Judaism books

Make Yourself A Teacher

February 16, 2012

Susan Handleman
University of Washington Press, $30

Bar-Ilan Professor of English Susan Handelman looks at educational ideals and teaching traditions through the stories about the talmudic sage Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus.


The Torah

January 19, 2012

Joel S Kaminsky, Joel N Lohr
Beginner's Guides
One World, £9.99

A brief guide to the Five Books of Moses by two American professors, looking at religious and academic approaches. An unusual feature is that it also gives examples of the use of the text by Christianity.


The Koren Mesorat Harav Siddur

January 4, 2012

Koren, OU, $32.95

This new siddur combines Lord Sacks' translation of the prayers with commentary from the late Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, one of the most influential Orthodox rabbis of the last century. An introduction to Soloveitchik's thought has contributions from Lord Sacks and others


Angels at the Table: a Practical Guide to Celebrating Shabbat

By Rabbi Harvey Belovski, November 21, 2011

Yvette Alt Miller
Continuum, £22.99

This ambitious and unusual work combines a step-by-step guide to Shabbat observance, with recipes, song-lyrics and ideas for 'fostering meaningful conversations'. Harvard-graduate Miller's work dispels myths about the value and practicalities of Shabbat observance for modern suburban families.


Solomon – the Lure of Wisdom

July 29, 2011

Steven Weitzman
Yale University Press, £18.99

He was the wisest man on earth, he built the Temple and he had hundreds of wives and concubines…Stanford University professor Steven Weitzman revisits the life of King Solomon in a new biography.


The Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls

June 24, 2011

Philip R. Davis, George J. Brooke and Phillip R.Callaway
Thames & Hudson, £14.95

Three leading scholars of the Dead Sea Scrolls provide an illustrated introduction to one of the greatest manuscript discoveries in a new paperback version.


On Changes in Jewish Liturgy – Options and Limitations

April 4, 2011

Daniel Sperber
Urim Publications, $23

The English-born Bar Ilan University scholar looks at how far one can change the text of the Orthodox siddur – including to the morning blessing "who has not made me a woman".


Meeting Jews – the Struggle to Bring God Down to Earth

January 10, 2011

Marcus Braybrooke
Christians Aware (Leicester) £12.50 (+£4 p&p)

Former Council of Christians and Jews director, the Reverend Marcus Braybrooke, draws on his 40 years of interfaith experience to offer Christians an insight into the Jewish community and of the Jewish contribution to civilisation.

"Christians cannot come close to Jews until they appreciate why Israel is so important to most Jews," he says.


Sacred Treasure - The Cairo Genizah

November 19, 2010

Rabbi Mark Glickman
Jewish Lights, $24.99

Rabbi Mark Glickman, of Washington, tells the story of one of the great archaeological Jewish finds: 300,000 ancient documents secreted in the attic of an Egyptian synagogue – including early copies of the Dead Sea Scrolls and samples of Maimonides’s own handwriting.


Asking the Rabbis

October 11, 2010

Living the Halachic Process volume II
By Eretz Hemdat Institute
Maggid (distributed in UK by Kuperard), £16.99

Can you violate Shabbat in order to save the life of a pet?

Can you use white wine for kiddush?

These are some of the questions submitted to the Jerusalem-based Eretz Hemdat Institute, which runs one of the better online Ask-the-rabbi services.

This collection contains short, reader-friendly responses – none is longer than two and a half pages – on a variety of issues.