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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)

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Selected Sources for Additional Reading on Judaism Books for Jewish Children [Last Change: $Date: 1995/06/27 20:14:39 $ $Revision: 1.2 $] [Last Post: Fri Feb 20 11:07:04 US/Pacific 2004] 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 [6]lifecycle section in the [7]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 [8]Bibliography of Jewish Books ([9]http://www.armory.com/~web/jbooks.html). This list is good and provides annotations, but is very short. * Rabbi Amy Scheinerman's [10]Annotated List of Jewish Children's Books ([11]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 [12]Children's Book List ([13]http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/6174/jewish-children.htm ). 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 [14]Themed Reviews of Jewish Interest ([15]http://www.childrenslit.com/th_jewishint.html). This is a short listing of books of Jewish interest together with a synopsis for each book. * [16]Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles ([17]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 [18]sources section of the [19]General Reading List (if you are reading this at [20]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. ([21]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 [22]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 [23]http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect-home?tag=socculturejewi sh, the reading lists will get credit for your entry. Additionally, when you see the Amazon graphic [24][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 restriction. ------------------------------------------------------------ Subject: ORGANIZATION This reading list is organized as follows: * [7]Introduction to this Reading List * [8]Birth and Naming * [9]Raising a Child * [10]Family Guidebooks * [11]Ceremonies: From Upsheren to Confirmation * [12]Holiday Books for Children * [13]Liturgy for Children * [14]Bible and Torah for Children * [15]Jewish History for Children * [16]Jewish Theology for Children * [17]Israel * [18]Learning Hebrew * [19]Jewish Stories * [20]Credits This part of the reading list is currently under construction. ------------------------------------------------------------ Subject: Credits 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 [6]maintainer@scjfaq.org. ------------------------------------------------------------ Subject: How do I obtain copies of the Reading Lists? Answer: There are a number of different ways to obtain copies of the Reading Lists: * WWW. If you are reading this on Usenet, and would like to see an online, hyperlinked version, go visit [2]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 [3]http://master.scjfaq.org/. Alternatively, if you would like to see the posted version through the web, visit [4]http://shamash.org/listarchives/scj-faq/. The FAQ is in the subdirectory "FAQ"; the reading lists are in the subdirectory "rl". * 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 [5]archives@scjfaq.org with the request in the body of the message. A more reliable way to retrieve these files is through the [6]FAQ autoretriever ([7]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: + [8]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. + [9]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 Holidays. + [10]mysticism: Kabbalah, Mysticism, and Messianism. Includes Academic and Religious treatments of Kabbalah, Sprituality, and the Jewish notion of the Messiah. + [11]reform: Reform/Progressive Judaism + [12]conservative: Conservative Judaism + [13]reconstructionist: Reconstructionist Judaism + [14]humanistic: Humanistic Judaism (Society for Humanistic Judaism) + [15]chasidism: Chassidism. Includes general information on historical chassidism, as well as specific information on Lubavitch (Chabad), Satmar, Breslaw (Breslov), and other approaches. + [16]zionism: Zionism. Includes Zionism and The Development Of Israel, The Founders, Zionistic Movements, and Judaism in Israel. + [17]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 rumors. + [18]intermarriage: Intermarriage. Includes sections on "So You're Considering Intermarriage?", The Traditional Viewpoint, Conversion, and Coping With Life As An Intermarried. + [19]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 the FAQ: + [20]01-FAQ-intro: Section [21]1: Network and Newsgroup Information. + [22]02-Who-We-Are: Section [23]2: Who We Are + [24]03-Torah-Halacha: Sections [25]3, [26]4: Torah; Halachic Authority + [27]04-Observance: Sections [28]5, [29]6, [30]7, [31]8: Jewish Holidays; Jewish Dietary Law and Kashrut; Sabbath and Holiday Observance; Woman and Marriage + [32]05-Worship: Sections [33]9, [34]10, [35]11: Jewish Worship; Conversion, Intermarriage, and "Who is a Jew?"; Miscellaneous Practice Questions + [36]06-Jewish-Thought: Section [37]12: Jewish Thought + [38]07-Jews-As-Nation: Section [39]13: Jews as a Nation + [40]08-Israel: Section [41]14: Jews and Israel + [42]09-Antisemitism: Sections [43]15, [44]16, [45]17: Churban Europa (The Holocaust); Antisemitism and Rumors about Jews; Countering Missionaries + [46]10-Reform: Section [47]18: Reform/Progressive Judaism + [48]11-Miscellaneous: Sections [49]19, [50]20: Miscellaneous; References and Getting Connected + [51]12-Kids: Section [52]21: Jewish Childrearing Related Questions + [53]mail-order: Mail Order Judaica Alternatively, you may send a message to [54]mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu with the following line in the body of the message: send usenet/news.answers/judaism/(portionname) Where (portionname) is replaced by the appropriate subdirectory and filenames; for example, to get the first part of the reading list, one would say: send usenet/news.answers/judaism/reading-lists/general * Anonymous FTP: All portions of the FAQ and of the reading lists are archived on [55]rtfm.mit.edu and are available for anonymous FTP from the pub/usenet/news.answers/judaism/FAQ directory (URL [56]ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/judaism/FAQ/). Similarly, the parts of the reading lists are stored in the pub/usenet/news.answers/judaism/reading-lists directory (URL: [57]ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/judaism/reading-lis ts). Note that the archived versions of the FAQ and reading lists are the posted versions; that is, they are each one large ASCII file. ------------------------------------------------------------ Subject: Copyright Notice The soc.culture.jewish reading lists are not to be reproduced for commercial use unless the party reproducing the reading lists agrees to the following: 1. Use of latest version. They will contact the [1]FAQ maintainer ([2]maintainer@scjfaq.org) to obtain the latest version for their collection. 2. Tell us where it is. They will provide the [3]FAQ maintainer ([4]maintainer@scjfaq.org) with information on what collection the copy of the reading lists are in, and how that collection may be obtained. 3. No modifications. They will agree, in writing, that the reading lists will be included in the collection without modification, and that acknowledgements of contributors to the reading lists remain. 4. Don't make money off of it. They will agree, in writing, that the collection including the reading lists will be distributed on either a non-profit basis, or have some percentage of profit donated to Tzedakah (Charity) To support this, the reading lists are Compilation Copyright (c) 1993 through 2000 by Daniel P. Faigin (the FAQ maintainer). ---------------------------------------------------------------------- -- Please mail additions or corrections to me at faigin@pacificnet.net. End of Judaism Reading List (Children's Books) Digest ************************** -------