Rabbi Schonbrun’s Bookshelf

The Rabbi’s Bookshelf

 

 

Below are some books that I find useful in my daily Jewish practice. I hope that you find them meaningful as well!

 

Conservative Judaism

 

  Conservative Judaism: Our Ancestors to Our Descendants, by Elliot Dorff

 

Conservative Judaism: The New Century by Neil Gillman

 

  Taking Hold of Torah, by Arnold Eisen

 

Tradition Renewed, A History of The Jewish Theological Seminary of American, Volumes 1-2, edited by Jack Wertheimer

 

 

Jewish Values and Ethics

 

  A Code of Jewish Ethics, Volumes 1 & 2 by Joseph Telushkin

 

  Love Your Neighbor and Yourself: A Jewish Approach to Modern Personal Ethics, by Elliot Dorff

 

  The Book of Jewish Values, by Joseph Telushkin

 

  The Way Into Tikkun Olam, by Elliot Dorff

 

  To Do the Right and the Good: A Jewish Approach to Modern Social Ethics, by Elliot Dorff

 

Introduction to Judaism

 

  Choosing Judaism, by Lydia Kukoff

 

  It’s a Mitzvah!, by Bradley Shavit Artson

 

  Jewish Literacy, by Joseph Telushkin

 

  Keeping Kosher: A Diet for the Soul, by Samuel Dresner

 

  The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism, by Prager and Telushkin

 

  The Shabbat Seder, Ron Wolfson

 

To Life: A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking, Harold Kushner

 

  Why Be Jewish? David Wolpe

 

 

Holidays, Life Cycles, and Jewish Living

 

 

Bar and Bat Mitzvah

 

 

  Danny Siegel’s Bar and Bat Mitzvah Mitzvah Book (A Practical Guide for Changing the World Through Your Simcha), Danny Siegel

 

  Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Jeffrey Salkin

 

Tough Questions Jewish Ask: A Young Adults Guide to Building A Jewish Life, Edward Feinstein

 

  Whose Bar/Bat Mitzvah Is This, Anyway?, Judith Davis
Birth

 

 

  Celebration and Renewal: Rites of Passage in Judaism, edited by Rella Geffen

 

  Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss, Nina Beth Cardin

 

The Comprehensive Dictionary of English and Hebrew First Names, Kolatch

 

  The Jewish Pregnancy Book, Sandy Falk, M.D., and Rabbi Daniel Judson

 

  The New Jewish Baby Book: Names, Ceremonies & Customs – A Guide for Today’s Families, Anita Diamant

 

 

 

Death and Loss

 

  A Time to Mourn, a Time to Comfort: A Guide to Jewish Bereavement, Ron Wolfson

 

  Consolation: The Spiritual Journey Beyond Grief, Maurice Lamm

 

  Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times, David Wolpe

 

Overcoming Life’s Disappointments, Harold Kushner

 

  To Begin Again: The Journey Toward Comfort, Strength and Faith in Difficult Times, Naomi Levy

 

When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Harold Kushner

 

Divorce

 

Divorce Is A Mitzvah, Perry Netter

 

When There Is no Other Alternative, A Spiritual Guide For Jewish Couples Contemplating Divorce, Sanford Seltzer

 

 

Holidays

 

  A Day Apart: Shabbat at Home, Noam Zachs Zion and Shawn Fields-Meyer

 

  A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice, Isaac Klein

 

  The Jewish Holidays: A Guide and Commentary, Michael Strassfeld

 

  The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays, Irving Greenberg

 

  The Sabbath, Abraham Joshua Heschel

 

  The Tapestry of Jewish Time: A Spiritual Guide to Holidays and Life-Cycle Events,  Nina Beth Cardin

 

 

Jewish Living

 

  A Book of Life: Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual Practice, Michael Strassfeld

 

Life’s Daily Blessings, Kerry Olitzky

 

  The Rituals & Practices of a Jewish Life: A Handbook for Personal Spiritual Renewal, edited Kerry Olitzky and Daniel Judson

 

Marriage

 

 

Beyond The Chuppah, A Jewish Guide To Happy Marriages

 

  The New Jewish Wedding, Anita Diamant

 

 

Parenting

 

  The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children, Wendy Mogul

 

How To Be A Jewish Parent, Anita Diamant and Karen Kushner

 

  Parenting as a Spiritual Journey, Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer

 

  Parenting Jewish Teens: A Guide for the Perplexed, Joanne Doades

 

Raising a Mensch, Shelly Kapnek Rosenberg

 

Interfaith

 

