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Pinckas Gostynin (Book of Gostynin) I. M. Biderman Compiled by the Gostynim Memorial Book Committees in New York and Tel Aviv, commentaries of Gostynim…
Midrash Rabbah Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman Genesis I, Bereshith-Vayera; Genesis II, Chayye Sarah-Vayechi; Exodus; Leviticus; Numbers I,Bemidbar…
Mishnayoth Philip Blackman Order Zeraim, pointed Hebrew text, English translation, introductions, notes, supplement, appendix,…
Tehillim, The Book of Psalms (Midrash) Rabbi Avrohom Chaim Feuer David's book of psalms; translation with commentary anthologised from talmudic, midrashic and rabbin…
The Festivals in Halachah Rabbi Shlomo Yosef Zevin An analysis of the development of the festival laws: Yom Tov, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Succos, Cha…
The Talmud H. Polano, Trans. Biblical History from Cain and Abel to the death of Jacob; Biblical commentaries Egypt, Plagues, Mo…
Everyman's Talmud Rev. A. Cohen Doctrine of God, God and the Universe, Doctrine of Man, Revelation, Domestic Life, Social Life, Mora…
Words of the Wise Reuven Alcalay in collaboration with Mordekhai Nurock Sort of a Bartlett's book of quotations approach to Jewish wisdom; an anthology of proverbs and prac…
The Living Talmud, The Wisdom of the Fathers Judah Goldin, Trans. Scholarly book of specific passages from the Talmud with commentaries. This Perke Abot is an abridge…
Code of Jewish Law Rabbi Solomon Ganzfried; Trans. By Hyman E. Goldin Four volume edition of all the 'rules' for daily life, religious and secular activities; everything…
The Jewish Marriage Anthology Philip and Hanna Goodman There are five parts in this highly scholarly approach to marriage: Part one discusses Jewish marria…
Prayers of Israel (in Hebrew) Scholastic commentaries with an introduction by the then chief Rabbi, Israel Brodie, about religious…
Prayers of Israel (Hebrew) Israel Brodie, Chief Rabbi Collection of academic essays (in Hebrew) related to the laws, changes, and intellectual aspect of l…
Ahava (Love), Study Guide for Chavruta,2000, Limmud (3 copies) Julian Gilbey Four-part section dealing with the topic of Love which was used at the Limmud conference in 2002 as…
Pirke Avot: Sayings of the Jewish Fathers Paperback text of the famous bits of wisdom often cited in our prayer books.
To Men the World, Foundations of Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought Emil L. Fackenheim Deep philosophical discussion by Toronto's eminent philosopher, Dr. Fackenheim, about the origins, o…
Who Needs God Harold Kushner Popular Rabbi in America (When Bad Things Happen to Good People), who discusses through a series on…
Exploring Rabbinic Literature Michal Shekel A good study guide to understanding the Talmud and the Midrash surrounding it; good sprinkling of He…
Who Wrote the bible? Richard Elliott Friedman Highly readable source book about the various sources for Torah and some of the more controversial a…
My Weekly Sidrah Elaine Berman and Joe Lurie Grishaver A little bit of Hebrew, plenty of illustrations, and teaching which takes the child from Bereshit th…
The Jewish Holidays, A Guide and Commentary Michael Strassfeld (Illus. Betsey Platkind Teutsch) Geared for the adult, this is a good, in-depth guide to celebrating and understanding the various Je…
A Child's Bible Anne Edwards Illustrated and simply written, a child under eleven could read it or it would be a good book to use…
Who Needs God Harold Kushner Chirpy and popular Rabbi who brings religion to the populace; probably the American version of Rabbi…
Putting God on the Guest List, Reclaiming the spiritual meaning of Bar/Bat Mitzvah Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin This is a how-to book as well as getting the right prospective when one's child, grand-child, or any…
If God Is Good, Why s The World So Bad? Rabbi Benjamin Blech Rather than rely on quick-fix, glib solutions, this rabbi discusses why bad things happen to people…
Choosing a Jewish Life Anita Diamant Readable, simplistic and encouraging book for people who want to convert to Judaism. Information abo…
Choosing Judaism Lydia Kukoff Friendly, personal book abut the ins and outs of being Jewish by choice: everything form getting on…
Three Pillars of Judaism Jonathan Wittenberg Nicely written and thoughtful account of Jewish values. Discussions of the nature of praying, the di…
