5771 Spring Book List

BIB 334 Understanding Biblical Text Rabbi Miles B. Cohen
-A Hebrew Bible without translation is required for use during class. Recommended editions: (a) Keter, Horev, or Mosad Harav Kook editions based on the text of Rav Mordechai Breuer; or (b) any Koren edition (except the tiny pocket edition with vowels and te’amim to small to see).
-An invaluable resource is the Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon (published by Hendrikson; originally Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament), ed. Brown, Driver, and Briggs (commonly known as BDB). It is highly recommended that this volume be in your personal library. It is available now for under $25.
-You may need to consult a grammar of biblical Hebrew the following are recommended for reference:
Kelly, Page H. Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar. Eerdmans, 1992.
Gesenius/Kautsch/Cowley. Gesenius’ Hebrew Grammar. Clarendon: 1910.
Lambdin, Thomas. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew. Scribner, 1971.
Weingreen, Jacob. A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew, 2d ed. Clarendon, 1959.
-For those who are grammatical gluttons for punishment:
Waltke, Bruce, and O’Connor, M. Biblical Hebrew Syntax: Eisenbrauns, 1990.

BIB 421 Samuel Dr. Ora Horn Prouser
Course Packet

CAN 115 Introduction to Modes Cantor Gerald Cohen
Required Textbook:
-The Sound of Sacred Time: A Basic Music Theory Textbook to Teach the Jewish Prayer Modes, by Andrew Bernard. Published by the author, and available through him at CantorB@carolina.rr.com; 704-366-1948, ext 107.
Suggested Readings:
-The Ashkenazi Prayer-Modes: A Commentary on their Development and Practice, by Alexander Knapp (Available on the Internet): http://www.geoffreyshisler.com/Knapp.html
-Nusach and Identity: The Contemporary Meaning of Traditional Jewish Prayer Modes, by Jeffrey A. Summit; available on Google Books (it is a chapter in  œMusic in American religious experience , by Bohlman, Blumhofer, and Chow. Published by Oxford University Press US, 2006)
-Sefer Hadrakhah (Immunim III) An Annotated Guide and Commentary on the Application of Nusah Hatefillah Beminhag Ashkenaz for the Liturgical Year, by Charles Davidson, Ashbourne Music Publications, Inc. www.AshbourneMusicPublishing.com

CAN 437 Advanced Nusach Cantor Sol Zim
-Siddur Sim Shalom for Weekdays (Old, New Versions)
-Mishkan T filah
-Weekday Prayer Book, Morris Silverman (United Synagogue)

HAL 480 Responsa Rabbi Joseph Prouser
Required Background Reading:
-Wilhelm Bacher & Jacob Lauterbach,  œShe elot u-Teshubot,  Jewish Encyclopedia, Vol. II, pp. 240-250. http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?artid=576&letter=S&search=she elot
-H. H. Ben-Sasson,  œThe Achievements of the Leadership During the Period of the Gaonate,  A History of the Jewish People, pp. 436-437.
-Avinoam Rosenak,  œStyles of Halakhic Ruling: A Mapping in Light of Joseph Schwab s Philosophy of Education,  Journal of Jewish Education (2007), 73:2, 81-106 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15244110701420326
Suggested for Further Reading:
-Menachem Elon, Jewish Law: History, Sources, and Principles,  œGeonic Responsa: The Earliest Exchange of Halakhic Questions and Answers 
-Eretz Hemdah Institute, Living the Halachic Process: Questions and Answers for the Modern Jew, ed. Rabbi Daniel Mann, Devora Publishing/Jerusalem, 2007; pp. 26-39:  œThe Process of Halacha  “ Approaches Toward Rendering Halachic Rulings. 
-Rabbi Mendell Lewittes,  œJewish Law and the Modern World  in The Nature and History of Jewish Law, pp. 54-70.
-Rabbi Ephraim E. Urbach, The Halakhah: Its Sources and Development,  œThe Babylonian Talmud; The Teacher of Halakhah,  pp. 356-357.
-Rabbi Walter Jacob, Contemporary American Reform Responsa,  œIntroduction,  pp. xv-xxii.

