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[book] Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People and Its History by Joseph Telushkin
($25 before discount) Hardcover - 688 pages. Morrow. 1991. In this collection of 346 important facts about Judaism and its people, Telushkin ranges through all of Jewish history and literature to extract the enduring concepts one needs to know in order to be a well-informed, modern Jew.
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[book] Biblical Literacy: The Most Important People, Events, and Ideas of the Hebrew Bible by Joseph Telushkin
($25 before discount) Hardcover (October 1997) Morrow. I keep this one by my bed. Encyclopedic in scope, but dynamic and original in its observations and organization, Biblical Literacy makes available in one volume the Bible's timeless stories of love, deceit, and the human condition; its most important laws and ideas; and an annotated listing of all 613 laws of the Torah.
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[book] Jewish Wisdom: Ethical, Spiritual, and Historical Lessons from the Great Works and Thinkers by Joseph Telushkin
($25 before discount) Hardcover - 663 pages (September 1994) Morrow. A companion volume to Jewish Literacy sets texts from chosen Jewish passages, ranging from the Talmud to modern writings, in a historical perspective while explaining why they are vital and challenging to contemporary Jews.
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[book] Words That Hurt Words That Heal: How to Choose Words Wisely and Well by Joseph Telushkin
($14 before discount) Paperback - 240 pages (September 1998). Telushkin offers advice on how to kick the habit of Lashon Hara, gossip, and words that hurt. Rabbi Telushkin explains the harm done by spreading gossip, teaches why anger, criticism, and lying destroy any possibility of true communication, and shows how to turn every exchange into an opportunity.
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[book] Book of Blessings: A New Prayer Book for the Weekdays, the Sabbath, and the New Moon Festival by Marcia Falk.
($50 less 30%) Hardcover-608 pages (August 1996) Harper San Francisco. A landmark prayer book by one of Judaism's foremost translators and poets that couples timeless wisdom with a contemporary perspective. Revitalizing old traditions and establishing new ones, Falk presents a ground-breaking collection of blessings, poems, meditations and rituals
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[book] Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts by Barry W. Holtz.
($13 less 20%) Paperback Reprint edition (June 1986) A priceless source book for understanding and putting into perspective Jewish texts. What came first? Mishnah, Talmud, etc.
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[book] Complete Idiot's Guide to Jewish History and Culture
Paperback - 416 pages (January 1999). This is an excellent introductory book, even though the title has the word idiot in it. It is actually written by a respected Rabbi from YU. The "Complete Idiot's Guide" contains easy-to-follow coverage of all of Jewish history, including profiles of Biblical, religious, and political leaders, such as Abraham, Moses, King David, and Golda Meir. Click to read more about this book.
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[book] Great Jewish Men by Elinor Slater, Robert Slater
Here are biographies of 100 Jewish men who have had a large impact in their respective fields. Includes a section of 50 thumbnail sketches. Click to read more about this book.
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[book] Great Jewish Women by Elinor Slater, Robert Slater
Here are biographies of 100 Jewish women who have had a large impact in their respective fields. From the biblical Deborah to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the individuals profiled in this volume are the authors' considered choice for Jewish women who have had the greatest impact on their respective fields.. Click to read more about this book.
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How about "Today I am a Fountain Pen by Israel Horowitz?
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[book] Abraham Joshua Heschel : Prophetic Witness by Kaplan Edward K., Samuel H. Dresner, Edward K. Kaplan
Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972) was one of the outstanding Jewish thinkers of the 20th century. A renowned American theologian and interpreter, he was a living example of holiness, compassion, and vehement dedication to social justice. This book, the first of two volumes, is the only comprehensive biography of the preeminent religious thinker. 34 illustrations. Click to read more about this book.
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[book] The Language of Truth: The Torah Commentary of Sefat Emet by Judah Aryeh Leib Alter (The Gerrer Rebbe), translated by Dr. Arthur Green (Translator)
Hardcover - 408 pages (Winter 98) JPS. Professor/Rabbi Arthur Green, of Penn, RRC, JTS, and Brandeis, to name a few, scholar and specialist in Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav, has translated the Sfat Emes by the Gerrer Rebbe. I picked this up while preparing a dvar torah in the Spring of 1999, and was drawn to the Gerrer's excellent commentaries of Torah. A fascinating translation of the rabbi's writings.
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[book] Reveille for Radicals by the late Saul D. Alinsky
One of the greatest books for a teenage redical ever written. First published in 1946 and updated in 1969 with a new Introduction and Afterword, this volume represents the fullest statement of the political philosophy and practical methodology of one of the most important figures in the history of American radicalism. Like Thomas Paine before him, Saul Alinsky, through the concept and practice of community organizing, was able to embody for his era both the urgency of radical political action and the imperative of rational political discourse. His work and writing bequeathed a new method and style of social change to American communities that will remain a permanent part of the American political landscape.. Click to read more about this book.
