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Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money

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A practical approach to creating wealth-based on the established principles of ancient Jewish wisdom-made accessible to people of all backgrounds

The ups and downs of the economy prove Rabbi Daniel Lapin's famous principle that the more things change, the more we need to depend upon the things that never change. There's no better source for both practical and spiritual fin

Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published (first published 2002)
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Melissa Yael Winston
In the spirit of the 8th habit review I posted in 2009, I am posting a super-thorough review of TSP piecemeal, as I am almost sure it will be too long to post in its entirety. Here is my synopsis of the first chapter:

The First Commandment: Believe in the Dignity and Morality of Business
“Making money is much harder to do if, deep down, you suspect it to be a morally reprehensible activity” (17).
The idea that making money is an inherently noble act is a definitive characteristic of Judaism and one
Feb 10, 2009 Reepacheep rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must_read-nf
I heard about this on Dave Ramsey's national radio program when he interviewed Daniel Lapin. An amazing book that addresses some of our culture's misconceptions about finances and business. This isn't a book about getting rich, it's a book about how we think about money and doing business. The author provides a rich historical background on how perceptions of money and finances have developed over the centuries.

Daniel Lapin's writing is not dry and boring. On the contrary, this book, while appea
Jennifer Wilson
Mar 30, 2012 Jennifer Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rabbi Daniel Lapin has written a book that I believe should be read by anyone who is in business, which means just about everyone! He tackles misconceptions such as it's okay to cold call people asking for donations to charity but to try and sell something door to door is much different. He explains if you believe in your product you should take the same pride in it if you are selling or soliciting for charity!

Lapin challenges ten ideas that many people seem to hold. Such as money is bad. Money
Even though the title dissuaded me from reading the book, I was intrigued based on hearing Dave Ramsey talk about it on his radio show. I actually liked the the first couple of chapters quite a bit, and they helped me shift my thinking about money in a positive way. However, I kind of slogged through the middle chapters. I think it could have been written more concisely, but in general would recommend it and would otherwise have given it four stars.

The chapter about why you should give money awa
Aug 29, 2009 Nick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thou Shall Prosper came highly recommended by a friend. It was a huge disappointment. None of the advice in the book is wrong; it's just anodyne. Does anyone really need to be told that networking is good for business? Or that business, morally and properly conducted, is good for the world? Lapin's perspective as a Rabbi, is certainly interesting -- the best parts of the book are to be found in his stories about people he has known -- but the advice is nothing new. If you're incredibly neurotic ...more
Kathy Hamlin
Aug 05, 2009 Kathy Hamlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathy by:
Clearly written and very interesting. Rabbi Lapin applies 10 spiritual principles to being prosperous. Although his overt purpose is to enhance one's business acumen, the principles apply to our personal life as well. His chapters on giving money to charity, never retiring, and believing in the dignity of business made me think about those topics in new ways and appreciate them even more. These principles apply to anyone who wants to live a moral life. You don't need to be Jewish to appreciate i ...more
Jun 06, 2008 Natalya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Natalya by: Dave Ramsey
One of the best books I have ever read. I would even put it in my number one spot, next to the bible. I would recommend this book to any one. It will change your concept of work business and money, something that our society sorely needs.
Leanne Hunt
Dec 05, 2014 Leanne Hunt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: motivational
What an amazing book! I wish I had read this years ago, and that all my friends could read it now! The book basically sets out to describe the principles and habits which make Jewish people so good at business, and it does a mighty fine job. As a Christian, many of the lessons sounded familiar, and yet I found the approach totally refreshing. Whereas I had been conditioned to think of business and the whole area of making money as somewhat distasteful, Rabbi Daniel Lapin explains that it is an e ...more
Trevor Acy
Apr 21, 2011 Trevor Acy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Trevor by: Dave Ramsey
Do not let the subtitle fool you, how to make money is a secondary purpose of this book. Actually Rabbi Lapin describes how if 'making money' is secondary to your purpose then wealth will occur more so than if it is your main objective. Written from the Jewish perspective on life and business, Thou Shall Prosper has taught me a great deal more than simply making money. The chapters on leadership and charity giving are extraordinary and uplifting in particular. The explanation of Hebrew texts exp ...more
Jul 18, 2012 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
Very good book. Rabbi Daniel Lapin effectively shares solid principles for building wealth through serving others. The book reading was very slow because of the type and content. Therefore, I ordered the audiobook and listened to the 17 hours of content.

