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[book] Which Lilith? An Anthology. Feminist Writers Re-Create the World's First Woman. Enid Dame, editor.
($40) Hardcover - 300 pages (March 1999) Aronson. The midrash and talmud tell us about the first woman prior to Eve. Her name was Lilith. Her depiction varies from a dangerous hag who steals babies to a temptress to that of the first feminist. This anthology offers an enlightening sampling of Jewish women's responses to the Lilith myth.
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[book] The Women of the Torah : Commentaries from the Talmud, Midrash, and Kabbalah by Barbara L. Thaw Ronson
Hardcover - 270 pages (March 1999). A review of passages relating to mothers, wives, and daughters.
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[book] Your Name Is Your Blessing : Names and Their Mystical Meanings by Rabbi Benjamin Blech and Elaine Blech
Hardcover (March 1999). Aronson. A guide to selecting a name for a child or yourself.
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[book] Better Than Wine : Love, Poetry, and Prayer in the Thought of FRANZ ROSENWEIG (Aar Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion, No. 07.) by Yudit Kornberg Greenberg.
($25) Paperback (February 1997)
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[book] Voices of the Matriarchs : Listening to the Prayers of Early Modern Jewish Women by Chava Weissler
($29 before discount) Hardcover - 288 pages (November 1998) Weissler greatly expands our knowledge of Jewish women's lives beliefs, devotion, and relationships with God, by providing the first analysis of some important source materials: the Yiddish women's devotional prayers called tkhines. She investigates the writings of the remarkable female "tkhine" authors Leah Horowitz and Sarah bas Tovim, traces the role of Ashkenazic women in the popularization of abstruse mystical teachings, explores the changes tkhines underwent in the New World, and more. Chava Weissler is Associate Professor of religion studies at Lehigh University, where she holds the Philip and Muriel Berman Chair of Jewish Civilization.
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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] The Five Books of Moses: A New Translation With Introductions, Commentary, and Notes Edited by Everett Fox.
($60 less 30%) Hardcover - 1056 pages illustrate edition (November 1997) Schocken Books. After 25 years of work, Professor Fox has published a translation of the Torah that re-creates the full force of the Bible's original rhetoric and poetry-its rhythms, nuances, echoes, allusions, alliterations, word-plays, and stylistic devices--allowing the English reader to experience the spiritual and aesthetic power of the Bible's own voice while recovering layers of meaning that are missed entirely in conventional translations.
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[book] Your Word Is Fire: The Hasidic Masters on Contemplative Prayer by Arthur Green and Barry W. Holtz(Editors)
($15 less discount) Paperback-152 pages a Jewlish Light Reprint edition (November 1993). It's by Arthur Green. Isn't that e'nuf said? These parables, prayers, and aphorisms of the Hasidic masters pierce to the heart of the modern reader's search for God, and "opens up some of the more accessible realms of the Jewish inner life/"
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[book] The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays by Irving Yitz Greenberg
($40 less 30% discount) Hardcover (May 1998) Aronson. Rabbi Greenberg explains and interprets the origin, background, ceremonial rituals, and religious significance of all the Jewish holidays, showing how they are related to Judaism's central themes and giving detailed instructions for observing them
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[book] The Committed Life by Esther Jungreis.
($24 before discount) Hardcover - 288 pages (September 1998) Harpercollins. She packs them in on the Upper East and Upper West Side of Manhattan, and travels the country talking about a return to traditional Judaism. Now Rebbetzin Jungreis writes down her thoughts on the wisdom of the Torah on responsibility, accountability, forgiving, banishing fears, prayer, gratitude, and commitment to marriage and family.
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[book] Moses, Prince of Egypt; His Life, Legend & Message for Our Lives by Levi Meier.
($24 before discount) Hardcover - 225 pages (August 1998) Jewish Lights. Soon to be a major motion picture? Rabbi Levi Meier demonstrates that a personal struggle can bring about positive change.
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[book] Teshuvot (Responsa) For The Nineties by W. Gunther Plaut and Mark Warshofsky
Paperback, 1999. Rabbi Plaut, a Senior Scholar from Toronto's Holy Blossom Synagogue and Warshofsky, an Associate Professor of Rabbinics at HUC-JIR discuss over seventy Reform Responsas. Questions posed include the need fr a minyan, how to have a bris without a father's name, mezuzah's, internment of a non-Jewish same sex partner, cosmetic surgery, baptism, gossip, marrying a sister in law, conversion, disabled people, smoking, a funeral of a child of a mixed marriage, auto eroticism among the ill, smoking, terminal illness, endangered species, and the treatment of the indigent. Click to read more.
