Jewish Wisdom Ethical, Spiritual, and Historical Lessons from the Great Works and Thinkers

ISBN-10: 0688129587

ISBN-13: 9780688129583

Edition: 1994

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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/21/1994
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 688
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.486
Language: English

A widely known spiritual leader and scholar, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin is the author of eleven influential Jewish books, including A Code of Jewish Ethics ; Words That Hurt, Words That Heal ; Biblical Literacy ; and four novels. He lives in New York City and lectures throughout the United States.

Introduction
Between People: How to Be a Good Person in a Complicated World
Does Judaism Have an Essence?
When to Give, What to Give, How to Give: Why Tzedaka Is Not Charity
Helping the Helpless: What Are Our Obligations to Society's Most Vulnerable Members?
Mensch - Nine Challenges a Good Person Must Meet
Honesty, Dishonesty, and the "Gray Areas" in Between
"You Must Pay Him His Wages on the Same Day": Between Employers and Employees
Truth, Lies, and Permissible Lies
"Sticks and Stones" and Words: The Ethics of Speech
Arguing Ethically
The Obligation to Criticize, How to Do So, and When to Remain Silent
When Life Is at Stake
"It Is As If He Saved the Entire World": The Infinite Value of Each Human Life
"All Jews Are Responsible One for Another": Communal Responsibilities
Models of Leadership
"Listen to Her Voice": Conflicting Biblical and Talmudic Views of the Character of Women
"It Is Not Good for Man to Be Alone": Jewish Perspectives on Marriage
"For Love Is As Strong as Death": Romantic Love
Sex: The Commanded, the Permitted, the Forbidden
"Be Fruitful and Multiply": The Duty to Have Children
Between Parents and Children
If the Fetus Is Not a Life, What Is It?: Judaism and Abortion
"Even the Altar Sheds Tears": Divorce
"Love Your Neighbor"
"Either Friends or Death": Friendship
"When I Was Young, I Admired Clever People. Now that I Am Old...": Kindness and Compassion
"What Does a Good Guest Say?": Good Manners
"If You See Your Enemy's Donkey": A Jewish Alternative to Jesus' Command: "Love Your Enemies"
The Terrible Toll of Hatred
Good Advice on Fifteen Subjects
Personal Issues: Judaism and the Quest for Meaning
Human Nature - A Somber Look
The Human Condition: Four Parables and a Bushel of Quotes
On Suffering
"One Does More, and One Does Less": Humility
"Did You See My Alps?": Against Asceticism
"What Have I in Common with Jews?": Alienation
"A Person Is Always Liable for His Actions": Free Will and Human Responsibility
Old Age: Anguish and Opportunities
"The Anniversary of a Death, That a Jew Remembers": Death and Mourning
"A Sentinel Who Has Deserted His Post": Suicide
The Afterlife
"Who Is Rich?"
Between People and God: What God Wants from Us
God
Is God Necessary for Morality?
Idolatry and Its Attractions
Chosen People: A Beautiful, but Often Misunderstood, Concept
Jews and God After the Holocaust
How Does One Sanctify God's Name? How Does One Desecrate It?
Martyrs: Those Who Died at Kiddush ha-Shem (to Sanctify God's Name)
Mitzvah (Commandment) and Some of the Distinguishing Characteristics of Judaism
Studying Torah
"How Can We Tell When a Sin We Have Committed Has Been Pardoned?": On Repentance and Sin
Prayer
Rabbis
"Your People Shall Be My People": Converts
"You Shall Rejoice in Your Festival": A Few Scattered Thoughts on Jewish Holidays
Between People and the World: Jewish Values Confront Modern Values
"People Would Swallow Each Other Alive": Against Anarchy
"Let the Law Cut Through the Mountain": Jewish Principles of Justice
Murder and the Death Penalty: The Conflicting Views of the Bible and Talmud
"Must the Sword Devour Forever?": Jewish Reflections on War
Against Utopianism
"Poverty Would Outweigh Them All": The Curse of Poverty
"A Physician Who Heals for Nothing Is Worth Nothing": Medicine and Doctors
"For There Will Be No One to Repair It After You": Toward a Jewish Ecology
"His Mercy Is upon All His Works": Jewish Ethics Toward Animals
Modern Jewish Experience: Major Themes
Antisemitism
Antisemitism and the American-Jewish Experience
Philosemitism
Assimilation and Intermarriage
A Miscellany: On Sports, Jewish Denominations, and Communism
The Holocaust
The Holocaust: A Prologue
What the Nazis Said
The Experience of the "Final Solution": Six Stories out of Six Million
Before and During the Holocaust: Reactions in the West
"Like Lambs to the Slaughter": Why Did More Jews Not Fight Back?
"Then They Came for Me, and There Was No One Left": Heroic Words and Tragic Quotes
"Let Them Go to Hell": Jewish Rage at the Nazis
"Let Not the Murderers of Our Nation Also Be Its Heirs": The Debate over German Reparations
"As Your Sword Has Made Women Childless...": The Eichmann Trial
"That Place Is Not Your Place:" Ronald Reagan and the Bitburg Controversy
On Holocaust Deniers
The Holocaust and Its Meaning for Christians
"One, Plus One, Plus One": Six Final Quotes on the Holocaust
Zionism and Israel
The Land of Israel in the Bible, the Talmud, and Jewish Law
Theodor Herzl: Zionism's Founder
Chaim Weizmann and the Balfour Declaration
Vladimir Jabotinsky
David Ben-Gurion
Golda Meir
Menachem Begin
"It Is Good to Die for Our Country": Other Zionist Leaders and Other Quotes About Israel
Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism
On Being a Jew: Modern Reflections
Bibliography
Index
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