The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin All the major doubts and dilemmas here: the nature and existence of God, merits of organised religio…
On Being a Jewish Feminist - a reader Susannah Heschel Series of well written articles by major Jewish women which cover tops about Myths, feminine Jewish…
The Jewish Woman-New Perspectives Elizabeth Koltun Series of articles by major Jewish writers and personalities and clerics, which discuss the Spiritua…
The Modern Jewish Woman Raizel Schnall Friedfertig, Freyda Schapiro Oye Veh. The idea of a modern Jewish woman in the Lubavitch Movement almost seems a contradiction in…
To Be A Jewish Woman Lisa Aiken Scholarly, sensible and sensitive book covering a broad area of matters concerning women who are lea…
The Jew and His Home Eliyahu Kitov/(Trans. Nathan Bulman) - 6th Edition Orthodox commentary on the sanctity of marriage, the way to domestic bliss, the requirements for men…
The Guide of the Perplexed Moses Maimonides/Trans. By Shlomo Pines; Intro. Essay by Leo Strauss Based on the Arabic, Aramaic and Hebrew texts, this most detailed and scholarly work is a true find…
The Five Books of Miriam, A Woman's Commentary on the Torah Ellen Frankel This is written in very strange form with all the famous cast of female characters who appear in the…
The Women's Torah Commentary-New insights from women rabbis on the 54 weekly parashot Rabbi Elyse Goldstein This is a most wonderful and fascinating and useful text, particularly if one is studying particular…
Techinas: A Voice From the Heart Rivka Zakutinsky This book is about women's prayers, both in English and in Hebrew, and about concerns of women in da…
Palestine Facts: the Jewish Refugee History Large loose-leaf anthology of the Jewish refugee problem from the early days of settlement through t…
Trials of the Diaspora - A history of Anti-Semitism in England Anthony Juliius Definitive history of anti-Semitism in England. Author has made it his life-long study and the compl…
Olam Ha-Ba: The Afterlife Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl Good capsule of what various Jews believe about the nature of the Afterlife. Good ecumenical tool fo…
The Jews of Silence Elie Wiesel Records Elie Wiesel's trip to Russia in 1965, and in subsequent visits, to tell of the plight of Jew…
Empowered Judaism-What Indp.Minyanim can tch. Bldg. Jewish communities Rabbie Elie Kaunfer Guidebook, useful mostly for American small Jewish communities, which gives ideas about how to build…
Our Haggadah, 5772/2012 Pre-Publication Draft Rabbis. Colin Eimer, Michael Hilton, Neil Kraft, Eliz. Tikvah Sarah, Reuven Silverman, Alexandra Wright Newest Reform Haggadateinu, which includes all the traditional Haggadah items but also newer comment…
Passover Hagadah-with Music, arranged by Henry A. Russotto Published during the height of the Jewish population in NYC in Delancy St., first tow nights of the…
Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls? Norman Golb Unlike popular belief, that the Dead Sea Scrolls were the creation of minor. Aesthetic religious sec…
An Introduction to Judaism Nicholas De Lange A good thumb-nail account of Judaism and Jews in all its aspects for Jews and non-Jews alike, everyt…
The story of God Robert Winston Popular commentator and scientist with a commitment to Judaism, Winston looks as the relationship be…
The Dead Sea Scrolls Deception Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh The authors try to explain the controversy surrounded the publication of the findings of the Dead…
Our Living Bible Michael Avi-Yonah & Emil G. Kraeling A social, archaeological and textual rendition of the Bible and its various books. Accessible, reada…
The Purim Story, 2013 Yaffa Ganz Historical and geared for children, the story of Purim is told again in a new, delightful way. Perfe…
Guide to the Different Ktavim (Torah Scroll) YK Sofer Blog Information on the different Torah style scripts
The Cultural Guide to Jewish Europe Comprehensive historical and cultural guide to Eastern and Western Europe with an introduction by E…
Radical Then, Radical Now (On Being Jewish) R. Jonathan Sacks Historical and cultural commentary on the resilience of the Jewish people throughout the world and i…
Ecstatic Kabbalah R. David Cooper Basic guide to Kabbalistic thinking with much emphasis on Abraham Abulafia's approach to Kabbalah.
