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Judaism Reading List: Trad. Lit. and Practice (Pt. II)

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              Selected Sources for Additional Reading on Judaism
         Part II: Traditional Liturgy, Practice, Lifestyle, Holidays
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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.
   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.
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Subject: ORGANIZATION This reading list is organized as follows: * [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
Subject: Traditional Liturgy [Bir49] Birnbaum, Phillip ed. and trans. Daily Prayer Book: Ha-Siddur Ha-Shalem. Hebrew Publishing Company, New York. 1949. Reprinted Paperback 1977. ISBN 0-884820-54-8. [6][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Fal00] Falk, Marcia. The Book of Blessings: New Jewish Prayers for Daily Life, the Sabbath, and the New Moon Festival. Beacon Pr; August 1999. Paperback and Hardback available. ISBN 0-807010-17-0. [A collection of blessings, poems, meditations, and rituals presented in English and Hebrew offers a traditional perspective to weekday, Sabbath, and New Moon festival observances] [7][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Her48] Hertz, Joseph Herman. The Authorised Daily Prayer Book. Bloch, New York. 1948. Hardcover. Reprinted 1987. 1145 pages. ISBN 0819700940. [8][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Sch84] Scherman, Nosson. The Complete Artscroll Siddur. Artscroll/Mesorah Press, NY. 1984 (Ashkenazi) 1985 (Sephardi). Hardcover. Ashkenazi: 1043 Pages, ISBN 0-899066-50-X. Sephardi: 1086 Pages, ISBN 0-899066-57-7. [Traditional prayerbook with extensive commentary] [9][Buy at Amazon: ish/] Ashkenazi: [10][Buy at Artscroll:] ; Sephardi: [11][Buy at Artscroll:] All different varieties: [12][Buy at Artscroll: t.html] [She98] Shendelman, Sara; Davis, Avram. Traditions: The Complete Book of Prayers, Rituals, and Blessings for Every Jewish Home. Hyperion; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-786863-81-1. [13][Buy at Amazon: ish/]
Subject: Traditional Philosophy and Ethics Traditional Philosophy [Alb29] Albo, Joseph. Sefer ha-Ikkarim: Book of Principles. 4 vols. JPS, Philadelphia, PA. 1929-1930. [Bla62] Blau, Joseph L. The Story of Jewish Philosophy. Random House, New York. 1962. Out of print. ISBN 0-870681-74-5. [Ble92] Blech, Benjamin. Understanding Judaism: The Basics of Deed and Creed. Jason Aronson. Paperback 1992. ISBN: 0-876682-91-3. [Presents a comprehension explication of the Jewish faith, from the basics of Torah and mitzvot, to the various formulations of the principles of Jewish faith.] [6][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Gao48] Gaon, Saadia; Rosenblatt, Samuel (trans.). The Book of Beliefs and Opinions. Yale University Press, New Haven. 1948. Paperback reprint 1989. 498 pages. ISBN: 0-300044-90-9. [7][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Hal64] Halevi, Judah. The Kuzari: The Book of Proof and Argument. Schocken, NY. 1964. ISBN 0-911437-52-5. Out of print. [Translation of a classic medieval Jewish philosophical work] [HirXX] Hirsh, S.R.; Paritzky, Karin (trans.) The Nineteen Letters. ISBN 0-873066-96-0. Out of print. [Jac73] Jacobs, Louis. A Jewish Theology. Behrman House; 1973. Paperback. ISBN 0-874412-26-9. [Includes information from a Conservative perspective.] [8][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Jon99] Jonah, R., Silverstein, Shraga (trans). The Gates of Repentance. Philipp Feldheim; 1999. Hardcover. ISBN 0-873062-52-3. [9][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [Kat97] Katz, Avraham Yaacov; Luzzatto, Moshe Hayyim. Pathways to the Way of God. Philipp Feldheim; 1997. Hardcover. ISBN 