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[book] The Activist's Handbook: A Primer for the 1990s and Beyond by Randy Shaw
When I became a bar Mitzvah, I was a member of the SSSJ, Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry. Do you remember that group? I also read Vorspan in the public library. I organized a boycott of a Soviet Performance Troupe when it came to Scranton PA. Unfortunately no one boycott it, but I learned from the experience. Anyway, do you want to raise a young organizer? Get this book then. The keyword in the title is "handbook". This book has detailed examples of popular struggles in the US in a wide variety of areas: affordable housing, crime prevention, ecology, AIDS and more..
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[book] Tanakh: A New Translation of the Holy Scriptures According to the Traditional Hebrew Text
An excellent compact translation from the Jewish Publication Society.
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[book] The Jewish Holidays : A Guide & Commentary by Michael Strassfeld, Arnold M. Eisen (Contributor)
An excellent guide to the Jewish Holidays, from one of the co-authors of the famed Jewish Catalog 1, 2, and 3 series of the 1970's.
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[book] My People's Prayer Book: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries : The Amidah Vol 2 by Lawrence A. Hoffman (Editor), Marcia Falk (Contributor), Elliot N. Dorff (Contributor))
I am in my 30's and I still don't understand half of the Amidah. This one is on my list to read. I recommend it as a good source book for any Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
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[book] Heshel's Kingdom by Dan Jacobson
April 1999. The author returns to Lithuania from South Africa in a search for his family's Jewish roots.
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[book] Night Tales from Long Ago by Michael J. Katz
About $50. Aronson Publishing. Hardcover - 562 pages (October 1992). A collection of Jewish tales.
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[book] We Lived There Too : In Their Own Words and Pictures Pioneer Jews and the Westward Movement of America 1630-1930 by Kenneth Libo, Irving Howe
Paperback Reprint edition (December 1985) St. Martin's Press.
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[book] The Encyclopedia of Jewish Prayer: Ashkenazic and Sephardic Rites by Macy Nulman
A great reference from Aronson publishing. About $50.
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[book] The Chosen by Chaim Potok.
How about some books by Chaim Potok for the 13 year old?
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[book] Why Toast Land Jelly Side Down; Zen and the Art of Physics Demonstrations by Robert Ehrlich
Hardcover - 224 pages (March 1997) Princeton University Press. In the long-awaited sequel to TURNING THE WORLD INSIDE OUT AND 175 OTHER SIMPLE PHYSICS DEMONSTRATIONS, Robert Ehrlich provides a new collection of more than 100 physics demonstrations and experiments which continue to prove that physics can be "made simple." The professional, the professor, the student, or even the lay person with even the slightest interest in physics will find Ehrlich's book fascinating.
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[book] The Running Press Cyclopedia : The Portable, Visual Encyclopedia by The Diagram Group
Paperback 2nd edition (September 1995) A convenient, portable reference guide. Newly revised in full color, Cyclopedia is still the easiest way to have more than 20,000 facts at your fingertips, with topics ranging from biographies to historical figures to scientific theories, geographical data, timelines of major events, and more. More than 800 color diagrams, maps, charts, and symbols.
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[book] A Sampler of Jewish-American Folklore (American Folklore Series) by Josepha Sherman, Jacqueline Chwast (Illustrator)
The struggle and triumph of Jewishness, author Josepha Sherman observes, "is reflected in the vast body of Jewish folklore, which emphasizes ethical behavior and survival through cleverness, kindness, and above all, humor." This book offers an affectionate, unflinching examination of the traditions of American Jews.
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[book] Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah by Jeffrey K. Salkin, William H. LeBeau.
($17 before discount) Jewish Lights. Expanded and revised, this book explores the spiritual values in American Jewry's most misunderstood ceremony, the bar or bat mitzvah. Joining explanations, instruction, and inspiration to help parent and child, Salkin offers new insights into bar and bat mitzvah's origins, purpose and future
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[book] Bar/Bat Mitzvah Basics: A Practical Family Guide to Coming of Age Together by Cantor Helen Leneman (Editor).
($17 before discount) Paperback - 240 pages (May 1996) Jewish Lights. This practical guide gives families the how-to information they need-not only how to navigate the bar/bat mitvah process, but how to grow as a family through this coming-of-age experience
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[book] Whose Bar/Bat Mitzvah Is This, Anyway?: A Guide for Parents Through a Family Rite of Passage by Judith Davis.
($14 before discount) Paperback - 304 pages (April 1998) St Martins Press. Davis, a family therapist at the University of Massachusetts, looks not just at the child but at the entire family; not just at the bar/bat mitzvah boy ceremony but at the year surrounding it
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Bar Mitzvah by David MAMET.
Little Brown. $27 before discount. April 1999. Boy learns about life from an old man in this allegorical tale from playwright David Mamet. Let's hope the "F" word is used sparsely.



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