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Traditional Philosophy

Albo, Joseph. Sefer ha-Ikkarim: Book of Principles. 4 vols. JPS, Philadelphia, PA. 1929-1930.

Blau, Joseph L. The Story of Jewish Philosophy. Random House, New York. 1962. Out of print. ISBN 0-870681-74-5.

Blech, Benjamin. Understanding Judaism: The Basics of Deed and Creed. Jason Aronson. Paperback 1992. ISBN: 0-876682-91-3. [Presents a comprehension explication of the Jewish faith, from the basics of Torah and mitzvot, to the various formulations of the principles of Jewish faith.]
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Gaon, Saadia; Rosenblatt, Samuel (trans.). The Book of Beliefs and Opinions. Yale University Press, New Haven. 1948. Paperback reprint 1989. 498 pages. ISBN: 0-300044-90-9.
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Halevi, Judah. The Kuzari: The Book of Proof and Argument. Schocken, NY. 1964. ISBN 0-911437-52-5. Out of print. [Translation of a classic medieval Jewish philosophical work]

Hirsh, S.R.; Paritzky, Karin (trans.) The Nineteen Letters. ISBN 0-873066-96-0. Out of print.

Jacobs, Louis. A Jewish Theology. Behrman House; 1973. Paperback. ISBN 0-874412-26-9. [Includes information from a Conservative perspective.]
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Jonah, R., Silverstein, Shraga (trans). The Gates of Repentance. Philipp Feldheim; 1999. Hardcover. ISBN 0-873062-52-3.
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Katz, Avraham Yaacov; Luzzatto, Moshe Hayyim. Pathways to the Way of God. Philipp Feldheim; 1997. Hardcover. ISBN 0-873066-86-3.
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Luzzatto, Moshe Chayim, The Path of the Just (Mesilat Yesharim):
Luzzatto, Moshe Chayim, The Way of God (Derekh Hashem). Originally published in 1983. Philipp Feldheim; 1999. Hardcover. ISBN 1-583303-60-X.
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Luzzatto, Moshe Chayim, The Knowing Heart (Daat T'vunot), Philosophy of G-d's Oneness. Philipp Feldheim; 1982. Hardcover. ISBN 0-873061-94-2.
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Maimonides, Moses. Ethical Writings of Maimonides. Dover Pubns; 1983. Paperback Dover edition. ISBN 0-486245-22-5.
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Maimonides, Moses, The Guide for the Perplexed. Multiple editions available. Two translations that have been cited are:

Friedlander, M. (trans) Dover, New York, 1956. Reprinted May 2000. Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486203-51-4.
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Pines, S. (trans.) University of Chicago Press, Chicago IL. 1964. Reprinted 1974. Paperback. ISBN 0-226502-30-9.
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Bahya B. Joseph ibn Pakuda. Duties of the Heart: Multiple editions available:

Feldman, Yaakov (trans). Jason Aronson. Hardcover. 484 pages. 1996. ISBN 1-568214-52-9.
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Hyamson, Moses (trans). Philipp Feldheim. Paperback. 1978. ISBN 0873061616.
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Schneerson, Menachem Mendel (Editor). Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneersohn. William Morrow & Co; 1995. Hardcover: ISBN 0-688141-96-X.
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Silverstein, Shraga (trans.); Rabbeinu Yonah of Gerona (auth.). Gates of Repentance. The Torah Classics Library; Feldheim Publishers 1967. Reprinted June 1999. Hardcover. ISBN 0873062523.
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Teller, Hanoch. Various Anthologies. Feldheim Publishers, NY. [Teller uses stories (based on actual happenings disguised to protect the people involved) to illustrate how one should behave. His major theme is how one should relate to his fellow man.]
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Ethics and Moral Behaviour

Adahan, Miriam, EMETT: A step-by-step guide to emotional maturity through Torah. Feldheim, 1987. Out of print. [Mrs. Adahan's basic premise is that man can attain happiness and emotional satisfaction in life by training himself to think positively about the events which befall him. She gives a complete scheme for identifying negative thought patterns and modifying them, illustrated by many examples from real life.]

Bellfeld, Bradley (ed.); Shook, Robert. Saving the World Entire: And 100 Other Beloved Parables from the Talmud. Plume Books; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-452279-88-7.
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Borowitz, Eugene B.; Schwartz, Frances Weinman. The Jewish Moral Virtues. Jewish Publication Society; 1999. Hardcover. ISBN 0-827606-64-8. [Reform]
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Dorff, Elliot. Matters of Life and Death: A Jewish Approach to Modern Medical Ethics. Jewish Publication Society; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-827606-47-8.
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Goldstein, Niles Elliot; Mason, Steven S.; Borowitz, Eugene; Anav, Jehi. Judaism and Spiritual Ethics. Union of American Hebrew Congregations; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-807406-01-5. [Reform]
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Kaplan, Rabbi Aryeh. If You Were God. NCSY Publications. ISBN: 1-879016-13-3.
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Olitzky, Kerry M.; Sabath, Rachel T. Striving Toward Virtue: A Contemporary Guide for Jewish Ethical Behavior. Ktav Publishing House; 1996. Hardcover: ISBN 0-881255-34-3.
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Telushkin, Joseph. Jewish Wisdom: Ethical, Spiritual, and Historical Lessons from the Great Works and Thinkers. William Morrow & Co; 1994. Hardcover: ISBN 0-688129-58-7.
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Telushkin, Joseph . The Book of Jewish Values: A Day-By-Day Guide to Ethical Living. Bell Tower; 2000. Hardcover. ISBN 0-609603-30-2.
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Twerski, Abraham J. Do Unto Others: How Good Deeds Can Change Your Life. Andrews McMeel Publishing; 1997. Hardcover: ISBN 0-836235-97-5.
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