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

ISBN-10: 0609603302

ISBN-13: 9780609603307

Edition: 2000

Authors: Joseph Telushkin

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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 two pages a day of pithy, wise, and easily accessible teachings designed to be put into immediate practice. The range of the book is as broad as life itself: The first trait to seek in a spouse (Day 17) When, if ever, lying is permitted (Days 71-73) Why acting cheerfully is a requirement, not a choice (Day 39) What children don't owe their parents (Day 128) Whether Jews should donate their organs (Day 290) An effective but expensive technique for curbing your anger (Day 156) How to raise truthful children (Day 298) What purchases are always forbidden (Day 3) In addition, Telushkin raises issues with ethical implications that may surprise you, such as the need to tip those whom you don't see (Day 109), the right thing to do when you hear an ambulance siren (Day 1), and why wasting time is a sin (Day 15). Whether he is telling us what Jewish tradition has to say about insider trading or about the relationship between employers and employees, he provides fresh inspiration and clear guidance for every day of our lives.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/22/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 544
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

On Hearing a Siren
"Let Your Fellow's Money Be as Precious to You as Your Own"
The Purchase That Is Always Forbidden
"What Would God Want Me to Do?"
Be Generous Even When Your Instincts Are Lazy
When You're Tempted to Cheat
Give Cheerfully
When a Person Says "I'm Hungry"
Don't Play Favorites
Don't Make Your Family Afraid of You
Support Political Asylum
Bless Your Children
Don't Waste Time
"Stay Away from a Bad Neighbor"
The First Trait to Look for in a Spouse
"Love Your Wife as Yourself"
Respect Your In-Laws
Don't Speak Unless You Have Something to Say
If You Have a Bad Temper
If You Have a Bad Temper (2)
Find Excuses for Behavior That Seems Unkind
"Judge the Whole of a Person Favorably"
Return Lost Objects
"As Long as the Candle Is Burning..."
Don't "Steal" Another Person's Mind
Who Is Wise?
The Special Obligation to Visit and Help People, Particularly Poor People, Who Are Sick
Visiting the Sick: Seven Suggestions
A Gynecologist from New Jersey, a Lawyer from Brooklyn
Sharing Helpful News
Is a Jew Permitted to Smoke?
When Not Giving Charity Is the Highest Charity
Give Money When Times Are Hard
Acting Cheerfully Is Not a Choice
One Must Always Greet Another Person
Should a Recovering Alcoholic Drink Wine on Shabbat and at the Seder?
The Jewish Ethics of Speech: What Is Lashon Hara?
Don't Pass on Negative Comments
The Sin That No One Ever Acknowledges Committing
When Confrontation Is Desirable
"You Shall Not Ill-Treat Any ... Orphan"
Why Refraining from Gossiping Is an Important Challenge
Tzedaka Is More Than Charity
Fight Fairly
A Day Without Rumors; How About a Week?
When Is It Appropriate to Pass On a Rumor?
Some Thoughts for a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah
Learning from the Bad to Do Good
Love the Stranger
The Torah on the Blind and the Deaf
Standing Up for Justice
Don't Buy Products Produced by Exploited Workers
Everybody Deserves a "Tenk You"
The Need for Moral Imagination
"One Who Learns from His Companion a Single Chapter"
Cite Your Sources
Who Is Rich?
Enjoy, Enjoy
"Keep Far Away from Falsehood"
"What Good Thing Happened to Me This Week?"
When, If Ever, Is It Permitted to Lie? (1): When Life Is at Stake
When, If Ever, is It Permitted to Lie? (2): Judaism and White Lies
When, If Ever, Is It Permitted to Lie? (3): Lies Told for Reasons of Humility, Privacy, and Not to Harm Another
Declaring a "Complaining Fast"
The Most Unusual of Blessings
Treating People Who Are Retarded with Respect
Don't Charge Interest
Help Someone Laugh
For Whom Was I Named?
A Lifesaving Bribe
The Little Indecencies That Reveal Character
