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Reviews 2003
God-An itinerary by Régis Debray Translated by Jeffrey Mehlman
Seek My Face – A Jewish Mystical Theology by Arthur Green

Reviews 2004
6 Jewish Spiritual Paths
After the Evil – Christianity and Judaism in the Shadow of the Holocaust by Richard Harries-OUP 2003
Anti-Semitism by Dan Cohn-Sherbok - Sutton Publishing 2002
Contemporary Orthodox Judaism’s Response to Modernity by Barry Freundel - Ktav Publishing House 2004
Creating Lively Seders etc
Ehyeh – A Kabbalah For Tomorrow by Arthur Green-Jewish Lights 2003
Four Jewish Lights books
Hasidic Tales etc
I am Jewish – Personal reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl
Judaism when Christianity Began – A Survey of Belief and Practice
Mazal Tov! The Rituals and Customs of a Jewish Weddingby Rabbi Dr Michael Shire-Frances Lincoln 2003
Meshal Haqadmoni, Isaac ibn Sahula, Fables from the Distant Past
My People's Prayer Book 1, 2
My People's Prayerbook 3-6
Passover – The Family Guide to Spritual Celebration
Secular Judaism – Faith, Values and Spirituality
The Complete How To Handbook for Jewish Living
The Hebrew Prophets, Selections Annotated and Explained by Rabbi Rami Shapiro-SkyLight Paths Publishing 2004
The Jewish Study Bible, edited by Adele Berlin, Marc Zvi Brettler-Oxford University Press 2004
The Lord is My Shepherd – The healing wisdom of the twenty third psalm by Harold S Kushner-Hodder and Stoughton 2003
The Miracles of Exodus
The Quotable Jewish Woman and The Creative Jewish Wedding Book
The Rituals and Practices of a Jewish Life – A Handbook for Personal Spiritual Renewal
The Womens Passover books
There is no Messiah – and you’re it, by Rabbi Robert N. Levine - Published by Jewish Lights Publishing 2003
Tough Questions Jews Ask
Wrestling with an Angel – by Ehud Luz Translated from the Hebrew by Michael Swirsky-Yale 2003

Reviews 2005
Divine Pathos and Human Being – The Theology of Abraham Joshua Heschel by Michael A Chester-Vallentine Mitchell 2005
Filling Words with Light etc
In the Beginning of…A New Look At Old Words by Judah Landa-Jay-El Publications USA 2004
Israel – A Spritual Travel Guide by Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
Leading the Passover Journey
My People’s Prayer Book, vol 9
The Lost Princess

Reviews 2006
A Miscellany
Foundations of Sephardic Spirituality by Rabbi Marc D Angel, PhD
Heavenly Torah by Abraham Joshua Heschel
How to Read The Bible by Steven L McKenzie
Kabbalah – A Very Short Introduction by Joseph Dan-OUP 2006
Reckless Rites – Purim and the Legacy of Jewish Violence by Elliott Horowitz-Princeton University Press 2006
ReThinking Synagogues and The Spirituality of Welcoming
Spiritual Community
The Divided Self – Israel and the Jewish Psyche Today by David J Goldberg
The Paradox of Antisemitism
The Personhood of God by Dr Yochanan Muffs, foreword by Dr David Hartman-Jewish Lights Publishing 2005
The sacred art of LOVINGKINDNESS preparing to practice by Rabbi Rami Shapiro
The Seven beggars
Three new books from Jewish Lights Publishing
Traces of God - Seeing God in Torah, History and Everyday Life by Neil Gillman-Jewish Lights Publishing 2006
Way into Tikkun Olam
Yiddish Civilisation – The Rise and Fall of a Forgotten Nation by Paul Kriwazcek-Weidenfeld and Nicolson 2005
Yom Kippur Readings – Inspiration, Information, Contemplation - Edited by Dov Peretz Elkins-Jewish Lights Publishing 2005

Reviews 2007
A Fusion of Traditions Liturgical Music in the Copenhagen Synagogue by Jane Minke Rossen and Uri Shavit
A Touch of the Sacred-A Theologian's Informal Guide to Jewish belief by Dr Eugene B.Borowitz and Frances W.Schwartz
A Wild Faith
Ethics of the Sages
Good Kings and Bad Kings-The Kingdom of Judah in the 7thCentury BCE edited by Lester L.Grabbe. TT Clark 2007
Introducing the Women's Hebrew Bible by Susanne Scholz
Jews and Europe in the Twenty First Century-Thinking Jewish by Nick Lambert Foreword by David Cesarani
Judaism, An Introduction to the Beliefs and Practices of the Jews by Michael Maher
My Peoples Prayer Book: volume 10 Shabbat Morning, Shacharit and Musaf by Rabbi Lawrence A Hoffman
Remembering My Pet - A Kids Own Workbook for When a Pet Dies
Righteous Indignation - A Jewish Call for Justice
Rome and Jerusalem - The Clash of Ancient Civilizations by Martin Goodman
Talking about God Exploring the Meaning of religious Life with Kierkegaard, Buber, Tillich and Heschel by Daniel F Polish PhD
The Rabb'is Daughter - A True Story of Sex, Drugs and Orthodoxy by Reva Mann. Hodder and Stoughton 2007
The Way Into Judaism and the Environment by Jeremy Benstein
The Wisdom of Judaism - An Introduction to the Values of the Talmud by Dov Peretz Elkins
Undercurrents of Jewish Prayer by Jeremy Schonfield
Wisdom Literature by Alastair Hunter-scm press 2006