0-873066-86-3. [10][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [Luc90] Luzzatto, Moshe Chayim, The Path of the Just (Mesilat Yesharim): + Silverstein, Shaga (trans). Philipp Feldheim; 1993. Paperback. ISBN 0-873061-15-2. Philipp Feldheim; 1993. Hardcover. ISBN 0-873062-39-6. Paperback: [11][Buy at Amazon: ewish] ; Hardback: [12][Buy at Amazon: ewish] + Feldman, Yaakov (trans). Jason Aronson; 1996. Hardcover. ISBN 1-568215-96-7. [13][Buy at Amazon: ewish] [Luz83] Luzzatto, Moshe Chayim, The Way of God (Derekh Hashem). Originally published in 1983. Philipp Feldheim; 1999. Hardcover. ISBN 1-583303-60-X. [14][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Luz82] Luzzatto, Moshe Chayim, The Knowing Heart (Daat T'vunot), Philosophy of G-d's Oneness. Philipp Feldheim; 1982. Hardcover. ISBN 0-873061-94-2. [15][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Mai83] Maimonides, Moses. Ethical Writings of Maimonides. Dover Pubns; 1983. Paperback Dover edition. ISBN 0-486245-22-5. [16][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [MaiXX] Maimonides, Moses, The Guide for the Perplexed. Multiple editions available. Two translations that have been cited are: [Fri56] Friedlander, M. (trans) Dover, New York, 1956. Reprinted May 2000. Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486203-51-4. [17][Buy at Amazon: urejewish] [Pin64] Pines, S. (trans.) University of Chicago Press, Chicago IL. 1964. Reprinted 1974. Paperback. ISBN 0-226502-30-9. [18][Buy at Amazon: urejewish] [Pakxx] Bahya B. Joseph ibn Pakuda. Duties of the Heart: Multiple editions available: [Fel96] Feldman, Yaakov (trans). Jason Aronson. Hardcover. 484 pages. 1996. ISBN 1-568214-52-9. [19][Buy at Amazon: urejewish] [Hya78] Hyamson, Moses (trans). Philipp Feldheim. Paperback. 1978. ISBN 0873061616. [20][Buy at Amazon: urejewish] [Sch95] Schneerson, Menachem Mendel (Editor). Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneersohn. William Morrow & Co; 1995. Hardcover: ISBN 0-688141-96-X. [21][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Sil67] Silverstein, Shraga (trans.); Rabbeinu Yonah of Gerona (auth.). Gates of Repentance. The Torah Classics Library; Feldheim Publishers 1967. Reprinted June 1999. Hardcover. ISBN 0873062523. [22][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Telxx] Teller, Hanoch. Various Anthologies. Feldheim Publishers, NY. [Teller uses stories (based on actual happenings disguised to protect the people involved) to illustrate how one should behave. His major theme is how one should relate to his fellow man.] Search for books by Hanoch Teller: [23][Search at Amazon: ejewish&keyword=hanoch+teller&mode=books] Ethics and Moral Behaviour [Ada87] Adahan, Miriam, EMETT: A step-by-step guide to emotional maturity through Torah. Feldheim, 1987. Out of print. [Mrs. Adahan's basic premise is that man can attain happiness and emotional satisfaction in life by training himself to think positively about the events which befall him. She gives a complete scheme for identifying negative thought patterns and modifying them, illustrated by many examples from real life.] [Ble98] Bellfeld, Bradley (ed.); Shook, Robert. Saving the World Entire: And 100 Other Beloved Parables from the Talmud. Plume Books; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-452279-88-7. [24][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Bor99b] Borowitz, Eugene B.; Schwartz, Frances Weinman. The Jewish Moral Virtues. Jewish Publication Society; 1999. Hardcover. ISBN 0-827606-64-8. [Reform] [25][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Dor98] Dorff, Elliot. Matters of Life and Death: A Jewish Approach to Modern Medical Ethics. Jewish Publication Society; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-827606-47-8. [26][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Gol98] Goldstein, Niles