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Subject: Judaism Reading List: Books for Jewish Children (Pt. XIII)
This article was archived around: Fri, 20 Feb 2004 11:07:04 -0800 (PST)
Selected Sources for Additional Reading on Judaism
Books for Jewish Children
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This message is intended to provide recommendations to the readers of
soc.culture.jewish of books that either relate to new parenting
issues, or are suitable for use by children. For childrens books, were
possible, an age range is given. Note that this list only touches upon
a small area of the life of a child as it grows from infant to adult.
Readers should also consult the lifecycle section in the
Traditional Reading List for even more books.
In general, throughout the reading lists, North American (US/Canada)
terms are used to refer to the movements of Judaism. Outside of North
American, Reform is Progressive or Liberal Judaism; Conservative is
Masorti or Neolog, and Orthodoxy is often just "Judaism". Even with
this, there are differences in practice, position, and ritual between
US/Canada Reform and other progressive/liberal movements (such as UK
Progressive/ Liberal), and between US/Canada Conservative and the
conservative/Masorti movement elsewhere. Where appropriate, these
differences will be highlighted.
Other Reading Lists
This isn't the only kids reading list. The following other lists are
worth examining. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses.
* Wendy Bett's Bibliography of Jewish Books
(http://www.armory.com/~web/jbooks.html). This list is good and
provides annotations, but is very short.
* Rabbi Amy Scheinerman's Annotated List of Jewish Children's
Books (http://ezra.mts.jhu.edu/~rabbiars/). This is a very
extensive annotated list of Jewish books. Unfortunately, most of
the books on this list are out of print.
* Lori's Mishmash Children's Book List
). This is a very extensive book lists, with lots of synopses.
Lori also has an Amazon affiliation. The pages may be slow to
load, as Lori has a graphic for each book.
* Childrenlit.Com's Themed Reviews of Jewish Interest
(http://www.childrenslit.com/th_jewishint.html). This is a
short listing of books of Jewish interest together with a synopsis
for each book.
* Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles
(http://www.jclla.org/). The JCLLA has a large number of
reading lists available for children.
Where Can I Get The Books
Many of these books are available through general bookstores or
Judaica bookstores. A list of links to these may be found in the
sources section of the General Reading List (if you are
reading this at www.scjfaq.org, you can simply click on the
"Sources" button in the header navigation bar).
[Amazon Associate] The S.C.J Reading List has established an affiliate
relationship with Amazon.Com. (http://www.amazon.com/). Now you
can complete your library and support the continued development of the
Reading Lists at the same time, for many books on the reading list are
available through Amazon. For those reading this at
www.scjfaq.org/rl/ant-intro.html, you can click the link to the
left to browse Amazon's selections. Alternatively, if you enter Amazon
using the URL
sh, the reading lists will get credit for your entry. Additionally,
when you see the Amazon graphic [If you were at www.scjfaq.org,
the graphic would be here] (or "[Buy at Amazon: http:...]") on an
entry in the reading list, this indicates that the specific book is
available for purchase at Amazon. Click on the graphic/link to go to
Amazon and purchase the book.
Reproduction of this posting for commercial use is subject to
This reading list is organized as follows:
* Introduction to this Reading List
* Birth and Naming
* Raising a Child
* Family Guidebooks
* Ceremonies: From Upsheren to Confirmation
* Holiday Books for Children
* Liturgy for Children
* Bible and Torah for Children
* Jewish History for Children
* Jewish Theology for Children
* Learning Hebrew
* Jewish Stories
This part of the reading list is currently under construction.
The inspiration for this part of the reading list came from Marjorie
Peskin, who provided some initial lists of books. Other lists of
recommended books were developed by Daniel Faigin through reserach and
personal experience; Eric Simon, who assisted in the Summer 2000 list
remodeling, and various other readers of soc.culture.jewish.parenting.
Additional contributions to this list have been made by Meredith
Warshaw. As usual, suggestions for additions or deletions are welcome,
as are brief annotations for any entry.
A special thank you... Special thanks for her patience and
understanding go to my wife, Karen, who put up with me hiding at the
computer for the two months it took to complete the July/August 2000
remodel of the entire soc.culture.jewish FAQ and Reading Lists. If you
think the effort was worth it, drop her a note c/o
Subject: How do I obtain copies of the Reading Lists?
There are a number of different ways to obtain copies of the Reading
* WWW. If you are reading this on Usenet, and would like to see an
online, hyperlinked version, go visit http://www.scjfaq.org/.
This is the "web" version of the FAQ; the version posted to Usenet
is generated from the web version. Note that the www.scjfaq.org
version is a copy of the actual master version; if you want to
access the master, visit http://master.scjfaq.org/.
