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Judaism Reading List: Introduction and General (Pt. I)
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          Ariel, David. What Do Jews Believe? The Spiritual Dimensions of
          Judaism. Schocken Press; 1995. Hardback. Schocken Books; 1996.
          Paperback: ISBN 0-805210-59-8.
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          Blau, Joseph L. Modern Varieties of Judaism. Columbia Univerity
          Press, New York NY. 1966. Republished 1972. Paperback. ISBN
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          Blech, Benjamin. Understanding Judaism : The Basics of Deed and
          Creed. Jason Aronson; 1992. Paperback: ISBN 0-876682-91-3.
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          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.
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          Boteach, Shmuel. An Intelligent Person's Guide to Judaism.
          Duckworth; 2000. Hardcover. ISBN 0-715628-64-X.
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          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.]
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          Costa, David Yehuda. Judaism: Questions and Answers from the
          Internet.; 2000. Electronic. No ISBN.
          Available at
          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
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          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]
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          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
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          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,
          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:

          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.
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          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]
          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)
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          Jablon, Shmuel. Jewish Answers. Unknown; 2000. Paperback: ISBN
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          Jacobs, Louis. The Jewish Religion: A Companion. Oxford Univ
          Press; 1995. Hardcover: ISBN 0-198264-63-1.
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          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
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          Kertzer, Morris N. What Is a Jew?. Collier Books; 1997.
          Paperback: ISBN 0-684842-98-X.
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          Klein, Isaac. A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice. Jewish
          Theological Seminary of Amer; 1979. Hardcover. ISBN
          0-873340-04-3. [Describes Conservative Practice]
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          Kolatch, Alfred J. The Jewish Book of Why. Jonathan David Pub;
          1981. Hardcover: ISBN 0-824602-56-0.
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          Kolatch, Alfred J. The Second Jewish Book of Why. Jonathan
          David Pub; 1995. Hardcover: ISBN 0-824603-05-2.
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          Kushner, Arlene. The Jewish People: A Resource and Reference
          Book. Self-Published; contact the author at
          <[26]> 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.]
          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.]
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          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]
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          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]
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          Newman, Y. and Sivan, G. A-Z Illustrated Lexicon of Judaism.
          World Zionist Organization Torah Education Dept.
          Prager, Dennis and Telushkin, Joseph. The Nine Questions People
          Ask About Judaism. Simon & Schuster, New York. 1981. Reprinted
          1986. ISBN: 0-671622-61-7.
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          Robinson, George. Essential Judaism : A Complete Guide to
          Beliefs, Customs & Rituals. Atria Books; (September 2001).
          ISBN: 0671034812
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          Rosenberg, Roy A. The Concise Guide to Judaism : History,
          Practice, Faith. Meridian Books; 1994. Paperback reprint
          edition: ISBN 0-452011-36-1.
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          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.]
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          Roth, Cecil, Ed. Encyclopedia Judaica. 18 Vols. Keter,
          Jerusalem. 1972. Reprinted 1994. Coronet Books. ISBN
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          Siegel, Richard and Rheins, Carl. The Jewish Almanac. Bantam
          Books, New York. 1980. ISBN 0-553340-03-4. Out of print.
          Silver, Abba Hillel. Where Judaism Differs: An Inquiry into the
          Discinctiveness of Judaism. Macmillan, New York. 1956. Out of
          print. [Reform point of view]
          Steinberg, Milton. Basic Judaism. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,
          New York. 1947. Reprinted 1986. ISBN 0-156106-98-1.
          [35][Buy at Amazon:

          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
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          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.]
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          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]
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          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.]
          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:

          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.
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          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]
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          Wouk, Herman. This is my God: The Jewish Way of Life. Dell, NY.
          1959. Reprinted 1992. Little Brown & Co. ISBN 0-316955-14-0.
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