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Ask a Rabbi.com

Ask a Rabbi.com

Judaism: Questions & Answers from the Internetby Rabbi David Yehuda Costa Jewish readers can dig deep into their religious heritage, and gives non-Jewish readers fascinating insights into the Orthodox Branch of Judaism. Foreword by Stephen Kaplan.(254 Pages) Publisher: greatunpublished.com, 2000

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Dictionary of Jewish Terms

Dictionary of Jewish Terms

A Guide to the Language of Judaismby Ronald L. Eissenberg The vocabulary of Judaism includes religious terms, customs, Hebrew, Aramaic and Yiddish terms, terms related to American Jewish life and the State of Israel. All are represented in this new guide, with easy to read explanation and cross-references.(520 Pages) Publisher: Schreiber, 2008

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Dictionary of Jewish Words

Dictionary of Jewish Words

A JPS Guide – Updatedby Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic This JPS bestseller is now updated and expanded, with new words, names, terms, and expressions. Organized in an A to Z format for easy reference, The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words contains 1,200 entries derived from Yiddish, Hebrew, Aramaic, and English. The entries include words […]

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Why Hebrew Goes from Right to Left

Why Hebrew Goes from Right to Left

201 Things You Never Knew About Judaismby Ron Isaacs In the great body of Jewish literature there are many incredibly fascinating (but relatively unknown) curiosities, strange facts, unusual statements and oddities that have accumulated over Judaisms illustrious history. Why does Hebrew go from right to left? Are there Jewish remedies for toothaches and nose bleeds […]

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Becoming a Jew

Becoming a Jew

by Maurice Lamm Designed expressly for non-Jews who are contemplating converting, for those who have already converted, and for Jews by birth who wish to gain a deeper insight into their heritage. Describes the odyssey of the convert and charts the traditional approach to conversion.(463 Pages) Publisher: Jonathan David, 1991

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The Ultimate Jewish Wedding Book

The Ultimate Jewish Wedding Book

with CDby Velvel Pasternak 115 selections representing the most popular melodies for Processionals, Recessionals, Ceremony, Simcha Dancing, Klezmer & Yiddish, Israeli Folk Dances and the Song of Songs A Broad-based introduction to the history and customs of the Jewish wedding and a Wedding sampler are included.(143 Pages) Publisher: Tara, 2005

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Choosing a Jewish Life

Choosing a Jewish Life

A Handbook for People Converting to Judaism and for Their Family and Friendsby Anita Diamant Married to a convert herself, Anita Diamant provides advice and information that can transform the act of conversion into an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth. Here you will learn how to choose a rabbi, a synagogue, a denomination, […]

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Choosing to be Jewish

Choosing to be Jewish

The Orthodox Road to Conversionby Rabbi Marc D. Angel Rabbi Marc Angel, a prominent Orthodox rabbi, has written a groundbreaking book about conversion to Judaism. Each year, thousands of people seek to convert to Judaism; many of them plan to marry a Jewish spouse. In this provocative book, Rabbi Angel proposes that the Orthodox Jewish […]

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Coming Home

Coming Home

A Woman’s Story of Conversion to Judaismby Linda M. Shires She grew up in a upper-middle-class Protestant family in New England. She can trace her father’s family back to the Mayflower. Yet, ‘Judaism was to be my bashert, my destiny,’ maintains Linda Shireswife, mother, professor, and author. For almost twenty years, she lived the life […]

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Conversion to Judaism

Conversion to Judaism

A Guidebookby Lawrence J. Epstein Addressing the potential convert directly, the author takes up each aspect of the process in a friendly anecdotal style. He describes the conversion process itself and discusses the family and social ramifications. The book also includes brief treatments of Jewish texts.(304 Pages) Publisher: Jason Aronson, 1997

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The Bamboo Cradle

The Bamboo Cradle

A Jewish Father’s Storyby Avraham Schwartzbaum A visiting American professor in Taiwan finds a newborn abandoned in a railway station. He and his wife, who are childless, adopt the baby. This act of human kindness sparks a providential chain of events that transforms their lives.(248 Pages) Publisher: Feldheim, 1997

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Who Is a Jew?

Who Is a Jew?

Conversations, Not Conclusionsby Meryl Hyman Sure to generate great controvery as it provides new insights, ‘Who Is a Jew?’ courageously takes on this timely and controversial question. It provides the full range of perspectives necessary to let us draw our own conclusions. ‘Who Is a Jew?’ is a quest for identity and destiny. It voices […]

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50 Ways to be Jewish

50 Ways to be Jewish

Or: Simon & Garfunkel, ‘Jesus loves you LESS than you will know’by Rabbi David J. Forman The car you drive, the place you live, the friends you choose, the books you read, the movies you watch, and your attitude to the multitudes of modern issues provide some of this books 50 ways to be Jewish. […]

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A Book of Life

A Book of Life

Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual Practiceby Rabbi Michael Strassfeld This is a book that charts a clear path to a more spiritually rich practice of Judaism. For all the cycles of lifefrom waking in the morning to retiring at night, from the weekdays to Shabbat and holidays, from the beginning of the year to its […]

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A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice

A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice

by Isaac Klein Comprehensive guide to Jewish practice for home and synagogue, written in the spirit of the Conservative movement.(588 Pages) Publisher: Ktav, 1979

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Essential Judaism

Essential Judaism

A Complete Guide to Beliefs, Customs and Ritualsby George Robinson Written by an informed layperson for a popular audience, this book can be understood and appreciated by all. Robinson, a former syndicated columnist, writes as a committed Reform Jew attempting to fairly present the viewpoints of the various modern Jewish movements (Conservative, Reconstructionist, Orthodox). The […]

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Cool Jew

Cool Jew

The Ultimate Guide For Every Member Of The Tribeby Lisa Alcalay KlugIllustrated by: Amos Goldbaum Cool Jew does for gefilte fish and matzah balls what the Preppy Handbook did for plaid and poloonly with much more chutzpah. Cool Jew covers everything Hebraic from womb to tomb, finally putting an end to Christmas tree envy. Short […]

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YBC Live!

