehensive work that touches on subjects such as major texts, basic precepts and practices, contributions of the Jewish people, diversity of the Jewish people, Jews in America, and folklore. It provides basic information on calendar, holidays, kashrut, mourning practices, Talmud and Midrash, action vs. faith, etc. Illustrated. Pluralistic, including both traditional ways and explaining liberal deviations from the tradition. Includes questions.] [Nad97] Nadler, Leornard and Nadler, Zeace. Living Judaism Around the World: A Brief History of the Peaks and Valleys of Jewish Experience. Pentland Press Inc., 1999. 258 pp. ISBN 1-571970-65-7. [Includes information on Jewish Communities in 23 different countries.] [27][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1571970657/socculturejew ish] [Neu74] Neusner, Jacob. The Way of Torah: An Introduction to Judaism (The Religious Life in History Series). Dickenson Publishing Company, Encino CA. 1974. 6th Edition: Wadsworth Publishing Co, 1997. 275 pp. ISBN 0-534515-68-1. [Not universally accepted, non-Orthodox point of view] [28][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0534515681/socculturejew ish] [Neu75] Neusner, Jacob, ed. Understanding American Judaism. Volume Two: Sectors of American Judaism: Reform, Orthodoxy, Conservativism, and Reconstructionism. Ktav Press, New York. 1975. Reissued June 1982. ISBN 9992865105. [Not universally accepted, non-Orthodox point of view] [29][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/9992865105/socculturejew ish] [Newxx] Newman, Y. and Sivan, G. A-Z Illustrated Lexicon of Judaism. World Zionist Organization Torah Education Dept. [Pra81] Prager, Dennis and Telushkin, Joseph. The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism. Simon & Schuster, New York. 1981. Reprinted 1986. ISBN: 0-671622-61-7. [30][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0671622617/socculturejew ish] [Rob01] Robinson, George. Essential Judaism : A Complete Guide to Beliefs, Customs & Rituals. Atria Books; (September 2001). ISBN: 0671034812 [31][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0452011361/socculturejew ish] [Ros94] Rosenberg, Roy A. The Concise Guide to Judaism : History, Practice, Faith. Meridian Books; 1994. Paperback reprint edition: ISBN 0-452011-36-1. [32][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0452011361/socculturejew ish] [Ros78] Rosenthal, G. Many Faces of Judaism: Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Reform Behrman House, New York. 1979. ISBN: 0-874413-11-7. [Contains a descriptive comparison of Orthodox, Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist Judaism. It is intended as a low end high school text and although still good, it is beginning to show its age.] [33][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0874413117/socculturejew ish] [Rot72] Roth, Cecil, Ed. Encyclopedia Judaica. 18 Vols. Keter, Jerusalem. 1972. Reprinted 1994. Coronet Books. ISBN 0-685362-53-1. [34][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0685362531/socculturejew ish] [Sie80] Siegel, Richard and Rheins, Carl. The Jewish Almanac. Bantam Books, New York. 1980. ISBN 0-553340-03-4. Out of print. [Sil56] Silver, Abba Hillel. Where Judaism Differs: An Inquiry into the Discinctiveness of Judaism. Macmillan, New York. 1956. Out of print. [Reform point of view] [Ste47] Steinberg, Milton. Basic Judaism. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York. 1947. Reprinted 1986. ISBN 0-156106-98-1. [Conservative] [35][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0156106981/socculturejew ish] [Str73] Strassfeld, Michael (ed.); Strassfeld, Sharon (ed.); Siegel, Richard (designer). The First Jewish Catalog: A Do-It Yourself Kit. Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia PA. 1973. Reprinted 1989. 320 pp. ISBN 0-827600-42-9. [Catalog 1 covers Symbols of the Home, Kashrut, Candles, Kippah, Tallit, Tefillin, the Shofar, Jewish travel, the Jewish year cycle, Weddings, Tumah and taharah, Death and burial, scribal arts, gematria, music, film, the Jewish press, creating a jewish library, and relationships between man, women, and the community] [36][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827600429/socculturejew ish] [Str76] Strassfeld, Sharon (ed); and Strassfeld, Michael (ed.).The Second Jewish Catalog: Sources and Resources. Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia PA. 1976. 400 pp. ISBN 0-827600-84-4. [Catalog 2 covers the life cycle in more depth, aspects of study, synagogue and prayer, and the arts. The Jewish Yellow Pages are out of date, quite likely.] [37][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827600844/socculturejew ish] [Str80] Strassfeld, Sharon and Strassfeld, Michael, eds. The Third Jewish Catalog: Creating Community: With a Cumulative Index to All 3 Catalogs. Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia PA. 1980. 416 pp. ISBN 0-827601-83-2. [Catalog 3 covers justice, community, genealogy, dispersion, exile, surroundings, and Israel. It also talks about how to be a mentsh, and includes a cumlutive index to all three catalogs] [38][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827601832/socculturejew ish] [Symxx] Syme, Daniel B. Jewish Mourning. UAHC Press #388494. ISBN 0-807403-32-6. [Non-Orthodox, but offers both traditional and liberal Jewish attitudes towards death-related issues.] [Tel91] Telushkin, Joseph. Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People and Its History. William Morrow, New York. 1991. 688 pp. ISBN 0-688085-06-7 [39][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0688085067/socculturejew ish] [Tel97] Telushkin, Joseph. Biblical Literacy : The Most Important People, Events, and Ideas of the Hebrew Bible. William Morrow & Co; 1997. Hardcover: ISBN 0-688142-97-4. [40][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0688142974/socculturejew ish] [Was97] Waskow, Arthur. Down-To-Earth Judaism: Food, Money, Sex, and the Rest of Life. William Morrow & Co; 1997. Paperback. 416 pages. ISBN 0-688151-27-2. [Renewal Judaism] [41][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0688151272/socculturejew ish] [Wou59] Wouk, Herman. This is my God: The Jewish Way of Life. Dell, NY. 1959. Reprinted 1992. Little Brown & Co. ISBN 0-316955-14-0. [42][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0316955140/socculturejew ish]
Subject: General Jewish Thought [Ber73] Berkovits, Eliezer. Faith after the Holocaust. Ktav Publishing House, New York. 1973. Paperback, 1977. ISBN 0-870681-93-1. [6][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0870681931/socculturejew ish] [Ber79] Berkovits, Eliezer God, Man and History. Jonathan David, New York. 1979. ISBN 0-824602-39-0. Out of print. [Ble92] Blech, Benjamin. Understanding Judaism: The Basics of Deed and Creed. Jason Aronson; 1992. Paperback. ISBN 0-876682-91-3. [7][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0876682913/socculturejew ish/] [Bub74] Buber, Martin; Kaufman, Walter (trans). I and Thou. MacMillan Publishing Company, 1974. Paperback. 185 pages. ISBN 0-684717-25-5. [8][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/684717255/socculturejewi sh] [Dor92] Dorff, Elliot. Knowing God: Jewish Journeys to the Unknowable. Jason Aronson. 1992. Paperback, 1996. ISBN 1-568219-64-4. [R. Dorff is provost and professor of philosophy at the University of Judaism (Conservative)] [9][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568219644/socculturejew ish] [Dor98] Dorff, Elliot N. (ed); Newman, Louis E. (ed.) Contemporary Jewish Theology: A Reader. Oxford Univ Press; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-195114-67-1. [Conservative] [10][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0195114671/socculturejew ish/] [Fis98] Fishbane, Michael. The Exegetical Imagination: On Jewish Thought and Theology. Harvard Univ Pr; October 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-674274-62-8. [Illustrates the technique of midrashic biblical exposition, as well as discussing some of the conclusions reached.] [11][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0674274628/socculturejew ish/] [Gil90] Gillman, Neil. Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew. Jewish Publication Society. 1990. Paperback, 1992. 296 pp. ISBN 0-827604-03-3. [A National Jewish Book Award winner; R. Gillman is professor of philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary] (Conservative) [12][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827604033/socculturejew ish] [Gre92] Green, Arthur. Seek My Face, Speak My Name: A Contemporary Jewish Theology. Jason Aronson. 1992. Paperback, 1994. ISBN 1-568212-13-5. [R. Green, who recently left the presidency of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College for a chair at Brandeis, is regarded as a leading exponent of neo-Hasidism] (Reconstructionist) [13][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568212135/socculturejew ish] [Har85] Hartman, David. A Living Covenant: The Innovative Spirit in Traditional Judaism. Free Press. 1985. Paperback, 1998, Jewish Lights Pub. 368 pp. ISBN 1-580230-11-3. [R. Hartman is director of the Shalom Hartman Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, and a student of Rav Soloveitchik z"l] [14][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1580230113/socculturejew ish] [Hes55] Heschel, Abraham Joshua. God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism. Harper Torchbook. 1966. Reprinted 1997, Noonday Press. 464 pp. ISBN 0-374513-31-7. [One of Heschel's more accessible major works.] [15][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0374513317/socculturejew ish] [Hes97] Heschel, Abraham Joshua. Man Is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion. Noonday Press, 1997. Paperback. 320 pages. ISBN 0-374513-28-7. [16][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0374513287/socculturejew ish] [Jew00] Jewish Observer, The. The Ethical Imperative: Torah perspectives on ethics and values. Artscroll/Mesorah; 2000. Hardcover. ISBN 1-578195-08-X. [17][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/157819508X/socculturejew ish/] [18][Buy at Artscroll: http://www.artscroll.com/linker/socculturejewish/ASIN/ETHH/] [Kap79] Kaplan, Aryeh. Handbook of Jewish Thought. Maznaim Publishing Corp., 4304 12th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11219, 718-438-7680, New York/Jerusalem, 1979. Hardcover Vol 2, 1992. ISBN 0-940118-79-3. [19][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0940118793/socculturejew ish] [Kap34] Kaplan, Mordecai M. Judaism as a Civilization. Reconstructionist Press, New York. 1934. Jewish Publication Society; 1994. Paperback. 640 pages. ISBN 0-827605-29-3. [One of the most original contributions toward creating a comprehensive program for creative Jewish life. Kaplan here offers his now famous concept of Judaism as an evolving religious civilization. For Judaism to survive and grow, Jews must continue to reconstruct their heritage in response to changes in social, political, and cultural conditions.] [20][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827605293/socculturejew ish] [Kap94] Kaplan, Mordecai, M. The Meaning of God in Modern Jewish Religion. Wayne State Univ Pr; 1994. Paperback reprint. ISBN 0-814325-52-1. [Kaplan's most easily understood theological work. It is organized around the Jewish holidays but actually is an elaboration of the basic concepts of his theological system. This edition includes a new introduction, in which Kaplan's thought is put in a historical perspective.] [21][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0814325521/socculturejew ish] [Pel84] Peli, P. (ed.)Soloveitchik on Repentance: The Thought and Oral Discourses of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Paulist Press. 1984. Reprinted 1996 Paperback, Jason Aronson. 320 pp. ISBN 1-568219-85-7. [The Rav as presented by the late chair of Hebrew Studies at Ben Gurion University] [22][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568219857/socculturejew ish] [Sch98] Schulweis, Harold M. For Those Who Can't Believe: Overcoming the Obstacles to Faith. Harperperennial Library; 1998. Paperback. 224 pages. ISBN: 0-060926-51-1. [23][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060926511/socculturejew ish] [Sel82] Seltzer, Robert M. Jewish People, Jewish Thought. Prentice Hall College Div; 1982. Paperback. ISBN 0-024089-40-0. [24][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0024089400/socculturejew ish/] [Son86] Sonsino, Rifat; Syme, Daniel B. Finding God: Ten Jewish Responses. Union of American Hebrew Congregations; 1986. Paperback. 140 pages. ISBN 0-807403-12-1. [Reform]. [25][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0807403121/socculturejew ish] [Sol83] Soloveitchik, Joseph Dov. Halachic Man. Jewish Publication Society: Philadelphia PA. 1983. ISBN 0-827602-22-7. Paperback, 1984, 182 pp. ISBN 0-827603-97-5 . [26][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827603975/socculturejew ish] [Sol91] Soloveichik, Rabbi Ahron, Logic of the Heart, Logic of the Mind. Judaica Press/Genesis Jerusalem Press, 1991, ISBN 0-963093-60-6. Out of print. [Wol91] Wolpe, David J. The Healer of Shattered Hearts: A Jewish View of God. Penguin USA (Paper); 1991. Paperback Reprint edition. ISBN 0-140147-95-0. [27][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0140147950/socculturejew ish]
