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Beacons on the Talmud's Sea: Analyses of Passages From The Talmud
And Issues In Halachah, Adapted From The Works of The Lubavitcher
Rebbe by Menahem Mendel Schneerson
Introduction to Judaism (1961) by Lee A. Belford
The "Tzemach Tzedek" and the Haskalah Movement
by Joseph Isaac Schneerson
Timeless Patterns in Time by Menahem Mendel Schneerson and
Branches of the Chassidic Menorah: Biographical Stories by
Joseph Isaac Schneerson
volume 1: HTML at sichosinenglish.org and
volume 2: HTML at sichosinenglish.org
Hebraic Literature: Translations from the Talmud, Midrashim
and Kabbala, contrib. by Maurice H. Harris
Sepher Yetzirah, trans. by William Wynn Westcott
Legends of Babylon and Egypt in Relation to Hebrew Tradition
by Leonard W. King
The Legends of the Jews (legends volumes only) by Walter
Ginzberg, trans. by Henrietta Szold and Paul Radin, contrib.
by Isaac Husik
Listening to Life's Messages by Menahem Mendel Schneerson
and Dovid Shraga Polter
The Jews and the Mosaic Law by Isaac Leeser
Defiance and Devotion: Selected Chassidic Discourses Dating
from the Arrest and Liberation of the Sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, in 1927 by Joseph Isaac
Schneerson, ed. by Uri Kaploun, trans. by Eliyahu Touger
Catechism for Jewish Children by Isaac Leeser
The Judeo-Christian Tradition: A Guide for the Perplexed
by Gary North
The Key of David by Warder Cresson
Their Hollow Inheritance: A Comprehensive Refutation of Christian
Missionaries (third edition) by Michoel Drazin
Our Faith and Strength by Naftali Hoffner
Anticipating the Redemption by Menahem Mendel Schneerson
Attaining Sagacity: Reflections on Reaching the Age of Sixty
by Menahem Mendel Schneerson, trans. by Eliyahu Touger
To Live and Live Again by Nissan Dovid Dubov
The Temple: Its Ministry and Services As They Were at the Time
of Jesus Christ
Uncle Eli's Special for Kids Most Fun Under the Table Passover
Haggadah (hypermedia edition) by Eliezer Segal
The Shabbat Primer: Getting Ready for Shabbat by Nechoma
Greisman and Chana Ne'eman
With an Eye on Eternity: Incorporating the Ramchal's Classic "Essay
on Fundamentals" by Yehudah Lebovits, Mordechai Rosen,
and Moshe Hayyim Luzzatto
A Partner in the Dynamic of Creation: Womanhood in the Teachings
of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson by
Menahem Mendel Schneerson
Links in the Chassidic Legacy: Biographical Sketches that First
Appeared in the Classic Columns of HaTamim, trans. by Shimon
A Prince in Prison: The Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe's Account
of His Incarceration in Stalinist Russia in 1927: An Extract
from Likkutei Dibburim by Joseph Isaac Schneerson, trans.
by Uri Kaploun
The Making of Chassidim: A Letter Written by the Previous Lubavitcher,
Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn by Joseph Isaac Schneerson,
trans. by Shimon Neubort (HTML at sichosinenglish.org)
To Know and To Care: An Anthology of Chassidic Stories about
the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson by Eliyahu
Touger and Malka Touger
Rashi by Maurice Liber, trans. by Adele Szold
Tanakh The Jewish sacred text is the Tanakh, whose name
is an acronym of Torah, Nebi'im and Ketuvim (Law, Prophets and
Writings). It consists of the same books as the Christian Old
Testament, although in a slightly different order and with other
Torah Although the word "Torah" is sometimes used to refer
to the entire Tanakh or even the whole body of Jewish writings,
it technically means the first five books of the Tanakh. These
books are also known as the Five Books of Moses or the Pentateuch.
