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Alpert, Rebecca T. and Jacob J. Staub. Exploring Judaism: A Reconstructionist Approach. Reconstructionist Press. 2000. AISN/ISBN: 093545750X.

This book, which defines the newest denomination within Judaism as developed by Mordecai Kaplan, provides an overview of Reconstructionism.

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Borowitz, Eugene B.. Renewing the Covenant: A Theology of the Postmodern Jew. Jewish Publication Society. 1998. AISN/ISBN: 0827606273.

This book is a powerful theological statement on liberal Judaism that encourages study, reflection and response for those concerned with major Jewish issues..

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Buber, Martin. I and Thou. Simon & Schuster. 1971. AISN/ISBN: 0684717255.

A seminal work that discusses our relationship to God and to the world. "I-thou" contrasts with "I-it," the more common type of relations in our modern world..

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Gillman, Neil. Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew. Jewish Publication Society. 1992. AISN/ISBN: 0827604033.

Gillman addresses the theological question of retaining the sacredness of Judaism in modern times..

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Kaplan, Mordecai. Judaism As A Civilization. Jewish Publication Society. 1994. AISN/ISBN: 0827605293.

Written by the creator of the Reconstructionist philosophy, this work is republished with a new introduction by Arnold Eisen. Kaplan discusses the challenges facing American Jews and maintains that Judaism is more than a religion;it is a civilization.

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Kushner, Lawrence. God Was In This Place and I, I Did Not Know: Finding Self, Spirituality and Ultimate Meaning. Jewish Lights. 1991. AISN/ISBN: 1879045052.

Helping to understand who God is and who we are. The book contains, for example, interpretations of Jacob's dream found in Genesis and opens a window of spirituality..

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Soloveichik, Haym. The Lonely Man of Faith. Jason Aronson. 2005. AISN/ISBN: 0385514085.

An exploration of the nature of faith by the revered Orthodox rabbi. He investigates "aloneness" using the example of a person of faith whom he deems "alone" in our narcissistic, technologically oriented, utilitarian society.

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Winsten, Joseph. Moses Meets Israel: The Origins of One God. Rumford Inc. 1999. AISN/ISBN: 0966340604.

This work explores the origins of monotheism and the early history of Israel. It looks at the Bible as a living record of history and examines the sources of faith. The ancient scribes provided the raw material of the Bible by faithfully recording all the peoples' traditions despite inherent ambiguities and contradictions. To this, Winsten applies textual criticism, contemporary scientific data, and rational analysis, all of which yield a more coherent picture of early Israel.

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