Reading List

A Basic Jewish Library  |  Spirituality and Science  |  Fiction
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A Basic Jewish Library

Adele Berlin, Marc Zvi Brettler, Michael Fishbane (Editors)
The Jewish Study Bible, featuring The Jewish Publication Society TANAKH Translation 2003  Amazon

Morrison Bial
Liberal Judaism at Home: The Practice of Modern Reform Judaism
1971   Amazon

Benjamin Blech
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Jewish History and Culture, 2nd Edition
2004  Amazon

Thomas Cahill
The Gifts of the Jews:  How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels
1999  Amazon

Central Conference of American Reform Rabbis
The Union Prayer Book Part I (Sinai Edition) for the Sabbath, Week-Days and Festivals
2000   Amazon

The Union Prayer Book Part II (Sinai Edition) for the High Holy Days
Society for Classical Reform Judaism

Peter Knobel
Gates of the Seasons -  Shaarei Mo-Eid: A Guide to the Jewish Year
1986   Amazon

Lydia Kukoff (Editor)
Introduction to Judiasm:  A Source Book (Revised)
1999  Amazon

Lydia Kukoff, Stephen J. Einstein
Every Person’s Guide to Judaism
1989  Amazon

Simeon J. Maslin
Gates of Mitzvah – Shaarei Mitzvah:  A Guide to the Jewish Life Cycle
1986   Amazon

W. Gunther Plaut (Editor), David E.S. Stein, (Revised)
The Torah: A Modern Commentary (Revised Edition)
2005   Amazon

Rifat Sonsino
Did Moses Really Have Horns? and Other Myths about Jews and Judaism
2009   Amazon

Daniel B. Syme
The Jewish Home:  A Guide for Living
2003  Amazon

Joseph Telushkin
Jewish Literacy, Revised Edition:  The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People, and Its History
2008   Amazon

Stephen M. Wylen
Settings of Silver:  An Introduction to Judaism
2000  Amazon

Spirituality and Science: A New Program of Emmanuel Church and Central Reform Temple

David Berlinski
The Devil’s Delusion:  Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions
2009   Amazon

Jorge Luis Borges
Collected Fictions
E.g., The Garden of Forking Paths,  The Immortal,  The Library of Babel
1999 (1935 – 1980s)   Amazon   PDF

Francis S. Collins
The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
2007  Amazon

Albert Einstein
Religion and Science (article in the New York Times Magazine)
1930   Amazon

Gary B. Ferngren (Editor)
Science and Religion:  A Historical Introduction
Contributors: Colin A. Russell, David B. Wilson, Edward Grant, David C. Lindberg, Alnoor Dhanani, Owen Gingerich, Richard J. Blackwell, Edward B. Davis, Michael P. Winship, John Henry, Margaret J. Osler, Richard S. Westfall, John Hedley Brooke, Nicolaas A. Rupke, Peter M. Hess, James Moore, Peter J. Bowler, Ronald L. Numbers, Steven J. Harris, Mark A. Noll, Edward J. Larson, Richard Olson, Craig Sean McConnell, Robin Collins, William A. Dembski, David N. Livingstone, Sara Miles, and Stephen P. Weldon.
2002   Amazon

Bernard Haisch
The God Theory:  Universes, Zero-point Fields, and What’s Behind It All
2006  Amazon

Dalai Lama
The Universe in a Single Atom:  The Convergence of Science and Spirituality
2005   Amazon

Thomas Paine
Age of Reason
1794 & 1795     Amazon

John Polkinghorne
Science and Religion in Quest of Truth
2011   Amazon

Bertrand Russell
Religion and Science
1935   Amazon

Jonathan Sacks
The Great Partnership:  Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning
2012   Amazon

Gerald Schroeder
Genesis and the Big Bang: The Discovery of Harmony Between Modern Science and the Bible
1991   Amazon

Barbara Brown Taylor
The Luminous Web:  Essays on Science and Religion
2000   Amazon

Noson S. Yanofsky
The Outer Limits of Reason: What Science, Mathematics, and Logic Cannot Tell Us
2013     Amazon


Pearl Abraham
The Romance Reader   1996   Amazon

Sholem Aleichem
Tevye the Dairyman    ~1905   Amazon

Aharon Appelfeld
Until the Dawn’s Light    2011   Amazon

Geraldine Brooks
People of the Book   2008     Amazon

Michael Chabon
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay    2000    Amazon
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union   2007   Amazon

Tatiana de Rosnay
Sarah’s Key   2008   Amazon

Anita Diamant
The Red Tent     1997     Amazon
Good Harbor    2002   Amazon

Nomi Eve
The Family Orchard   2001   Amazon

Jonathan Safran Foer
Everything is Illuminated   2002   Amazon

Alice Hoffman
The Dovekeepers   2012    Amazon

Dara Horn
All Other Nights    2009   Amazon

Howard Jacobson
The Finkler Question    2010    Amazon

Faye Kellerman
Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus series   1986-2013
The Ritual Bath   1986   Amazon
Sacred and Profane    1987   Amazon

Harry Kemelman
Rabbi Small series    1964 – 1996
Friday the Rabbi Slept Late   1964   Amazon
Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry   1966   Amazon

Bernard Malamud
The Fixer   1966   Amazon

James Michner
The Source   1965   Amazon

Irene Nemirovsky
Suite Francaise    2007    Amazon

Julie Orringer
The Invisible Bridge    2010   Amazon

Amos Oz
To Know a Woman   1989    Amazon

Chaim Potok
The Chosen   1967   Amazon
The Promise   1969   Amazon
My Name is Asher Lev   1972   Amazon
Davita’s Harp   1985  Amazon

Philip Roth
The Human Stain   2000   Amazon
The Plot Against America   2004   Amazon

Meir Shalev
A Pigeon and a Boy   2006    Amazon

Isaac Bashevis Singer
Collected Stories   1957-1981   Amazon

Art Spiegelman
Maus: A Survivor’s Tale   1986   Amazon

Milton Steinberg
As a Driven Leaf    1939    Amazon

Leon Uris
Exodus   1958   Amazon

Elie Wiesel
The Night Trilogy: Night / Dawn / The Accident    1960-     Amazon

Markus Zusak
The Book Thief    2005   Amazon