Reading List



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
2014, 2nd Edition   Amazon
          Jewish Publication Society Audio Bible

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

Marc Zvi Brettler
How to Read the Jewish Bible     2007   Amazon
         Marc Brettler teaches the first semester of the Me’ah adult education course.

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

Christine Hayes
Introduction to the [Hebrew] Bible   2012   Amazon
An expanded version of the online lectures on YouTube from the Yale Open Course Series.

Adam Kirsch
The People and the Books:  18 Classics of Jewish Literature   2016   Amazon

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 (Ed.), 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

Leon Wieseltier
Kaddish    1998   Amazon

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

History and Biography

Edmund deWall
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance    2010   Amazon

Shmuel Feiner
Moses Mendelssohn: Sage of Modernity (Jewish Lives Series). Translated from Hebrew.   2005   Amazon

Sigmund Freud
Moses and Monotheism. Translated from German.   1939   Amazon

Paul Johnson
A History of the Jews    1987   Amazon

Steven Nadler
A Book Forged in Hell: Spinoza’s Scandalous Treatise and the Birth of the Secular Age   2013   Amazon

Sherwin B. Newland
Maimonides (Jewish Encounters Series)   2008   Amazon

Robert Pinsky
The Life of David (Jewish Encounters Series)   2005   Amazon

James B. Pritchard (Ed.)
The Ancient Near East:  An Anthology of Texts and Pictures  (Source book)   2010   Amazon

Simon Schama
The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000BCE – 1492CE          2013  Amazon

Benedict de Spinoza
Theological-Political Treatise. Translated from Dutch.   1670   Amazon

Volker Ullrich
Hitler: Ascent, 1889-1939. Translated from German.   2016   Amazon

Melvin J. Urofsky
Louis D. Brandeis: A Life.    2012   Amazon

Elie Wiesel
Rashi (Jewish Encounters Series). Translated from French.  2009  Amazon

Jonathan Wilson
Marc Chagall (Jewish Encounters Series)    2007   Amazon


Pearl Abraham
The Romance Reader   1996   Amazon

Sholem Aleichem
Tevye the Dairyman    ~1905   Amazon

Aharon Appelfeld
Until the Dawn’s Light    2011   Amazon

Jorge Luis Borges
Collected Fictions. Translated from Spanish.    1999  Amazon

Goldman, Shalom (June 11, 2015) Borges in Jerusalem: Memories of the Argentine literary mystic’s visit to the Holy Land, and of his nuanced Zionism, Tablet magazine

Hitchens, Christopher (September 2004) The Immortal: A new biography reaches the heart of the labyrinth – the intense and wondrous life of Jorge Luis Borges, The Atlantic magazine

Geraldine Brooks
People of the Book    2008     Amazon
The Secret Chord      2015    Amazon

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

Jules Chametzky, Jules, John Felstiner, Hilene Flanzbaum, & Kathryn Hellerstein (Eds.)
Jewish American Literature:  A Norton Anthology, 1st Edition      2000   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

Romain Gary
The Dance of Genghis Cohn   1968   Amazon

Alice Hoffman
The Dovekeepers   2012    Amazon

Dara Horn
All Other Nights    2009   Amazon

Aldous Huxley
Brave New World   1932   Amazon

Howard Jacobson
The Finkler Question    2010    Amazon

Franz Kafka
The Metamorphosis. Translated from German.   1915   Amazon
Franz Kafka:  The Complete Stories, Nahun N. Glatzer (Ed.)   1995   Amazon
Kafka’s Yom Kippur Appeal (2012) James Winchell. Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life.

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

Sinclair Lewis
It Can’t Happen Here    1935   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

George Orwell
1984    1949   Amazon

Amos Oz
To Know a Woman   1989    Amazon

Avinoam J. Patt, Mark Shechner, & Victoria Aarons (Eds.)
The New Diaspora: The Changing Landscape of American Jewish Fiction   2015   Amazon

Isaac Leib (IL) Peretz
Married. Translated from Yiddish.   ~1900   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
Portnoy’s Complaint   1969   Amazon

Meir Shalev
A Pigeon and a Boy   2006    Amazon

Isaac Bashevis Singer
The Collected Stories. Translated from Yiddish.   1982   Amazon

Art Spiegelman
Maus: A Survivor’s Tale   1986   Amazon

Ilan Stavns (Ed.)
Oy, Carama!: An Anthology of Jewish Stories from Latin America   2016   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

Paul Zakrzewski (Ed.)
Lost Tribe:  Jewish Fiction from the Edge  2003   Amazon

Markus Zusak
The Book Thief    2005   Amazon

Spirituality and Science

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

Jorge Luis Borges
Collected Fictions
E.g., The Garden of Forking PathsThe ImmortalThe 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

Alan Lightman
The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew  2014   Amazon

Moses Maimonides
The Guide of the Perplexed. Abridged & translated 1995.   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

Palle Yourgrau
A World Without Time: The Forgotten Legacy of Gödel and Einstein.   2004   Amazon