Rabbi's Message: Volume 21, No. 4: Nov. 2003 - Heshvan 5764
Volume 21, No. 4: Nov. 2003 - Cheshvan 5764
Subject: Rabbi's Message: Nov. 2003 - Cheshvan 5764:
A Jewish Reference Library at Betenu
In these days of the internet, many are beginning to think that research
means having the results of a "google" search!
The big question: Since anything can be put up on the internet, how do I know
the truth from propaganda to outright lies!
After one becomes relatively educated on a subject, he/she generally knows
the reliable sources. In honor of "National Jewish Book Month", I want to
remind you of the excellent resources in our Temple's library.
If you find yourself interested in
studying more about Judaism, for a small shul, we have an excellent reference
The Jewish Encyclopedia(JE), Funk and Wagnalls, Copyright 1906
This is a remarkable piece of Jewish scholarship. For events prior to 1900,
it is considered to offer a level of scholarship superior to either of the
more recent Jewish Encyclopedias written in English.
It is also fully available on the web at:
so you can look this one up at home.
Universal Jewish Encyclopedia(UJE), New York, NY, Copyright 1941 and
the Encyclopaedia Judaica(EJ), Keter Publishing, Jerusalem, Israel, Copyright
1971 are also available in the synagogue.
For Children, we have the 6-volume Junior Judaica published by Keter.
Customs and traditions:
The Jewish Book of Why, Kolatch, A. J., Jonathan David Publishers, Middle
Village, Copyright 1981 and The Second Jewish Book of Why, Kolatch, A. J.,
Jonathan David Publishers, Middle Village, Copyright 1985 are an excellent source
for many of Judaism questions that begin why do Jews ...
The 1985 volume included many questions not included in the 1981 volume and
it has a cumulative index of both volumes.
While we have many volumes of history, we also have the six-volume 19th
century classic by Graetz.
We have a number of one-volume copies of the Torah and the Prophets, but we
also have the 14-volume Soncino Bible with extensive commentary and the
24-volume Prophets/Writings (NaCh) by Judaica Press.
Nehama Leibowitz 7-Volume set of Torah Studies on the Sedras
Crafts and "Do it Yourself"
The library also contains the the 3-volume set, titled the "Jewish Catalog"
as well as the volume the "Jewish Kid's Catalog". These are excellent for
developing a personalized home-practice or personal practice of Judaism, with
opportunities to make many of your own objects of Judaica.
So if you are interested in researching a bit more about almost any aspect
of Judaism for you, your children or your family, the temple library is an
excellent starting point.
Joshua L. Segal, Rabbi
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