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Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman’s Current Favorite “Books and Sites to Read”

To respond to our kids, and ourselves:

David Wolpe, Teaching Your Children About God

Harold Kushner, When Children Ask About God

Overall:

Milton Steinberg, Basic Judaism

Joseph Telushkin, Jewish Literacy

Ted Falcon & David Blatner, Judaism for Dummies

Einstein, Kukoff, Ed, Introduction to Judaism

The Way Into … a series of books from Jewish Lights Publishing

Faith:

Harold Schulweis, For Those Who Can’t Believe

Arthur Green, Ehyeh A Kabbalah for Tomorrow

Abraham Joshua Heschel, Between God and Man

Larry Kushner, The Way into Jewish Mystical Tradition

Bradley Artson, God of Becoming and Relationship

Holidays:

Irving Greenberg, The Jewish Way

Michael Strassfeld, The Jewish Holidays

Harold Kushner, To Life

Jewish Practice and Ethics:

Mark Washofsky, Jewish Living (Reform)

Isaac Klein, A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice (Conservative)

Olitsky-Isaacs, The Complete How to Handbook for Jewish Living

Dov Peretz Elkins, The Wisdom of Judaism (Talmud)

History:

Raymond Scheindlin, A Short History of the Jewish People

Chaim Potok, Wanderings

Abba Eban, My People

Robert Seltzer, Jewish People, Jewish Thought

Jonathan Sarna, American Judaism

J.J Goldberg, Jewish Power

Torah:

Plaut, (URJ/ Reform) The Torah: A Modern Commentary, 2005

RA/ USCJ (Conservative) Etz Hayim – Torah and Commentary, 2000

WRJ (Women of Reform Judaism), The Torah: A Women’s Commentary, 2007

Jewish Publication Society, The JPS Torah Commentary, 5 vols

Burton Visotsky, The Genesis of Ethics

Norman Cohen, Self, Struggle, & Change (Families in Genesis)

Rachel Mikvah, Broken Tablets – Restoring the Ten Commandments

Robert Alter, The Art of Biblical Narrative

Harvey Fields, A Commentary for Our Times

Prayer:

Richard Levy, On Wings of Awe (Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur)

On Wings of Light (Shabbat); On Wings of Freedom (Passover)

Lawrence Hoffman, The Way into Jewish Prayer

CCAR, Mishkan Tefilah – the New Reform Siddur, 2007

RA/ UCSJ (Conservative), Siddur Sim Shalom, 1999

Reconstructionist, Siddur Hadash, 2000

Leonard Felder, Seven Prayers that can Change your Life, 2001

Israel (see also list of web sites):

Donna Rosenthal, The Israelis

Abraham Joshua Heschel, Israel: An Echo of Eternity

Mitchell Bard, Myths and Facts, 2001 edition

A Complete Idiots Guide to the Middle East

Alan Dershowitz, The Case for Israel

Holocaust (see also list of web sites):

Louis Weber, The Holocaust Chronicle (www.holocaustchronicle.org)

Lucy Dawidowicz, The War Against the Jews

Raul Hilberg, Perpetrators, Victims, Bystanders

Some of the Leading Publishers of Jewish Educational Materials:

Behrman House www.behrmanhouse.com

Jewish Publication Society www.jewishpub.org

Jewish Lights Publishing www.jewishlights.com

Conservative Judaism www.uscj.org

Reform Judaism www.urj.org

Reconstructionist Judaism www.jrf.org

Torah Aura www.torahaura.com

Kar-Ben Publishing www.karben.com

Ktav Publishing www.ktav.com

Feldheim Books www.feldheim.com

Web Resources about Jews and News

www.myjewishlearning.com – a well funded overview of everything Jewish.

www.urj.org – Reform movement’s entrée to the web.
Includes Ten Minutes of Torah, a weekly lesson, and many free subscriptions.

www.ucsj.org – Conservative movement’s primary site

www.jta.org -- the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Our people’s most established source of Jewish news, this is a great daily summary of Jewish events.

www.scheinerman.net – Rabbi Amy Scheinerman provides weekly Torah lessons and Ten Minutes of Talmud, by free subscriptions.

Web Resources about Israel

www.aipac.org -- AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

www.ipforum.org Israel Policy Forum, progressive analysts and activists

www.jstreet.org, a progressive pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby group.

www.adl.org the Anti-Defamation League, and www.ajc.org, the American Jewish Committee – While both cover many human rights issues, they offer extensive coverage of Israel.

Web Resources about the Holocaust

The Holocaust Chronicle, by Louis Weber Publications, 2000.

The entire encyclopedia can be found at: www.holocaustchronicle.org

User friendly encyclopedia -- US Holocaust Memorial Museum site, www.ushmm.org a site with a vast array of Holocaust information.

Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem) – www.yad-vashem.org.il

The Anti-Defamation League -- www.adl.org

The Simon Weisenthal Center -- www.weisenthal.com

Facing History – www.facing.org

Echoes and Reflections – www.Iwitness.usc.edu, great resources and links