Rabbi’s Bookshelf

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Tefillah / Prayer

Or Hadash: A Commentary on Siddur Sim Shalom for Shabbat and Festivals by Reuven Hammer
Entering Jewish Prayer: A Guide to Personal Devotion and the Worship Service, by Reuven Hammer
My People’s Prayer Book, Vol. 1: Traditional Prayers, Modern Commentaries–The Sh’ma and Its Blessings, edited by Lawrence Hoffman
(Note: The title listed above is the first of many volumes in a multi-volume commentary on the siddur, all entitled My People’s Prayer Book.)

Spirituality and Mysticism

Climbing Jacob’s Ladder, by Alan Morinis
The Way Into Jewish Mystical Tradition, by Lawrence Kushner
Jewish Spiritual Practices, by Yitzhak Buxbaum
Reclaiming Judaism as a Spiritual Practice, by Rabbi Goldie Milgram
The Jewish Lights Spirituality Handbook, edited by Stuart M. Matlins
6 Jewish Spiritual Paths, by Rabbi Rifat Sonsino
A Book of Life: Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual Practice, by Michael Strassfeld

Conservative Judaism

Conservative Judaism: Our Ancestors to Our Descendants, by Elliot Dorff
Taking Hold of Torah, by Arnold Eisen

Jewish Values and Ethics

The Book of Jewish Values, by Joseph Telushkin
A Code of Jewish Ethics, by Joseph Telushkin
To Do the Right and the Good: A Jewish Approach to Modern Social Ethics, by Elliot Dorff
Love Your Neighbor and Yourself: A Jewish Approach to Modern Personal Ethics, by Elliot Dorff
The Way Into Tikkun Olam, by Elliot Dorff

Introduction to Judaism

Jewish Literacy, by Joseph Telushkin
The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism, by Prager and Telushkin
It’s a Mitzvah!, by Bradley Shavit Artson
Why Be Jewish? by David Wolpe
Choosing Judaism, by Lydia Kukoff
Keeping Kosher: A Diet for the Soul, by Samuel Dresner
The Shabbat Seder, by Ron Wolfson

Holidays, Life Cycles, and Jewish Living

A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice, by Isaac Klein
The Jewish Holidays: A Guide and Commentary, by Michael Strassfeld
A Book of Life: Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual Practice, by Michael Strassfeld
The Tapestry of Jewish Time: A Spiritual Guide to Holidays and Life-Cycle Events, by Nina Beth Cardin
The Rituals & Practices of a Jewish Life: A Handbook for Personal Spiritual Renewal, edited by Kerry Olitzky and Daniel Judson
The Jewish Way: Living the Holidays, by Irving Greenberg
The Sabbath, by Abraham Joshua Heschel
A Day Apart: Shabbat at Home, by Noam Zachs Zion and Shawn Fields-Meyer
Celebration and Renewal: Rites of Passage in Judaism, edited by Rella Geffen
The Jewish Pregnancy Book, by Sandy Falk, M.D., and Rabbi Daniel Judson
Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope: A Jewish Spiritual Companion for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss, by Nina Beth Cardin
The New Jewish Baby Book: Names, Ceremonies & Customs – A Guide for Today’s Families, by Anita Diamant
Parenting as a Spiritual Journey, by Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer
The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children, by Wendy Mogul
Parenting Jewish Teens: A Guide for the Perplexed, by Joanne Doades
Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah, by Jeffrey Salkin
Whose Bar/Bat Mitzvah Is This, Anyway?, by Judith Davis
Danny Siegel’s Bar and Bat Mitzvah Mitzvah Book (A Practical Guide for Changing the World Through Your Simcha), by Danny Siegel
The New Jewish Wedding, by Anita Diamant
A Time to Mourn, a Time to Comfort: A Guide to Jewish Bereavement, by Ron Wolfson
Consolation: The Spiritual Journey Beyond Grief, by Maurice Lamm
Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times, by David Wolpe
To Begin Again: The Journey Toward Comfort, Strength and Faith in Difficult Times, by Naomi Levy

Torah Study

Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary, edited by David Lieber
The Jewish Study Bible, edited by Adele Berlin, Marc Zvi Brettler and Michael Fishbane
How to Read the Bible, by Marc Zvi Brettler
The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary, by Robert Alter
The Contemporary Torah: A Gender-Sensitive Adaptation of the JPS Translation, edited by David S. Stein

Theology and Jewish Thought

Knowing God: Jewish Journeys to the Unknowable, by Elliot Dorff
The Way Into Encountering God in Judaism, by Neil Gillman
Healer of Shattered Hearts, by David Wolpe
Judaism and Modern Man, by Will Herberg
When Bad Things Happen to Good People, by Harold Kushner
Who Needs God, by Harold Kushner
To Life: A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking, by Harold Kushner
Swimming in the Sea of Talmud, by Michael Katz and Gershon Schwartz
Searching for Meaning in Midrash, by Michael Katz and Gershon Schwartz
Jewish Wisdom, by Joseph Telushkin