5767 Spring Book List

Please note that students will be responsible to reimburse the instructors for the cost of duplicating any required course packet.

BIB 320 Hammer, Jill
A Hebrew Bible
Bloch, Ariel and Bloch Chana, The Song of Songs: A New Translation
Course Packet
Reading Ruth, edited by Judith Kates and Gail Twersky Reimer
Congregation: Contemporary Writers Read the Jewish Bible, edited by David Rosenberg

LIT 620, Kalb, David
Birnbaum High Holiday Machzor

PHI 301, Sharzer, Leonard
The Majority of the reading assignments will be from the following two books:

Thomas A. Mappes and David DeGrazia, Biomedical Ethics, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1996. BE

Aaron L. Mackler, Life and Death Responsibilities in Jewish Biomedical Ethics, JTS, New York, 2000. LDR (This is an excellent book to have available as a reference, but the majority of the papers included in it are on the Rabbinical Assembly website)

The following books offer interesting and important insights about bioethics from different religious points of view. There will be occasional suggested readings from some of them.

J. David Bleich, Bioethical Dilemmas, Ktav, Hoboken, 1998. BD

Elliot N. Dorff, Matters of Life and Death, JPS, Philadelphia, 1998. MLD

Elliot N. Dorff and Louis E. Newman, Contemporary Jewish Ethics and Morality, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1995. CJEM

Basil F. Hering, Jewish Ethics and Halakhah for our Time, Ktav, New York, 1984. JEHOT

Immanuel Jakobovits, Jewish Medical Ethics, Bloch Publishing Company, New York, 1975. JME

Fred Rosner, Modern Medicine and Jewish Ethics, Ktav, Hoboken, 1991. MMJE

Moshe Dovid Tendler, Responsa of Rav Moshe Feinstein: Volume I Care of the Critically Ill, Ktav, Hoboken, 1996. RRMF

Noam J. Zohar, Alternatives in Jewish Bioethics, State University of New York Press, Albany, 1997. AJB

PHI 350 Sandler-Phillips, Regina
Pirkei Avot, any edition with the full text
Leder, Steven Z., More Money Than God: Volt Press, 2003.
Cyril Domb, Ed., MAASER KESAFIM: Feldheim Publishers, Fourth Revised Edition, 1999.
Course Packet

PRO 326 Holtz, Renee
Moskowitz, N. S., (Ed.), The ultimate Jewish teacher’s handbook. Denver, CO: A.R.E. Publishing, (2003).

PRO 470 Taylor, Bonita
Hirshel Joffe, James Rudin, Marcia Rudin, Why Me? Why Anyone? Hirshel Joffe, James Rudin, Marcia Rudin (
ISBN-1-56821-260-7 Jason Aronson, 1994)

RAB 331 Hoffman, Eric
Ashkenazi, Shmuel, and Yarden, Dov, Ozar Rashe Tevot: Thesaurus of Hebrew Abbreviations (Rubin Mass: Jerusalem, 1966)
Bergman, Meir Zvi, Mevo She’arim: Gateway of the Talmud (Mesorah: Brooklyn, New York, 1985)
Frank, Yitzhak, The Practical Talmud Dictionary (Ariel: Jerusalem, 1992)
Jastrow, Marcus, A Dictionary of the Targumim, The Talmud Babli and Yerushalmi, and the Midrashic Literature (The Judaica Press: New York, 1971)
Frank, Yitzhak, Grammar for Gemara: An Introduction to Babylonian Aramaic (Ariel: Jerusalem, 1975)
Feigenbaum, Yitzchak, Understanding the Talmud: A Systematic Guide to Talmudic Structure and Methodology (Feldheim Publishers: Jerusalem, 1988)
Mielziner, Moses, Introduction to the Talmud (Bloch: New York, 1968)
Perlmutter, Haim, Tools for Tosafos (Targum/Feldheim: Southfield, Michigan, 1996)
*Steinsaltz, Adin, The Essential Talmud, trans. Chaya Galai (Basic Books, Inc.: New York, 1976)
Steinsaltz, Adin, The Talmud: A Reference Guide (Random House: New York, 1989)
Strack, H.L., and Stemberger, G’nter, Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash (Fortress Press: Minneapolis, 1996)
* New for Spring semester

RAB 531 Pitkowsky, Michael
Tractate Berachot
Course Packet