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Selected Sources for Additional Reading on Judaism Part III: Kabbalah, Mysticism, and Messianism [Last Change: $Date: 1995/10/19 15:22:19 $ $Revision: 1.2 $] [Last Post: Wed Feb 11 11:07:06 US/Pacific 2004] There is nothing more uniquely characteristic of the style of Jewish religious life than the great love Jews have for holy books. [Str73] This list provides a collection of sources on "traditional" practice for readers of soc.culture.jewish. 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. 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 soc.culture.jewish Reading Lists have associations with Amazon.com and Artscroll. The presence of an Amazon ( [Buy At Amazon: URL...] ) or Artscroll ( [Buy at Artscroll: URL...] ) tag on a list item means the item is available from the indicated vendor. There is always the possibility that the items status has changed since the tag was added; in particular, items may have moved to special order, backorder, or on-order status. If you have corrections to the tag, or want to provide a synopsis of the book, please drop a note to email@example.com. Reproduction of this posting for commercial use is subject to restriction.