REQUIRED READING LIST

Girl Reading

Tanach (Bible) - Overview of books of the Hebrew Bible with a focus on the study of Torah
Required Books:
1. Hebrew English Tanach, Jewish Publication Society, 1999 (ISBN -0-8276-06507)
2. The Pentateuch and Haftorahs, edited by J.H. Hertz, Second Edition, The Soncino Press (ISBN-10: 0900689218) or any Chumash of your choosing.

 

Talmud - Overview of the Talmud
Required Books:
1. Ethics of the Fathers: Pirkei Avos (ArtScroll mesorah series) (English and Hebrew Edition), Mier Zlotowitz, Mesorah Publication (ISBN-10: 0899062059)

 

T’filla (Prayers) - Overview of the Siddur, the Jewish prayer book
Required Books: (Book will be provided on line)
1. Siddur Ahavat HaShem: A Guide for Meaningful Prayer; Shabbat Morning, Grace after Meals, and Havdallah, Rabbi Alan Lurie, 2007 (ASIN: B00T6LWX9U)

 

Jewish History - Overview of major events in Jewish history and Overview of major characters in Jewish History
Required Books:
1. Jews, God and History, Max Dimont, Signet; 2 edition (June 1, 2004) (ISBN-10:0451529405)

 

Kabbalah/MysticismIntroduction to Jewish Mysticism and Overview of Jewish Mysticism practices
Required Books:
1. Nine Lessons in Kabbalah: The Mystic Path to Health, Awareness, Power, and God, Rabbi Joseph H. Gelberman (book will be provided online)

 

HebrewIntroduction to the Hebrew Alphabet (Aleph-Bet) and Introduction to basic Hebrew Vocabulary
Required Book:
1. The First Hebrew Primer, Third Edition, EKS Publishing Co. (ISBN-10: 0939144158)

 

Ethics and SpiritualityIntroduction to ethics and spirituality through the writings of Martin Buber, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, and Rabbi Joseph H. Gelberman
Required Books:
1. Spiritual Truths, A Companion Meditation for Every Day of the Month, Rabbi Joseph H. Gelberman and Dr. Dorothy Kobak, PhD (will be provided)
2. I asked for Wonder: A Spiritual Anthology, Abraham Joshua Heschel (ISBN: 978-0-8245-0542-4)
3. The Empty Chair: Finding Hope and Joy―Timeless Wisdom from a Hasidic Master, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
(ISBN: 13:978-1-879045-67-5 or ISBN:-10: 1-879045-67-2)
4. Martin Buber's 10 Rungs: Collected Hasidic Sayings, Martin Buber, Citadel (August 1, 2001) (ISBN-10: 806515937)

 

Optional Books:
1. Souls on Fire: Portraits and Legends of Hasidic Masters, Elie Wiesel, Simon & Schuster; Reissue edition (October 6, 1982) (ISBN-10: 067144171X)
2. The Way of Response, Martin Buber, edited by Nahum N. Glatzer
3. The Full Chair, Teachings of Rabbi Joseph H. Gelberman (will be provided)
4. The Essential Talmud, Adin Steinsaltz, Basic Books, Inc., 1976 (ASIN: B007ET3GZQ)
5. Twenty/Twenty: Jewish Visionaries through Two thousand Years, Rabbi Morris B. Margolies (ISBN: 0-7657-6057-6)
6. Physician of the Soul: A Modern Kabbalist's Approach to Health and Healing, Rabbi Joseph H. Gelberman, Crossing Press (ISBN-10: 1580910610)