Subject: General Jewish History [Alp86] Alpher, Joseph (ed). Encyclopedia of Jewish History: Events and Eras of the Jewish People. Facts on File Publications, 1986. Hardcover. 288 pages. ISBN 0-816012-20-2. [6][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0816012202/socculturejew ish] [Bam70] Bamberger, Bernard. The Story of Judaism. Schocken Books, New York. 1970. May be out of print. [Bar52] Baron, Salo W. A Social and Religous History of the Jews. 19 Vols to date. Columbia University Press, New York. 1952-. [Comprehensive, organized topically, not strictly chronologically. This book is very extensive, and may be difficult to read. Not for the beginner.] The following are the volumes that I have information about: + Volume 1: Social and Religious History of the Jews: Ancient Times to the Beginning of the Christian Era 2nd edition. June 1973. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-38-8. [7][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0231088388/socculturej ewish] + Volume 4: Social and Religious History of the Jews: Meeting of East and West. 2nd revised edition. June 1957. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-41-8. [8][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0231088418/socculturej ewish] + Volume 5: A Social and Religious History of the Jews: Religious Controls and Dissensions. 2nd revised edition. June 1957. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-42-6. [9][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0231088426/socculturej ewish] + Volume 6: A Social and Religious History of the Jews: Laws, Homilies, and the Bible. 2nd revised edition. June 1958. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-43-4. [10][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0231088434/socculturej ewish] + Volume 7: A Social and Religious History of the Jews: Hebrew Language and Letters. 2nd revised edition. June 1958. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-44-2. [11][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0231088442/socculturej ewish] + Volume 8: A Social and Religious History of the Jews: Philosophy and Science. 2nd revised edition. June 1958. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-45-0. [12][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0231088450/socculturej ewish] + Volume 9: Social and Religious History of the Jews: (subtitle unknown). 2nd revised edition. June 1965. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-46-9. [13][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0231088469/socculturej ewish] + Volume 10: Social and Religious History of the Jews: (subtitle unknown). June 1965. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-47-7. [14][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0231088477/socculturej ewish] + Volume 11: A Social and Religious History of the Jews: Late Middle Ages and Era of European Expansion, 1200-1650 2nd revised edition. June 1967. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN: 0-231088-48-5. [15][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0231088485/socculturej ewish] + Volume 13: Social and Religious History of Jews: Late Middle Ages and Era of European Expansion, 1200-1650; Inquisition, Renaissance and Reformation. July 1979. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN: 0-231088-50-7. [16][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0231088507/socculturej ewish] + Volume 14: Social and Religious History of Jews: Late Middle Ages and Era of European Expansion,1200-1650;Catholic Restoration and Wars of Religion. July 1979. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-51-5. [17][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0231088515/socculturej ewish] + Volume 15: Social and Religious History of the Jews: Late Middle Ages and Era of European Expansion, 1200-1650. June 1973. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-52-3. [18][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0231088523/socculturej ewish] + Volume 16: Social and Religious History of the Jews: Poland--Lithuania, 1500-1650. June 1976. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-53-1. [19][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0231088531/socculturej ewish] + Volume 17: Social and Religious History of the Jews: Byzantines, Mamelukes, and Maghribians. 2nd revised edition. July 1980. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-54-X [20][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/023108854X/socculturej ewish] + Volume 18: Social and Religious History of the Jews: Late Middle Ages and Era of European Expansion. 2nd revised edition. September 1983. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-55-8. [21][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0231088558/socculturej ewish] + Volume 19: Social and Religious History of the Jews : Index to Volumes Ix-XVIII. 2nd revised edition. January 1993. Columbia Univ Pr. ISBN 0-231088-56-6. [22][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0231088566/socculturej ewish] [Bar95] Barnavi, Eli. A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People: From the Time of the Patriarchs to the PresentSchocken Books, 1995. Hardcover Reissue edition. ISBN 0-805241-27-2. [23][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0805241272/socculturejew ish] [Bas99] Baskin, Judith R. (ed). Jewish Women in Historical Perspective. Wayne State Univ Pr; 1999. Paperback. 2nd edition. ISBN 0-814327-13-3. [24][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0814327133/socculturejew ish/] [Ben71] Ben-Sasson, H.H. & Ettinger, S. (eds.). Jewish Society Through the Ages. Schocken Books. 1971. Out of print. [A survey of Jewish life edited by two distinguished Hebrew University professors and commissioned by UNESCO] [Ben76] Ben-Sasson, H. H. (ed.). A History of the Jewish People (by scholars at the Hebrew U, Jerusalem). English translation: Harvard University Press, 1976. Hebrew: Dvir Publishing House, Tel Aviv, 1969. 1170 pp. ISBN 0-674397-30-4. English Paperback Reprint, 1985, Harvard Univ Pr, ISBN: 0-674397-31-2. [Prepared by six distinguished scholars at the Hebrew University, this comprehensive history pays particular attention to more recent historical sources, discoveries of archaeological research and to other source material such as talmudic literature often ignored by other historians.] [25][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0674397312/socculturejew ish] [Ble99] Blech, Benjamin. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jewish History and Culture MacMillan Distribution. 1999. 416 pp. ISBN 0-028627-11-3 [26][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0028627113/socculturejew ish] [Bro98] Brody, Robert. The Geonim of Babylonia and the Shaping of Medieval Jewish Culture. Yale Univ Pr; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-300070-47-0. [27][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0300070470/socculturejew ish/] [Bro99] Brook, Kevin Alan. The Jews of Khazaria Jason Aronson, 1999. Hardcover. 360 pages. ISBN 0-765762-12-9. [Kevin is a contributor to the S.C.J FAQ, and provided much of the material for the section about Khazaria and Ashkenazi Jews.] [28][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0765760320/socculturejew ish] [Cah98] Cahill, Thomas. The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels. Hinges of History: Vol. 2. Doubleday Books, Hardcover, 1998. 291 pages. ISBN 0-385482-48-5. [29][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0385482485/socculturejew ish] [Coh95] Cohen, Mark R. Under Crescent and Cross. Princeton University Press. Reissue edition, 1995. Paperback. 304 pages. ISBN 0-691010-82-X. [30][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/069101082X/socculturejew ish] [Coh96] Cohn-Sherbok, Dan. Atlas of Jewish History. Routledge. 1996. Paperback. ISBN 0-415088-00-3. [31][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0415088003/socculturejew ish] [Dim62] Dimont, Max. Jews, God, and History. Signet Books, New York. 1962. Paperback revised and updated, 1994, Mentor Books, ISBN 0-451628-66-7. [Note: May not be completely reliable] [32][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0451628667/socculturejew ish] [Dor00] Dorfman, Rivka; Dorfman, Ben-Zion. Synagogues Without Jews: And the Communities That Built and Used Them. Jewish Publication Society; November 2000. Hardcover. ISBN 0-827606-92-3. [This book presents the histories of 34 Jewish communities in Europe and describes the art and architecture of their synagogues with 300+ photographs and discussion. Most of these communities no longer exist. A special chapter, "A Gallery of Women" is devoted to particular women and the role of women in the synagogue.] [33][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827606923/socculturejew ish] [Fin38] Finkelstein, Louis. The Pharisees: The Sociological Background of Their Faith. Jewish Publication Society. 1938. Out of print. [A two volume classic] [Fin71a] Finkelstein, Louis (ed.). The Jews: Their History. Schocken Books. 1971 (4th ed.). Out of print. [A comprehensive description of Judaism and the Jews, edited by the late Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary] [Fin71b] Finkelstein, Louis (ed.). The Jews: Their Religion and Culture. Schocken Books. 1971 (4th ed.). Out of print. [A comprehensive description of Judaism and the Jews, edited by the late Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary] [Fin71c] Finkelstein, Louis (ed.). The Jews: Their Role in Civilization. Schocken Books. 1971 (4th ed.). Out of print. [A comprehensive description of Judaism and the Jews, edited by the late Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary] [Ger97] Gerber, Jane S. (ed.); De Lange, Nicholas (ed); and De Lange, N. R. M. The Illustrated History of the Jewish People Harcourt Brace. Hardcover illustrate edition. 448 pp. 1997. ISBN 0-151003-02-5. [34][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0151003025/socculturejew ish] [Gli99] Glick, Leonard B. Abraham's Heirs: Jews and Christians in Medieval Europe. Syracuse University Press. 1st edition, 1999. Paperback. 272 pages. ISBN 0-815627-79-3. [35][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0815627793/socculturejew ish] [Gre97] Greenbaum, Masha. The Jews of Lithuania: A History of a Remarkable Community 1316-1945. Gefen Books, 1997. Hardcover. 416 pages. ISBN 9-652291-32-3. [36][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/9652291323/socculturejew ish] [Goi74] Goiten S.D. Jews and Arabs: Their Contacts Through the Ages. Schocken Books. 1974 (3ed.). Out of print. [A classic historical survey] [Gra67] Grayzel, Solomon. A History of the Jews. Jewish Publishing Society, Philadelphia. 1967. ISBN 0-827601-42-5. May be out of print. [Good overview. A good general perspective on Jewish history. Not Orthodox.] [37][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827601425/socculturejew ish] [Grixx] Gribetz, Judah; Greenstein, Edward L.; Stein, Regina. The Timetables of Jewish History: A Chronology of the Most Important People and Events in Jewish History. ISBN 0-671885-77-4. Out of print. [Hal84a] Hallo, William, Ruderman, David, & Stanislawski (eds.). Heritage: Civilization and the Jews (Source Reader). Praeger Publishers. 1984. ISBN 0-275911-83-7. [primary materials designed to parallel the TV series; Hallo is professor of Assyriology and Babylonian Literature at Yale, Ruderman chairs Yale's Judaica Department, Stanislawski is professor of Jewish History at Columbia] [38][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0275911837/socculturejew ish] [Hal84b] Hallo, William, Ruderman, David, & Stanislawski. Heritage: Civilization and the Jews (Study Guide). Praeger Publishers. 1984. Out of print. [primary materials designed to parallel the TV series; Hallo is professor of Assyriology and Babylonian Literature at Yale, Ruderman chairs Yale's Judaica Department, Stanislawski is professor of Jewish History at Columbia] [Isa89] Isaacs, Jacob. Our People 6 vols. Kehot, Brooklyn NY. 1989. May be out of print. [History up unto the modern era from the traditional point of view] [Isa95] Isaacs, Ronald H. (ed); Olitzky, Kerry M. (ed). Critical Documents of Jewish History: A Sourcebook. Jason Aronson; 1995. Hardcover. ISBN 1-568213-92-1. [39][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568213921/socculturejew ish/] [Joh88] Johnson, Paul. A History of the Jews. HarperCollins, 1988. 644 pp. ISBN 0-060915-33-1. [Using an active voice and an upbeat pacing, this 600-page tome is one of the most highly reccomended books on The subject. It delivers a comprehensive survey covering 4,000 years of Jewish history. A forceful and sustained analysis of Jewish emergence and an interpretation of how Jewish history, philosophy, ethics, and social and political notions interplay with world history.] [40][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060915331/socculturejew ish] [Jud98] Judah, Ha-Levi; Korobkin, N. Daniel The Kuzari: In Defense of the Despised Faith. Jason Aronson, 1998. Hardcover. 507 pages. ISBN 0-765799-70-7. [41][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0765799707/socculturejew ish] [Kai98] Kaiser, Walter C. A History of Israel: From the Bronze Age Through the Jewish Wars. Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1998. Hardcover. 560 pages. ISBN 0-805462-84-8. [42][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0805462848/socculturejew ish] [Kat83] Katz, Jacob. Exclusiveness and Tolerance: Studies in Jewish-Gentile Relations in Medieval and Modern Times (Scripta Judaica, 3). Behrman House; 1983. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-874413-65-6. [43][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0874413656/socculturejew ish/] [Men95] Mendes-Flohr, Paul R. (ed); Reinharz, Jehuda (ed). The Jew in the Modern World: A Documentary History. Oxford Univ Press; 1995. Paperback. ISBN 0-195074-53-X. [44][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/019507453X/socculturejew ish/] [Mil86] Miller, J. Maxwell; Hayes, John Haralson (photos). A History of Ancient Israel and Judah Westminster John Knox Press. 1986. Hardcover. 523 pages. ISBN 0-664212-62-X. [45][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/066421262X/socculturejew ish] [Pot90] Potok, Chaim. Wanderings: Chaim Potok's History of the Jews. Fawcett Books, 1990. ISBN: 0-449215-82-2. [46][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0449215822/socculturejew ish] [Rot66] Roth, Cecil. A History of the Jews. Schocken, New York. rev. ed. 1966. also in paperback. Out of print. [Rud92] Ruderman, David B. (ed.). Essential Papers on Jewish Culture in Renaissance and Baroque Italy. NYU Press. 1992. Paperback: ISBN 0-814774-20-2. Hardback: 0-814774-19-9. Paperback: [47][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0814774202/socculturejew ish] ; Hardback: [48][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0814774199/socculturejew ish] [Sac90] Sachar, Howard Morley. The Course of Modern Jewish History. Vintage Books. New revised edition, 1990. Paperback. 891 pages. ISBN 0-679727-46-9. [49][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0679727469/socculturejew ish] [Sac96] Sachar, Howard M. A History of Israel: From the Rise of Zionism to Our Time. Knopf; 1996. Paperback. 2nd revised edition. ISBN 0-679765-63-8. [50][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0679765638/socculturejew ish/] [Sack93] Sacks, Jonathan. One People: Tradition, Modernity, and Jewish Unity (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization). Littman Library of Jewish Civilization; 1993. Paperback. ISBN 1-874774-01-3. [51][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1874774013/socculturejew ish/] [Sch98] Scheindlin, Raymond P. Short History of the Jewish People: From Legendary Times to Modern Statehood. IDG Books Worldwide; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-028625-86-2. [52][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0028625862/socculturejew ish/] [Sel80] Seltzer, Robert. M. Jewish People, Jewish Thought: The Jewish Experience in History. Macmillan Publishing Co, New York, 1980. Prentice Hall College Div; 1982, ISBN 0-024089-40-0. 896 pp [An intellectual history. Shows the development of Jewish ideas and concepts. On the level of an advanced undergrad or grad textbook and is not always easy going.] [53][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0024089400/socculturejew ish] [Wei90] Wein, Berel. Triumph of Survival: The Story of Jews in the Modern Age, 1650-1990. Shaar Press, NY (Yeshivah Shaarei Torah, 36 Carlton Rd, Suffern NY). 1990. Mesorah Publications Ltd., 1993. ISBN 0-899064-98-1 (Hardback) [A fine history from the Orthodox perspective.] [54][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0899064981/socculturejew ish] [Wex93] Wexler, Paul. The Ashkenazic Jews: A Slavo-Turkic People in Search of a Jewish Identity Slavica Publishers (Columbus OH). 1993. ISBN 0-893572-41-1. Out of print. There is also a good reading list on American Jewish history maintained by the American Jewish Historical Society at [55]http://www.ajhs.org/ajhbibl.htm