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[book] The Year Mom Got Religion: One Woman's Midlife Journey into Judaism by Lee Meyerhoff Hendler
($20 before discount) Hardcover - 200 pages (August 1998) Jewish Lights. Light-hearted, humorous, and poignant, this spiritual autobiography tells the tale of one woman's awakening to religious understanding during middle age, and how her wish to make her faith an essential part of her life affected her, her family, and her lifestyle.
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[book] Traditions: The Complete Book of Prayers, Rituals and Blessings for Every Jewish Home by Avram David, Sara Shendelman
($22 before discount) Hardcover - 256 pages (August 1998) Hyperion.
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[book] Spiritual Judaism by David S. Ariel
($22 before discount) Hardcover - 256 pages (September 1998) Hyperion. David Ariel discusses how Jews can reclaim the fire of Judaism in the various stages of their lives, as well as their daily life, and how one can internalize the scripture and ritual.
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[book] Meditation from the Heart of Judaism : Today's Teachers Share Their Practices, Techniques, and Faith by Avram Davis (Editor)
($22) Hardcover - 256 pages (December 1997) Jewish Lights Pub. Avram Davis edits and collects the advice, suggestions, and "best practices" from 22 practitioners of Jewish meditation, a growing practice among adherents of Judaism. He confronts head-on a major problem with meditation, namely boredom. Recommended for anyone who has considered adding meditation to a stress-filled life.
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[book] Invisible Lines of Connection : Sacred Stories of the Ordinary by Lawrence Kushner
($22 before discount) Hardcover - 160 pages (April 1996) Jewish Lights Pub. Click below to read reviews.
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[book] Minding the Temple of the Soul : Balancing Body, Mind, and Spirit Through Traditional Jewish Prayer, Movement, and Meditation by Tamar Frankiel, Judy Greenfeld.
($17 before discount) Paperback - 192 pages (January 1997) Jewish Lights Pub. Yes, I admit that the colorful cover attracted me. But the insides are even better. This book sets out a method for a more holistic Jewish life, combining and balancing one's mind, body and soul. Some Jews are so body conscious. It would do some good to read this and get a new appreciation for one's body and mind. I think of it as a chiropractic guide to praying.
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[book] God Is a Verb: Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism by David A. Cooper, Rabbi David Cooper.
($25 before discount) Hardcover - 333 pages (September 1997) Riverhead Books. Click below to read more about this book.
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[book] Martin Buber's Ten Rungs; Collected Hasidic Sayings by Martin Buber.
Paperback - 127 pages (March 1995). Originally published in 1962, this is a reprint of the classic work. Click below to read more about this book.
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[book] Tales of the Hasidim : Book One : The Early Masters and Book Two : The Later Masters Combined. Two Books in One by Martin Buber, Bonny V. Fetterman (Editor).
Paperback - (August 1991). Volumes One and Two Combined. Click below to read more about this book.
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[book] I and Thou by Martin Buber, S. G. Smith (Translator).
Paperback - 185 pages New Translation edition (March 1974) MacMillan Publishing Company. One of the greatest works on religious thought of the 20th Century. I and Thou / Ich und du / Ich und Du. Click below to read more about this book.
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[book] I and Tao : Martin Buber's Encounter With Chuang Tzu by Jonathan R. Herman).
Paperback - 278 pages (August 1996) State Univ of New York Press. Presents an English version of Buber's (1878-1965) German translation of the Taoist classic Nan-hua ching by Chuang Tzu, a teacher of the third and fourth centuries. Herman (philosophy and religious studies, Georgia State U.) also explains how the translation offers new perspectives on both the Chinese philosophy and Buber's I and Thou. Click below to read more about this book.
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[book] Veda and Torah : Transcending the Textuality of Scripture by Barbara A. Holdrege.
Paperback (December 1995) State Univ of New York Pr. An analytic look at Torah and Hinduism.
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[book] The Schocken Book of Jewish Mystical Testimonies : A Unique and Inspiring Collection of Accounts by People Who Have Encountered God, from Biblical Times by Louis Jacobs (Compiler), Karen Armstrong
($15 in paperback, before discount) Paperback - 352 pages (January 1998) Schocken Books. A unique collection of accounts by people who have encountered God, from Biblical times to the present. These testimonies and ecstatic prayers offer a new window on Jewish religious experience and inspiration to spiritual seekers of all persuasions.
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[book] Mirrors in Time : A Psycho-Spiritual Journey Through the Jewish Year by Joel Ziff
($30 before discount) Hardcover - 360 pages (February 1997) Jason Aronson. Bluntly put, this book has increased my understanding of the Jewish holiday cycle and the meaning behind the holidays. I am somewhat reticent to recommend it, only because I would like to hog Joel Ziff's insights all to myself. But I guess it must be shared. The perfect gift for any rabbinical student, dvar Torah author, or practicing Jew who has heard of Freud or Adler.