Introducing My Faith and My Community: The Jewish Outreach Institute Guide for the Christian in a Jewish Interfaith Relationship, Kerry Olitzky

 

Jewish Holidays: A Brief Introduction for Christians, Kerry Olitzky and Daniel Judson

 

Making A Successful Jewish Interfaith Marriage: The Jewish Outreach Institute Guide to Opportunities, Challenges, and Resources, Kerry Olitzky and Joan Littman

 

Israel

 

  Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present,   Michael Oren

 

 

Saving Israel, Daniel Gordis

 

 

  Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East,   Michael Oren

 

The Case For Israel, Alan Dershowitz

 

The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land, Donna Rosenthal

 

The Jewish Connection to Israel, the Promised Land: A Brief Introduction for Christians, Eugene Korn

 

 

Social Action

 

There Shall Be No Needy, Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition, Jill Jacobs

 

Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call For Justice, edited by Or Rose, Jo Ellen Green Kaiser and Margie Klein

 

 

Spirituality and Mysticism

 

  A Book of Life: Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual Practice, by Michael Strassfeld

 

  Climbing Jacob’s Ladder, by Alan Morinis

 

  Jewish Spiritual Practices, by Yitzhak Buxbaum

 

Modern Trends In Jewish Mysticism, Gershom Scholem

 

  Reclaiming Judaism as a Spiritual Practice, by Rabbi Goldie Milgram

 

  The Way Into Jewish Mystical Tradition, by Lawrence Kushner

 

  The Jewish Lights Spirituality Handbook, edited by Stuart M. Matlins

 

The Seven Questions You’re Asked in Heaven: Reviewing and Renewing Your Life on Earth, Ron Wolfson

 

Yearnings: Embracing The Sacred Messiness of Life: Kula

 

 

Tefillah / Prayer

 

 

  Entering Jewish Prayer: A Guide to Personal Devotion and the Worship Service, by Reuven Hammer

 

My People’s Prayer Book Series, Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries- Volumes 1-9, edited by Lawrence Hoffman

 

Making Prayer Real: Leading Jewish Spiritual voices on Why Prayer is Difficult and What do Do about It, Mike Comins

 

 

  Or Hadash: A Commentary on Siddur Sim Shalom for Shabbat and Festivals by Reuven Hammer

 

Or Hadash: A Commentary on Siddur Sim Shalom for Weekdays by Rueven Hammer

 

 

Talking to God: Personal Prayers for times of Joy, Sadness, Struggle, And Celebration

 

 

 

Theology and Jewish Thought

 

 

  Healer of Shattered Hearts, David Wolpe

 

  Jewish Wisdom, Joseph Telushkin

 

Jewish Theology In Our Time, A new Generation Explores the Foundations and Future of Jewish Belief, Elliot Cosgrove

 

  Judaism and Modern Man, Will Herberg

 

  Knowing God: Jewish Journeys to the Unknowable, Elliot Dorff

 

Sacred Fragments, Neil Gillman

 

  Searching for Meaning in Midrash, Michael Katz and Gershon Schwartz

 

  Swimming in the Sea of Talmud, Michael Katz and Gershon Schwartz

 

Teaching Your Children About God, David Wolpe

 

  The Way Into Encountering God in Judaism, Neil Gillman

 

  To Life: A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking, Harold Kushner

 

  When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Harold Kushner

 

  Who Needs God, Harold Kushner

 

 

 

Torah Study

 

  Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary, edited by David Lieber

 

  How to Read the Bible, Marc Zvi Brettler

 

The Bedside Torah, Bradley Artson

 

  The Contemporary Torah: A Gender-Sensitive Adaptation of the JPS Translation, edited by David S. Stein

 

  The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary, Robert Alter

 

  The Jewish Study Bible, edited by Adele Berlin, Marc Zvi Brettler and Michael Fishbane

 

The Modern Men’s Torah Commentary, edited by Jeffrey Salkin

 

 

The Torah: A Women’s Commentary, edited by Tamara Cohen and Andrea Weiss

 

 

Transformation of Synagogues

 

Becoming A Congregation of Learners by Isa Aron

 

 

Rethinking Synagogues: A New Vocabulary for Congregational Life, Lawrence Hoffman

 

 

Synagogues In A Time of Change, Zachary Heller

 

 

The Self-Renewing Congregation, Isa Aron

 

 

The Spirituality of Welcoming, How To Transform Your Community Into A Sacred Congregation, Ron Wolfson

 

 

This House We Build: Lessons for Healthy Synagogues and the People Who Dwell There, Terry Bookman and Bill Kahn