Subject: Noachide Laws [Ben95] Benamozegh, Elijah; Luria, Maxwell (Translator). Israel and Humanity (Classics of Western Spirituality). Paulist Press; 1995. Paperback ISBN 0-809135-41-8. [6][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0809135418/socculturejew ish/] [Bin95] Bindman, Yirmeyahu. (The) Seven Colors of the Rainbow: Torah Ethics for Non-Jews. Resource Publications; 1995. Paperback. ISBN 0-893903-32-9. [A great beginning book for the non-Jew looking into Torah ethics. Explains what G-d originally required of mankind that has been kept from most for nearly 2,000 years, and the role of Gentile in the world to come.] [7][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0893903329/socculturejew ish] [Clo87] Clorfene, Chaim and Yaakov Rogalsky. The Path of the Righteous Gentile. Smithfield, MI: Targum Press, 1987 [8][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/087306433X/socculturejew ish] (Special Order) [Dav96] Davis, J. David. Finding The G-d of Noah: The Spiritual Journey of a Baptist Minister from Christianity to the Laws of Noah. KTAV Publishing (900 Jefferson Street, Hoboken NJ 07030). 1996. ISBN: 0-881255-35-1. [9][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0881255351/socculturejew ish] [FriXX] Friedman, Manis. Doesn't Anyone Blush Anymore? Bais Chana Press. Paperback ISBN 1-578870-00-3. [10][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1578870003/socculturejew ish/] [Galxx] Gallin, Aryeh. The Root and Branch Noachide Guide. Root and Branch Association, Ltd, 504 Grand Street, #E51, New York, NY 10002-4101. [11]http://www.rb.org.il/ [Han95] Hanke, Kimberly E. Turning to Torah: The Emerging Noachide Movement Jason Aronson Publishing House (230 Livingston Street, Northvale, New Jersey 07647) and Number Seven Spectrum House (32-34 Gordon House Road London, NW5 1LP England). 1995. 250 pp. ISBN: 1-568215-00-2. [One woman's path from Christianity to "Messianic" Christianity, and finally to Torah since 1988. At one point, she considers conversion to Judaism, and then learns of the Noachide Covenant, through several Jewish individuals. She then was enlightened into the writings of J. David Davis.] [12][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568215002/socculturejew ish] [Kap97] Kaplan, Jeffrey. Radical Religion in America: Millenarian Movements from the Far Right to the Children of Noah. Syracuse Univ Pr (Trade); 1997. Paperback ISBN 0-815603-96-7. [13][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0815603967/socculturejew ish] [Lic81] Lichtenstein, Aaron. The Seven Laws of Noah. The Rabbi Jacob Joseph School Press, New York. 1981. Website: [14]http://www.judaica.com/Noah/seven.html [The most technical book on Noahism. It is probably not intended to be an introduction to the Noahide system, but rather a detailed scholarly analysis for those who have been Noahides for a long time or for Jewish scholars of Noahism.] [Nov83] Novak, David. (The) Image of the Non-Jew in Judaism: A Constructive Study of the Noahide Laws. Edwin Mellen Press; 1983. ISBN: 0-889467-59-5. [15][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0889467595/socculturejew ish] [Pal86] Pallière, Aimé. The Unknown Sanctuary: A Pilgrimage from Rome to Israel. Bloch Pub Co; 1986. Paperback ISBN 0-819704-98-9. [16][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0819704989/socculturejew ish] [Sea98] Sears, David. Compassion For Humanity In the Jewish Tradition. Jason Aronson; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-765799-87-1. [17][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0765799871/socculturejew ish/]
Subject: Torah and Torah Commentary Note: There's lots of information on Torah and Talmud (understatement of the year), and one should contact a competent rabbi for guided study. General Information [Alt83] Alter, Robert. The Art of Biblical Narrative. Basic Books; 1983. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-465004-27-X. [6][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/046500427X/socculturejew ish/] [Alt90] Alter, Robert (ed); Kermode, Frank (ed). The Literary Guide to the Bible. Harvard Univ Pr; 1990. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-674875-31-1. [7][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0674875311/socculturejew ish/] [Hol86] Holtz, Barry W. Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts. Summit Books; 1986. Paperback reprint edition. ISBN 0-671605-96-8. [8][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0671605968/socculturejew ish/] [Vis96] Visotzky, Burton L. Reading the Book: Making the Bible a Timeless Text. Schocken Books; 1996. Paperback. ISBN 0-805210-72-5. [9][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0805210725/socculturejew ish/] Torah/Torah Commentary [Arm96] Armstrong, Karen. In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis. Alfred A. Knopf; 1996. Hardcover. ISBN 0-679450-89-0. [10][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0679450890/socculturejew ish/] [Alt97] Alter, Robert (ed). Genesis: Translation and Commentary. W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.; 1997. Paperback reprint edition. ISBN 0-393316-70-X. [11][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/039331670X/socculturejew ish/] [Alt98] Alter, Judah Aryeh Leib; Green, Arthur (trans.); Gluskin, Shai. The Language of Truth: The Torah Commentary of Sefat Emet. Jewish Publication Society; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-827606-50-8. [12][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827606508/socculturejew ish/] [Cha67] Chavel, Charles B.(trans); Maimonides, Moses. The 613 Commandments. Soncino Pr Ltd; 1967. Paperback. ISBN 1-871055-20-2. [A translation of Maimonides's Sefer HaMitzvot, a list and explaination of the 613 commandments. Won lots of awards.] [13][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1871055202/socculturejew ish/] [Cha71] Chavel, Charles B. Ramban (Nachmanides: Commentary on the Torah). Shilo Publishing House; 1971. Hardcover. 5 Volume set. ISBN 0-686867-43-2. [A translation of the 2nd most used commentary (after Rashi)] [14][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0686867432/socculturejew ish/] [Chi74] Chill, Abraham. The Mitzvot: The Commandments and Their Rationale. Bloch, New York. 1974. ISBN 0-819703-76-1. May be out of print. [CohAxx] Cohen, A. and Rosenberg, A. J. The Soncino Chumash. Soncino Press. [This popular Chumash presents the Hebrew text and English translation along with a commentary digest which presents midrashic, philosophical and literary interpretations by such commentators as Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Rambam, Sforno, Nachmanides and Gersonides.] [CulXX] Culi, Yaakov and others. The Torah Anthology. 19 vols. Moznaim, NY. 1977-1985. [Volumes cover the Torah, with separate ones on megillahs and Psalms, translated from the classic Ladino work Me'Am Lo'Ez. An amazing compendium of insights and commentary.]: + Culi, Yaakov. The Torah Anthology: Beginnings (Me'Am Lo'Ez Series). Moznaim Pub Corp; 1977. Hardcover. Volume I. ISBN 0-940118-01-7. [15][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0940118017/socculturej ewish/] + Culi, Yaakov. The Torah Anthology: Partriarchs, From Abraham Until Jabob (Me'Am Lo'Ez Series). Moznaim Pub Corp; 1977. Hardcover. Volume II. ISBN 0-940118-02-5. [16][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0940118025/socculturej ewish/] + Culi, Yaakov. The Torah Anthology: The Twelve Tribes (Me'Am Lo'Ez Series). Moznaim Pub Corp; 1978. Hardcover. Volume III-A. ISBN 0-940118-88-2. [17][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0940118882/socculturej ewish/] + Culi, Yaakov. The Torah Anthology: From Jacob Until Joseph (Me'Am Lo'Ez Series). Moznaim Pub Corp; 1978. Hardcover. Volume III-B. ISBN: 0-940118-89-0. [18][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0940118890/socculturej ewish/] + Culi, Yaakov. The Torah Anthology: Israel in Egypt (Me'Am Lo'Ez Series). Moznaim Pub Corp; 1978. Hardcover. Volume IV. ISBN 0-940118-04-1. [19][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0940118041/socculturej ewish/] + Culi, Yaakov. The Torah Anthology: Redemption (Me'Am Lo'Ez Series). Moznaim Pub Corp; 1979. Hardcover. Volume V. ISBN 0-940118-05-X. [20][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/094011805X/socculturej ewish/] + Culi, Yaakov. The Torah Anthology: The Ten Commandments (Me'Am Lo'Ez Series). Moznaim Pub Corp; 1980. Hardcover. Volume VI. ISBN 0-940118-06-8. [21][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0940118068/socculturej ewish/] + Culi, Yaakov. The Torah Anthology: The Law (Me'Am Lo'Ez Series). Moznaim Pub Corp; 1981. Volume VII. Hardcover. ISBN 0-940118-07-6. [22][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0940118076/socculturej ewish/] + Culi, Yaakov. The Torah Anthology: Acceptance (Me'Am Lo'Ez Series). Moznaim Pub Corp; 1982. Hardcover. Volume VIII. ISBN 0-940118-08-4. [23][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0940118084/socculturej ewish/] + Culi, Yaacov. The Torah Anthology: The Tabernacle (Me'Am Lo'Ez Series). Moznaim Pub Corp; 1981. Hardcover. Volume IX. ISBN 0-940118-09-2. [24][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0940118092/socculturej ewish/] + Culi, Yaakov. The Torah Anthology: Sin and Reconciliation (Me'Am Lo'Ez Series). Moznaim Pub Corp; 1981. Hardcover. Volume X. ISBN 0-940118-00-9. [25][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0940118009/socculturej ewish/] + Culi, Yaakov. The Torah Anthology: Divine Service (Me'Am Lo'Ez Series). Moznaim Pub Corp; 1982. Hardcover. Volume XI. ISBN 0-685422-56-9. [26][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0685422569/socculturej ewish/] + Culi, Yaakov. The Torah Anthology: Holiness (Me'Am Lo'Ez Series). Moznaim Pub Corp; 1982. Hardcover. Volume XII. ISBN 0-685422-57-7. [27][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0685422577/socculturej ewish/] + Culi, Yaakov. The Torah Anthology: First Journeys (Me'Am Lo'Ez Series). Moznaim Pub Corp; 1983. Hardcover. Volume XIII. ISBN 0-940118-03-3. [28][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0940118033/socculturej ewish/] + Culi, Yaakov. The Torah Anthology: Final Wanderings (Me'Am Lo'Ez Series). Moznaim Pub Corp; 1983. Hardcover. Volume XIV. ISBN 0-940118-43-2. [29][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0940118432/socculturej ewish/] + Culi, Yaakov. The Torah Anthology: Admonition (Me'Am Lo'Ez Series). Moznaim Pub Corp; 1984. Hardcover. Volume XV. ISBN 0-685422-59-3. [30][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0685422593/socculturej ewish/] + Culi, Yaakov. The Torah Anthology: Faith and Optimism (Me'Am Lo'Ez Series). Moznaim Pub Corp; 1984. Hardcover. Volume XVI. ISBN 0-685422-60-7. [31][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0685422607/socculturej ewish/] + Culi, Yaakov. The Torah Anthology: Gratitude and Discipline (Me'Am Lo'Ez Series). Moznaim Pub Corp; 1985. Hardcover. Volume XVII. ISBN 0-940118-46-7. [32][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0940118467/socculturej ewish/] + Culi, Yaakov. The Torah Anthology: Laws and Warning (Me'Am Lo'Ez Series). Moznaim Pub Corp; 1987. Hardcover. Volume XVIII. ISBN 0-940118-54-8. [33][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0940118548/socculturej ewish/] + Culi, Yaakov. The Torah Anthology: Repentance and Blessings (Me'Am Lo'Ez Series). Moznaim Pub Corp; 1987. Hardcover. Volumx XIX. ISBN 0-940118-55-6. [34][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0940118556/socculturej ewish/] + Magriso, Yitzchok. The Torah Anthology: Avoth. Moznaim Pub Corp; 1990. Hardcover. ISBN 0-940118-22-X. [35][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/094011822X/socculturej ewish/] + Touger. The Torah Anthology: The Book Esther. Moznaim Pub Corp; 1978. Hardcover. ISBN 0-940118-13-0. [36][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0940118130/socculturej ewish/] + Yerushalmi, Shmuell. The Torah Anthology: Book of Ruth. Moznaim Pub Corp; 1985. Hardcover. ISBN 0-940118-14-9. [37][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0940118149/socculturej ewish/] + Yerushalmi, Shmuel. The Torah Anthology: The Book of Samuel I. Moznaim Pub Corp; 1991. Hardcover. ISBN 0-940118-53-X. [38][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/094011853X/socculturej ewish/] [Fie98] Fields, Harvey J. A Torah Commentary for Our Times. Union of American Hebrew Congregations; 1998. Paperback. Boxed edition (3 vols). ISBN 0-807405-30-2. [Reform] [39][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0807405302/socculturejew ish/] [Fox97] Fox, Everett (ed.). The Five Books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy: A New Translation With Introductions, Commentary, and Notes. Schocken Books; 1997. Hardcover. ISBN 0-805241-40-X. [40][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/080524140X/socculturejew ish/] [JPS17] Jewish Publication Society. The Holy Scripture According to the Masoretic Text. Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia PA. 1917. [JPS62] Jewish Publication Society: Orlinsky, Harry M. (ed.). The Torah: The Five Books of Moses. Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia PA. 1962. 3rd edition, 1992. ISBN 0-827600-15-1. [41][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827600151/socculturejew ish/] [JPS69] Jewish Publication Society: Ginsberg, H. L. (Translator); David, Ismar (Illustrator). Five Megilloth and Jonah: A New Translation. Jewish Publication Society; 1969, 1994. Hardcover. ISBN 0-827600-45-3. [42][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827600453/socculturejew ish/] [JPS85] Jewish Publication Society. Tanakh: A New Translation of the Holy Scriptures According to the Traditional Hebrew Text. Jewish Publication Society; 1985. Paperback. ISBN 0-827603-66-5. Hardback, 1988. ISBN 0-827602-52-9. [This one volume translation of the Hebrew Bible has received accolades for its clear and faithful presentation. It represents more than 25 years of research and collaboration between rabbis of all denominations, and many Semitic language and Bible scholars.] Paperback: [43][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827603665/socculturejew ish/] ; Hardback: [44][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827602529/socculturejew ish/] [JPS96] Jewish Publication Society; Sarna, Nahum M. (ed.);Potok, Chaim (ed.). The JPS Torah Commentary: The Traditional Hebrew Text With the New JPS Translation. Hardcover. 5 book set. ISBN 0-827603-31-2. [45][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827603312/socculturejew ish/] . As Individual Volumes: + Sarna, Nahum M. Genesis: The Traditional Hebrew Text With the New JPS Translation (The JPS Torah Commentary). Jewish Publication Society; 1996. Hardcover. ISBN 0-827603-26-6. [46][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827603266/socculturej ewish/] + Sarna, Nahum M. Exodus: The Traditional Hebrew Text With the New JPS Translation (JPS Torah Commentary). Jewish Publication Society; 1996. Hardcover. ISBN 0-827603-27-4. [47][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827603274/socculturej ewish/] + Levine, Baruch A. Leviticus: The Traditional Hebrew Text With the New JPS Translation (The JPS Torah Commentary). Jewish Publication Society; 1996. Hardcover. ISBN 0-827603-28-2. [48][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827603282/socculturej ewish/] + Milgrom, Jacob. Numbers: The Traditional Hebrew Text With the New JPS Translation (JPS Torah Commentary). Jewish Publication Society; 1996. Hardcover. ISBN 0-827603-29-0. [49][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827603290/socculturej ewish/] + Tigay, Jeffrey H. Deuteronomy: The Traditional Hebrew Text With the New JPS Translation (JPS Torah Commentary). Jewish Publication Society; 1996. Hardcover. ISBN 0-827603-30-4. [50][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827603304/socculturej ewish/] [Each volume covers one book of the Torah, and contains the Hebrew text of the book, the JPS's new English translation, an extensive commentary, and a series of additional essays and notes on significant subjects. This series makes use of traditional rabbinic commentaries, and the Mishna, Midrash and Talmud, as well as literary analysis and comparative Semitics; intertextual commentary relating each book to other biblical books, and evidence from modern archaeological, discoveries. This is now the official commentary of the Conservative movement.] [Kus95] Kushner, Lawrence S.; Olitzky, Kerry M. Sparks Beneath the Surface: A Spiritual Commentary on the Torah. Jason Aronson; 1995. Paperback. ISBN 1-568217-43-9. [Modern interpretation] [51][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568217439/socculturejew ish/] [Her76] Hertz, J.H. (ed). The Pentateuch and Haftorahs: Hebrew Text, English Translation, and Commentary. Soncino Pr Ltd.; 1976. Hardcover. ISBN 0-900689-21-8. [More popularly known as "The Hertz Chumash", this is a standard Chumash used in most Conservative and Orthodox shuls. Presents the Hebrew text and English translation of the Torah and the Haftorahs. Has a lucid exposition of the text which explains the ethical and spiritual teachings of the Torah from a wide range of classical and scholarly literature.] [52][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0900689218/socculturejew ish/] [Hes62] Heschel, Abraham Joshua. The Prophets 2 volumes. JPS, 1962. Harpercollins, 1975. Vol.1 ISBN 0-061314-21-8. Vol.2 ISBN 0-061315-57-5. [One of the 20th centuries most influential works on the subject, it studies the Prophets in depth. Covers the life of the Prophets, the historical context their missions were set in, summarizes their work, and discusses their psychological state. It gives a detailed treatment of the entire phenomenon of prophecy.] I: [53][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0061314218/socculturejew ish/] ; II: [54][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0061315575/socculturejew ish/] [Hir63] Hirsch, Samson Raphael (ed); Levy, Isaac (ed). Hirsch Chumash (7 vol.). Judaica Pr. 1963. Hardcover edition. ISBN 0-910818-12-6. [55][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0910818126/socculturejew ish/] [Isa50] ben Isaiah, (Rabbi) Abraham, and Sharfman, (Rabbi) Binyamin, in collaberation with Dr. Harry M. Orlinsky and Rabbi Dr. Morris Charner. The Pentateuch and Rashi's Commentary: A Linear Translation into English. 5 vols. SS&R Publishing Co., JPS, Philadelphia PA. 1950. [A very useable translation as the wording and linear translation are broken up to make both the Hebrew and English readable together. The Rash is printed in started Hebrew print with the vowels put in besides the linear translation.] [Judxx] Judaica Press. Prophets and Writings. Judaica Press, NY. [A new, modern, traditional translation of text and classic commentaries, including all of Rashi, with Hebrew text. Judaica Press has also indicated that they will be putting out an equivalent for the Torah.] [Kap81] Kaplan, Aryeh. The Living Torah Hebrew: The Five Books of Moses and the Haftarot/Hebrew and English in One Volume. Moznaim Pub Corp; 1981. Hardcover. ISBN 0-940118-72-6. [This book deserves special mention as a study text. Many groups, including Reform, use him as a source because of this superiority.] [56][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0940118726/socculturejew ish/] [New80] Newman, Aryeh. Studies in the Pentateuch (by Prof. Nechama Leibowitz). World Zionist Organization Torah Education Dept. 1980. May be out of print. [This is based on Professor Leibowitz's weekly Parsha study sheets that were mailed all over the world in the fifties. They contain a set of discussions of each parsha with basic concepts learned from the meforshim.] [Sar70] Sarna, Nahum M. Understanding Genesis the Heritage of Biblical Israel. Schocken Books; 1970. Paperback. ISBN 0-805202-53-6. [57][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0805202536/socculturejew ish/] [Sar95] Sarna, Nahum M. On the Book of Psalms: Exploring the Prayers of Ancient Israel. Schocken Books; 1995. Paperback. Reissue edition. ISBN 0-805210-23-7. [58][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0805210237/socculturejew ish/] [Sar96] Sarna, Nahum M. Exploring Exodus: The Origins of Biblical Israel. Schocken Books; 1996. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-805210-63-6. [59][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0805210636/socculturejew ish/] [Sch90] Schneersohn, Menahem. The Chassidic Dimension: Interpretations of the Weekly Torah Readings Based on the Talks of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn. Sichos In English; 1990. Hardcover. 2nd ed. Vol. 1. ISBN 0-826604-84-6. [60][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0826604846/socculturejew ish/] [Sch91] Schneersohn, Menahem Mendel; Sacks, Jonathan. Torah Studies: Discourses. Kehot Publication Society; 1991, 1996. Hardcover. New revised edition. ISBN 0-826604-93-5. [From the Chasidic point of view, short essays on the weekly Torah reading based on talks of the Lubavitch Rebbe.] [61][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0826604935/socculturejew ish/] [SchN93] Scherman, Nosson. The Chumash: Stone Edition of the Artscroll Chumash. Mesorah Pubns Ltd; 1993. Hardcover. ISBN 0-899060-14-5. Hardcover: [62][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0899060145/socculturejew ish/] or [63][Buy at Artscroll: http://www.artscroll.com/linker/socculturejewish/ASIN/STOH] A Variety of Editions: [64][Buy at Artscroll: http://ArtScroll.com/linker/socculturejewish/link/stonechumash. html] [Sil84] Silberman, A.M.; Rosebaum, M. Chumash with Rashi's Commentary (includes Bereishith, Shemoth, Vayikra, Bemidbar, and Devarim). Hebrew Publishing Company; 1984. Philipp Feldheim; 1985. Hardcover. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-873060-19-9. [First published in 1934. Has comments and explanatory notes accompanying the translation.] [65][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0873060199/socculturejew ish/] [Zor96] Zornberg, Avivah Gottlieb. The Beginning of Desire: Reflections on Genesis. Image Books; 1996. Paperback. ISBN 0-385483-37-6. [66][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0385483376/socculturejew ish/]
Subject: Mishnah [Alb52] Albeck, H. and Yalon, H. Shisha Sidre Mishnah. 6 vols. Bialik Institute, Jerusalem. 1952-1956. [ArtXX] Artscroll. Hebrew English Mishnah Series - Yad Avraham. [6][Buy at Artscroll: http://ArtScroll.com/linker/socculturejewish/link/Categories/mi s.html] [Dan33] Danby, Herbert (trans). Mishnah. Oxford Univ Press; 1933. Hardcover. ISBN 0-198154-02-X. [7][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/019815402X/socculturejew ish/] [Esp35] Epstein, Isidore, ed. The Babylonian Talmud with Introduction and Commentary. Soncino Press, London. Vol 1-36. 1935-1952. [Kah??] Kahati, Pinchas. Elucidated Mishna Series. World Zionist Organization Torah Education Dept. [An English translation of his Mishna Mevueres series which has become extremely popular. His scholarship and clarity make it an extremely useful sefer.] [Lie55b] Lieberman, Saul. Tosefta ki-Feshutah. 11 vols to date. Jewish Theological Seminary, New York. 1955-. [Note: for those with good Hebrew skills] [LipXX] Lipman, E.J. Mishnah: Oral Traditions of Judaism. Out of print. ISBN 0-670478-56-3. [Neu91] Neusner, Jacob. The Mishnah: A New Translation. Yale Univ Pr; 1991. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-300050-22-4. [8][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0300050224/socculturejew ish/] [RobXX] Roberts, Matis. Mishnah Tohoros 4b Negaim. Artscroll Mesorah. Hardcover. [9][Buy at Artscroll: http://www.artscroll.com/linker/socculturejewish/ASIN/T3AH] [RosXX1] Rosenberg, A.J. Mishnah Kodashim 2a Chullin. Artscroll Mesorah. Hardcover. [10][Buy at Artscroll: http://www.artscroll.com/linker/socculturejewish/ASIN/K2AH] [RosXX2] Rosenberg, A. J. Mishnah Moed 4 Taanis, Megillah, Moed Katan, Chagigah. Artscroll Mesorah. Hardcover. [11][Buy at Artscroll: http://www.artscroll.com/linker/socculturejewish/ASIN/MO4H] [Unk90] Unknown. The Tosefta. Scholars Pr; 1990. Hardcover. ISBN 1-555400-49-3. [12][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1555400493/socculturejew ish/]
Subject: Talmud and Talmudic Commentary General Talmudic Study [Abr91] Abrams, Judith. Talmud for Beginners. 3 vols (Part I and II). Jason Aaronson, New York. 1991 and 1993. [Selections of Jewish Book Club, designed as "pre-Steinsaltz", i.e., introduction to Talmud for those with no background in it at all.]: + The Talmud for Beginners: Prayer (Talmud for Beginners, Vol 1). Jason Aronson; 1994. Paperback. Volume 1. ISBN 1-568210-22-1. [6][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568210221/socculturej ewish/] + The Talmud for Beginners: Text (Talmud for Beginners, Vol 2). Jason Aronson; 1993. Paperback. Volume 2. ISBN 0-876685-97-1. [7][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0876685971/socculturej ewish/] + The Talmud for Beginners: Living in a Non-Jewish World (Vol 3). Jason Aronson; 1997. Paperback. Volume 3. ISBN 0-765799-67-7. [8][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0765799677/socculturej ewish/] [Abr95] Abrams, Judith Z. Learn Talmud: How to Use the Talmud: The Steinsaltz Edition. Jason Aronson; 1995. Paperback. ISBN 1-568214-63-4. [9][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568214634/socculturejew ish] [CohA75] Cohen, A. Everyman's Talmud. Dutton, New York. 1948. (hardback) Schocken, New York. 1975. (paperback). Schocken Books; 1995. Paperback. ISBN 0-805210-32-6. [10][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0805210326/socculturejew ish] [Mie68] Mielzner, Moses. Introduction to the Talmud. Bloch Pub Co; 1968. Hardcover. ISBN 0-819711-56-4. [11][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0819711564/socculturejew ish/] [Ste84] Steinsaltz, Adin. Essential Talmud. Basic Books; 1984. Paperback reprint edition. ISBN 0-465020-63-1. [12][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568214634/socculturejew ish]] [Str92] Strack, Herman L.; Stemberger, Gunter; Bockmuehl, Markus (trans). Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash. Fortress Pr; 1992. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-800625-24-2. [The classic work on the field. Not for beginners; for those interested in a more historical and critical study of Talmud and Midrash.] [13][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0800625242/socculturejew ish/] Talmud/Talmud Commentary [ArtTm] Schottenstein Edition of the Talmud. Talmud Bavli. Available in Hebrew or English. Artscroll Press. [Artscroll has some highly recommended series on Talmud. One contributer to the list said: "The only reason [I] cannot say that the Artscroll texts are ``head and shoulders'' above the rest is that the others do not come up to Artscroll's shoulders. The translation and commentary are so superior to others such as Soncino as to make it no comparison."] [14][Buy at Artscroll: http://ArtScroll.com/linker/socculturejewish/link/Talmud1.htm] [Bia92] Bialik, Hayyim Nahman (ed); Ravnitzky, Yehoshua Hana (ed). The Book of Legends Sefer Ha-Aggadah: Legends from the Talmud and Midrash. Schocken Books; 1992. Hardcover. ISBN 0-805241-13-2. [15][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0805241132/socculturejew ish/] [Ble98] Bleefeld, Bradley N. (ed); Shook, Robert L. Saving the World Entire: And 100 Other Beloved Parables from the Talmud. Plume Books; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-452279-88-7. [16][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0452279887/socculturejew ish/] [Coh95] Cohen, Abraham; Neusner, Jacob. Everyman's Talmud: The Major Teachings of the Rabbinic Sages. Schocken Books; 1995. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-805210-32-6. [17][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0805210326/socculturejew ish/] [Oli98] Olitzky, Kerry M. (ed); Kravitz, Leonard S. (trans). Pirke Avot: A Modern Commentary on Jewish Ethics. Union of American Hebrew Congregations; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-807404-80-2. [18][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0807404802/socculturejew ish/] [Rab88] Rabinowich, N.D. The Iggeres of Rav Sherira Gaon. Ahavath Torah Institute-Moznaim Press, Brooklyn NY. 1988. [Written in Aramaic in 4747 (987 CE), it is a history of the mesorah from Sinai until his day. Translated into both Hebrew and English] [Sha95] Shapiro, Rami M. Wisdom of the Jewish Sages: A Modern Reading of Pirke Avot. Bell Tower; 1995. Hardcover. Reissue edition. ISBN 0-517799-66-9. [19][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0517799669/socculturejew ish/] [Ste89] Steinsaltz, Adin. The Talmud: The Steinsaltz Edition. Random House. 18 Volumes + Reference Guide. [In the middle of each page is the Hebrew and Aramaic text, with vowels, and all abbreviations are fully spelled out. On the upper right is a literal translation, while on the left side of the page is an in-depth translation and commentary; It's like having your own private Talmud teacher. There are special sections on terminology, history, geography and biographical backgrounds. Each volume has over twice the explanation and commentary as the Artscroll edition, meaning that it more expensive, as you need to buy twice as many volumes if you want to cover the same amount of material.] + The Talmud: The Steinsaltz Edition: A Reference Guide. Random House; 1989. Hardcover. ISBN 0-394576-65-9. [20][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0394576659/socculturej ewish/] + The Talmud, Vol 1: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Bava Metzia Part I. Random House Trade; 1989. Hardcover. Vol. I. ISBN 0-394576-66-7. [21][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0394576667/socculturej ewish/] + The Talmud Vol. 2: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Bava Metzia Part II. Random House; 1990. Hardcover. Vol. II. ISBN 0-394582-33-0. [22][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0394582330/socculturej ewish/] + The Talmud Vol. 3: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Bava Metzia, Part III. Random House; 1990. Hardcover. Vol. III. ISBN 0-394582-34-9. [23][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0394582349/socculturej ewish/] + The Talmud Vol. 4: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Bava Metzia, Part IV. Random House; 1991. Hardcover. Vol. IV. ISBN 0-394588-53-3. [24][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0394588533/socculturej ewish/] + The Talmud Vol.5: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Bava Metzia, Part V. Random House; 1992. Hardcover. Vol. V. ISBN 0-679413-79-0. [25][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0679413790/socculturej ewish/] + The Talmud Vol. 6: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Bava Metzia, Part VI. Random House; 1993. Hardcover. Vol. VI. ISBN 0-679413-78-2. [26][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0679413782/socculturej ewish/] + The Talmud Vol. 7: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Ketubot, Part I. Random House; 1991. Hardcover. Vol. VII. ISBN 0-679407-69-3. [27][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0679407693/socculturej ewish/] + The Talmud Vol.8: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Ketubot, Part II. Random House; 1992. Hardcover. Vol. VIII. ISBN 0-679416-32-3. [28][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0679416323/socculturej ewish/] + The Talmud Vol. 9: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Ketubot, Part III. Random House; 1993. Hardcover. Vol. IX. ISBN 0-679426-94-9. [29][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0679426949/socculturej ewish/] + The Talmud Vol. 10: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Ketubot, Part IV. Random House; 1994. Hardcover. Vol. X. ISBN 0-679428-99-2. [30][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0679428992/socculturej ewish/] + The Talmud Vol. 11: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Ketubot, Part V. Random House; 1996. Hardcover. Vol. XI. ISBN 0-679443-97-5. [31][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0679443975/socculturej ewish/] + The Talmud Vol. 12: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Ketubot, Part VI. Random House; 1997. Hardcover. Vol. XII. ISBN 0-679429-62-X. [32][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/067942962X/socculturej ewish/] + The Talmud Vol. 13: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Ta'Anit, Part I. Random House; 1995. Hardcover. Vol. XIII. ISBN 0-679429-61-1. [33][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0679429611/socculturej ewish/] + The Talmud Vol. 14: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Ta'Anit, Part II. Random House; 1996. Hardcover. Vol. XIV. ISBN 0-679443-98-3. [34][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0679443983/socculturej ewish/] + The Talmud Vol. 15: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Sanhedrin, Part I. Random House; 1996. Hardcover. Vol. XV. ISBN 0-679452-22-2. [35][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0679452222/socculturej ewish/] + The Talmud Vol. 16: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Sanhedrin, Part II. Random House; 1997. Hardcover. Vol. XVI. ISBN 0-375500-63-4. [36][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0375500634/socculturej ewish/] + The Talmud Vol. 17: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Sanhedrin, Part III. Random House; 1998. Hardcover. Vol. XVII. ISBN 0-375501-83-5. [37][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0375501835/socculturej ewish/] + The Talmud Vol. 18: The Steinsaltz Edition: Tractate Sanhedrin, Part IV. Random House; 1998. Hardcover. Vol. XVIII. ISBN 0-375501-82-7. [38][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0375501827/socculturej ewish/]
Subject: Midrash [Ber96] Berman, Samuel A. (ed). Midrash Tanhuma-Yelammedenu: An English Translation of Genesis and Exodus from the Printed Version of Tanhuma-Yelammedenu. Ktav Publishing House; 1996. Hardcover. ISBN 0-881254-00-2. [6][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0881254002/socculturejew ish/] [Bia92] Bialik, Hayyim Nahman (ed); Ravnitzky, Yehoshua Hana (ed). The Book of Legends Sefer Ha-Aggadah: Legends from the Talmud and Midrash. Schocken Books; 1992. Hardcover. ISBN 0-805241-13-2. [7][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0805241132/socculturejew ish/] [Bli97] Blidstein, Gerald J. In the Rabbis' Garden: Adam and Eve in the Midrash. Jason Aronson; 1997. Paperback. ISBN 0-765759-87-X. [8][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/076575987X/socculturejew ish/] [Bra81] Braude, William G. and Kapstein, Israel J. (trans.) Tanna Debe Eliyyahu: The Lore of the School of Elijah. Jewish Publication Society; 1981, 1997. Paperback. ISBN 0-827606-34-6. [9][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827606346/socculturejew ish/] [Gin46] Ginzberg, Louis, Szold, Henrietta (trans); Radin Paul (trans). Legends of the Jews. 7 vols. Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia. 1946, 1989. Hardcover 7 Volume Set. ISBN 0-827601-48-4. [10][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827601484/socculturejew ish/] + The Legends of the Jews: Volume 1: From the Creation to Jacob. Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; 1998. Paperback. Reprint edition. Volume 1. ISBN 0-801858-90-9. [11][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0801858909/socculturej ewish/] + The Legends of the Jews: Volume 2: From Joseph to the Exodus. Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; 1998. Paperback. Reprint edition. Volume 2. ISBN 0-801858-91-7. [12][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0801858917/socculturej ewish/] + The Legends of the Jews: Volume 3: Moses in the Wilderness. Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; 1998. Paperback. Reprint edition. Volume 3. ISBN 0-801858-92-5. [13][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0801858925/socculturej ewish/] + The Legends of the Jews: Volume 4: From Joshua to Esther. Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; 1998. Paperback. Reprint edition. Volume 4. ISBN 0-801858-93-3. [14][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0801858933/socculturej ewish/] + The Legends of the Jews: Volume 5: Notes to Volumes 1 and 2 ; From the Creation to the Exodus. Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; 1998. Paperback. Reprint edition. Volume 5. ISBN 0-801858-94-1. [15][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0801858941/socculturej ewish/] + The Legends of the Jews: Volume 6: Notes to Volumes 3 and 4: From Moses to Esther. Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; 1998. Paperback. Reprint edition. Volume 6. ISBN 0-801858-95-X. [16][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/080185895X/socculturej ewish/] + The Legends of the Jews: Volume 7: Index. Johns Hopkins Univ Pr; 1998. Paperback. Reprint edition. Volume 7. ISBN 0-801858-96-8. [17][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0801858968/socculturej ewish/] [Gin92] Ginzberg. Louis. Legends of the Bible. Jewish Publication Society; 1992. Paperback. ISBN 0-827604-04-1. [18][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827604041/socculturejew ish/] [Gla62] Glatzer, Nahum N. ed. Hammer on the Rock: A Midrash Reader. Schocken, New York. 1962. Paperback. ISBN 0-805200-32-0. Out of Print. [Draws material from the nonlegal parts of the Talmud the Haggadah ... and the midrashic writings.] [Gol96] Goldberg, Edwin C. Midrash for Beginners. Jason Aronson; 1996. Paperback. ISBN 1-568215-99-1. [19][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568215991/socculturejew ish/] [Ham95] Hammer, Reuven (trans); Goldin, Judah. The Classic Midrash: Tannaitic Commentaries on the Bible (The Classics of Western Spirituality). Paulist Press; 1995. Hardcover. ISBN 0-809104-67-9. [20][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0809104679/socculturejew ish/] [Lan96] Langermann, Y. Tzvi (ed). Yemenite Midrash: Philosophical Commentaries on the Torah (The Sacred Literature Trust Series). Harper San Francisco, 1996. Altamira Pr; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-761990-04-6. [An important work, this anthology of scriptural interpretations brings to light the Yemenite Jewish midrashic tradition, which is almost totally unknown to most Jews.] [21][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0761990046/socculturejew ish/] [Lau76] Lauterbach, Jacob. Mekilta De-Rabbi Ishmael. Jewish Publication Society; 1976, 1983. Paperback. ISBN 0-827600-78-X. [22][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/082760078X/socculturejew ish/] [Mac97] Mack, Hananel. The Aggadic Midrash Literature. Jewish Lights Pub; 1997. Paperback. ISBN 9-650504-86-9. [23][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/9650504869/socculturejew ish/] [Mon70] Montefiore, C.G. and Loewe, H. eds. The Rabbinic Anthology Schocken Press, New York. 1970. ISBN 0-805204-42-3. Out of print. [Has some strange sources/references] [Neu94] Neusner, Jacob. The Midrash: An Introduction. Jason Aronson; 1994. Paperback. ISBN 1-568213-57-3. [24][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568213573/socculturejew ish/] [Str92] Strack, Herman L.; Stemberger, Gunter; Bockmuehl, Markus (trans). Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash. Fortress Pr; 1992. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-800625-24-2. [The classic work on the field. Not for beginners; for those interested in a more historical and critical study of Talmud and Midrash.] [25][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0800625242/socculturejew ish/] [Tow89] Townsend, John T. (trans.). Midrash Tanhuma (2 vols): + Midrash Tanhuma: Translated into English With Indices and Brief Notes: Genesis. Ktav Publishing House; 1989. Hardcover. Volume I. ISBN 0-881250-87-2. [26][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0881250872/socculturej ewish/] + Midrash Tanhuma: Translated into English With Indices and Brief Notes: Exodus and Leviticus. Ktav Publishing House; 1997. Hardcover. Volume II. ISBN 0-881253-79-0. [27][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0881253790/socculturej ewish/] [Wei80] Weissman, Rabbi Moshe. The Midrash Says. (5 vols). Benei Yakov Publications. Brooklyn, NY. 1980. [Adaptation of midrashim on each Torah section, with sources. Extremely faithful to the original, recommended among the Orthodox and used by observant teachers. Probably the best English language source for the range of Midrashic material. Also available in a children's edition, The Little Midrash Says, which includes Joshua.]
