Chapter 11 Suggested Readings, Weblinks, and Other Media

Scholarly Texts

Adler, Rachel. Engendering Judaism: An Inclusive Theology and Ethics. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1999.

Cohen, Shaye J. D. The Beginnings of Jewishness: Boundaries, Varieties, Uncertainties. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.

Galambush, Julie. The Reluctant Parting: How the New Testament’s Jewish Writers Created a Christian Book. San Francisco, CA: HarperCollins, 2005.

Goodman, Martin. A History of Judaism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2018.

Weblinks—Judaism 101—The Jewish website    

Union for Reform Judaism— 

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism— 

Educational Documentaries

The Forbidden Garden: Piercing the Veil of the Kabbalah, 2000, 63 min.,

Essentials of Faith: Judaism, 2006, 24 min.,

Introduction to Judaism, 2004, 30 min.,

Keepers of the Faith: Hasidim in the New World and Beyond, 2000, 53 min.,

Popular Films

The Chosen (1981). Directed by Jeremy Paul Kagan—A sentimental but historically sensitive portrayal of Hasidic life and the struggle to preserve a traditional legacy in the modern world.

Schindler’s List (1993). Directed by Steven Spielberg—A powerful dramatization of the rescue of over 1,000 Polish Jews from the Nazi death camps by an ex-Nazi war profiteer.

Ushpizin (2005). Directed by Gidi Dar—An Israeli film that offers a sympathetic and somewhat whimsical view of ultra-Orthodox life in contemporary Jerusalem.

The Women’s Balcony (2017). Directed by Emil Ben-Shimon—a satiric comedy, set in Israel, that takes on misogyny and fanaticism in an Orthodox community.


The Chosen by Chaim Potok (1987)—Potok’s best-known novel, about a Hasidic dynasty in New York.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (1947/1997)—A classic account of a young Jewish girl’s experiences during the Holocaust.

Souls on Fire: Portraits and Legends of Hasidic Masters by Elie Wiesel (1982)—An evocative account of some of Hasidism’s leading figures.

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