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Berkovits, Eliezer. Faith after the Holocaust. Ktav Publishing House, New York. 1973. Paperback, 1977. ISBN 0-870681-93-1.
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Berkovits, Eliezer God, Man and History. Jonathan David, New York. 1979. ISBN 0-824602-39-0. Out of print.

Blech, Benjamin. Understanding Judaism: The Basics of Deed and Creed. Jason Aronson; 1992. Paperback. ISBN 0-876682-91-3.
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Buber, Martin; Kaufman, Walter (trans). I and Thou. MacMillan Publishing Company, 1974. Paperback. 185 pages. ISBN 0-684717-25-5.
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Dorff, Elliot. Knowing God: Jewish Journeys to the Unknowable. Jason Aronson. 1992. Paperback, 1996. ISBN 1-568219-64-4. [R. Dorff is provost and professor of philosophy at the University of Judaism (Conservative)]
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Dorff, Elliot N. (ed); Newman, Louis E. (ed.) Contemporary Jewish Theology: A Reader. Oxford Univ Press; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-195114-67-1. [Conservative]
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Fishbane, Michael. The Exegetical Imagination: On Jewish Thought and Theology. Harvard Univ Pr; October 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-674274-62-8. [Illustrates the technique of midrashic biblical exposition, as well as discussing some of the conclusions reached.]
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Gillman, Neil. Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew. Jewish Publication Society. 1990. Paperback, 1992. 296 pp. ISBN 0-827604-03-3. [A National Jewish Book Award winner; R. Gillman is professor of philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary] (Conservative)
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Green, Arthur. Seek My Face, Speak My Name: A Contemporary Jewish Theology. Jason Aronson. 1992. Paperback, 1994. ISBN 1-568212-13-5. [R. Green, who recently left the presidency of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College for a chair at Brandeis, is regarded as a leading exponent of neo-Hasidism] (Reconstructionist)
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Hartman, David. A Living Covenant: The Innovative Spirit in Traditional Judaism. Free Press. 1985. Paperback, 1998, Jewish Lights Pub. 368 pp. ISBN 1-580230-11-3. [R. Hartman is director of the Shalom Hartman Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, and a student of Rav Soloveitchik z"l]
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Heschel, Abraham Joshua. God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism. Harper Torchbook. 1966. Reprinted 1997, Noonday Press. 464 pp. ISBN 0-374513-31-7. [One of Heschel's more accessible major works.]
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Heschel, Abraham Joshua. Man Is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion. Noonday Press, 1997. Paperback. 320 pages. ISBN 0-374513-28-7.
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Jewish Observer, The. The Ethical Imperative: Torah perspectives on ethics and values. Artscroll/Mesorah; 2000. Hardcover. ISBN 1-578195-08-X.
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Kaplan, Aryeh. Handbook of Jewish Thought. Maznaim Publishing Corp., 4304 12th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11219, 718-438-7680, New York/Jerusalem, 1979. Hardcover Vol 2, 1992. ISBN 0-940118-79-3.
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Kaplan, Mordecai M. Judaism as a Civilization. Reconstructionist Press, New York. 1934. Jewish Publication Society; 1994. Paperback. 640 pages. ISBN 0-827605-29-3. [One of the most original contributions toward creating a comprehensive program for creative Jewish life. Kaplan here offers his now famous concept of Judaism as an evolving religious civilization. For Judaism to survive and grow, Jews must continue to reconstruct their heritage in response to changes in social, political, and cultural conditions.]
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Kaplan, Mordecai, M. The Meaning of God in Modern Jewish Religion. Wayne State Univ Pr; 1994. Paperback reprint. ISBN 0-814325-52-1. [Kaplan's most easily understood theological work. It is organized around the Jewish holidays but actually is an elaboration of the basic concepts of his theological system. This edition includes a new introduction, in which Kaplan's thought is put in a historical perspective.]
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Peli, P. (ed.)Soloveitchik on Repentance: The Thought and Oral Discourses of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Paulist Press. 1984. Reprinted 1996 Paperback, Jason Aronson. 320 pp. ISBN 1-568219-85-7. [The Rav as presented by the late chair of Hebrew Studies at Ben Gurion University]
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Schulweis, Harold M. For Those Who Can't Believe: Overcoming the Obstacles to Faith. Harperperennial Library; 1998. Paperback. 224 pages. ISBN: 0-060926-51-1.
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Seltzer, Robert M. Jewish People, Jewish Thought. Prentice Hall College Div; 1982. Paperback. ISBN 0-024089-40-0.
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Sonsino, Rifat; Syme, Daniel B. Finding God: Ten Jewish Responses. Union of American Hebrew Congregations; 1986. Paperback. 140 pages. ISBN 0-807403-12-1. [Reform].
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Soloveitchik, Joseph Dov. Halachic Man. Jewish Publication Society: Philadelphia PA. 1983. ISBN 0-827602-22-7. Paperback, 1984, 182 pp. ISBN 0-827603-97-5 .
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Soloveichik, Rabbi Ahron, Logic of the Heart, Logic of the Mind. Judaica Press/Genesis Jerusalem Press, 1991, ISBN 0-963093-60-6. Out of print.

Wolpe, David J. The Healer of Shattered Hearts: A Jewish View of God. Penguin USA (Paper); 1991. Paperback Reprint edition. ISBN 0-140147-95-0.
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