Subject: Halachic Codes Note: This section assumes a level of knowledge of Hebrew and general halacha. Consult your local Rabbi. [Maixx] Maimonides, Moses. The Book of Knowledge: From the Mishneh Torah of Maimonides. Ktav Publishing House; 1983. Paperback. ISBN 0-881255-61-0. [6][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0881255610/socculturejew ish/] [Ashxx] ben Asher, Jacob. Arbaah Turim. Various editions. [Karxx] Karo, Joseph. Shulhan Arukh. Various editions. [Note that the Mapah of R. Moshe Isserles (the Ramah) is actually printed as parenthetical text in the Shulchan Aruch of Rav Yoseph Karo. The Ramah printed his comments to show the standard Ashkenazic determinations especially where they differed from the Sefardic customs of R' Karo. As a result, the Shulchan Aruch serves as the standard halachic source text of both Sephardim (R. Karo's original) and Ashkenazim (as modified by the Ramah).] [Gol63] Ganzfried, Solomon; Goldin, Hyman E. Code of Jewish Law. Hebrew Pub Co; 1963. Paperback. ISBN 0-884827-79-8. [This is an English translation of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, which is a completely different work from the Shulchan Aruch. The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch was written in the late 1800's by Rabbi Shlomo Gantzfried and is a summary collection of Halachah for every day practice divided into categories. The Jewish Catalog cautions against using the Kitzur Shulhan Arukh of Shlomo Ganzfried, which it states is "a collection of ultrastringent views often without firm basis in halakhic sources". However, other contributors think it provides lots of information on specific practices, but can be overwealming. As usual, it is probably best to ask your Rabbi.] [7][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0884827798/socculturejew ish/]
Subject: Becoming an Observant Jew Note: Books such as Donin's [6]To Be A Jew and [7]To Pray As A Jew are also a good place to start Teshuvah. You'll also find good information in the [8]Jewish Catalog series, especially the 2nd and 3rd volumes. Quoting from the "Guide to Baalei Teshuvah" in the 2nd volume of the Jewish Catalog: "Jewish tradition places an emphasis on the role of belief and allegiance. Thus the baal teshuvah--master of repentance; one who turns--often begins his/her trek back to an effective and gratifying Jewish consciousness through the renewed acceptance of neglected observances and symbols". [Dub99] Dubner, Stephen J. Turbulent Souls: A Catholic Son's Return to His Jewish Family. Bard Books; 1999. Paperback. ISBN 0-380729-30-X. [9][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/038072930X/socculturejew ish/] [Fir98] Firestone, Tirzah. With Roots in Heaven: One Woman's Passionate Journey into the Heart of Her Faith. Dutton Books; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-525943-69-2. [10][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0525943692/socculturejew ish/] [Gre97] Greenberg, Richard; Greenberg, Rick. Pathways: Jews Who Return. Jason Aronson, 1997. Paperback. 312 pages. ISBN 1-568219-90-3. [11][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568219903/socculturejew ish] [Kah83] Kahane, Meir. Why Be Jewish? Intermarriage, Assimilation and Alienation. Stein & Day Pub; 1983. Paperback. ISBN 0-812861-29-9. [12][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0812861299/socculturejew ish/] [Kau91] Kaufman, Debra Renee. Rachel's Daughters: Newly Orthodox Jewish Women. Rutgers Univ Press; 1991. Paperback. ISBN 0-813516-38-2. [13][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0813516382/socculturejew ish/] [Kli98] Klinghoffer, David. Lord Will Gather Me in: My Journey to Jewish Orthodoxy. Free Press; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-684823-41-1. [14][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0684823411/socculturejew ish/] [Lef02] Lefkowitz, A. From Fear To Eternity. Israel Book Shop; (July 2002) ISBN: 1931681236 [This book recounts the authors journey in his becoming observant. The 10 Steps are organized into easy to understand answers applicable to every Jew such as: Learn about your religion; Get yourself a Rebbe; Develop a relationship with G-d; and Be a Mensch, etc.]. [15][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0826411029/socculturejew ish/] [Ors98] Orsborn, Carol. Return from Exile: One Woman's Journey Back to Judaism. Continuum Pub Group; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-826411-02-9. [16][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0826411029/socculturejew ish/] [Sei87] Steinsaltz, [Rabbi] Adin. Teshuvah: A Guide for the Newly Observant Jew. Jerusalem: The Domino Press, 1982. The Free Press, 1987. Jason Aronson (Hardcover); 1997; ISBN 0-765759-50-0. [17][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0765759500/socculturejew ish] [Tat87] Tatz, Akiva. Anatomy of a Search: Personal Drama in the Teshuva Revolution. Mesorah Publications Ltd.; 1987. Paperback. ISBN 0-899065-51-1. [18][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0899065511/socculturejew ish/] [19][Buy at Artscroll: http://www.artscroll.com/linker/socculturejewish/ASIN/ANAH]
Subject: Women and Judaism In this section, you'll find a wide variety of material, from the strongly feminist perspectives of Reform Judaism to the more traditional perspectives of Orthodoxy, with a few more general books relating to feminism and women-and-religion in general. Use caution when selecting, and I always welcome annotations to further help the readers. Many of these suggestions come from a reading list developed by Rabbi Shira Stern, originally published in v4n60 of the [6]Liberal Judaism Mailing List. [Abr95b] Abrams, Judith Z. The Women of the Talmud. Jason Aronson; 1995. Paperback. ISBN 1-568212-83-6. [7][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568212836/socculturejew ish/] [Ade86] Adelman, Penina V. Miriam's Well: Rituals for Jewish Women Around the Year. Biblio Pr; 1986, 1996. Paperback. 10th Anniv. Ed. ISBN 0-930395-11-5. [8][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0930395115/socculturejew ish/] [Adl98] Adler, Rachel. Engendering Judaism: An Inclusive Theology and Ethics. Jewish Publication Society; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-827605-84-6. [9][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827605846/socculturejew ish/] [Aik92] Aiken, Lisa. To Be a Jewish Woman. Aronson, Northvale NJ. 1992. Jason Aronson; 1994. Paperback. ISBN 1-568211-53-8. [10][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568211538/socculturejew ish/] [Alp98] Alpert, Rebecca. Like Bread on the Seder Plate. Columbia Univ Pr; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-231096-61-5. [Explores the difficult balance of living as both a Jew and a lesbian] [11][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0231096615/socculturejew ish/] [And91] Anderson, Sherry Ruth; Hopkins, Patricia. The Feminine Face of God: The Unfolding of the Sacred in Women. Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub; 1991, 1992. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-553352-66-0. [12][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0553352660/socculturejew ish/] [Ant97] Antonelli, Judith S. In the Image of God: A Feminist Commentary on the Torah. Jason Aronson; 1997. Paperback. ISBN 0-765799-52-9. [13][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0765799529/socculturejew ish/] [Bal91] Balka, Christie (ed); Rose, Andy (ed.). Twice Blessed: On Being Lesbian, Gay, and Jewish. Beacon Pr; 1991. Paperback reprint ed. ISBN 0-807079-09-X. [14][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/080707909X/socculturejew ish/] [Bas99] Baskin, Judith R. (ed). Jewish Women in Historical Perspective. Wayne State Univ Pr; 1999. Paperback. 2nd edition. ISBN 0-814327-13-3. [15][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0814327133/socculturejew ish/] [Bia84] Biale, Rachel. Women & Jewish Law: An Exploration Of Women's Issues In Halakhic Sources. New York : Schocken Books, 1984. [This book does a nice overview of various portions of Jewish law and how it applies to women. I have only briefly read a few parts but it is a good reference and overview.] [Bia95] Biale, Rachel. Women and Jewish Law: The Essential Texts, Their History, and Their Relevance for Today. Schocken Books; 1995. Paperback. ISBN 0-805210-49-0. [16][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0805210490/socculturejew ish/] [Ble89] Bletter, Diana; Grinker, Lori (Photographer). The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women. Jewish Publication Society; 1989. Hardcover. ISBN 0-827603-33-9. [17][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827603339/socculturejew ish/] [Brod97] Brody, Leslie (ed). Daughters of Kings: Growing Up As a Jewish Woman in America. Faber & Faber; 1997. Hardcover. ISBN 0-571199-19-4. [18][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0571199194/socculturejew ish/] [Bron93] Broner, E.M. The Telling - The Story of a Group of Jewish Women who Journey to Spirituality Through Community and Ceremony. Harpercollins; 1993. Hardcover. ISBN 9-992334-49-5. [19][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/9992334495/socculturejew ish/] [Bron99] Broner, E. M. Bringing Home the Light: A Jewish Woman's Handbook of Rituals. Council Oak Distribution; 1999. Hardcover. ISBN 1-571780-84-X. [20][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/157178084X/socculturejew ish/] [Chi92] Chinnia, Rosemary. Can Women Re-Image the Church?. NY: Paulist Press, 1992. [Non-Jewish, but related to the subject of Jewish women in religion] [Cla90] Clanton, Jann Aldredge. In Whose Image?: God and Gender. Crossroad Publishing Company; 1990. Paperback. ISBN 0-824510-31-3. [21][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0824510313/socculturejew ish/] [Dav91] Davidman, Lynn. Tradition in a Rootless World: Women Turn to Orthodox Judaism. Univ California Press; 1991. Hardcover. ISBN 0-520072-82-0. [22][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0520072820/socculturejew ish/] [Dav95] Davidman, Lynn; Tenenbaum, Shelly (ed). Feminist Perspectives on Jewish Studies. Yale Univ Pr; 1995. Hardcover. ISBN 0-300060-28-9. [23][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0300060289/socculturejew ish/] [Dia98] Diamant, Anita. The Red Tent. Picador USA; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-312195-51-6. [24][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0312195516/socculturejew ish/] [Fin88] Fine, Irene. Midlife: A Rite of Passage and the Wise Woman: A Celebration. Womans Inst Cont Jewish Educ; 1988. Paperback. ISBN 0-960805-47-8. [25][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0960805478/socculturejew ish/] [Fio92] Fiorenza, Elisabeth Schussler. But She Said: Feminist Practices of Biblical Interpretation. Beacon Pr; 1992,1993. Paperback. Reissue edition. ISBN 0-807012-15-7. [26][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0807012157/socculturejew ish/] [Fis93] Fishman, Sylvia Barack. A Breath of Life: Feminism in the American Jewish Community (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life). Maxwell Macmillan International, c1993. Brandeis Univ; 1995. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-874517-06-0. [The challenge of being Feminist and Jewish in America. Touches on all sorts of issues (Ritual, Marriage, etc.)] [27][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0874517060/socculturejew ish/] [Fra92] Frankiel, Tamar. The Voice of Sarah: Feminine Spirituality and Traditional Judaism. Harpercollins; 1992. Biblio Pr; 1997. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-930395-22-0. [A feminist and observant Jew wrestles with the Jewish feminine mystique]. [28][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0930395220/socculturejew ish/] [Fra96] Frankel, Ellen. The Five Books of Miriam; A Woman's Commentary on the Torah. 