Elliot; Mason, Steven S.; Borowitz, Eugene; Anav, Jehi. Judaism and Spiritual Ethics. Union of American Hebrew Congregations; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-807406-01-5. [Reform] [27][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Kap??] Kaplan, Rabbi Aryeh. If You Were God. NCSY Publications. ISBN: 1-879016-13-3. [28][Buy at Artscroll:] [Old96] Olitzky, Kerry M.; Sabath, Rachel T. Striving Toward Virtue: A Contemporary Guide for Jewish Ethical Behavior. Ktav Publishing House; 1996. Hardcover: ISBN 0-881255-34-3. [29][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Tel94] Telushkin, Joseph. Jewish Wisdom: Ethical, Spiritual, and Historical Lessons from the Great Works and Thinkers. William Morrow & Co; 1994. Hardcover: ISBN 0-688129-58-7. [30][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Tel00] Telushkin, Joseph . The Book of Jewish Values: A Day-By-Day Guide to Ethical Living. Bell Tower; 2000. Hardcover. ISBN 0-609603-30-2. [31][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Twe97] Twerski, Abraham J. Do Unto Others: How Good Deeds Can Change Your Life. Andrews McMeel Publishing; 1997. Hardcover: ISBN 0-836235-97-5. [32][Buy at Amazon: ish]
Subject: Responsa Literature [AllXX] Allen, Wayne R. (ed.). Tomeikh kaHalakhah: Responsa of the Panel of Halakhic Inquiry Union for Traditional Judaism, Teaneck, NJ. 2 Volumes. Available at [6] [Fin91] Finkel, Auraham Yaakov. Responsa Anthology. Jason Aronson. 1991. Hardcover. 209 pages. ISBN 0-876687-73-7. [7][Buy at Amazon: ish]
Subject: Prayer [Don80] Donin, Hayim. To Pray as a Jew: A Guide to the Prayer Book and the Synagogue Service. Basic Books, New York. 1980. Paperback reissue edition, 1991. ISBN 0-465086-33-0. [6][Buy at Amazon: ish] [ForXX] Forst, Binyomin. The Laws Of B'rachos. Artscroll. [A comprehensive exposition of the background and laws of blessings.] [7][Buy at Artscroll:] [Fra97] Frankiel, Tamar; Greenfeld, Judy. Minding the Temple of the Soul: Balancing Body, Mind, and Spirit Through Traditional Jewish Prayer, Movement, and Meditation. Jewish Lights Pub; 1997. Paperback. ISBN 1-879045-64-8. [8][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [Gri93] Grishaver, Joel Lurie. And You Shall Be a Blessing: An Unfolding of the Six Words That Begin Every Brakhah. Jason Aronson; 1993. Hardcover. 190 pages. ISBN 0-876684-64-9. [9][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Ham95] Hammer, Reuven. Entering Jewish Prayer: A Guide to Personal Devotion and the Worship Service. Schocken Books; 1995. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-805210-22-9. [More than a 'how-to' guide, this book deals with the basic issues in prayer, the historical compilation of the Siddur; the orchestration of the daily, Sabbath, and festival prayers; the themes of special prayers, such as the Blessing After Meals and the Kaddish; and the essential experience of making prayer a vital part of one's life. Also explains differences between the liturgy of each of the Jewish movements.] [10][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [Hofxx] Hoffman, Lawrence (ed). My People's Prayer Book, Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries. 7 volume series: + Vol. 1: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries--The Sh'ma and Its Blessings. Jewish Lights Pub; 1997. Hardcover. 240 pages. ISBN 1-879045-79-6. [11][Buy at Amazon: ewish] + Vol. 2: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries--The Amidah. Jewish Lights Pub; 1998. Hardcover. 240 pages. ISBN 1-879045-80-X. [12][Buy at Amazon: ewish] + Vol. 3: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries--P'sukei D'zimrah (Morning Psalms). Jewish Lights Pub; 1999. Hardcover. 