Martin Buber
SYME AND KANTER'S 100 ESSENTIAL BOOKS 
FOR 
JEWISH READERS

Sholem Asch

In their book 100 Essential Books for Jewish Readers (1998), the authors, Rabbi Daniel B. Syme and Cindy Frenkel Kanter,  devote about 3 pages to a discussion of each of the 100 books included. The discussions are divided into six parts. In the list that follows we have maintained the six parts, or topics, but have reordered the works by each author's last name.

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        JEWISH TEXTS OF BELIEF AND THOUGHT AND THEIR INTERPRETATION

                                                               The Hebrew Bible
                Braude, William G., tran          The Book of Legends
                Freehof, Solomon B.               New Reform Responsa
                Gellman, Marc                        Does God Have a Big Toe?
                Ginsberg, Louis                       Legends of the Bible
                Jacob, Walter                         Contemporary American Reform Responsa
                Klagsbrun, Francine                Voices of Wisdom
                Kolatch, Alfred J.                   The Complete Dictionary of English and Hebrew First
                                                                    Names
                Kushner, Lawrence J.             The Book of Miracles
                Kushner, Lawrence                 Honey From the Rock
                Schwartz, Howard, Anthony   Voices From the Ark: The Modern Jewish Poets
                    Rudolph, eds.

        JEWISH OBSERVANCE AND JEWISH VALUES

                Diament, Anita                        The New Jewish Wedding
                Greenberg, Blu                        On Women and Judaism
                Grishaver, Joel Lurie               Forty Things You Can Do to Save the Jewish People
                Grollman, Earl A.                    Talking About Death
                Harris, Liz                               Holy Days
                Idelsohn, Abraham                  Jewish Music
                Kurzweil, Arthur                     My Generations
                Lamm, Maurice                       The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning
                Levy, Diana Shalet, tran          A Bintel Brief
                Myerhoff, Barbara                   Number Our Days
                Pomerantz, Barbara                 Bubby, Me, and Memories
                Salkin, Jeffrey K.                     Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the
                                                                     Spiritual Meaning of Your Child's Bar or Bar
                                                                     Mitzvah
                Siegel, Danny                          Good People
                Siegel, Richard, Michael &      The First Jewish Catalog. The Second Jewish Catalog.
                    Sharon Strassfeld
                Steinberg, Milton                     Basic Judaism
                Strassfeld, Michael & Sharon  The Third Jewish Catalog
                Syme, Daniel B.                       The Jewish Home: A Guide for Jewish Living
                Techner, David, Judith             A Candle for Grandpa
                    Hirt-Manheimer

        JEWISH PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY

                Buber, Martin                           I and Thou
                Frankl, Victor E.                      Man's Search for Meaning
                Gordon, Sol                             When Living Hurts
                Heschel, Abraham Joshua        God in Search of Man
                Kushner, Harold S.                  To Life!
                Kushner, Harold S.                  When Bad Things Happen to Good People
                Liebman, Joshua Loth               Peace of Mind
                MacLeish, Archibald                J.B.
                Prager, Dennis, Joseph             The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism
                    Telushkin
                Sonsino, Rifat, Daniel B.          What Happens After I Die?
                    Syme
                Weiner, Herbert                       9 1/2 Mystics

        JEWISH HISTORY AND ANTI-SEMITISM

                Asch, Sholem                           The Apostle
                Birmingham, Stephen               Our Crowd
                Birmingham, Stephen               The Grandees
                Bletter, Diana, Photos by         The Invisible Thread
                    Lori Grinker
                Chanes, Jerome H., ed.            Antisemitism in America Today
                Dimont, Max I.                         Jews, God, and History
                Goldberg, M. Hirsch                The Jewish You Wouldn't Believe It Book
                Helmreich, William B.              What They Say Behind Our Backs
                Howe, Irving                           World of Our Fathers
                Isaac, Jules                             The Teaching of Contempt: Christian Routes of
                                                                     Anti-Semitism
                Littell, Franklin                        The Crucifixion of the Jews
                Lyman, Darryl                         Great Jews in Music
                Meyer, Michael M.                 Response to Modernity
                Michener, James                     The Source
                Nathan, Joan                           Jewish Cooking in America
                Postal, Bernard, Lionel            Guess Who's Jewish in American History?
                    Koppman
                Schwartz-Bart, Andre              The Last of the Just
                Shakespeare, William              The Merchant of Venice
                Slater, Robert                          Great Jews in Sports

        ISRAEL AND THE HOLOCAUST

                Chafets, Ze'ev                          Heroes and Hustlers, Hard Hats and Holy Men
                Dayan, Yael                             My Father, His Daughter
                Frank, Anne                             The Diary of a Young Girl
                Goldhagen, Daniel Jonah          Hitler's Willing Executioners
                Hellman, Aviva                        To Touch a Dream
                Hersey, John                            The Wall
                Keneally, Thomas                    Schindler's List
                Morse, Arthur                          When Six Million Died
                Porter, Katherine Ann              Ship of Fools
                Serotta, Edward                       Out of the Shadows
                Slater, Leonard                         The Pledge
                Spriegelman, Art                       Maus I
                Spriegelman, Art                       Maus II
                Styron, William                         Sophie's Choice
                Uris, Leon                                Exodus
                Wells, Leon                              The Janowska Road
                Wiesel, Elie                             The Gates of the Forest
                Wiesenthal, Simon                   Max and Helen
                Wiesenthal, Simon                   The Sunflower

        FICTION AND GENERAL WORKS ON JEWISH THEMES

                Allen, Woody                           Getting Even/Side Effects/Without Feathers
                Asch, Sholem                            The War Goes On
                Cowan, Paul                             An Orphan in History
                Golden, Harry                           Only in America
                Heschel, Susannah, ed.              On Being a Jewish Feminist
                Howe, Irving, Ruth R.                The Best of Sholem Aleichem
                    Wisse, eds.
                Malamud, Bernard                     The Fixer
                Ozick, Cynthia                           The Shawl
                Potok, Chaim                             The Chosen
                Potok, Chaim                             My Name is Asher Lev
                Quinn, Daniel                             Ishmael
                Ragen, Naomi                            Jephte's Daughter
                Rosten, Leo                               The Joys of Yiddish
                Roth, Henry                               Call It Sleep
                Roth, Philip                                Portnoy's Complaint
                Singer, I. J.                                The Brothers Ashkenazi
                Taylor, Sidney                           All-of-a-Kind Family
                Telushkin, Joseph                       Jewish Humor
                Vallentin, Antonia                      The Drama of Albert Einstein
                Wouk, Herman                          This Is My God
 
 

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