5768 Fall Book List

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

BIB 120 Intro to Bible Dr. Ora Horn Prouser
Rabin, Elliot, Understanding the Hebrew Bible
McKenzie, Steven and Haynes, StephenTo Each its Own Meaning

BIB 402 Nevi’im Achronim Dr. Diane Sharon
Course Packet’pdf available here
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV

HAL 401 Intro Codes Rabbi Jeffrey Hoffman
Course Packet to be provided.
Set of Mishneh Berurah. Strongly suggested that you get a set that is menukad/voweled and punctuated. No need to bring any of the volumes to the first class, however.

HIS 310 History of Antiquities Dr. Ruth Gais
Required Texts:
L.H. Schiffman, From Text to Tradition: A History of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism (Ktav Publishing: Hoboken, NJ, 1991)
_____________, Texts and Traditions: A Source Reader for the Study of Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism (Hoboken, NJ: Ktav Publishing, 1998)
E. J. Bickerman, The Jews in the Greek Age (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1988)
S. Schwartz, Imperialism and Jewish Society, (Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2001)
H. L. Strack, G. Stemberger, Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1991) 119-181, 269-99

MEC 000 Mechina Jewish Studies Rabbi Eric Hoffman
Bamberger, Bernard J., The Story of Judaism (New York: Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1957)
Barnavi, Eli, ed., A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People: From the Time of the Patriarchs to the Present (New York: Schocken, 1992)
Bayme, Steven, Understanding Jewish History: Texts and Commentaries (Ktav, 1997)
Goldman, Alex J., The Eternal Books Retold: A Rabbi Summarizes the 39 Books of the Bible (Northvale, N.J.: Jason Aronson, 1999)
Vainstein, Yaacov, The Cycle of the Jewish Year: A Study of the Festivals and of Selections from the Liturgy (Jerusalem: World Zionist Organization, 1964)
Tanakh: A New Translation of The Holy Scriptures According to the Traditional Hebrew Text (Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 1985)


Ben-Sasson, H.H., A History of the Jewish People (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard, 1976)
Holtz, Barry W., ed., Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts (New York: Summit Books, 1984)
Margolis, Max. L., and Alexander Marx, A History of the Jewish People (New York: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1927)

PHI 370 Judaism and the Earth Rabbi Jill Hammer
Ecology and the Jewish Spirit: Where Nature and the Sacred Meet (ed. Ellen Bernstein)
Torah of the Earth, Vol. 1 and 2 (ed. Arthur Waskow)
Trees, Earth, and Torah (ed. Ari Elon, Naomi Hyman, Arthur Waskow)

PHI 475 Personal Theology Rabbi Jill Hammer
Course Packet to be provided.

PRO 341 Life Cycle I Rabbi Judith Lewis
HaMadrikh by Goldin
The Lifetime of a Jew by Schauss
Any other rabbi’s manual of the student’s choice

PRO 560 Counseling II Ms. Arline Duker
Friedman, Rabbi Dayle. Jewish Pastoral Care ‘ A Practical Handbook. 2nd Edition. Jewish Lights, 2005
Corey and Corey. Becoming a Helper. Third edition. Brooks/Cole, 1998
Frankl, Viktor E. Man’s Search for Meaning. 3rd edition. Touchstone Books. 1984
Bloom, Rabbi Jack. The Rabbi as Symbolic Exemplar.
Justes, Emma J. Hearing Beyond the Words: How to Become a Listening Pastor. Abingdon Press, 2006

Suggested Supplemental Texts for Reference: (Books with an asterisk will be referred to in class, and you may wish to have them in your personal library. They are not required reading, however, unless you choose to do a report on one of them as one of your written papers.)
Beattie, Melody. Codependent No More. (Addictions)
Woititz, Janet. Adult Children of Alcoholics. (Addictions)
*Herman, Judith. Trauma and Recovery. (Trauma, Abuse)
Bass, L. The Courage to Heal (Sexual Abuse)
Forward, Susan. Toxic Parents. (Abuse)
James and Friedman. When Children Grieve. (Loss, Death)
*Rando, Theresa. How to Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies. (Death/Bereavement)
*Gottman, John. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.
*Stone, Howard W. Strategies for Brief Pastoral Counseling. Fortress Press. 2001

PRO 700 Field Work Support Seminar Ms. Arline Duker, Rabbi Alan Kay
Course Packet to be provided. (Duker)

RAB 231 Intermediate Talmud Rabbi Eric Hoffman
Bergman, Meir Zvi, Mevo She’arim: Gateway to the Talmud (Mesorah: Brooklyn, New York, 1985)
Frank, Yitzhak, Grammar for Gemara: An Introduction to Babylonian Aramaic (Ariel: Jerusalem, 1975)
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 (first published 1903; New York: Pardes, 1950; Judaica Press, 1985)
Mielziner, Moses, Introduction to the Talmud (Bloch: New York, 1968)
Perlmutter, Haim, Tools for Tosafos (Targum/Feldheim: Southfield, Michiagan, 1996)
Steinsaltz, Adin, The Talmud: A Reference Guide (Random House: New York, 1989)
Strack, H.L. and Stemberger, Gunter, Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash (Fortress Press: Minneapolis, 1996)

Alcalay, Reuben, The Complete Hebrew-English Dictionary (Hartford, Conn.: Prayer Book Press,1965; Massada, 1981)
Ashkenazi, Shmuel, and Yarden, Dov, Ozar Rashe Tevot: Thesaurus of Hebrew Abbreviations (Rubin Mass: Jerusalem, 1966)
Brown, Francis, Driver, S.R. and Briggs, Charles A., A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament (London: Oxford, first edition 1907, reprinted with corrections 1953)
Feigenbaum, Yitzchak, Understanding the Talmud: A Systematic Guide to Talmudic Structure and Methodology (Feldheim Publishers: Jerusalem, 1988)
Kehati, Pinchas, Mishnayot Mevo’arot (Jerusalem: Keter, 1977)