Reviews 2008
Jewish Choices,Jewish Voices-MONEY and BODY edited by ElliotN.Dorff and Louis E.Newman.Jewish Publication Society 2008
Jewish Dublin-Portraits of Life by the Liffey by Asher Benson.A & A Farmar 2007
Jewish Preaching in Times of War 1800-2001 by Marc Saperstein.Littman Library of Jewish Civilisation 2008
My People’s Passover Haggadah, edited by Rabbi Lawrence A Hoffman, PhD and David Arnow PhD.
Stringing The Pearls – How to Read the Weekly Torah Portion by James S. Diamond. The Jewish Publication Society 2008
The JPS Bible. Jewish Publication Society 2008
The JPS Commentary on the Haggadah - The Jewish Publication Society 2008

Reviews 2009
An Introduction to Medieval Jewish Philosophy by Daniel Rynhold. I.B. Tauris 2009.
Conscience – The Duty to Obey and the Duty to Disobey by Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis. Jewish Lights Publishing 2008
Doing Jewish Theology – God, Torah and Israel in Modern Judaism by Rabbi Neil Gillman. Jewish Lights Publishing 2008.
Healing from Despair Choosing Wholeness in a Broken World by Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz. Jewish Lights Publishing 2008
Jewish Stories from Heaven and Earth – Inspiring Tales to Nourish the Heart and Soul.
Edited by Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins. Jewish Lights Publishing 2008.

JPS Guide - Jewish Traditions edited by Ronald L Eisenberg. The Jewish Publication Society 2008.
JPS Guide - The Jewish Bible. The Jewish Publication Society 2008.
New Jewish Feminism – Probing the Past, Forging the Future. Edited by Rabbi Elyse Goldstein with
a foreword by Anita Diamant. Jewish Lights Publishing 2009.

Power – Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices, edited by Elliot N. Dorff and Louis E. Newman. Jewish Publication Society 2009.
The Book of Genesis ILLUSTRATED by R. Crumb. Jonathan Cape 2009.
The Modern Men’s Torah Commentary edited by Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin. Jewish Lights Publishing 2009.

Reviews 2010
Crown of Aleppo – The Mystery of the Oldest Hebrew Codex by Hayim Tawil and Bernard Schneider. JPS 2010.
Modern Poems on the Bible – An Anthology.  Edited with an introduction by David Curzon.  The Jewish Publication Society 1994.
Tanya the Masterpiece of Hasidic Wisdom.Translation and Annotation by Rabbi Rami Shapiro, foreword by Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi.  Skylights Illuminations 2010.
The Commentator’s Bible – The JPS Miqraot Gedolot – Leviticus, edited by Michael Carasik.  Jewish Publication Society 2009.

Reviews 2011
Early Modern Jewry – A New Cultural History by David B. Ruderman. Princeton University Press 2010.
Ecclesiastes Annotated & Explained. Translation and Annotation by Rabbi Rami Shapiro. Sky Light Illuminations 2010.
Go Forth and Learn – A Passover Haggadah,edited by Rabbi David Silber with Rachel Furst.The Jewish Publication Society 2011.
I Will Wake the Dawn – Illuminated Psalms.Illuminations and Commentary by Debra Band, literary commentary by Arnold J. Band, foreword by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner. The Jewish Publication Society 2007.
I’m God You’re Not – Observations on Organized Religion and Other Disguises of the Ego
by Lawrence Kushner.Jewish Lights Publishing 2010.