1996. Hardcover. Putnam Pub Group; 1996. ISBN 0-399141-95-2. [29][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0399141952/socculturejew ish/] [Gol00] Goldstein, Elyse. The Women's Torah Commentary: New Insights from Women Rabbis on the 54 Weekly Torah Portions. Jewish Lights Pub; August 2000. Hardcover. ISBN 1-580230-76-8. [In this book, more than 50 women rabbis come together to offer their own inspiring commentaries on the Torah, following the traditional weekly reading.] [30][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1580230768/socculturejew ish/] [Got95] Gottlieb, Lynn. She Who Dwells Within: A Feminist Vision of a Renewed Judaism. Harper San Francisco; 1995. Paperback. ISBN 0-060632-92-5. [31][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060632925/socculturejew ish/] [Gre81] Greenberg, Blu. On Women and Judaism: A View From Tradition. Jewish Publication Society; 1981, 1994. Paperback. ISBN 0-827602-26-X. [32][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/082760226X/socculturejew ish/] [Gre83] Greenberg, Blu. How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household. Simon and Schuster, New York. 1983, 1985. Paperback. ISBN 0-671602-70-5. [A book on Jewish home rituals and Blu's experiences and techniques. Blu is also a Feminist.] [33][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0671602705/socculturejew ish/] [Gol99] Goldstein, Elyse. ReVisions: Seeing Torah Through a Feminist Lens. Jewish Lights Pub; 1999. Hardcover. ISBN 1-580230-47-4. [34][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1580230474/socculturejew ish/] [Gro92] Grossman, Susan; Haut, Rivka (ed). Daughters of the King: Women and the Synagogue. Jewish Publication Society; 1992, 1994. Paperback. ISBN 0-827604-41-6. [35][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0827604416/socculturejew ish/] [Han00] Handelman, Susan (Editor); Elper,Ora Wiskind (Editor). Torah of the Mothers : Contemporary Jewish Women Read Classical Jewish Texts. Lambda Pub Inc; 2000. Hardcover. ISBN 9-657108-23-3. [A collection of essays and teachings culled from years of Bible and Jewish study by highly accomplished women Torah scholars and educators. Each contributor brings her own area of expertise to bear, providing novel and refreshing insights into biblical and rabbinic texts. Each also offers thought-provoking commentary on the ever present themes of exile and redemption, which are intrinsic to the ongoing saga of the Jewish people.] [36][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/9657108233/socculturejew ish/] [Har85] Harris, Lis. Holy Days: The World of a Hasidic Family. Collier Books, 1985, 1986. MacMillan Publishing Company; 1995. Paperback. ISBN 0-684813-66-1. [Lis Harris goes and visits a Hasidic family. She writes about what she learns and sees. It gives some of the history of the Lubavicher movement, some of the experiences of the holidays, and some of the every day experiences. It is a well written book.] [37][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0684813661/socculturejew ish/] [Hau98] Hauptman, Judith. Rereading the Rabbis : A Woman's Voice. Westview Press, 1998, 1999. Paperback. ISBN 0-813334-06-3. [Acknowledging that Judaism, as described in both the Bible and the Talmud, was patriarchal, Hauptman demonstrates that the rabbis of the Talmud made significant changes in key areas of Jewish law in order to benefit women. Reading the texts with feminist sensibilities, the author shows that although the rabbis whose rulings are recorded in the Talmud did not achieve full equality for women they should be credited with giving women higher status and more rights. Rather than plucking passages from a variety of different rabbinical works and sewing them together to produce an artificial, unified point of view, Hauptman reads sources in their own literary and legal context and then considers them in relationship to a rich array of associated materials.] [38][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0813334063/socculturejew ish/] [Hen88] Henry, Sondra; Taitz, Emily. Written Out of History: Our Jewish Foremothers. Biblio Pr; 1988, 1997. Paperback. ISBN 0-930395-10-7. [39][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0930395107/socculturejew ish/] [Hes83] Heschel, Susannah. On Being a Jewish Feminist. Schocken Books; 1983, 1995. Paperback reprint edition. ISBN 0-805210-36-9. [Graphically demonstrates how Judaism is broken with respect to feminism, and presents the writers belief how this can be addressed within Halacha] [40][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0805210369/socculturejew ish/] [Hym97] Hyman, Naomi M. (ed). Biblical Women in the Midrash: A Sourcebook. Jason Aronson; 1997. Hardcover. ISBN 1-568219-50-4. [41][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568219504/socculturejew ish/] [Kan86] Kantrowitz, Melanie Kaye (ed.); Klepfisz, Irena (ed.). The Tribe of Dina: A Jewish Women's Anthology. Sinister Wisdom 29/30; 1986. Beacon Pr; 1989. Paperback. Revised and expanded edition. ISBN 0-807036-05-6. [42][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0807036056/socculturejew ish/] [Kat97] Katex, Judith A. (ed); Reimer, Gail Twersky (ed). Reading Ruth: Contemporary Women Reclaim a Sacred Story. Jewish Lights Pub; 1997. Hardcover. Volume 2. ISBN 1-879045-15-X. [43][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/187904515X/socculturejew ish/] [Kau91] Kaufman, Debra Renee. Rachel's Daughters: Newly Orthodox Jewish Women. Rutgers Univ Press; 1991. Paperback. ISBN 0-813516-38-2. [44][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0813516382/socculturejew ish/] [Kau95] Kaufman, Michael. The Woman in Jewish Law and Tradition. Unknown; 1995. Paperback. ISBN 1-568216-24-6. [45][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568216246/socculturejew ish/] [Kli92] Klirs, Tracy Guren; Selavan, Ida Cohen. The Merit of Our Mothers: A Bilingual Anthology of Jewish Women's Prayers (Jewish Perspectives, Vol 5). Hebrew Union College Press, 1992. Wayne State Univ Pr; 1999. Paperback. ISBN 0-814327-33-8. [Reform] [46][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0814327338/socculturejew ish/] [Kol76] Koltun, Elizabeth (editor). The Jewish Woman: New Perspectives. New York : Schocken Books, 1976. ISBN 0-805205-32-2. Out of print. [Collection of writings on women and Judaism. Feminist perspective.] [Kor00] Kornbluth, Doron (Editor); Kornbluth, Sarah Tikvah (Editor). Jewish Women Speak About Jewish Matters. Feldheim Publishers; 2000. Paperback. ISBN 1-568711-51-4. [Twenty-five female contributors from around the world speak about various topics within the sections of "Body and Soul," "Spiritual Matters," "Biblical Texts," "Gender and Roles," and "Jewish Women Past and Present."] [47][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568711514/socculturejew ish/] [Lev91] Levine, Elizabeth R. A Ceremonies Sampler. Womans Inst Cont Jewish Educ; 1991. Paperback. ISBN 0-960805-49-4. [48][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0960805494/socculturejew ish/] [Lev97] Levitt, Laura. Jews and Feminism: The Ambivalent Search for Home. Routledge; 1997. Paperback. ISBN 0-415914-45-0. [49][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0415914450/socculturejew ish/] [Man99] Manning, Christel. God Gave Us the Right: Conservative Catholic, Evangelical Protestant, and Orthodox Jewish Women Grapple With Feminism. Rutgers Univ Press; 1999. Paperback. ISBN 0-813525-99-3. [50][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0813525993/socculturejew ish/] [Mei78] Meiselman, M. Jewish Woman in Jewish Law. Ktav Publishing House; 1978. Paperback. ISBN 0-870683-29-2. [51][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0870683292/socculturejew ish/] [Mos85] Moskowitz, Faye. A Leak in the Heart: Tales from a Woman's Life. David Goodine, 1985. ISBN 0-879235-51-9. Out of print. [Och90] Ochs, Vanessa. Words on Fire: One Woman's Journey Into The Sacred. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990. Westview Press; 1999. Paperback. ISBN 0-813367-18-2. [Story of Vanessa Ochs experience in going to Israel and deciding to study Tanach in Orthodox offerings. It teaches bits of torah and talmud as you go along and also brings up some of the issues she had with the Orthodox communities. (I believe she identifies herself as Conservative Jew).] [52][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0813367182/socculturejew ish/] [OreD94] Orenstein, Debra (ed). Lifecycles V. 1: Jewish Women on Life Passages and Personal Milestones. Jewish Lights Pub; 1994. Hardcover. ISBN 1-879045-14-1. [Non-Orthodox point of view]. [53][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1879045141/socculturejew ish/] [OreD97] Orenstein, Debra (ed); Litman, Jane Rachel (ed). Lifecycles V. 2: Jewish Women on Biblical Themes in Contemporary Life. Jewish Lights Pub; 1997. Hardcover. ISBN 1-879045-15-X. [54][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/187904515X/socculturejew ish/] [OreW95] Orenstein, Walter. Letters to My Daughter: A Father Writes About Torah and the Jewish Woman. Jason Aronson; 1995. Hardcover. ISBN 1-568213-87-5. [55][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568213875/socculturejew ish/] [Ors98] Orsborn, Carol. Return from Exile: One Woman's Journey Back to Judaism. Continuum Pub Group; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-826411-02-9. [56][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0826411029/socculturejew ish/] [Pla89] Plaskow, Judith (ed.); Christ, Carol P. (ed.). Weaving the Visions: New Patterns in Feminist Spirituality. Harper San Francisco; 1989. Paperback. ISBN 0-060613-83-1. [57][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060613831/socculturejew ish/] [Pla79] Plaskow Judith and Christ, Carol. Womanspirit Rising: A Feminist Reader in Religion. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1979, 1992. Paperback. Reissue edition. ISBN 0-060613-77-7. [58][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060613777/socculturejew ish/] [Pla91] Plaskow, Judith. Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective. Harper San Francisco; 1991. Paperback reprint edition. ISBN 0-060666-84-6. [59][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060666846/socculturejew ish/] [Pog91] Pogrebin, Letty Cottin. Deborah, Golda, and Me: Being Female and Jewish in America. Crown Publishers, 1991. Anchor Books/Doubleday; 1992. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-385425-12-0. [60][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0385425120/socculturejew ish/] [Rav98] Raver, Miki Listen to Her Voice : Women of the Hebrew Bible. Chronicle Books 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-811818-95-0. [61][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0811818950/socculturejew ish/] [Rei97] Reimer, Gail Twersky (ed); Kates, Judith A. (ed). Beginning Anew: A Woman's Companion to the High Holy Days. Touchstone Books; 1997. Paperback. ISBN 0-684826-87-9. [62][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0684826879/socculturejew ish/] [Roi81] Roiphe, Anne. Generation Without Memory: A Jewish Journey in Christian America. NY: Simon and Schuster, 1981. ISBN 0-671690-01-9. Out of Print [Rud95] Rudavsky, T.M. (ed). Gender and Judaism: The Transformation of Tradition. New York Univ Pr; 1995. Paperback. ISBN 0-814774-53-9. [63][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0814774539/socculturejew ish/] [Rue83] Ruether, Rosemary Radford. Sexism and God-Talk: Toward a Feminist Theology. Beacon Pr; 1983, 1993. Paperback. Reissue edition. ISBN 0-807012-05-X. [64][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/080701205X/socculturejew ish/] [Rue85] Ruether, Rosemary Radford (ed.). Womanguides: Readings Toward a Feminist Theology. Beacon Pr; 1985, 1996. Paperback. Revised edition. ISBN 0-807012-35-1. [65][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0807012351/socculturejew ish/] [Rus94] Rush, Barbara. The Book of Jewish Women's Tales. Jason Aronson; 1994. Hardcover. ISBN 1-568210-87-6. [66][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568210876/socculturejew ish/] [Sch84] Schneider, Susan. Jewish and Female. NY: Simon and Schuster, 1984. ISBN 0-671604-39-2. Out of Print. [Spi87] Spiegel, Marcia C.;Kremsdorf, Deborah L. (ed.). Women Speak to God: The Prayers and Poems of Jewish Women. Womans Inst Cont Jewish Educ; 1987. Paperback. ISBN 0-960805-46-X. [67][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/096080546X/socculturejew ish/] [Teu84] Teubal, Savina J. Sarah the Priestess: The First Matriarch of Genesis. Swallow Pr; 1984, 1993. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-804008-44-2. [68][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0804008442/socculturejew ish/] [Teu97] Teubal, Savina J. Ancient Sisterhood: The Lost Traditions of Hagar and Sarah. Ohio Univ Pr; 1997. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-804010-01-3. [69][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0804010013/socculturejew ish/] [Tro84] Tolley, Jackie. On Our Spiritual Journey Creative Shabbat Service. Womans Inst Cont Jewish Educ; 1984. Hardcover. ISBN 0-960805-43-5. [70][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0960805435/socculturejew ish/] [Uma92] Umansky, Ellen M. (ed); Ashton, Diane (ed). Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality: A Sourcebook. Beacon Pr; 1992. Paperback. ISBN 0-807036-13-7. [71][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0807036137/socculturejew ish/] [Wen90] Wenkart, Henny (ed.). Sarah's Daughters Sing: A Sampler of Poems by Jewish Women. Ktav Publishing House; 1990. Hardcover. ISBN 0-881253-48-0. [72][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0881253480/socculturejew ish/] [Win92] Winter, Miriam Therese; Craighead, Meinrad (illustrator). Womanwisdom: A Feminist Lectionary and Psalter: Women of the Hebrew Scriptures. Crossroad Pub Co; 1992. Paperback. ISBN 0-824511-41-7. [73][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0824511417/socculturejew ish/] [Zon81] Zones, Jane Sprague, ed. Taking the Fruit: Modern Women's Tales of the Bible. San Diego: Women's Institute for Continuing Education, 1981, 1990. Paperback. 2nd ed. ISBN 0-960805-48-6. [74][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0960805486/socculturejew ish/] There are other books relating to traditional views of the womens role in family life to be found in the [75]"LIFE, DEATH, AND IN-BETWEEN", of the reading list (the "traditional" file).
