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A Code of Jewish Ethics: Volume 1: You Shall Be Holy

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A Code of Jewish Ethics, Volume 1: You Shall Be Holy is the initial volume of the first major code of Jewish ethics to be written in the English language. It is a monumental work on the vital topic of personal character and integrity by one of the premier Jewish scholars and thinkers of our time.

With the stated purpose of restoring ethics to its central role in Judaism, Ra
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Harmony
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Jun 30, 2016 Steve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
I have yet to finish this book. But each page offers more to ponder over. This is self-reflection in a good way. I keep it on my nightstand with a pencil and read from it now and then when I need to be inspired.
Jan 06, 2015 Robert rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most insightful and thought-provoking books I've read -- I read it years ago, just after my divorce, when I felt adrift.

I pick it up now and then and reread parts of it. There are some parts that seem unimportant, but there is a lot that is very important. It makes me think again about the intersection between Jewish and Christian ethics (and about their differences, which it tries to delineate); most importantly, it makes me think about what is important in the way a life is
Apr 25, 2012 David rated it really liked it
A thought provoking book. Tells how Judaism deals with issues such as envy, greed, etc. I liked how the book gave present day stories, etc, in addition to ancedotes from the Bible.

It would have been nice to hear about present day Jews standing up for persecuted groups today, such as Muslims, and issues like divorce, but that might be for another book.
Jan 03, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
I'm reading this to prepare myself for a new 7th grade class I'm teaching; it is fascinating so far! I particularly like how Telushkin differentiates between ritual observance and ethical observance: is a crooked businessperson who goes to services every week, keeps kosher, and celebrates every holiday an "observant" Jew? Teleushkin says no.
Mar 15, 2009 Damian added it
How to live an ethical life. One of the most practical religious books I've ever read. Its part of whats renewed my lifelong interest in Judaism.
Jul 28, 2012 Sari rated it it was amazing

Everyone should read this book. This to me is where spirituality is the basic way we live our day to day lives.
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Nov 08, 2009 Heather Schwartz rated it liked it
Clear and concise discussion of jewish ethics that are already discussed in many other places. A good "starter" book
Apr 26, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
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Intensely informative.
Jan 31, 2008 Sunny rated it it was amazing
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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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