200 pages. ISBN 1-879045-81-8. [13][Buy at Amazon: ewish] + Vol. 4: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries--Seder K'riyat Hatorah (Shabbat Torah Service). Jewish Lights Pub; 2000. Hardcover. ISBN 1-879045-82-6. [14][Buy at Amazon: ewish/] [Jac72] Jacobs, Louis. Hasidic Prayer Schocken, New York. 1972. Reprinted 1993, Littman Library of Jewish Civilization. Paperback. ISBN 1-874774-18-8. [15][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Kad97] Kadish, Seth. Kavvana: Directing the Heart in Jewish Prayer. Jason Aronson. 1997. Hardcover. 640 pages. ISBN 0-765759-52-7. [16][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Kon72] Kon, Abraham. Prayer. Soncino Press, London. 1972. [Lan98] Langer, Ruth. To Worship God Properly: Tensions Between Liturgical Custom and Halakhah in Judaism (Monographs of the Hebrew Union College Series). Hebrew Union College Pr; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-878204-21-0. [17][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [Mar68] Martin, Bernard. Prayer in Judaism. Basic Books, New York. 1968. [Mil71] Millgram, Abraham. Jewish Worship. JPS, Philadelphia 1971. ISBN 0-827600-03-8. Out of Print. [Min84] Mindel, Nissan. As For Me--My Prayers. 2 vols. Kehot, Brooklyn NY. 1984. [Explains meanings behind prayers] [Mun63] Munk. World of Prayer. Feldheim, NY. 1963. [Includes mystical explanations of prayers. Possibly out of print.] [Pet72] Petuchowski, Jakob J. Understanding Jewish Prayer. Ktav, New York, 1972. Out of Print [Pra98] Prager, Marcia. Path of Blessing: Experiencing the Energy and Abundance of the Divine. Bell Tower; 1998. Hardcover. 192 pages. ISBN 0-517703-63-7. [18][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Pre89] Prell, Riv-Ellen. Prayer and Community: The Havurah in American Judaism. Wayne State Univ Pr; 1989. Paperback. ISBN: 0-814319-35-1. [Reconstructionist] [19][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [Ros00] Rosenberg, Arnold S. Jewish Liturgy As a Spiritual System: A Prayer-By-Prayer Explanation of the Nature and Meaning of Jewish Worship. Jason Aronson; 2000. Hardcover. ISBN 0-765761-34-3. [20][Buy at Amazon: ish/]
Subject: Traditional Practice [Art95] Artson, Bradley; Siegel, Adam (ed). It's a Mitzvah! : Step-By-Step to Jewish Living. Behrman House; 1995. Paperback. 244 pages. ISBN 0-874415-85-3. [6][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Don72] Donin, Hayim. To Be a Jew: A Guide to Jewish Observance in Contemporary Life. Basic Books, New York. 1972. Paperback reissue, 1991, 338 pages. ISBN 0-465086-32-2. [7][Buy at Amazon: ish] [For88] Forst, Rabbi Binyamin and Twerski, Rabbi Aaron. The Law of B'rachos. Mesorah. Brooklyn, NY. 1988. [A Comprehensive exposition of the background and laws of blessings] [Kle79] Klein, Isaac. A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice. Jewish Theological Seminary, New York. 1979. Hardcover. ISBN 0-873340-04-3. [Published by the Conservative movement, but based upon previous law codes, including the Mishneh Torah, Shulkhan Arukh, and later responsa by Conservative and Orthodox authorities. It is more than a list of do's and don'ts: Each chapter discusses the philosophy, history and the reasons why these laws and customs came to be. This guide covers daily prayer, tallit and tzitzit, tefillin, weddings, births, adoption, divorce, bar and bat miztvahs, death and mourning, the High Holy Days, the Jewish festivals and fast days, Shabbat, keeping kosher, the laws of family purity, abortion and other topics.] [8][Buy at Amazon: ish] [She98] Shendelman, Sara; Davis, Avram. Traditions: The Complete Book of Prayers, Rituals, and Blessings for Every Jewish Home. Hyperion; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-786863-81-1. [9][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [Tre80] Trepp, Leo. The Complete Book of Jewish Observance. New York: Berman House/Summit Books, 1980.
