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The Book of Jewish Values: A Day-by-Day Guide to Ethical Living

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In The Book of Jewish Values, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin has combed the Bible, the Talmud, and the whole spectrum of Judaism's sacred writings to give us a manual on how to lead a decent, kind, and honest life in a morally complicated world. Telushkin speaks to the major ethical issues of our time, issues that have, of course, been around since the beginning. He offers one or ...more
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published February 22nd 2000 by Harmony
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Karen Wyle
Dec 04, 2014 Karen Wyle rated it really liked it
I just about never do this -- but I'm reviewing a book I haven't finished (despite the "finished" date on this entry). I do so because:
(a) it's due back at the library, and
(b) this is a book one can read in snippets, and in any order.

Rabbi Telushkin gives us 365 short (no more than two pages) discussions of how to apply the principles of Torah, as explicated in the Talmud and illustrated in the Mishnah and Talmud, to everyday modern life. He does so with a clarity and humility that I found very
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Michelle Jones
Jul 30, 2010 Michelle Jones rated it it was amazing
I read this book over the course of a year. Give or take a few missed and a few catch up days I read one value each day. This book has had such a large impact on my behavior in lots and lots of ways. One of the most obvious ways is the way I deal with panhandlers and homeless people I encounter. If someone asks me for a dollar and I have a dollar I will now give it to them and I will look them in the eye and tell them to have a nice day. If I don’t have a dollar I’ll offer to buy them some food. ...more
Alison
Apr 17, 2007 Alison rated it really liked it
This book really helped me understand what Judaism is all about. Mainly I learned about its emphasis on ethical treatment of others--rather than the legalistic, hard-line emphasis on Torah law I had always been taught about (by people who had never studied Jewish thought). It taught me a lot about what integrity really means.
Reid Boehm
Jul 22, 2014 Reid Boehm rated it it was amazing
I will be reading and rereading for a long while. I love the author's tone and his wisdom.
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Good, solid guidance for life.
CLAUDIO
May 25, 2015 CLAUDIO rated it it was amazing
The best book I ever read about values. Many stories and examples on how to apply an entire value system in our daily life. It makes us wiser to take good decisions in our personal contacts.
Aryeh
Jul 06, 2015 Aryeh rated it liked it
I read this book both because I wanted an introduction to Telushkin and as someone looking for a beginner-level Jewish ethics how-to manual to recommend to folks studying for conversion.Telushkin offers the reader short, daily, thought-provoking essays that outline a number of lessons from both Torah and Talmud, in language that is understandable and with references that draw the reader to further research. This is a useful entry-level tool, and I suspect I'll be recommending it in the near futu ...more
Kirk Mahoney
Dec 14, 2014 Kirk Mahoney rated it it was amazing
Reading this book aloud to my wife was my daily habit this year, with some reading ahead because of a vacation and again at the end of this year.

We were reared in Christian homes, and we found that every one of the values discussed by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin resonated with -- and reinforced -- our own values.

No matter your background, I highly recommend that you make reading a "day" from this book a daily habit for a full year, if not for two!

As a fan of Dennis Prager, I see how he and Joseph Tel
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Kris Siegel
Aug 23, 2011 Kris Siegel rated it it was amazing
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There is an entry for each day of the year. When my kids were younger, I tried to read this with my family at dinner each night. We didn't make it through the whole year, but this book offered lots of conversation starters. At the end of a week's worth of entries, there is a list of questions to discuss on Shabbat. This is really a great book, and I'm putting it back on the dining room table!
Denise
Jan 14, 2016 Denise rated it it was amazing
I love reading this book. It helps keep things in perspective and helps me keep my moral compass calibrated. I take it out every year during the Days of Awe.
Farrah
Oct 09, 2012 Farrah rated it it was amazing
If I ever dont know what the right thing to is, all I need to do is read one of these short stories and I am closer to the answer
Elise
Jan 11, 2010 Elise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: judaism
Keep yourself in line.
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Joseph Telushkin (born 1948) is an American rabbi, lecturer, and best selling author. His more than 15 books include several volumes about Jewish ethics, Jewish Literacy, as well as "Rebbe", a New York Times best seller released in June 2014

Telushkin was raised in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Solomon and Hellen Telushkin. He attended Yeshiva of Flatbush where met his future co-author Dennis Prag
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