Beliefs Bibliography

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Afterlife & Messiah
Free Will
God
Kabbalah & Mysticism
Suffering & Evil
Thinkers & Thought
Who is a Jew
Bioethics
Gender & Feminism
Jews & Non-Jews
Magic & the Supernatural
Nature & the Environment
Science
War & Peace

Afterlife & Messiah

The Death of Death: Resurrection and Immortality in Jewish Thought, by Neil Gillman (Jewish Lights, 1997).
Does the Soul Survive?, by Elie Kaplan Spitz (Jewish Lights, 2000).
Essential Papers on Messianic Movements and Personalities in Jewish History, edited by Marc Saperstein (New York University Press, 1992).

Free Will

Freedom and Moral Responsibility: General and Jewish Perspectives, edited by Charles H. Manekin and Menachem M. Kellner (University Press of Maryland, 1997).

God

The Way Into Encountering God in Judaism, by Neil Gillman (Jewish Lights, 2000).
Finding God: Ten Jewish Responses, by Rifat Sonsino and Daniel B. Syme (Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1986).
Jewish Ideas and Concepts, by Steven T. Katz (Schocken, 1979).
God: A Biography, by Jack Miles (Vintage Books, 1996).

Kabbalah & Mysticism

The Way Into the Jewish Mystical Tradition, by Lawrence Kushner (Jewish Lights, 2001).
Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism, by Gershom Scholem (Schocken, 1995).
Kabbalah, by Gershom Scholem (New American Library Trade, 1987).
Kabbalah: New Perspectives, by Moshe Idel (Yale University Press, 1990).

Suffering & Evil

Evil and Suffering in Jewish Philosophy, by Oliver Leaman (Cambridge University Press, 1997).
Responses to Suffering in Classical Rabbinic Literature, by David Kraemer (Oxford University Press, 1995).
Why Me God?: A Jewish Guide for Coping & Suffering, by Lisa Aiken (Jason Aronson, 1998).

Thinkers & Thought

Contemporary Jewish Religious Thought, edited by Alfred A. Cohen and Paul Mendes-Flohr (Free Press, 1988).
Contemporary Jewish Theology, edited by Elliot Dorff and Louis Newman (Oxford University Press, 1998).
Fifty Key Jewish Thinkers, by Dan Cohn-Sherbok (Routledge, 1997).
Jewish Ethics, Philosophy and Mysticism, by Louis Jacobs (Behrman House, 1969).
Jewish Thought Today, by Louis Jacobs (Behrman House, 1970).
Jewish People, Jewish Thought, by Robert Seltzer (Prentice Hall, 1982).
The Jewish Philosophy Reader, edited by Daniel Frank, Oliver Leaman, Charles H. Manekin (Routledge, 2000).

Who is a Jew

Who Is a Jew?: Conversations, Not Conclusions, by Merle Hyman (Jewish Lights, 1999).
Israel, the Diaspora and Jewish Identity, edited by Danny Ben-Moshe and Zohar Segev (Sussex Academic Press, 2007).
The Conversion Crisis: Essays from the Pages of Tradition, edited by Emanuel Feldman and Joel B. Wolowelsky (Ktav, 1990).

Bioethics

Matters of Life and Death: A Jewish Approach to Modern Medical Ethics, by Elliot Dorff (Jewish Publication Society, 1998).
Biomedical Ethics and Jewish Law, by Fred Rosner (Ktav, 2001).
Medicine and Jewish Law, by Fred Rosner (Jason Aronson, 1993).
Alternatives in Jewish Bioethics, by Noam Zohar (State University of New York Press, 1997).
Health and Medicine in the Jewish Tradition, by David Feldman (Crossroad/Herder & Herder, 1986).

Gender & Feminism

On Being a Jewish Feminist, edited by Susannah Heschel (Schocken Books, 1995).
Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective, by Judith Plaskow (Harper San Francisco, 1991).
Yentl's Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism, edited by Danya Ruttenberg (Seal Pr Feminist Pub, 2001).

Jews & Non-Jews

The Image of the Non-Jew in Judaism: An Historical and Constructive Study of the Noahide Laws, by David Novak (Edwin Mellen Press, 1983).
Does the World Need the Jews?: Rethinking Chosenness and American Jewish Identity, by Daniel Gordis (Scribner, 1997).
A People Apart: Chosenness and Ritual in Jewish Philosophical Thought, edited by Daniel Frank (State University of New York Press, 1993).

Magic & the Supernatural

Jewish Magic and Superstition, by Joshua Trachtenberg (University of Pennsylvania, 2004).
The Encyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic and Mysticism, by Rabbi Geoffrey W. Dennis (Llewellyn Publications, 2007).
Divination, Magic, and Healing: The Book of Jewish Folklore, by Ronald Isaacs (Jason Aaronson, 1998).

Nature & the Environment

Torah of the Earth: Exploring 4,000 Years of Ecology in Jewish Thought (2 volumes), ed. Arthur Waskow (Jewish Lights, 2000).
Trees, Earth, and Torah: A Tu B'Shevat Anthology, ed. Ari Elon  et al. (Jewish Publication Society, 1999).
Ecology and the Jewish Spirit: Where Nature and the Sacred Meet, ed. Ellen Bernstein (Jewish Lights, 1998).
Pollution in a Promised Land: An Environmental History of Israel, by Alon Tal (University of California Press, 2002).
Judaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed World, edited by Hava Tirosh-Samuelson (Harvard U. Press, 2002).
The Way into Judaism and the Environment, by Jeremy Benstein (Jewish Lights, 2006).

Science

Judaism and Science: A Historical Introduction (Greenwood Guides to Science and Religion), by Noah J. Efron (Greenwood Press, 2006).
Jewish Thought and Scientific Discovery in Early Modern Europe, by David B. Ruderman and Moshe Idel (Wayne State University Press, 2001).
The Challenge of Creation: Judaism's Encounter with Science, Cosmology, and Evolution, by Natan Slifkin (Zoo Torah, 2006).
Genesis and the Big Bang: The Discovery Of Harmony Between Modern Science And The Bible, by Gerald Schroeder (Bantam, 2001).

War & Peace

The Ethics of War and Peace, edited by Terry Nardin (Princeton University Press, 1996).
Confronting Omnicide: Jewish Reflections on Weapons Mass Destruction, edited by Daniel Landes (Jason Aronson, 1991).
Love Peace and Pursue Peace: A Jewish Response to War and Nuclear Annihilation, by Bradley Shavit Artson (United Synagogue, 1988).
The Challenge of Shalom: The Jewish Tradition of Peace and Justice, edited by Murray Polner and Naomi Goodman (New Society Pub, 1994).
Theologies of War and Peace Among Jews, Christians, and Muslims, by Albert B. Randall (Edwin Mellen Press, 1998).
Pacifism and the Jews, by Evelyn Wilcock (Hawthorn Press, 1994).

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