Talmud: The Oral Torah Another important Jewish text is
the Talmud, a collection of rabbinical writings that interpret,
explain and apply the Torah scriptures. The Talmud was written
between the second and fifth century CE, but Orthodox Jews believe
it was revealed to Moses along with the Torah and preseved orally
until it was written down. The Talmud is thus known as the "Oral
Torah," with the first five books of the Tanakh designated the
Midrash A third group of Jewish literature is the Midrash,
which is a large body of rabbinical material derived primary
from sermons (the Hebrew word for "sermon" is d'rash). The primary
collections of Midrash were compiled between the fourth and
sixth centuries, but the midrashic form continues to the present
Responsa A further set of Jewish writings is the responsa,
a vast collection (thousands of volumes) of answers to specific
questions on Jewish law. If the Talmud is a law book, the responsa
are case law.
Tanakh (Hebrew Bible). The Tanakh is the Hebrew Bible, the
quintessential sacred text. The first five books of this comprise
the Torah (or Pentateuch), the core sacred writings of the ancient
Jews, traditionally written by Moses under divine inspiration.
The Babylonian Talmud. Translated by M.L. Rodkinson .
A massive ten volume abridgement of the Talmud, the Jewish compendium
of law and tradition, the only extensive public domain translation.
Presented for the first time anywhere on the Internet at sacred-texts.com.
Eighteen Treatises from the Mishna. by D. A. Sola and M.
J. Raphall . One of the first English translations of
a substantial portion of the Mishna, the treasure-house of Jewish
law and tradition. .
The Wisdom of the Talmud. by Ben Zion Bokser . A great
introduction to the Talmud for contemporary readers. .
The Talmud. by Joseph Barclay . Seventeen representative
tracts from the Talmud. .
The Talmud: Selections. by H. Polano . A Talmud miscellany.
The Babylonian Talmud in Selection. by Leo Auerbach .
An original mid-20th century translation of selections from
the Talmud. .
Sayings of the Jewish Fathers (Pirqe Aboth). tr. by Charles
Taylor . A beautiful extract from the Talmud, which has
been used as liturgy. Devoted to ethics with some mystical touches,
the Pirqe Aboth is distinguished for its transparency and simplicity.
This was one of the first English translations in modern times
of any portion of the Talmud. .
Hebraic Literature. Edited by Maurice Harris . Extracts
from the Talmud, Midrash and Kabbalah. .
The Wisdom of Israel. by Edwin Collins . A short look
at Jewish wisdom literature from the Talmud and Midrash. .
Tractate Sanhedrin, Mishnah and Tosefta. by Herbert Danby
. A key portion of the Mishna dealing with crime and punishment.
Tractate Berakoth. by A. Lukyn Williams . The Mishna
about prayer. . Haggada.
Legends of the Jews. by Louis Ginzberg .. A huge collection
of traditional stories which have grown up around the Bible
narrative. . . Kabbalah.
The Kabbalah Unveiled. S.L. MacGregor Mathers, Translator.
. An extensive introduction to the Kabbalah. Includes
translations of three texts from branch of the Kabbalah known
as the Zohar: The Book of Concealed Mystery, The Greater Holy
Assembly, and The Lesser Holy Assembly. .
Sepher Yezirah. translated by Isidor Kalisch . Includes
English translation and pointed Hebrew for this key text of
the Kabbalah. .
Kabbalah - Sepher Yetzirah. W.W. Westcot tr.  26,374
The Zohar: Bereshith to Lekh Lekha. by Nurho de Manhar (pseud.)
[1900-14]. The Zohar is a Kabbalistic commentary on the Hebrew
Bible. This is the only extensive English translation of a portion
of the Zohar currently in the public domain. Covers Adam to
Jewish Mysticism. by J. Abelson . The Kabbalah in
the context of the history of Jewish Mysticism. .
The Kabbalah, or the Religious Philosophy of the Hebrews.
by Adolphe Franck . Did the Kabbalah originate from Zoroastrianism?
The Cabala. by Bernhard Pick . A short critical introduction
to the Kabbalah. . Midrash.
Tales and Maxims from the Midrash. by Samuel Rapaport .