Subject: The Household [Dre59] Dresner, Samuel H; Siegel, Seymour. The Jewish Dietary Laws. Burning Bush Press, New York. 1959. United Synagogue Book Service; 1980. Paperback. ISBN 0-838121-05-5.[Conservative authorship. The book presents liberal positions on ingredients, wine, cheese, gelatin, swordfish. Among Conservative rabbis, the book reflects more lenient views.] [6][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [Eps81] Epstein, Rabbi Joseph D. Mitzvot Habayit: The Precepts of the Jewish Home (translated by Gershon Taschman). Torath HaAdam Institute, New York, 1981. [Translation of the introduction to the author's comprehensive work of the same name in Hebrew.] [ForXX] Forst, Binyomin. The Laws Of Kashrus. Artscroll Mesorah. Hardcover. [A comprehensive exposition of their underlying concepts and application] [7][Buy at Artscroll:] [Golxx] Goldman, Alex J. Handbook for the Jewish Family: Understanding and Enjoying the Sabbath and Other Holidays. ISBN 0-819700-85-1. Out of print [Gre85] Greenberg, Blu. How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household Paperback reprint edition (September 1985) Simon & Schuster (Paper); 1985; ISBN 0-671602-70-5. Jason Aronson (Hardcover); 1989; ISBN 0-876688-82-2. Paperback: [8][Buy at Amazon: ish] ; Hardback: [9][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Kit63] KiTov, Eliyahu. The Jew and His Home: A Guide to Jewish Family Life. Shengold, 1963. Philipp Feldheim; 1999. Hardcover. ISBN 1-583303-96-0. [10][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [Lev64] Levi, Shonie and Kaplan, Sylvia. Guide for the Jewish Homemaker. Schocken Books, New York. 1964. ISBN 0-805200-87-8. Out of Print. [Lip88] Lipschutz, Yacov. Kashruth: A Comprehensive Background and Reference Guide to the Principles of Kashruth (The Artscroll Series). Mesorah Publications Ltd.; 1988. Hardcover. ISBN 0-899065-58-9. [11][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [12][Buy at Artscroll:] [Lub89] Lubavitch Women's Organization. Body and Soul: A Handbook for Kosher Living, Lubavitch Women's Cookbook Pub, NY. 1989. Bloch Pub Co; 1997.Paperback. ISBN 0-826602-39-8. [Short introduction to kosher basics.] [13][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [Lub90] Lubavitch Women's Organization: Blau, Esther; Deitsch, Tzirrel; Light, Cherna. Spice and Spirit: Complete Kosher Jewish Cookbook. Lubavitch Women's Cookbook Pub, NY, 1990, 1997. Hardcover. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-826602-38-X. [Contains detailed information about the laws of kashrut and holidays from the Lubavitch point of view and thus follows Lubavitch customs regarding Kashrut; for non-Lubavitch, use in conjunction with other Kashrut references. Lots of traditional recipes that tend not to fail, if followed. Good section on Passover baking.] [14][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [RCA72] Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, Rabbinical Council of America. Kashruth: Handbook for Home and School UOJCA, New York. 1972. [Ros91] Rosenberg, Ehud. Meat and Dairy, an illustrted guide for the Kosher Kitchen. Mesorah, NY. 1991. [Uses pictures to teach about kashrut.] [Sym98] Syme, Daniel. The Jewish Home: A Guide for Jewish Living. Union of American Hebrew Congregations; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-807404-00-4. [Reform] [15][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Wag00] Wagschal, S. The Practical Guide to Kashruth. Philipp Feldheim; 2000. Hardcover. ISBN 0-873065-61-1. [16][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [Wei96] Welfeld, Irving. Why Kosher - An Anthology of Answers. Jason Aronson, New York. 1996. Hardcover. ISBN 1-568216-06-8. [Offers a variety of opinions on the subject from some of Judiasm's greatest thinkers.The sources explored come from ancient Egypt and the internet. Among the comments expresse are those of Maimoides, Nehama Leibowitz, Cynthia Ozick, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Dennis Prager, Abraham Joshua Heschel and Adin Steinsaltz.] [17][Buy at Amazon: ish/] Also, every Jewish household, if you're at all interested in Kashrus, should subscribe to [18]Kashrus Magazine ([19], published by Yeshiva Birkas Reuven. For information, contact Kashrus at P.O. Box 204, Brooklyn NY 11204.