Subject: Science and Judaism [Avi90] Aviezer, Nathan. In the Beginning: Biblical Creation and Science. Ktav Publishing House; 1990. Hardcover. ISBN 0-881253-28-6. [Professor Aviezer of Bar Ilan University interprets modern cosmology theory in the framework of the biblical account of Creation.] [6][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0881253286/socculturejew ish/] [Bra94] Branover, Herman (ed.); Attia, Ilana Coven (ed.). Science in the Light of Torah: A B'or Ha'Torah Reader. Jason Aronson; 1994. Hardcover. ISBN 1-568210-34-5. [7][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1568210345/socculturejew ish/] [Bra99] Branover, Herman. B'OR HA'TORAH: Science, Art & Modern Life in the Light of the Torah. SHAMIR; 1999. Paperback. ISBN 9-652930-55-5. [8][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/9652930555/socculturejew ish/] [Car76] Carmell, Aryeh and Domb, Cyril, eds. Challenge: Torah Views on Science. New York: Association of Orthodox Jewish Scientists/Feldheim Publishers, 1976. ISBN 0-873061-74-8. Out of Print. [Gol99] Goldfinger, Andrew. Thinking About Creation: Eternal Torah and Modern Physics. Jason Aronson; 1999. Hardcover. ISBN 0-765760-42-8. [9][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0765760428/socculturejew ish/] [Kap93] Kaplan, Aryeh. Immortality, Resurrection and the Age of the Universe: A Kabbalistic View. Ktav Publishing House; 1993. Hardcover. ISBN 0-881253-45-6. [In five essays, the late physicist and Torah educator Kaplan draws on traditional sources to show how Torah and science are consonant in relation to the issues of the age of the universe, the fossil record, longevity, immortality, and resurrection.] [10][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0881253456/socculturejew ish/] [Lan91] Landa, Judah. Torah and Science. Ktav Publishing House; 1991. Hardcover. ISBN 0-881253-20-0. [Focuses on Torah and technology: Basic Geometry, Special Numbers, The Earth, The Heavenly Bodies, The Seasons, The Moon, Celestial Visitors, Laws of Nature, Creation vs Evolution, and the Universe.] [11][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0881253200/socculturejew ish/] [Sch98] Schroeder, Gerald L. The Science of God: The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom. Broadway Books; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-767903-03-X. [12][Buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/076790303X/socculturejew ish/]
Subject: Credits This list is based on an original list developed by Rob Levine, which was last posted to the net in February of 1991. Rob's list was culled from s.c.j. postings as well as the bibliographies of some of the books on this list. This original list has been augmented based on bibliographic research done by D. Faigin at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. In June 2000, it was extensively reviewed with additional input from Eric Simon. It has also been augmented with contributions from readers of s.c.j, mail.jewish, and mail.liberal-judaism. It is also based on suggestions found in the excellent Jewish Catalog series, which would serve anyone well as a sourcebook on Judaism. Contributions to the list have also been made by: Steven Abrams, Michael Allen, A. Engler Anderson, Rabbi Charles Arian, Jane Aronson, Jim Eggert, Ari Epstein, Mark Frydenberg, Michelle Gross, David A Guberman, Douglas Jones, Nadia Kahan (Librarian at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem), David Kaufmann, Arlene Kushner (via Andrea Herrera), Evelyn Leeper, Paul Levites, Jack Love, Hillel Markowitz (both alone and in consultation with Rabbi Yirmiyahu Kaganoff of Baltimore), Len Moskowitz, Rabbi Josh Segal, Steven Seidman, Rabbi Shira Stern, and Andrew Tannenbaum. As usual, suggestions for additions or deletions are welcome, as are brief annotations for any entry. A special thank you... Special thanks for her patience and understanding go to my wife, Karen, who put up with me hiding at the computer for the two months it took to complete the July/August 2000 remodel of the entire soc.culture.jewish FAQ and Reading Lists. If you think the effort was worth it, drop her a note c/o [6]maintainer@scjfaq.org.
Subject: How do I obtain copies of the Reading Lists? Answer: There are a number of different ways to obtain copies of the Reading Lists: * WWW. If you are reading this on Usenet, and would like to see an online, hyperlinked version, go visit [2]http://www.scjfaq.org/. This is the "web" version of the FAQ; the version posted to Usenet is generated from the web version. Note that the www.scjfaq.org version is a copy of the actual master version; if you want to access the master, visit [3]http://master.scjfaq.org/. Alternatively, if you would like to see the posted version through the web, visit [4]http://shamash.org/listarchives/scj-faq/. The FAQ is in the subdirectory "FAQ"; the reading lists are in the subdirectory "rl". * Email. Scjfaq.org also provides an autoretriever that allows one to obtain a copy of the reading lists by return Email. To use the autoretriever, you send a retrieval request to [5]archives@scjfaq.org with the request in the body of the message. A more reliable way to retrieve these files is through the [6]FAQ autoretriever ([7]http://www.mljewish.org/bin/autoresp.cgi). For the FAQ, the request has the form: send faq partname For the reading list, the request has the form: send rl partname "Partname" is replaced by the name of the part, as shown in the general index. The following is a short summary of the mapping of partnames for the Reading Lists: + [8]general: Introduction and General. Includes book sources, starting points for beginners, starting points for non-Jewish readers, General Judaism, General Jewish Thought, General Jewish History, Contemporary Judaism, Noachide Laws, Torah and Torah Commentary, Talmud and Talmudic Commentary, Mishnah, Midrash, Halachic Codes, Becoming An Observant Jew, Women and Judaism, and Science and Judaism. + [9]traditional: Traditional Liturgy, Practice, Lifestyle, Holidays. Includes Traditional Liturgy; Traditional Philosophy and Ethics; Prayer; Traditional Practice; The Household; Life, Death, and In-Between; and The Cycle Of Holidays. + [10]mysticism: Kabbalah, Mysticism, and Messianism. Includes Academic and Religious treatments of Kabbalah, Sprituality, and the Jewish notion of the Messiah. + [11]reform: Reform/Progressive Judaism + [12]conservative: Conservative Judaism + [13]reconstructionist: Reconstructionist Judaism + [14]humanistic: Humanistic Judaism (Society for Humanistic Judaism) + [15]chasidism: Chassidism. Includes general information on historical chassidism, as well as specific information on Lubavitch (Chabad), Satmar, Breslaw (Breslov), and other approaches. + [16]zionism: Zionism. Includes Zionism and The Development Of Israel, The Founders, Zionistic Movements, and Judaism in Israel. + [17]antisemitism: Antisemitism. Includes sections on Antisemitism, What Led to The Holocaust, Medieval Oppression, Antisemitism Today (Including Dealing with Hate Groups), Judaism and Christianity, and Judaism, Freemasonry and other rumors. + [18]intermarriage: Intermarriage. Includes sections on "So You're Considering Intermarriage?", The Traditional Viewpoint, Conversion, and Coping With Life As An Intermarried. + [19]childrens: Books for Jewish Children. Includes sections on Birth and Naming, Raising a Child, Family Guidebooks, Upsheren, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, Holiday Books for Children, Liturgy for Children, Bible and Torah for Children, Jewish History for Children, Jewish Theology for Children, Israel, Learning Hebrew, and Jewish Stories. The following is a short summary of the mapping to partnames for the FAQ: + [20]01-FAQ-intro: Section [21]1: Network and Newsgroup Information. + [22]02-Who-We-Are: Section [23]2: Who We Are + [24]03-Torah-Halacha: Sections [25]3, [26]4: Torah; Halachic Authority + [27]04-Observance: Sections [28]5, [29]6, [30]7, [31]8: Jewish Holidays; Jewish Dietary Law and Kashrut; Sabbath and Holiday Observance; Woman and Marriage + [32]05-Worship: Sections [33]9, [34]10, [35]11: Jewish Worship; Conversion, Intermarriage, and "Who is a Jew?"; Miscellaneous Practice Questions + [36]06-Jewish-Thought: Section [37]12: Jewish Thought + [38]07-Jews-As-Nation: Section [39]13: Jews as a Nation + [40]08-Israel: Section [41]14: Jews and Israel + [42]09-Antisemitism: Sections [43]15, [44]16, [45]17: Churban Europa (The Holocaust); Antisemitism and Rumors about Jews; Countering Missionaries + [46]10-Reform: Section [47]18: Reform/Progressive Judaism + [48]11-Miscellaneous: Sections [49]19, [50]20: Miscellaneous; References and Getting Connected + [51]12-Kids: Section [52]21: Jewish Childrearing Related Questions + [53]mail-order: Mail Order Judaica Alternatively, you may send a message to [54]mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu with the following line in the body of the message: send usenet/news.answers/judaism/(portionname) Where (portionname) is replaced by the appropriate subdirectory and filenames; for example, to get the first part of the reading list, one would say: send usenet/news.answers/judaism/reading-lists/general * Anonymous FTP: All portions of the FAQ and of the reading lists are archived on [55]rtfm.mit.edu and are available for anonymous FTP from the pub/usenet/news.answers/judaism/FAQ directory (URL [56]ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/judaism/FAQ/). Similarly, the parts of the reading lists are stored in the pub/usenet/news.answers/judaism/reading-lists directory (URL: [57]ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/judaism/reading-lis ts). Note that the archived versions of the FAQ and reading lists are the posted versions; that is, they are each one large ASCII file.
Subject: Copyright Notice The soc.culture.jewish reading lists are not to be reproduced for commercial use unless the party reproducing the reading lists agrees to the following: 1. Use of latest version. They will contact the [1]FAQ maintainer ([2]maintainer@scjfaq.org) to obtain the latest version for their collection. 2. Tell us where it is. They will provide the [3]FAQ maintainer ([4]maintainer@scjfaq.org) with information on what collection the copy of the reading lists are in, and how that collection may be obtained. 3. No modifications. They will agree, in writing, that the reading lists will be included in the collection without modification, and that acknowledgements of contributors to the reading lists remain. 4. Don't make money off of it. They will agree, in writing, that the collection including the reading lists will be distributed on either a non-profit basis, or have some percentage of profit donated to Tzedakah (Charity) To support this, the reading lists are Compilation Copyright (c) 1993 through 2000 by Daniel P. Faigin (the FAQ maintainer). ---------------------------------------------------------------------- -- Please mail additions or corrections to me at faigin@pacificnet.net. End of Judaism Reading List Part I (General) Digest ************************** -------

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