"The Most Beautiful Etrog I Have Ever Seen"
"Do Not Stand by While Your Neighbor's Blood Is Shed": The Requirement to Intervene
When You Suspect Child Abuse
Untamed Anger and the Death Of Love
Be Fair to Your Enemy
Don't Make People Tell You Lies
"He Who Saves a Single Life It Is as If He Saved an Entire World"
Spend a Week Following Your Heart
Don't Make Unrealistic Demands of People
A Jewish View of Hunting
Feed Your Animals Before Yourself
Don't Spread Negative, but Irrelevant, Information About Someone You Dislike
Don't Humiliate an Enemy
Pray for Someone Else Today
Raising Your Child to Be a Mensch
The Questions All Parents Should Ask Themselves
"Just as Theft of Money Is Theft, So Is Theft of Time"
What It Means to Sanctify God's Name
The Special Obligation of Religous Jews to Sanctify God's Name
When Is the Best Time to Repent?
Acknowledge Your Sin and Accept Responsibility
Ask for Forgiveness Even When You're Not Fully in the Wrong
Tipping Even Those Whose Faces You Don't See
What If You Could Read Your Obituary Today?
The Infinite Ways of Doing Good
"You Shall Not Place a Stumbling Block"
The Nameless Person Behind the Counter
Acts of Kindness (1): Looking Backward
Acts of Kindness (2): Looking Ahead
Acts of Kindness (3): Looking Ahead
The Least Time to Spare, the Most Time to Give
God's Four Questions
Do You Scream When You Should?
Paying a Laborer's Wages Promptly
What a Worker Owes His Employer
What We Owe Our Siblings
Anger: Three Thoughts Before You Explode
What Does It Mean to Honor and Revere Your Parents?
What You Don't Owe Your Parents
Escort Your Guests
Two Pieces of Paper
Read and Listen to Points of View with Which You Disagree
It's Not Only What You Do for Your Parents That Counts--It's Your Attitude
"Educate a Child According to His Way"
Don't Threaten Your Children with Physical Punishment
Enter a Mourner's Home with Silence
"Don't Take My Grief from Me"
"You Shall Not Carry God's Name in Vain": An Unforgivable Sin
When It's Good to Be a Fool
Helping Non-Jews
Schedule Kindness into Your Day
Don't Be a Pious Fool
Don't Serve Liquor with an Overly Generous Hand
True Hospitality: Did You Ask Your Wife?
Don't Embarrass Your Guest, Don't Embarrass Your Children
When You Suspect Spousal Abuse
An Abused Spouse: How You Can Help
Maimonides' Advice: How to Change Negative Behavior
The Unending Obligation to Be Kind
"What's Hateful Unto You..."
Not Everything That Is Thought Should Be Said
A Day of Kind Deeds
An Expensive Technique for Overcoming Anger
When You're Angry at Your Spouse: Putting Things into Perspective
Treating Your Employees with Respect
Abraham, the Model of Hospitality
There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
How Fear of God Can Make You a Better Person (1)
How Fear of God Can Make You a Better Person (2)
Express Gratitude to Your Parents
When Your Mate and Your Parents Are in Conflict
"From a Child Is Beautiful, Anything"
"This Is the Most Delicious Muffin I Have Ever Tasted"
When You Hear That Someone's Taking a Long Trip, Make Sure They Take Along Some Extra Money
Steady Giving
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: What the Torah Says
Can Veal Be Kosher?
Should a Jew Wear Fur?
When Giving Enough Is Not Enough
What Does the Sick Person Need?
Should a Doctor or a Close Family Member Tell the Truth to a Person Who Is Dying?
Is Your Work Sacred?
Is Abortion Murder? Should a Woman's Right to Abortion Be Absolute?
Should a Woman Have the Right to Do What She Wants with Her Body?
Rabbi Aryeh Levine and the Mitzvah to Visit the Sick
Help Someone to Find a Spouse, Help Someone to Find Work
Do Good...Now
Teach Your Child Torah
Teach Your Child the Value of Human Life
A Pragmatic Reason for Forgiving Others
Charity Is Not Enough
Find Work for the Developmentally Disabled
An Employer Must Know How His Employees Live
Confession and Your Neighbor's Soul
How Can One Repent Who Has Committed the Ultimate and Unforgivable Sin?
When a Jew Acts Dishonestly Toward a Non-Jew
One Boss in a Million
Have You Written an Ethical Will?
Three Traits That Reveal Your Character