HEB 320 Biblical Hebrew Rabbi Allen Darnov
-C. L. Seow, A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew, Revised Edition (Nashville: Abingdon, 1995) (GBH).
Optional:
-E. Kautzsch, Gesenius  Hebrew Grammar (translated by A. E. Cowely; Oxford: Clarendon, 1910)
-Paul Jouon, A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew (translated by T. Muraoka; 2 vols.; Rome: Editrice Pontificio Istituto Biblico), 2005
-Joshua Weingreen, A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew (Oxford: Clarendon, 1959). Thomas Lambdin, Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (Englewood Cliffs; Prentice Hall, 1971).

LIT 271 Tefillah & Seminar Rabbi Jill Hammer
-Shefa Gold, Torah Journeys: The Inner Path to the Promised Land (Ben Yehuda Press, 2006)
-Jill Hammer, The Jewish Book of Days (Jewish Publication Society, 2006)
-Mindy Ribner, Kabbalah Month by Month: A Year of Spiritual Practice and Personal Transformation (Jossey-Bass, 2002)
-Arthur Waskow, Seasons of Our Joy: A Modern Guide to the Jewish Holidays (Beacon Press, 1991)

LIT 620 Yammim Noraim Liturgy Rabbi Jeff Hoffman
Students will need the following two volumes:
-Reuven Hammer, Entering the High Holy Days, JPS, paperback edition, 2005 (originally published in 1998).
-Hayyim Herman Kieval, The High Holy Days: A Commentary on the Prayerbook of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, 2004. (Commentary on Rosh Hashanah originally appeared in 1959. Commentary on Kol Nidrei night appended from his notes in 2004). Note that this book covers all of Rosh HaShanah, but only Kol Nidre/Arvit of Yom Kippur.

PHI 480 Pluralism Rabbi Len Levin
Required:
-Irving Greenberg: For the Sake of Heaven and Earth  ” The New Encounter Between Judaism and Christianity (JPS)
-Donniel Hartman: The Boundaries of Judaism (Continuum)
-Moshe Halbertal: People of the Book (Harvard)
-Avi Sagi: The Open Canon (Continuum)
Recommended:
-Halbertal & Hartman, eds: Judaism and the Challenges of Modern Life (Continuum)
-Alan Brill: Judaism and Other Religions, Models of Understanding (Palgrave / Macmillan)
-David Hartman: A Heart of Many Rooms  ” Celebrating the Many Voices within Judaism (Jewish Lights)
-Jonathan Sacks: The Dignity of Difference (Continuum)

PRO 001 Core Concepts Dr. Ora Horn Prouser
-Course packet

PRO 371 Contemporary Denominations Rabbi Aryeh Meir
-Mordecai Kaplan, Judaism as a Civilization (selections)
-Jonathan Sarna, American Judaism, sections pertaining to denominations
-Jack Wertheimer, A People Divided:  Judaism in contemporary America, chapters 5-9
Emet V emunah: Statement of Principles of Conservative Judaism
-Online Resources: Much valuable information can be found on the websites of the major denominations, their seminaries, and congregational and rabbinic organizations. .

PRO 560 Counseling II Arline Duker
-Bloom, Rabbi Jack, PhD., Jewish Relational Care A-Z
-Gottman, John, Why Marriages Succeed or Fail, Simon & Schuster, 1994
-Woititz, Janet, Adult Children of Alcoholics
-Viscott, David, Emotional Resilience
-Wallerstein, Judith, What about the Kids? [families coping with divorce]

PRO 700 FWSS Rabbi David Schuck
-H. Frederick Sweitzer & Mary A. King, The Successful Internship: Personal, Professional, and Civic Development, 3rd Edition, Brooks/Cole, Cenage Learning, Belmont, CA 2009
-Jack Bloom, The Rabbi As Symbolic Exemplar, The Haworth Press, NY 2002
-Terry Bookman and William Kahn, This House We Build: Lessons for Healthy Synagogues and the People Who Dwell There, The Alban Institute, Herndon, Virginia, 2007
-Roger Fisher and Ury, Getting to Yes, Penguin Bookds, NY 1991
-Edwin H. Friedman, Generation to Generation: Family Process in Church and Synagogue, The Guilford Press, NY, 1985

RAB 110 Introduction to Midrash Rabbi Jill Hammer
-The Tanakh, and a source packet

RAB 531 Advanced Talmud Rabbi Michael Pitkowsky
-Steinsaltz Edition (NOT Steinsaltz Vilna edition), Sanhedrin vol. 1