The following books are meant to introduce you to some of the prominent voices—past and present—which have shaped the educational philosophy of our school. These books give critical context to our study of primary texts and provide examples of how ancient texts may be used to construct contemporary Jewish identity.
Please refer to these as well as to other books that have influenced you in your admissions essays. Feel free to challenge the arguments of these authors as you describe your own beliefs and practices.
Back to the Sources, edited by Barry Holtz
Taking Hold of Torah: Jewish Commitment and Community in America (Helen and Martin Schwartz Lectures in Jewish Studies), by Arnold M. Eisen
Rereading the Rabbis: A Woman's Voice (Radical Traditions), by Judith Hauptman
A Passion for Truth (Jewish Lights Classic Reprint), by Abraham Joshua Heschel
A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice, (excl. chaps. 22–25), by Isaac Klein