In Ishmael’s House – A History of Jews in Muslim Lands by Martin Gilbert.Yale University Press 2010.
Jewish Mysticism and Christians and Jews Faith to Faith. Jewish Lights Publishing 2011
Maimonides the Rationalist by Herbert A. Davidson.The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization 2011.
Pirke Avot – Timeless Wisdom for Modern Life by William Berkson.The Jewish Publication Society 2010.
Radical Judaism – Rethinking God and Tradition by Arthur Green.Yale University Press 2011.
Repentance – The Meaning and Practice of Teshuvah by Dr Louis E. Newman; foreword by Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, preface by Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar.Jewish Lights Publishing 2010.
Sacred Treasure The Cairo Genizah – The Amazing Discoveries of Forgotten Jewish History in an Egyptian Synagogue Attic. By Rabbi Mark Glickman. Jewish Lights Publishing 2011.
Sage Tales – Wisdom and Wonder from the Rabbis of the Talmud by Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky.Jewish Lights Publishing 2011.
Solomon – The Lure of Wisdom by Steven Weitzman. Jewish Lives series, Yale University Press 2011.
The Commentators’ Bible: The JPS Miqraot Gedolot: Numbers. Edited, translated and annotated by Michael Carasik, Jewish Publication Society 2011.
The God Who Hates Lies – Confronting and Rethinking Jewish Tradition by David Hartman with Charlie Buckholtz.Jewish Lights Publishing 2011.
The JPS Bible Commentary:Ruth, commentary byTamara Cohn Eskenazi and Tikva Frymer-Kensky.Jewish Pub.Society 2011
The Medieval Haggadah: Art, Narrative & Religious Imagination by Marc Michael Epstein. Yale University Press, 2011.
The Torah Revolution – Fourteen Truths That Changed The World by Rabbi Reuven Hammer, PhD. Jewish Lights Publishing, 2011.
The Washington Haggadah by Joel Ben Simeon.The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011.

Reviews 2012
A Place to Call My Jewish Home: Memories of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue by Pam Fox. The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, 2011.
Jewish Theology in Our Time - Edited by Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove, PhD, foreword by Rabbi David J. Wolpe, preface by Rabbi Carole B. Balin, PhD. Jewish Lights Publishing

Making Prayer Real.E dited by Rabbi Mike Comins. Jewish Lights Publishing, 2011.
Proverbs and Maimonides by Rabbi Rami Shapiro & Rabbi Marc D. Angel, PhD. Skylights Illuminations, 2012.

The God Upgrade:by Jamie S Korngold, with a Foreword by Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis. Jewish Lights Publishing 2011.
The Sabbath Soul:Mystical Reflections on the Transformative Power of Holy Time by EitanFishbane.Jewish Lights Publishing 2012
This is not the Way: Jews, Judaism and Israel by David J. Goldberg.faber and faber 2012
Trouble-Making Judaism by Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah.David Paul, 2012.

Reviews 2013
A Mahzor from Worms: Art and Religion in a Medieval Jewish Community by Katrin Kogman-Appel.Harvard University Press 2012.
Davening: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Prayer by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi with Joel Segal.Jewish Lights Publishing 2013.
Jewish Enlightenment in an English Key: Anglo-Jewry’sConstruction of Modern Jewish Thought by David B.Ruderman. Princeton University Press 2000.
Jewish Theology and World Religions,edited by Alon Goshen-Gottstein and Eugene Korn.The Littman Library of Jewish Civilisation 2012.
On Sacrifice by Moshe Halbertal. Princeton University Press, 2012.
On the Chocolate Trail; A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao by Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz.Jewish Lights Publishing 2013.
Passing Life’s Tests: Spiritual Reflections on The Trial ofAbraham, The Binding of Isaac by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson.Jewish Lights Publishing 2013.
Revolution of Jewish Spirit: How to REVIVE ruakh in your spiritual life, TRANSFORM your synagogue and INSPIRE your community by Rabbi Baruch HaLevi and Ellen Frankel.Foreword by Dr Ron Wolfson.Jewish Lights Publishing 2012.
Genesis and The Dead Sea Scrolls - Lives of Great Religious Books, Princeton University Press 2013.
The Jewish Jesus: How Judaism and Christianity Shaped Each Other by Peter Schäfer.Princeton University Press 2012.

Reviews 2014
A Rabbi Reads the Torah by Jonathan Magonet - SCM press 2013
Emancipation: how Liberating Europe’s Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance by Michael Goldfarb - Scribe Publications Pty Ltd, 2013.
Founder of Hasidism: A Quest for the Historical Ba’al Shem Tov,with a New Introduction by Moshe Rosman.The Littman Library of Jewish Civilisation, 2013.
No joke:Making Jewish Humour by Ruth R. Wisse - Princeton University Press 2013
A Practical Guide to Rabbinic Counselling & Judaism and Health - Jewish Lights Publishing 2012/2013
Speaking Torah: Spiritual Teachings from around the Maggid’s Table -the Holiday Cycle. Vol.1 & Vol.2. by Arthur Green with Ebn Leader,Ariel Evan Mayse and Or N. Rose. - Jewish Lights Publishing 2013

The Book of Job: A Biography by Mark Larrimore - LIVES OF GREAT RELIGIOUS BOOKS, Princeton University Press, 2013.
The Golden Age Shtetl:A New History of Jewish Life in Eastern Europe by Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern.Princeton Uni. Press 2014.
The Jews in Poland and Russia: a Short History by Antony Polonsky - Littman Library of Jewish Civilization 2013.

The Jews In The Caribbean edited by Jane S Gerber -The Littman Library of Civilisation. Littman Library 2014.



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