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In the Footsteps of the Kuzari: An Introduction to Jewish Philosophy volume 2
by Shalom Rosenberg

In the Footsteps of the Kuzari is an exciting work that guides readers through Judaism's views on the most pressing philosophical issues of the day. Combining a keen sensitivity to the religious dilemmas of our day with the intellectual rigor of the university...
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In the Footsteps of the Kuzari: An Introduction to Jewish Philosophy
by Shalom Rosenberg

In the Footsteps of the Kuzari is an exciting work that guides readers through Judaism's views on the most pressing philosophical issues of the day. Combining a keen sensitivity to the religious dilemmas of our day with the intellectual rigor of the university...
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A Philosophy of Mitzvot: The Religious and Ethical Principles of Judaism, Their Roots in Biblical Law and the Judaic Oral Tradition
by Gersion Appel

What divine purpose do the mitzvot, the Biblical commandments, serve? What moral and spiritual goals do the mitzvot envision? The Sefer ha-Hinnukh, one of the principal works in Jewish ethical and halakhic literature...
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Flipping Out? Myth or Fact: The Impact of the "Year in Israel"
by Shalom Z. Berger, Daniel Jacobson and Chaim I. Waxman

This book takes a hard look at a phenomenon that has become a major source of both inspiration and consternation in the Jewish community--studying in Israel for a post-high school year.
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Sacred Monsters: Mysterious and Mythical Creatures of Scripture, Talmud and Midrash
by Natan Slifkin

In this beautifully designed and richly illustrated book, Rabbi Natan Slifkin examines a host of mythic and not so mythic creatures from both their Torah descriptions and modern zoological research, giving us a new perspective on the interface between science, myth, and Torah thought.
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Rabbi Abraham Ibn Ezra's Commentary on the First Book of Psalms: Chapters 1-41
translated by H. Norman Strickman

Ibn Ezra's commentary on Psalms is part of the important intellectual bequest that this great medieval scholar left behind. It, along with the other works produced by the great minds of Israel, is part of the great "inheritance of the congregation of Jacob."
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The Pursuit of Justice and Jewish Law: Halakhic Perspectives on the Legal Profession (Second Edition)
by Michael J. Broyde

A Jewish lawyer is bound to - sometimes torn between - two disparate systems of law and ethics. What do you do when your religion conflicts with your obligations as a lawyer?...
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The Rabbis' Advocate: Chacham David Nieto and The Second Kuzari
by David Nieto, translated by Meir Levin

Matteh Dan, or Kuzari Hasheini, is a defense of the Jewish oral tradition against attacks by Karaites and skeptics.
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Bach: Rabbi Joel Sirkes: His Life, Works and Times
by Elijah J. Schochet

Bach is a biography of one of the foremost Talmudic scholars and halakhists of Poland. Rabbi Joel Sirkes led his people and impacted on generations of students with his penetrative analyses. This book documents the life and works of this great Jewish leader.
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The Challenge of Creation: Judaism's Encounter with Science, Cosmology & Evolution
by Natan Slifkin

The Challenge of Creation, is a fascinating look at the profound topics of the nature of scientific laws, the age of the universe, and the evolution of life. It discusses a range of approaches to Torah and science, and also presents its own unified approach to all these issues.
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The Legacy of Maimonides: Religion, Reason and Community
by Yamin Levy and Shalom Carmy

In The Legacy of Maimonides, leading scholars present surveys of Rambam's thinking and his impact on Judaism, and apply Rambam's approach to various issues of critical contemporary importance.
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Man and Beast: Our Relationships with Animals in Jewish Law and Thought
by Natan Slifkin

Rabbi Natan Slifkin presents a comprehensive Jewish perspective on our relationship with the animal kingdom.
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Between the Lines of the Bible: A Study from the New School of Orthodox Torah Commentary
by Yitzchak Etshalom

Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom initiates readers into the world of the New School of Orthodox Torah commentary in a series of compelling studies of Genesis.
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My Yeshiva College: 75 Years of Memories
edited by Zev Nagel and Menachem Butler

What happens when sixty-four former students, teachers and friends get together to reminisce about their Yeshiva College days?
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Gray Matter volume 2
by Chaim Jachter with Ezra Frazer

How do the most difficult halachic questions of today get decided? Rabbi Chaim Jachter takes you through the process with some of the most fascinating contemporary topics.
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Where There's Life, There's Life
by David M. Feldman

Life is precious. In this book, Rabbi David M. Feldman takes readers through the thorniest medical ethics issues dealing with the beginning and end of life, showing how one principle of Judaism guides us in these difficult situations.
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Medicine and Jewish Law volume III
edited by Fred Rosner and Robert Schulman

How do the ethics derived from the Jewish legal tradition respond to the ethical issues raised by the miracle of modern medicine?...
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Moral Issues of the Marketplace in Jewish Law
by Aaron Levine

Rabbi Aaron Levine uses the real-world case study method he pioneered to confront moral dilemmas of the marketplace in the light of American law, secular business ethics, and Jewish law...
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The Students' Guide through the Talmud
by Zevi Hirsch Chajes, translated, edited and critically annotated by Jacob Shachter

Long acknowledged as one of the land-marks in Rabbinic scholarship, this work is being republished in English for the first time in over forty years, more than 150 years since the work's original publication in Hebrew...
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Rabbi Israel Salanter: Religious-Ethical Thinker
by Menahem G. Glenn

Rabbi Israel Salanter was arguably the most influential leader of nineteenth century non-Hasidic Orthodox Judaism. This book is a carefully researched biography and a detailed analysis of his thought and his religious-ethical program to revitalize Judaism...
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The Right and the Good: Halakhah and Human Relations (Expanded Edition)
by Rabbi Daniel Z. Feldman

In an effort to respond to the baseless criticism that Jewish law is overly pre-occupied with religious ritual at the expense of issues having to do with interpersonal relationships, Daniel Z. Feldman presents readers with a detailed exploration of the vast attention that the masters of Jewish thought have given to relations between and among individuals...
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