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This list is based on an original list developed by Rob Levine, which was last posted to the net in February of 1991. Rob's list was culled from s.c.j. postings as well as the bibliographies of some of the books on this list. This original list has been augmented based on bibliographic research done by D. Faigin at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. In June 2000, it was extensively reviewed with additional input from Eric Simon. It has also been augmented with contributions from readers of s.c.j, mail.jewish, and mail.liberal-judaism. It is also based on suggestions found in the excellent Jewish Catalog series, which would serve anyone well as a sourcebook on Judaism. Contributions to the list have also been made by: Steven Abrams, Michael Allen, A. Engler Anderson, Rabbi Charles Arian, Jane Aronson, Jim Eggert, Ari Epstein, Mark Frydenberg, Michelle Gross, David A Guberman, Douglas Jones, Nadia Kahan (Librarian at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem), David Kaufmann, Arlene Kushner (via Andrea Herrera), Evelyn Leeper, Paul Levites, Jack Love, Hillel Markowitz (both alone and in consultation with Rabbi Yirmiyahu Kaganoff of Baltimore), Len Moskowitz, Rabbi Josh Segal, Steven Seidman, Rabbi Shira Stern, and Andrew Tannenbaum. 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

[Got Questions?]Our goal is to keep this list useful for its readers. To that end, suggestions of books to add to the list are always welcome. In your suggestion, please be as complete as possible; we need author, title, publisher, publishing date, and ISBN number. We also welcome a one paragraph short summary of why the book is of interest. Please send your suggestions to the FAQ maintainer at

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