Les Hebreaux Histoire et Culte Juif Pauline Piettre Pictorial and textual summary of sites and artifacts of Jewish interest for a basic introduction to…
Man is not Alone, A Philosophy of Religion Abraham Joshua Heschel More insightful reflections from one of Judaism's finest thinkers and philosophers. Henschel's deep…
Jewish Meditation Aryeh Kaplan Orthodox rabbi, Kaplan has written many books of a spiritual nature and was an expert on Jewish medi…
Practical Kabbalah R. Liabl Wolf Background to Kabbalah and explanation of the way Kabbalists think and approach the physical, intell…
Man's Quest for God Abraham Joshua Heschel Deeply insightful and serious commentary by one of Judaism finest thinkers about the inner life of J…
Beasts of the Field, Natural History of Animals in Bible Michael Bright The natural history found in the Bible is explored, including the myths (unicorns, the whale that sw…
The Bible Code 2, The Countdown Michael Drosnin Through the use of the computer, Drosnin's first book, Bible Code, caused a sensation in terms of th…
The Guide to the Perplexed Moses Maimonides/Trans. And notes by Shlomo Pines and essay by Leo Strauss Major definitive texts on the famous work which was a lifetime's work as Professor Pines had to tran…
Kabbalah Z'ev ben Shimon Halevi/Jill Purce The basic elements of Kabbalistic thought and the themes which the study of the Zohar covers are ex…
Sacred Books of the World A. C. Bouquet A concise summary of major world religions from the time of the Sumerians, Hammurabi, Egyptians, Jew…
A Kabbalistic Universe Z'ev ben Shimon Halevi A Kabbalistic explanation of God, the world and man with different levels of reality , hierarchy of…
Understanding Rabbinic Judaism, form Talmud to Modern Times Jacob Neusner Rabbinic and Talmudic thoughts, responsa, laws and doctrines are a continuing process begun in the 6…
The Religion and Worship of the Synagogue from New Testament Period W.O.E. Oesterley and G.H. Box Commentaries on Judaism, its origins and practices and doctrines given from a Christian perspective…
Judaism Nicholas de Lange A basic text for learning some of the main principles of Judaism and the various traditions which s…
God and Evil, A Jewish Perspective David Birnbaum Philosophical approach to the nature of evil, the role of free will and its metaphysical ramificatio…
The Palm Tree of Deborah R. Moses Cordovero (ReMak)/Translator and commentator, Louis Jacobs Mystical work by 16th century Zohar scholar in Safed with commentary by R. Louise Jacobs. This work…
A Jewish Theology Louis Jacobs A thematic approach by the eminent Rabbi, Louis Jacobs, of Judaism's approach to topics such as the…
From Torah to Kabbalah R.C. Musaph-Andriesse/Translator: John Bowden A good thumbnail introduction to the writings in Judaism from the Tanach, Canon, Mishnah, Tosefta, B…
Creators of the Jewish Experience in the Modern World Simon Noveck Part of a series which highlights major Jewish thinkers and contributors to Jewish thought and world…
Great Jewish thinkers of the Twentieth Century Simon Noveck From Ahad Ha-am to Leo Baeck and Martin Buber, this anthology by several great Jewish thinkers cover…

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