YBC Live!

The Yeshiva Boys Choir Here’s your chance to have front row seats in case you missed the concerts of the hottest and most poplular boys choir in Jewish music history… a double CD featuring The Yeshiva Boys Choir Live! in concert at Brooklyn College and Queens College in New York City with Eli Gerstner & […]

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Gates of Mitzvah: Shaarei Mitzvah

Gates of Mitzvah: Shaarei Mitzvah

A Guide to the Jewish Life CycleEdited by Simeon J. Maslin This comprehensive guide to Jewish observance throughout the life cycle is the best introduction to Reform Jewish practice available. It includes sections on birth, childhood and education, marriage and the Jewish home, and death and mourning, plus essays on sexuality, kashrut, the single-parent family […]

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Exploring Judaism

Exploring Judaism

A Reconstructionist Approach (Expanded and Updated)by Rebecca T. Alpert and Jacob J. Staub Thousands of people across the North American continent who had been disillusioned with the Jewish community and alienated from the Jewish tradition are now active and committed Jews because of their involvement with Reconstructionism. Thus, Reconstructionism has enabled Jews to find new […]

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Every Person’s Guide to Judaism

Every Person's Guide to Judaism

A Guide to Reform Judaismby Stephen J. Einstein and Lydia Kukoff This guide provides a straightforward introduction to Reform Judaism, by explaining the wide range of customs and ceremonies currently existing within the Reform Jewish community. Sections include the Cycle of the Year, with chapters on the Jewish calendar, the Sabbath, and the festivals, including […]

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Introduction to Judaism A Source Book

Introduction to Judaism A Source Book

A Source BookEdited by Rabbi Stephen J. Einstein and Lydia Kukof Revised EditionCompiled and edited by Stephen J. Einstein and with Lisa Edwards, Marjorie Slome, and Hara Person Since 1983, this book has been the standard teaching tool for beginning ‘Introduction to Judaism’ classes in Reform synagogues and institutions throughout North America. This revised edition […]

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Introduction to Judaism

Introduction to Judaism

Instructor’s Guide and Curiculumby Rabbi Stephen J. Einstein Guidebook and course outlines for Introduction to Judaism. Presents Judaism in a unified, coherent, and exciting manner, placing equal emphasis on cognitive and affective learning while creating a unique approach to conversion or basic Jewish study. Publisher: UAHC, 1998

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It’s a Mitzvah

It's a Mitzvah

Step-by-Step to Jewish Livingby Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson A guide to Jewish living, this book is the starting point to increase your level of Jewish commitment, but don’t know where to begin. From lighting candles on Shabbat to spending a night in a homeless shelter, this book identifies hundreds of opportunities to transform daily living […]

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Living Jewish

Living Jewish

Values, Practices and Traditionsby Rabbi Berel Wein Rabbi Berel Wein once again exhibits his admirable talent for clear, lucid explanation in this highly informative work. Though each chapter is brief, the sweep of the book is broad exploring life-cycle events from birth through death, the Jewish view of family life and values, character refinement, Sabbath, […]

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Living a Jewish Life

Living a Jewish Life

Jewish Traditions, Customs and Values for Today’s Familiesby Anita Diamant and Howard Cooper A history, a handbook, and a how-to all in one, this book provides a perspective on Jewish customs and celebrations for all who are interested in adding a meaningful Jewish dimension to their lives.(330 Pages) ‘Organized and presented with the accuracy of […]

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Judaism for the Rite Reasons

Judaism for the Rite Reasons

Concepts & Customs, Sources & Reasonsby Shmuel Pinchas GelbardTranslated by: David Derovan You will find the answers to hundreds of basic questions from every aspect of Jewish religious life in Judaism for the Rite Reasons. This book deals with basic concepts and customs, from every community, covering the whole year. There are 64 pages of […]

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Jewish Answers

Jewish Answers

by Rabbi Shmuel Jablon Did you ever want to ask an Orthodox Rabbi a question, but didn’t know how — or where — to begin? Rabbi Shmuel Jablon, a young Orthodox rabbi and educator, answers questions from all over the world. He also provides thoughts from sages both modern and classical on the Jewish Holidays. […]

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Passionate Judaism

Passionate Judaism

An Inspirational Guide For A Happy And Fulfilling Lifeby Rabbi Moshie Mier Weiss Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss offers valuable guidance and advice on virtually every aspect of Jewish life. Based on the Talmudic adage that G-d primarily desires the feelings of our hearts, Rabbi Weiss demonstrates ways to avoid superficial prayer and delve into the […]

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Rite and Reason

Rite and Reason

1050 Jewish Customs and Their Sources Rabbi Shmuel Gelbard’s carefully researched work provides the origins and sources for over 1000 Jewish practices. From Sabbaths and Festivals to daily routine, from days of joy to times of sorrow, Rite and Reason encompasses Jewish life, explaining clearly and surrinctly why we do what we do.This anthology, the […]

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