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A Code of Jewish Ethics: Volume 1: You Shall Be Holyby Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
Synopses & Reviews
An extraordinarily learned and inspiring work on Jewish ethics, written with style and clarity, and suitable for experts as well as those unfamiliar with Jewish texts. Rabbi Telushkin aims to make the world a better place by helping his readers translate Jewish learning into ethical behavior. -Jehuda Reinharz, Richard Koret professor of modern Jewish history and president of Brandeis University
Rabbi Telushkin's masterwork is a gift to humankind. In a time of encroaching darkness, it demonstrates that the light of Torah and Judaism’s teachings lead to a life of wholeness that advances humanity and civilization. It is a wonderful and instructive reminder that this complex legal system is so much about people and filling our sacred spaces with meaning. -Richard Joel, president of Yeshiva University
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin displays the vast ethical resources contained in classical Jewish religious texts and demonstrates how these teachings can apply to the daily personal and communal challenges that confront us all. The book speaks to everyone concerned with leading a virtuous and meaningful life and deserves a wide readership by Jews and non-Jews alike. -Rabbi David Ellenson, president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
In every decade, there are a handful of truly great works, and this is one of them. Joseph Telushkin lifts up the ethical content of our tradition in whatever form it appears-distilled law, interesting anecdotes, historical events, or moral fable. To these he brings his modern sensibilities, deep wisdom, and the common sense of a master teacher. I predict this book will be required reading for my grandchildren, and for all others who want to improve themselves and repair the world. -Blu Greenberg, author of How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household and On Women and Judaism
With all his characteristic grace and humanity, Rabbi Telushkin has produced a masterwork, vast in scope, rich in wisdom, engaging, lucid, and profound. Read it and you will be inspired. Live it and you will be transformed. -Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth
This remarkable guide to goodness shows how holiness begins in decency. It is a treasure-house of Jewish spirit-compelling, readable, supremely wise, and sometimes even funny. —Rabbi David J. Wolpe, rabbi of Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, and author of Making Loss Matter
Judaism has the most sophisticated system of moral theology, or ethics, of any world religion, which has been evolving for four millennia. This is the most comprehensive introduction to Jewish ethics to appear for many decades. -Paul Johnson, author of A History of the Jews
From the Hardcover edition.
The first volume in a three-part guide to the role of ethics in Judaism focuses on the crucial importance of personal integrity--and such corollaries as humility, fair speech, gratitude, repentance, forgiveness, truth, and others--using examples from the Torah, rabbinic commentaries, and modern-day stories to illustrate the influence of ethic on everyday life. 20,000 first printing.
An extraordinarily learned and inspiring work on Jewish ethics, written with style and clarity, and suitable for experts as well as those unfamiliar with Jewish texts. Rabbi Telushkin aims to make the world a better place by helping his readers tra
About the Author
Joseph Telushkin is a spiritual leader and scholar. He is the author of fifteen books, including Jewish Literacy and The Book of Jewish Values, a senior associate of CLAL, a board member of the Jewish Book Council, and the rabbi of the Los Angeles–based Synagogue for the Performing Arts. He lives in New York City and lectures regularly throughout the United States.
Visit acodeofjewishethics.com for more information and to download a study guide to key ethical issues raised in A Code of Jewish Ethics.
Table of Contents
What matters most to God — Judging others fairly — Gratitude — Good manners and civility — Common sense : a moral value, not just a pragmatic one — Repentance — Forgiveness — Humility — Anger — Humiliating others — Envy — Hatred and revenge — The Jewish laws of fair speech — Criticism — Truth, lies, and permitted lies — Acting as ambassadors of God — Good and goodness — Torah study : the mitzvah that equals all the others.
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