One-Hundred Essential Books for Jewish Readers

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Daniel B. Syme, a rabbi & author, & Cindy Frenkel Kanter, an author & editor, selected books on Jewish topics accessible to the average reader by asking a host of Jewish readers to submit their personal "top 10" lists. Out of these lists, Syme & Kanter have chosen 100 fiction & nonfiction works on every subject of Jewish interest, from popular novels & humor to history, philosophy, & poetry. They provide a summary of the book's contents, its relevance at the time of publication, & its contemporary significance. This book is the basis for building a Jewish library which you can use, enjoy, & share.

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No Bellow? Herzog? Scholem Aleichem? Maimonides? Every reader of Jewish literature will miss some of his or her own "essential" books and authors here: How can 3000 years of rich cultural history be reduced to 100 books? Syme, who is a rabbi, and writer Kanter have nobly managed a nearly impossible task in producing this discursively annotated guide, which includes sections on religion, Jewish observance and values, philosophy and theology, history, the Holocaust, Israel, and fiction and general works on Jewish themes. But no index? No bibliographies? No list of related works? Librarians?along with students, scholars, and other serious readers?will shudder at these omissions. Still, while the Schocken Guide to Jewish Books (Pantheon, 1992) remains an uncontested reference tool in this area, this new book has sufficient browsing interest to warrant some public library consideration.?Marcia Welsh, Guilford Free Lib., Ct.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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