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Resources pertaining to Judaism
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Books About Judaism at the Newburgh Free Library
Books about Judaism can be found by searching our Catalog, but we've chosen to list some especially useful titles here.
Understanding Judaism by
Call Number: 296 EHR
Publication Date: 2010-08-03
This thought-provoking introduction to Judaism traces its development from the Biblical kingdom of Judah to the present-day state of Israel and Jewish communities around the world. Coverage includes movements such as Hasidism, Reform Judaism, Zionism, and Kabbala.
Doing Jewish Theology by
Call Number: 296.3 GIL
Publication Date: 2008-10-01
An Intellectually Rich and Challenging Exploration of Modern Jewish Theology "How we deal with revelation determines how we handle the issue of authority in belief and practice. How we understand authority determines how we deal with the claims of the tradition on us; how we deal with those claims determines how we shape our own Judaism. That conclusion opens the gate to a reconsideration of all of Judaism's theology, in particular how we understand God, for God is at the heart of Torah." from the Introduction With clarity and passion, award-winning teacher, author and theologian Neil Gillman captures the power of Jewish theological claims and reveals extraordinary insights into Jewish identity, the purpose of religion, and our relationship with God. Drawing from Judaism s sacred texts as well as great thinkers such as Mordecai Kaplan, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Paul Tillich, Gillman traces his theological journey over four decades of study, beginning with his own understanding of revelation. He explores the role of symbol and myth in our understanding of the nature of God and covenant. He examines the importance of community in both determining authority and sanctifying sacred space. By charting the development of his own personal theology, Gillman explores the evolution of Jewish thought and its implications for modern Jewish religious identity today and in the future."
Jewish Megatrends by
Call Number: 296.0973 EIZ
Publication Date: 2013-01-15
The American Jewish community is riddled with
doubts about the viability of the institutions that well
served the Jewish community of the twentieth century.
Synagogues, federations and Jewish membership organizations
have yet to figure out how to meet the changing
interests and needs of the next generation.
In this challenging yet hopeful call for transformational
change, visionary leader Rabbi Sidney Schwarz
looks at the social norms that are shaping the habits
and lifestyles of younger American Jews and why the
next generation is so resistant to participation in the
institutions of Jewish communal life as they currently
exist. He sets out four guiding principles that can drive
a renaissance in Jewish life and gives evidence of how,
on the margins of the Jewish community, those principles
are already generating enthusiasm and engagement
from the very Millennials that the organized
Jewish community has yet to engage.
Contributors—leading innovators from different
sectors of the Jewish community—each use Rabbi
Schwarz’s framework as
a springboard to set forth
their particular vision for
the future of their sector of
Jewish life and beyond.
Judaism's Great Debates by
Call Number: 296.3 SCH
Publication Date: 2012-07-01
Thanks to these generous donors for making the publication of this book possible: David Lerman and Shelley Wallock; D. Walter Cohen, Wendy and Leonard Cooper; Rabbi Howard Gorin; Gittel and Alan Hilibrand; Marjorie and Jeffrey Major; Jeanette Lerman Neubauer and Joe Neubauer; Gayle and David Smith; and Harriet and Donald Young. Ever since Abraham’s famous argument with God, Judaism has been full of debate. Moses and Korah, David and Nathan, Hillel and Shammai, the Vilna Gaon and the Ba’al Shem Tov, Spinoza and the Amsterdam Rabbis . . . the list goes on. Jews debate justice, authority, inclusion, spirituality, resistance, evolution, Zionism, and more. No wonder that Judaism cherishes the expression machloket l’shem shamayim, “an argument for the sake of heaven.” In this concise but important survey, Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz presents the provocative and vibrant thesis that debate and disputation are not only encouraged within Judaism but reside at the very heart of Jewish history and theology. In his graceful, engaging, and creative prose, Schwartz presents an introduction to an intellectual history of Judaism through the art of argumentation. Beyond their historical importance, what makes these disputations so compelling is that nearly all of them, regardless of their epochs, are still being argued. Schwartz builds the case that the basis of Judaism is a series of unresolved rather than resolved arguments. Drawing on primary sources, and with a bit of poetic license, Schwartz reconstructs the real or imagined dialogue of ten great debates and then analyzes their significance and legacy. This parade of characters spanning three millennia of biblical, rabbinic, and modern disputation reflects the panorama of Jewish history with its monumental political, ethical, and spiritual challenges.
One Hundred Great Jewish Books by
Call Number: 296.43 HOF
Publication Date: 2011-10-01
An introduction to one hundred great Jewish books, arranged as a concise and thought-provoking guide to the Jewish conversation across many centuries. Each of the entries features one work in its historical and cultural context, provides a summary of content and author, and reflects on its relevance for today’s readers.
Conservative Judaism Resources
Humanist Judaism Resources