Alternatively, if you would like to see the posted version through
the web, visit http://shamash.org/listarchives/scj-faq/. The
FAQ is in the subdirectory "FAQ"; the reading lists are in the
* Email. Scjfaq.org also provides an autoretriever that allows one
to obtain a copy of the reading lists by return Email. To use the
autoretriever, you send a retrieval request to
email@example.com with the request in the body of the
message. A more reliable way to retrieve these files is through
the FAQ autoretriever
(http://www.mljewish.org/bin/autoresp.cgi). For the FAQ, the
request has the form:
send faq partname
For the reading list, the request has the form:
send rl partname
"Partname" is replaced by the name of the part, as shown in the
general index. The following is a short summary of the mapping of
partnames for the Reading Lists:
+ general: Introduction and General. Includes book sources,
starting points for beginners, starting points for non-Jewish
readers, General Judaism, General Jewish Thought, General
Jewish History, Contemporary Judaism, Noachide Laws, Torah
and Torah Commentary, Talmud and Talmudic Commentary,
Mishnah, Midrash, Halachic Codes, Becoming An Observant Jew,
Women and Judaism, and Science and Judaism.
+ traditional: Traditional Liturgy, Practice, Lifestyle,
Holidays. Includes Traditional Liturgy; Traditional
Philosophy and Ethics; Prayer; Traditional Practice; The
Household; Life, Death, and In-Between; and The Cycle Of
+ mysticism: Kabbalah, Mysticism, and Messianism. Includes
Academic and Religious treatments of Kabbalah, Sprituality,
and the Jewish notion of the Messiah.
+ reform: Reform/Progressive Judaism
+ conservative: Conservative Judaism
+ reconstructionist: Reconstructionist Judaism
+ humanistic: Humanistic Judaism (Society for Humanistic
+ chasidism: Chassidism. Includes general information on
historical chassidism, as well as specific information on
Lubavitch (Chabad), Satmar, Breslaw (Breslov), and other
+ zionism: Zionism. Includes Zionism and The Development Of
Israel, The Founders, Zionistic Movements, and Judaism in
+ antisemitism: Antisemitism. Includes sections on
Antisemitism, What Led to The Holocaust, Medieval Oppression,
Antisemitism Today (Including Dealing with Hate Groups),
Judaism and Christianity, and Judaism, Freemasonry and other
+ intermarriage: Intermarriage. Includes sections on "So
You're Considering Intermarriage?", The Traditional
Viewpoint, Conversion, and Coping With Life As An
+ childrens: Books for Jewish Children. Includes sections
on Birth and Naming, Raising a Child, Family Guidebooks,
Upsheren, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, Holiday Books for
Children, Liturgy for Children, Bible and Torah for Children,
Jewish History for Children, Jewish Theology for Children,
Israel, Learning Hebrew, and Jewish Stories.
The following is a short summary of the mapping to partnames for
+ 01-FAQ-intro: Section 1: Network and Newsgroup
+ 02-Who-We-Are: Section 2: Who We Are
+ 03-Torah-Halacha: Sections 3, 4: Torah; Halachic
+ 04-Observance: Sections 5, 6, 7, 8:
Jewish Holidays; Jewish Dietary Law and Kashrut; Sabbath and
Holiday Observance; Woman and Marriage
+ 05-Worship: Sections 9, 10, 11: Jewish
Worship; Conversion, Intermarriage, and "Who is a Jew?";
Miscellaneous Practice Questions
+ 06-Jewish-Thought: Section 12: Jewish Thought
+ 07-Jews-As-Nation: Section 13: Jews as a Nation
+ 08-Israel: Section 14: Jews and Israel
+ 09-Antisemitism: Sections 15, 16, 17: Churban
Europa (The Holocaust); Antisemitism and Rumors about Jews;
+ 10-Reform: Section 18: Reform/Progressive Judaism
+ 11-Miscellaneous: Sections 19, 20: Miscellaneous;
References and Getting Connected
+ 12-Kids: Section 21: Jewish Childrearing Related
+ mail-order: Mail Order Judaica
Alternatively, you may send a message to
firstname.lastname@example.org with the following line in the body
of the message:
Where (portionname) is replaced by the appropriate subdirectory
and filenames; for example, to get the first part of the reading
list, one would say:
* Anonymous FTP: All portions of the FAQ and of the reading lists
are archived on rtfm.mit.edu and are available for anonymous
FTP from the pub/usenet/news.answers/judaism/FAQ directory (URL
Similarly, the parts of the reading lists are stored in the
pub/usenet/news.answers/judaism/reading-lists directory (URL:
ts). Note that the archived versions of the FAQ and reading lists
are the posted versions; that is, they are each one large ASCII
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End of Judaism Reading List (Children's Books) Digest