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


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


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


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)


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


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


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 (

Lucy Dawidowicz, The War Against the Jews

Raul Hilberg, Perpetrators, Victims, Bystanders

Some of the Leading Publishers of Jewish Educational Materials:

Behrman House

Jewish Publication Society

Jewish Lights Publishing

Conservative Judaism

Reform Judaism

Reconstructionist Judaism

Torah Aura

Kar-Ben Publishing

Ktav Publishing

Feldheim Books

Web Resources about Jews and News – a well funded overview of everything Jewish. – Reform movement’s entrée to the web.
Includes Ten Minutes of Torah, a weekly lesson, and many free subscriptions. – Conservative movement’s primary site -- the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Our people’s most established source of Jewish news, this is a great daily summary of Jewish events. – Rabbi Amy Scheinerman provides weekly Torah lessons and Ten Minutes of Talmud, by free subscriptions.

Web Resources about Israel -- AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Israel Policy Forum, progressive analysts and activists, a progressive pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby group. the Anti-Defamation League, and, 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:

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

Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem) –

The Anti-Defamation League --

The Simon Weisenthal Center --

Facing History –

Echoes and Reflections –, great resources and links