The content was good, but he elaborated much on some topics and I lost track of the initial purpose or chapter name.

Here are just some of the principles I learned from the book:

- Business is about serving others well
- Getting paid for a job me
Sep 14, 2012 Joshua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Firstly if you are not of a Judeo-Christian world view then this book will be very difficult for you to read. However it is simply the best book in its class that i have ever read. I have always struggled with a desire for wealth, and have run my own business for almost a decade. I struggle even more with the jarring reality that i am indeed creating wealth and not exploiting others. This book lays it out concisely and clearly, something which no other book i have read on the topic to date has e ...more
Nov 29, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend this book to anyone! The concepts in the book might be old and well-known to the Jewish people, but I think there are secret gems of wisdom for non-Jews. I found a few of the concepts revolutionary to my way of thinking in everyday life. For example, I now look at other people's wealth as a measurement of how much they have blessed other people. It's a beautiful and moral way of viewing money. I love Rabbi Lapin and now consider him my rabbi.
Sep 20, 2011 Jo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This had some very good pearls of wisdom and helped me shift some of my paradigms a bit (for example, away from thinking of business as evil). It was a bit dry, however, and probably would have stayed on my currently-reading list for a long time had it not had holds on it at the library. It also gave me information that piqued my curiosity of the Jewish people in general, so a plus there.
Tony Tovar
Jun 10, 2013 Tony Tovar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book covers ten commandments that all business entrepreneurs should know of if they are to succeed in business.
Sheree Martin
Better than OK, but not amazing. Too political, too Ayn Rand-ish.

I believe that hard work is a necessary ingredient for success, but it's not sufficient. A whole lot more is also necessary. Without hard work, you fail. No question.

That said, all the hard work in the world won't make you "prosper" in the lucre sense. You need great ideas, connections, and some grace, luck, or more along the way. Furthermore, if your family/cultural environment is not attuned to the value of work, education, self
J.M.  Barbiere
Jun 29, 2017 J.M. Barbiere rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good book about the nature of business, and how it's been intertwined with Judaism since the beginning of time. The author, Rabbi Daniel Lapin, is an excellent writer who frequently includes tales of the Bible to teach his readers about business. Often felt like he was talking to me in person because of the many anecdotes and stories used throughout each Commandment. There's also just as much research into modern business, with plenty of excellent references. Minus one star for grammatica ...more
Josiah Aston
Jun 28, 2017 Josiah Aston rated it it was amazing
The primary premise of this book is that making money is moral. Filled with stories and illustrations from his many years as a Jewish rabbi, Lapin makes a strong case for the morality of business and making money while showing his readers how they can tap into these principles. I very much enjoyed the read and will keep it in my library for continued reference and reminders on what I need to do to take my money-making activities to the next level.
Dec 31, 2016 Doug rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book provided a great perspective on work, economics, and wealth. It runs counter to many of the false claims so common in our culture. I particularly liked the last chapter on the myths of retirement. Overall this book has provided me with a much healthier insight into our free capitalistic society and the way individuals should see their own, growing opportunities within it.
Galon Goshin
Jan 21, 2017 Galon Goshin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Opened my perspective to the orthodox Jewish perspective though I don't think it represents all. This is the book that helps boost viewpoints and attitudes toward business, work ethics, and wealth. It might have a lot of religious opinions but the other parts are real good.
John Cardelli
Feb 17, 2017 John Cardelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun to read with a lot of valid points. 5 Stars
John Nikolaidis
I expected better, more practical advise.
Dec 21, 2013 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-book-list
I heard of this book by listening to Dave Ramsey. It's an important book. There is a growing perception that wealth and success are bad, perhaps evil. Rabbi Lapin points out the flaws in that thinking. Here are my take-aways:

"Jewish tradition views a person's quest for profit and wealth to be inherently moral. How could it be otherwise? The wise King Solomon said, "The crown of the wise is their wealth" and Jews have always understood that sentence to mean God is happy with wise behavior and it
Jake Zukowski
Jul 10, 2015 Jake Zukowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Deep within traditional Jewish culture lies the conviction that the only real way to achieve wealth is to attend diligently to the needs of others and to conduct oneself in an honorable and trustworthy fashion." (pg. 29)

Great book overall. A practical book filled with simple treasures of wisdom based on teachings of the Jewish faith, helping to deconstruct what teachings in the Jewish faith help make them more prosperous and successful in career than their numbers should allow. Intellectually s
Andrew Votipka
Sep 03, 2016 Andrew Votipka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My dad pestered me for about a year to read this book. I switched jobs and had a long commute, so I pulled up audible on my phone to discover this was the only fully downloaded book. So I gave it a listen. I'll do a pros and cons list starting with the cons:

-Written by a baby boomer for baby boomers. There was always a shallowness to everything. He'd follow a Talmud quote with some observation about wanting to own a beach front property. Only a baby boomer could justify mixing religion and
Brent Keck
Lots of good advice on living a life that leads to prosperity in more than just wealth. Lapin offers his ten commandments of making money based on Jewish principles of ancient Jewish wisdom. Generally, he champions the idea of business, hard work, relationships, generosity, and, interestingly, not retiring. This is a very practical book interlaced with stories of success and failure to compliment each "command."

I enjoyed the first command that countered much of the current view that business is
Carol Mann Agency
"Rabbi Daniel Lapin's wisdom has helped untold numbers of people, including me, grow in our business, family, and spiritual lives. In Thou Shall Prosper, Rabbi Lapin has done it again. This book tells it like it is in a helpful, honest, hopeful, informative way. He offers valid, useful information based on ancient wisdom and modern experience."—Zig Ziglar, author and motivational teacher

"Thou Shall Prosper is a passionate, occasionally hortatory avowal and practical road map to the making of 'do
There are parts of this book that were quite dry (or boring) which I skimmed through, however, there were some nuggets that I wrote down in my notebook (journal). There wasn't too much on the Jewish customs/religion but did throw in some pointers where needed.

The title grabs most readers attention who would like to PROSPER and abide to the Ten Commandments (featured in the Old Testament in the Bible with Moses), and add MONEY in it, you surely want to read and see how you can do just that!

Even t
Shorel Kleinert
Apr 08, 2015 Shorel Kleinert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economic-track
Certainly one of the most paradigm changing books I have read in awhile.

Here's the gist: do you believe wealth is bad? Do you think that business people can't be holy and somehow businesses take advantage of the populace? Is your first thought when you see a large house or expensive car, "that person could have lived with less and gave the money away to needy." Do you view anyone driving or owning something nicer than you as having "too much"?

If you have had any of these thoughts, you have fall
Faiz Hadzim
A challenging read as this book deals with the concept of personal finance from a Jewish perspective, one that I'm totally unfamiliar with. Rabbi Lapin delves into the Torah to extract golden nuggets that are relevant to the pursuit of acquiring wealth. Three good points to ponder upon:

1) Jews constitute about 2% of the US population, one would be surprised to find that they disproportionately occupy a large portion in the Forbes 500 list. Lapin claims that the Jews' outlook on money that is hea
Seth Pierce
Jan 03, 2015 Seth Pierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is filled with both anecdotal, and traditional Jewish, wisdom that challenges many ways of conventional American thinking. Many passages of scripture are treated in unique ways, and several aphorisms are offered that both ring true, and untrue at the same time. The benefit is that this book really provokes some critical thinking and ruminating over what it says, as opposed to many books in the genre that offer colloquialisms that fall flat. The major flaw in this book is the ad nauseum ...more
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