Subject: Life, Death, and In-Between Before Birth [Car99] Cardin, Nina Beth. Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss. Jewish Lights Pub; 1999. Hardcover: ISBN 1-580230-17-2. [6][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Fel98] Feldman, David. Birth Control in Jewish Law: Marital Relations, Contraception, and Abortion As Set Forth in the Classic Texts of Jewish Law. Jason Aronson; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-765760-58-4. [The most comprehensive study available on Jewish attitudes about contraception, abortion, etc.] [7][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Gol88] Gold, Michael. And Hannah Wept: Infertility, Adoption, and the Jewish Couple. Jewish Publication Society; 1988. Hardcover. ISBN 0-827603-06-1. [8][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Ros98] Rosenberg, Shelley Kapnek. Adoption and the Jewish Family: Contemporary Perspectives. Jewish Publication Society; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-827606-53-2. [9][Buy at Amazon: ish] Birth and Naming [Dia93] Diamant, Anita. The New Jewish Baby Book: Names, Ceremonies & Customs, A Guide For Today's Families. Jewish Lights Pub; 1993, 1994. Paperback. ISBN 1-879045-28-1. [Non-traditional] [10][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Kol84] Kolatch, Alfred J. Complete Dictionary of English and Hebrew First Names. Jonathan David Pub; 1984. Hardcover. ISBN 0-824602-95-1. [11][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Kol98] Kolatch, Alfred J. Best Baby Names for Jewish Children. Jonathan David Pub; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-824604-06-7. [12][Buy at Amazon: ish] [KroXX] Krohn, Paysach. Bris Milah/Circumcision. Artscroll Mesorah. Paperback. [The covenant of Abraham-A compendium of laws rituals & customs from birth to bris, anthologized from talmudic & traditional source] [13][Buy at Artscroll:] [Ros92] Rosenkrantz, Linda. Beyond Sarah and Sam: An Enlightened Guide to Jewish Baby Naming. St. Martin's Press; 1992. Paperback. ISBN 0-312069-04-9. [14][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Sid89] Sidi, Smadar Shir. The Complete Book of Hebrew Baby Names. Harper San Francisco; 1989. Paperback. ISBN 0-062548-50-6. [15][Buy at Amazon: ish] Raising Your Child [Abr94] Abrams, Judith Z.; Abrams, Steven A. Jewish Parenting: Rabbinic Insights. Jason Aronson; 1994. Paperback. ISBN 1-568211-75-9. [16][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [Abr97] Abramowitz, Yosef I.; Silverman, Susan. Jewish Family & Life: Traditions, Holidays, and Values for Today's Parents and Children. Golden Books Pub Co; 1997. Hardcover. ISBN 0-307440-04-4. [17][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [Ada88] Adahan, Miriam, Raising Children to Care: A Jewish Guide to Childrearing. Philipp Feldheim; 1988. Hardcover. ISBN 0-873064-56-9. [Using the principles developed in her previous book EMETT, Mrs. Adahan displays her thorough understanding of personality development in the application of these principles to bringing up children. While addressed primarily to mothers, a short chapter to fathers touches briefly but forcefully on the marital relationship.] [18][Buy at Amazon: ish] [CohXX] Cohen, Simcha Bunim. Children In Halachah. Artscroll Mesorah. Hardcover. [Laws relating to young children: Chinuch, Shabbos, Kashrus, Learning and much more.] [19][Buy at Artscroll:] [Dan97] Danan, Julie Hilton. The Jewish Parents' Almanac. Jason Aronson; 1997. Paperback. ISBN 1-568219-52-0. [20][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [Dia00] Diamant, Anita; Kushner, Karen (Contributor). How to Be a Jewish Parent: A Practical Handbook for Family Life. Schocken Books; September 2000. Paperback and Hardback Available. ISBN 0-805211-16-0. [21][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [Don91] Donin, Hayim Halevy. To Raise a Jewish Child: A Guide for Parents. Basic Books; 1991. Paperback. ISBN 0-465086-35-7. [22][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [Lev86] Levi, Miriam. Effective Jewish Parenting. Feldheim, 1986. ISBN 0-873064-05-4. Out of print. [Mrs. Levi uses the principles of cognitive psychology to help parents (especially mothers) cope with their own feelings during the trials and tribulations of childrearing. The book is richly illustrated by examples