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Pardes Faculty Book List

Rav Rahel Berkovits

Hilkot Nashim: A Daughter’s Recitation of Mourner’s Kaddish

Reciting mourner’s kaddish for a parent stands at the heart of the Jewish bereavement experience. While traditionally this public recitation has been seen as a son’s responsibility, a daughter reciting kaddish is not a modern concept.

A Daughter’s Recitation of Mourner’s Kaddish is part of JOFA’s Ta Shma Halakhic Source Guide series. Available now on Korenpub.

Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper

Relics for the Present: Contemporary Reflections on the TalmudRelics for the Present II: Contemporary Reflections on the Talmud: Berakhot II

In Relics for the Present and Relics for the Present, Levi Cooper explores the world of the sages, seeking relevance in the timeless texts of the Talmud. Each section analyses a passage from Berakhot, presenting the commentators’ insights, searching for meaning and hoping to provide inspiration for our generation. Available now on Korenpub.

Rabbi Alex Israel

I Kings – Torn in Two & II Kings – In a Whirlwind

Using both traditional commentaries and modern literary techniques, Alex Israel offers a dynamic dialogue between the text itself and its interpretations throughout the ages. The result is a compelling work of contemporary biblical scholarship that addresses the central themes of the book of Kings from a wider historical, political and religious perspective. Both books are available on Korenpub.

Rabbi Michael Hattin

Judges: The Perils of Possession, Joshua: The Challenge of the Promised Land & Passages: Text and Transformation in the Parasha

In Judges, Michael Hattin offers a highly readable introduction to the biblical book of Judges that combines imaginative sweep with analytic depth.

In Joshua, Michael Hattin brings to life the biblical Book of Joshua, highlighting how the many complex issues faced by the people as they fought to possess their new land mirror and shed light on today’s reality. Both books are available on Korenpub.

Passages is a thought-provoking study of the weekly parasha that deftly weaves literary analysis of the Biblical text with selected teachings of classical Jewish commentary. To buy this book please contact Michael directly.

Judy Klitsner

Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other

Winner of the 2009 National Jewish Book Award, Subversive Sequels in the Bible, takes us on a thrilling voyage of discovery through familiar biblical narratives. Deeply faithful to the texts, but daring in her interpretive approach, she draws stunning parallels between biblical passages to reveal previously overlooked layers of meaning. Available now on Korenpub.

Rav Mike Feuer

The Age of Prophecy Series: The Lamp of Darkness & The Key of Rain

Set in the Northern Kingdom of Israel during the period of King Achav, The Lamp of Darkness is a gripping story of a young lyre-playing shepherd boy drawn by his music into the world of the prophets of Israel. The Key of Rain transports you back 3,000 years to the epic battle between the Israelite Kings and Prophets. Both books can be purchased on Amazon.

Rabbi Mike Uram

Next Generation Judaism: How College Students and Hillel Can Help Reinvent Jewish Organizations

Next Generation Judaism explores different models from the business world, from inner-city community development theory, and from Hillel that can help us get unstuck. Written from the perspective of a practitioner, Rabbi Mike Uram provokes us to think differently with a mix of theory, methodology, data, and stories, all intended to help leaders build a bridge between the organizations of today and the organizations needed for tomorrow.

Next Generation Judaism can be purchased from Amazon.

Former Pardes Faculty Book List

Rabbi Dr. Zvi Grumet

Genesis: From Creation to Covenant & Moses and the Path to Leadership

Shuttling deftly back and forth between the microcosmic and the macrocosmic, Rabbi Grumet offers a sensitive verse-by-verse reading of the biblical text, occasionally stepping back to reveal the magnificent themes that underlie the narrative as a whole: Creation and God, mortality and sin, family and covenant. Genesis is available on Korenpub.

Moses and the Path to Leadership can be purchased from Amazon.

Rabbi Reuven Grodner

Ahl Ha’Tfillah

The book contains 13 shiurim of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, ztz”l, on the subject of prayer translated into lucid Hebrew from the original English and Yiddish. The shiurim cover a wide variety of topics that will be of great interest to all who wish to explore the subject of Jewish prayer. You can purchase a book from Rabbi Grodner.

Rabbi Baruch Feldstern

Hem’at HaHemda on Genesis from the Commentary on the Pentateuch of R. Shet Harofei ben Yefet of Aram Tzova

Hemat HaHemda (in Hebrew) is a critical edition of the earliest commentary on Genesis to reach us from the Jewish community of Aleppo, Syria. Completed in 1285 in a community far removed from centers of Jewish learning to the West, Hem’at Hahemda nevertheless draws heavily on a wide sweep of rabbinic sources as well as on figures such as Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Lekah Tov and Maimonides, some of whom wrote their works barely a century earlier. To purchase this book contact the publisher.