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Guide for the Thoughtful Jewish Leader
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
Reference Works

Atlases, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias
  • A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People: From the Time of the Patriarchs to the Present, Eli Barnavi
  • The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion, R.J. Zwi Werblowsky and Geoffrey Wigoder
  • The Jewish Religion: A Companion, Louis Jacobs
  • Jewish Encyclopedia - CD Rom

  • The Jewish Study Bible, Adele Berline and Marc Zvi Brettler, Michael Fishbane
  • Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary , David L. Lieber, Jules Harlow
  • Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary (Paperback)
  • The Torah: A Modern Commentary Revised , W. Gunther Plaut
  • The Chumash: The Stone Edition, Nosson Scherman

  • Siddur SimShalom for Shabbat and Festivals , Rabbinical Assembly and United Synangogue of Conservative Judaism
  • Siddur Sim Shalom for Weekdays , Rabbinical Assembly and United Synagoguge of Conservative Judaism
  • Gates of Prayer , Central Conference of American Rabbis
  • Shabbat Vehagim: Kol Haneshamah Prayerbook
  • Artscroll Siddur Ashkenaz

Introduction to Judaism
  1. Great Ages and Ideas of the Jewish People, Leo Schwartz

The Bible
  1. The Art of Biblical Narrative, Robert Alter
  2. The Art of Biblical Poetry, Robert Alter
  3. Who Wrote the Bible?, Richard Elliot Friedman
  4. Sinai and Zion: An Entry into the Jewish Bible, Jon D. Levenson

Rabbinic Judaism

Primary Documents
  1. Talmud Bavli, Schottenstein Edition
  2. The Book of Legends: Sefer Ha-Aggadah: Legends from the Talmud and Midrash, Hayim Nahman Bialik and Yehoshua Hana Ravnitzky, Translated by William G. Braude
  3. Legends of the Jews, Louis Ginzberg

Understanding Rabbinic Judaism
  1. Rereading the Rabbis: A Woman's Voice, Judith Hauptman
  2. Rabbinic Stories, Jeffrey Rubenstein
  3. Invitation to the Talmud: A Teaching Book, Jacob Neusner


Primary Documents
  1. The Jew in the Medieval World: A Source Book: 315-1791, Jacob Rader Marcus
  2. The Jew in the Modern World: A Documentary History, Paul Mendes-Flohr and Jehuda Reinharz

Understanding Jewish History
  1. A History of the Jewish People, H.H. Ben Sasson
  2. American Judaism: A History, Jonathan Sarna

Israel & Zionism
  1. The Jerusalem Anthology: A Literary Guide, Reuven Hammer
  2. The Zionist Idea: A Historical Analysis and Reader, Arthur Hertzberg
  3. A History of Israel (2 volumes), Howard M. Sachar

Philosophy & Theology

Primary Documents
  1. The Jewish Philosophy Reader, Daniel H. Frank, Oliver Leaman, and Charles H. Manekin
Understanding Jewish Philosophy and Theology
  1. Choices in Modern Jewish Thought: A Partisan Guide, Eugene Borowitz

Law, Ethics, and Observance
  1. Not in Heaven: The Nature and Function of Halakha, Eliezer Berkovits
  2. Contemporary Jewish Ethics and Morality: A Reader, Elliot N. Dorff and Louis E. Newman
  3. A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice, Isaac Klein

Spirituality and Mysticism
  1. The Schocken Book of Jewish Mystical Testimonies, Louis Jacobs
  2. The Religious Thought of Hasidism: Text and Commentary, Norman Lamm
  3. The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism, Daniel Matt

Prayers and Holy Days
  1. Entering Jewish Prayer: A Guide to Personal Devotion and the Worship Service, Reuven Hammer
  2. The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays, Irving Greenberg

Women and Gender
  1. On Being a Jewish Feminist: A Reader, Susannah Heschel
  2. Daughters of the King: Women and the Synagogue, Susan Grossman and Rivka Haut

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