A popular Midrash compilation. This is the (unattributed) source
for the next two entries' Midrash extracts. This book has the
references for each of the passages quoted lacking in the texts
below, which makes it the best source if you wish to quote some
of this material. .
The Sacred Books and Early Literature of the East, Vol. IV:
Medieval Hebrew. . Some sizeable extracts from the
Midrash, medieval collections of Jewish Biblical lore and legend.
Midrash Tanhuma. 60,529 bytes. . Haggadah.
The Union Haggadah. ed. by The Central Conference of American
Rabbis, illus. Isidore Lipton . A guide to the celebration
of Passover. .
Haggada For Pesach According To Chabad-Lubavitch Custom
66,858 bytes . Prayer Books (Siddur).
The Standard Prayer Book by Simeon Singer . Complete
English translation of a Jewish Prayer Book, or Siddur, including
prayers, holidays, ceremonies, and important texts. . Other
texts from late Antiquity and Middle Ages.
The Works of Flavius Josephus. by Josephus, tr. by William
Whiston . Josephus was a Jewish historian, soldier and
scholar who lived in the first century [37-100 C.E.]. His works
are primary historical sources of information about the doomed
Jewish revolt of 66-9 C.E. .
The Kitab al Khazari. of Judah Hallevi, translated by Hartwig
Hirschfeld . A classic of Medieval Jewish philosophy,
set in a legendary (but historical) central Asian kingdom. .
The Guide for the Perplexed. by Moses Maimonides, M. Freidländer,
tr. (2nd Ed.) . Maimonides' masterful summation of theology,
natural philosophy and divine law. .
Selected Religious Poems of Solomon ibn Gabirol. by Solomon
ibn Gabirol, tr. by Israel Zangwill . A key medieval Jewish
Spanish poet and philosopher's devotional poetry, some of which
was adopted into liturgy. .
The Fountain of Life. by Solomon ibn Gabirol, tr. by Harry
E. Wedeck . An extract from the Jewish writer Solomon
ibn Gabirol's philosophical treatise on the First Cause, misattributed
for centuries to an Islamic or Christian author named Avicebron.
Original Hebrew of a Portion of Ecclesiasticus. by A.E.
Cowley and A. Neubauer . Includes the Alphabet of Ben
Sira. . Modern.
The Duties of the Heart. by Rabbi Bachye, tr. by Edwin Collins
. A 12th Century Spanish Rabbi's systematic treatment
of Ethics as a universal. .
Ancient Jewish Proverbs. by Abraham Cohen . A treasury
of Jewish proverbs from the Mishna and Talmud. .
Jewish Magic and Superstition: A Study in Folk Religion.
by Joshua Trachtenberg . A comprehensive study of medieval
Jewish folk magic, a primary source of modern ceremonial magic.
A Rabbi's Impressions of the Oberammergau Passion Play.
by Joseph Krauskopf . A Rabbi examines the tangled narrative
of the Crucifixion, and the roots of anti-Semitism in the early
Folk-lore of the Holy Land; Moslem, Christian and Jewish.
by J. E. Hanauer . Moslem, Christian and Jewish tales
from old Palestine. .
Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends by "Aunt Naomi" (Gertrude
Landa) . A well-told collection of Midrash and Talmudic
lore for children. .
The Great March. by Rose G. Lurie . A wonderful children's
book of post-biblical Jewish stories, with great illustrations,
that adults can learn a thing or two from. .
The Golden Mountain. by Meyer Levin . Magical realist
Hassidic tales, lovingly retold by a master storyteller. .
Reform Judaism - 1885 Pittsburgh Conference 4,588 bytes
Articles of Faith from the Jewish Encyclopedia 29,628 bytes
The Columbus Platform: The Guiding Principles Of Reform Judaism
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Reform Judaism - A Centenary Perspective 11,054 bytes .
Maimonides: Ani Maamin - I believe... 34,307 bytes .
Solomon Schechter - Studies in Judaism - The Dogmas of Judaism
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The Thirteen Wants by Mordecai M. Kaplan 2,127 bytes .