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Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money

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"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
Paperback, 362 pages
Published July 15th 2008 by John Wiley & Sons (first published 2002)
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Aug 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it

Rabbi Lapin was born into a prestigious Torah family and a Jewish scholar. At one point, he was appointed as a counselor to President Bush. In this book, he talks about money matters from the perspective of Torah! There are three key words in order to be successful 1) Learn 2) Understand and 3) Practice. In order to improve myself, I must put effort and invest in myself. A 75 years old Harvard study reveals the most important factor in human happiness is the relationship, mainly from close famil
Jennifer Wilson
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Kathy Hamlin
Aug 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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.
Peter Schmeltzer
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very interesting. Might have changed some of my outlook on what retirement should be.
Leanne Hunt
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Rabbi Lapin does an excellent job pointing out common misconceptions that people have about business and money. A little preachy at times, but the man is a Rabbi.

Favorite quotations from the book:
“Take out a dollar bill and look at it. Now pat yourself on your back because you are looking at a certificate of performance.”

“There’s no such thing as an entitlement because no one is entitled to anything. If you plan to live off of the generosity of your neighbors, it would
Trevor Acy
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it
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 m
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Christopher Lewis Kozoriz
"...most people who learn how to make money inevitably learn how to improve their relationships with others." ~ Daniel Lapin, Thou Shall Prosper, p. 91

Daniel Lapin is a rabbi who shares insights into why Jews seem to prosper in proportionately to other races. He explains the myths and his insight into why this phenomenon exists and the 10 commandments for making money found in ancient wisdom.
Sep 20, 2011 rated it liked it
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 rated it really liked it
This book covers ten commandments that all business entrepreneurs should know of if they are to succeed in business.
Jeremy Byemanzi
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very helpful book with simple principles to practice. I found the book a little repetitive though.
Gerald Thomson
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Though twice as long as it needs to be, this book is packed with great arguments and examples of how Capitalism is good for the economy, society, and the individual. Lapin argues, I believe successfully, that economies grow when people are allowed to do what they do best for other people who need/want the product/service being provided. Society benefits because a business transaction requires cooperation, as opposed to Socialism which requires coercion. This cooperation spills over outside of th ...more
Dec 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: spiritual
DNF. I read about halfway through this book. I was in Hobby Lobby shopping for stickers and, as is usual for me, I started talking to the other customers who were in the same aisle. A man recommended this book, saying that he had always thought of money as the root of all evil but he had read this book and now felt otherwise. I think a lot of people think of money as evil and it is not, so I was interested to read this book. I have to say that the beginning of the book is very interesting and ex ...more
Minde Artman
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: financial
Are you ready for thorough explanation of God’s will for your finances? Rabbi Daniel Lapin will take you through the ten commandments for making money. He guides you to believe in the dignity and morality of business, to extend your network, to lead, to know your money and to act rich. One of the biggest mind shifts for me was his last commandment of “Never Retire.” This really is making me think about how we always have a calling to serve others and that one measure of our impact on others, tha ...more
J.M.  Barbiere
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Ocean .
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Many of the concepts shared are good, common sense, back-to-basics, solid, ethical, moral ways to live your life and conduct business, which I agree with. I'm not Jewish but found the explanations and references to how the Jewish religion teaches about business and the handling of money to be interesting. If you're looking to lay the foundation or validate core principles regarding money such as, do good work, care about others, be fair, honest and kind in your dealings in b ...more
Amanda Anger
This book is PACKED with truths that will affect every area of your life, not just in regard to making money, though that is the overarching theme. I would definitely set aside to listen to this audio book again.

To be fair, it took me two tries to start the book because the first hour or two didn't grab me, but once I got further into the book, I couldn't stop reading! Almost daily I would mention to a coworker, "This reminds me of something I read in Thou Shall Prosper...." This book made me r
Tiago Soares
It's a book with great concepts that one shall not forget.

So, why the 3 stars review?
It was a book where I did not learn anything new. There is no problem with that too. Repetition is the mother of skill. However, from the great reviews I have read, and the recommendations, I guess I set some expectations for the book and it didn't deliver in that aspect.

But that comes from someone who has read MANY books on the topic, that's why.
In the end, it's not about reading more, it's about practicing wh
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting. I found myself not agreeing with all points but Rabbi Lapin has some great points that made me think. One is that making money (profit) can be a spiritual exercise. It reminded me of the parable of the talents that Jesus told in Matthew 25, in which he commended the two stewards who doubled the talents given to them and the one who made the most profit was given the talents of the one who didn't even invest them. So, profit is not evil, which I think is a subtle belief we can someti ...more
Clifford Fajardo
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm so happy I discovered this book (through a friends recommendation) early in my entrepreneurial journey. When I started reading this book I had left my traditional W2 job about 2 months prior, and although I felt I was doing fine, I feel like I needed adopt and expose myself to the topics concerning the entrepreneurial and business mindset.

For me this really shattered all self-doubt and beliefs about business that I had and taught me so several new principles and mental models that I'm going
May 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
I had a hard time with this book. Most of it is so self explanatory, I quickly was bored and wanted to stop reading. I continued on, however. The last two chapters are great. I just wish I didn't have to read the rest of it before I got there! ...more
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Well, I tried. The concept is good. The overall philosophies are good. Unfortunately, Lapin's abysmal writing undermines the value of the book. I'm sure there is a short recap somewhere on the internet. Search for that and get the golden nuggets without having to suffer through this one. ...more
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Daniel Lapin was born into a prestigious Torah family. He was a student of his father, Rabbi A.H. Lapin, who served the Jewish communities in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, eventually immigrating to America with his wife where they established the Am Echad synagogue in San Jose, CA. Like his father before him, Rabbi Lapin was privileged to learn

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