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[book] 100 Blessings Every Day : Daily Twelve Step Recovery Affirmation, Exercises for Personal Growth & Renewal Reflecting Seasons of the Jewish Year by Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky, Jay M. Holder.
$15 before discount. Paperback-432 pages (December 1993). Jewish Lights Pub. A 12 step program for Jews. Recovery is a conscious choice from moment to moment, day in and day out. This helpful and healing book of affirmations and daily recovery meditations gives readers words to life by, throughout the annual cycle of holiday observances and special times of the Jewish calendar.
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[book] Twelve Jewish Steps to Recovery : A Personal Guide to Turning from Alcoholism and Other Addictions by Kerry M. Olitzky, Stuart A. Copans, Sheldon Zimmerman.
$14 before discount. Paperback - 136 pages (January 1992). Jewish Lights Pub. It happens in the best of families. It is a disease, and should be confronted head-on. This book presents a Jewish perspective on The Twelve Steps and offers inspiration and motivation toward recovery. One used to have to go to AA where there was an underlying Christian theme. This guide explains how the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are relevant for Jewish people as well as Christians. Afterword on "Where to Go for Help" by The JACS Foundation (Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others)
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[book] Do Unto Others: How Good Deeds Can Change Your Life by Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski
$18 before discount. Hardcover-144 pages (November 1997) Andrews & McMeel. Rabbi Twerski is the one to read when you what to learn about how to change behavior to help someone to change. As both a psychiatrist and Rabbi, Twerski offers insights into situations that may often be perceived as hopeless. This is must reading for Jewish counselors and communal workers. It should be required reading for Pastoral Counseling.
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[book] God Was Not in the Fire : The Search for a Spiritual Judaism by Daniel Gordis
($12 before discount) Paperback - 256 pages (September 1997) Touchstone Books. Rabbi Gordis examines the reasons for religious apathy among Jews. Is it because of emancipation from the ghetto? Or do Jews find religion irrelevant? Is religious practice for the unintelligent?. Rabbi Gordis confronts these issues and provides a prescription for communicating the relevance of Judaism and how it can enrich one's life. The book's title is taken from the Book of King I, in which Elijah shows that God was not in the wind, the earthquake, or the fire, but in a still, small spiritual voice.
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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] Zen and Hasidism : The Similarities Between Two Spiritual Disciplines by Harold Heifetz (Editor)
Hardcover (July 1996) Ktav Publishing House. a comparative study of Zen and Hasidism; suggests ways in which Jewish spiritual life can be enriched by a knowledge of Zen meditation practices - while remaining Jewish. Click to read a deeper review.
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[book] That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist by Sylvia Boorstein
HarperSF. Paperback - 192 pages (February 1998). Sylvia Boorstein explores the intriguing kinship between the Jewish and Buddhist traditions--the experience of Diaspora, the value of study and questioning, the search for the sacred in each moment of daily existence, and the importance of living a good life
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[book] A Jewish Mother in Shangri-LA by Rosie Rosenzweig
Hardcover - 176 pages (November 1998) Shambhala Pubns. A mother seeking to understand her son's Buddhism embarks on a spiritual journey of her own. Whether she is visiting a Zen retreat in Nepal or talking to a leading meditation guru, the author is content in her quest to find common ground between two ancient traditions, to make peace with her son, and to find a way to her own authentic experience of truth.
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[book] Jewish Meditation : A Practical Guide by Aryeh Kaplan
Paperback (March 1995). Schocken. By Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan zl". To quote Rabbi Schacter Shalomi, "New and old davveners can learn from this sainted teacher how to deepen their holy processes. . . . One can, with the help of God and the aid of this manual, tap into the Cosmic."
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[book] Spiritual Intimacy : A Study of Counseling in Hasidism by Zalman Meshullam Schachter-Shalomi
Paperback (April 1996) Jason Aronson.
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[book] Worlds of Jewish Prayer : A Festschrift in Honor of Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Jonathan Omer-Man (Editor), and Shohama H. Wiener (Editor)
Hardcover - 358 pages (December 1994) Jason Aronson. A Festschrift in Honor of Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi includes more than forty contributions on how to davven in new and exciting ways, including the use of dreams, meditations, and rituals, and how to bring davening into the process of repairing oneself and the world. Pieces by noted authors Arthur Green, Lawrence Kushner, Harold Schulweis, and Howard Schwartz, and feminist writers Ruth Brin and Deena Metzger, are gems set in a dazzling tiara of spiritual riches. It is a collection of interest to all who wish to connect their prayer lives to their dreams of a better, more joyous world or who seek to revitalize their worship.
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[book] The Dictionary of Popular Yiddish Words, Phrases, and Proverbs by Fred Kogos
($15 before discount) Paperback - 224 pages (September 1997)
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