from real life and should be read by husband and wife together in order to arrive at a harmonized treatment of children and thus eliminate a significant potential source of dissension.] [Lip97] Lipsitz, Gail Josephson. Practical Parenting: A Jewish Perspective. Ktav Publishing House; 1997. Paperback. ISBN 0-881255-36-X. [23][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [Rad89] Radcliffe, Sarah Chana. The Delicate Balance: Love and Authority in Torah Parenting. Targum Pr; 1989. Hardcover. ISBN 0-944070-22-1. [24][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [Reu92] Reuben, Steven Carr. Raising Jewish Children in a Contemporary World: The Modern Parent's Guide to Creating a Jewish Home. Prima Publishing, 1992. ISBN 1-559581-50-6. May be out of print. Contact the publisher at P. O. Box 1260SC, Rocklin CA 95677. [Ros97] Rosman, Steven M. Jewish Parenting Wisdom. Jason Aronson; 1997. Hardcover. ISBN 0-765759-69-1. [25][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [Wol00] Wolpin, Nisson. Timeless Parenting: Raising children in troubled times - understanding, coping, succeeding. Artscroll; 2000. Hardback. ISBN 1-578195-10-1. [26][Buy at Amazon: ish/] [27][Buy at Artscroll:] Bar/Bat Mitzvah [Dav98] Davis, Judith. Whose Bar/Bat Mitzvah Is This, Anyway? A Guide for Parents Through a Family Rite of Passage. St. Martin's Press; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-312181-97-3. [28][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Isa98] Isaacson, Judy and Rosenbloom, Deborah. Bar and Bat Mitzvah in Israel: The Ultimate Family Sourcebook. Israel Info Access; 1998. Paperback. ISBN: 0-966087-70-4. [29][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Len96] Leneman, Helen (Editor). Bar/Bat Mitzvah Basics: A Practical Family Guide to Coming of Age Together . Jewish Lights Pub; 1996. Paperback. ISBN 1-879045-54-0. [30][Buy at Amazon: ish] [Lew96] Lewit, Jane; Epstein, Ellen Robinson. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planbook. Scarborough House Publishers; 1996. Paperback revised edition. ISBN 0-812885-46-5. 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"Innovations" offers imaginative ideas and customs for Seder celebration.] [41][Buy at Amazon: ish/] Lag B'Omer [FinXXa] Finkelman, Shimon. Lag Ba'omer. Artscroll Mesorah. Hardcover. [42][Buy at Artscroll:] Shavout [FinXX] Finkelman, Shimon. Shavuos: Its Observance, Laws, And Significance. Artscroll Mesorah. Hardcover. [43][Buy at Artscroll:] [Goo92c] Goodman, Philip. The Shavuot Anthology. Jewish Publication Society; 1992. Paperback. ISBN 0-827603-91-6. [44][Buy at Amazon: ish/]
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] This is the "web" version of the FAQ; the version posted to Usenet is generated from the web version. Note that the version is a copy of the actual master version; if you want to access the master, visit [3] Alternatively, if you would like to see the posted version through the web, visit [4] The FAQ is in the subdirectory "FAQ"; the reading lists are in the subdirectory "rl". * Email. 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] with the request in the body of the message. A more reliable way to retrieve these files is through the [6]FAQ autoretriever ([7] 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] 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] and are available for anonymous FTP from the pub/usenet/news.answers/judaism/FAQ directory (URL [56] Similarly, the parts of the reading lists are stored in the pub/usenet/news.answers/judaism/reading-lists directory (URL: [57] 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: 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, as well as contributions from readers of s.c.j, mail.jewish, and mail.liberal-judaism. In June 2000, it was extensively reviewed with additional input from Eric Simon. 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: Jonathan Baker, Ed Cohen, Rachel Kaplan, David Kaufmann, Shaul Wallach, Len Moskowitz, and Hillel Markowitz. 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] ------------------------------------------------------------ -- Please mail additions or corrections to me at End of Judaism Reading List Part II (Traditional) Digest ************************** -------

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