"Until the Day of One's Death"
When the Old Become Frail
Beyond the Letter of the Law
Consult with Your Spouse, Consult with Your Friends
"The Dust of Forbidden Speech"
A Twenty-Four-Hour Experiment
Don't Bear a Grudge
Picking Up Sumbling Blocks
The Limits of Self-Sacrifice
"Go and Gather the Feathers"
Make Sure You Have a Friend Who Can Criticize You
Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs, and the Need for a New Kind of Hero
Start Your Day with Gratitude
If You Have a Tendency to Complain About Others
Respect Your Family's Privacy
"What Does a Good Guest Say?"
Question to Ask Yourself Before You Criticize Another
Knowing When to Step Aside
When You've Judged Another Unfairly
"Therefore Was Man Created Singly"
"If Someone Wishes to Kill You, Get Up Early and Kill Him First"
Be Conscious of the Goodness and Sweetness in Others
The Good That You Do Lives On
When It's Right to Be Early
"His Mercy Is Upon All His Works"
Be Kind to Your Enemy's Animal
"Seek Peace and Pursue It"
On Loving Yourself
"There Is No Messenger in a Case of Sin"
The Power of Goodness
Teach Your Child a Profession
Teach Your Child That What Matters Most to God Is Goodness
Don't Give Away Too Much
Can a Religious Person Be Cruel?
The Antidote to Arrogance
Don't Pretend to Virtues You Don't Have
"Love Your Neighbor": What Is the Neighbor's Responsibility?
"Honor Your Father and Mother": The Surprising Wording of the Biblical Commandment
If Parents Become Senile
How to Learn Empathy
Don't Snap at Your Spouse
Are You in an Abusive Relationship?
Don't Be an Elitist
Don't Encourage Your Children to Date Wealthy People
The Painful, Challenging, Question Parents Must Ask Children
Marriage Is Also Supposed to Be Fun
Rabbenu Gershom and the Prohibition Against Being a Snoop
Be Generous with Power
When Silence Is Golden
Learn Even from Those with Whom You Disagree
Revenge and the Command to Love Your Neighbor
Who Is a Hero? A Jewish Perspective
Accidents Do Happen
When an Accident Is No Accident
Don't Be a Mitzvah Hero at Someone Else's Expense
Speak Truth to Power
Just How Much Are You Supposed to Fear God?
Don't Mouth Pious Platitudes
Do a Favor...for Your Enemy
Maimonides, Art Buchwald, and the Importance of Every Deed
When You Have Been Sinned Against: Your Obligation
A Nightly Prayer Before Going to Sleep
Don't Let Your Child Humiliate Another Child
What the Fifth Commandment Demands of Parents
Make Your Celebration a Cause for Everyone to Celebrate
On Not Embarrassing the Recipient
Is There Someone You're Ignoring Whom You Should Ask for Forgiveness?
Don't Forgive on Other People's Behalf
The Punishment of One Who Humiliates Another
When You Can't Give Money
How to Avoid Giving in to Temptation
When You're Tempted to Do Something Wrong
When There Is No Shalom Bayit in Your Bayit
When Jewish Law Permits a Person to Be Publicly Shamed
The Limits of God's Forgiveness
It's Not Enough to Be Nice, Timing Also Matters
Help Non-Jews as Well as Jews
The Final Words a Jew Should Speak
Should a Jew Donate His Organs?
Listen ... Really Listen
How Not to Teach Torah
Charity, Idolatry, and Deafness
Sanctifying the Secular
Don't Be a Racist
Never Practice Ingratitude
Raising Truthful Children
Empathy Is Not Natural
Express Your Gratitude to the People Nearest to You...Now
Learning to Say "I Need"
When Anonymous Giving Is Important, and When It Is Not
When Silence Is Criminal
If You Learn That Someone Is Intending to Hurt Another
"You Are Not as Good as You Think You Are, and the World Is Not as Bad as You Think It is"
When Pious Words Are Irreligious
When a Half-Truth Becomes a Whole Lie
Is Your Blood Redder?
Should There Be a Limit to Parental Love?
Teach Your Child Survival Skills
The Most Perfect Act of Kindness
A Ritual Way to Make Each of Your Children Feel Special
A Time for Silence
When Praising Someone Is the Wrong Thing to Do
You and Your Ex
Solomon's Sword: How to Determine a Child's Best Interests
The Special Obligation of Adoptive Parents
Don't Speak Lashon Hara About Yourself
Learning to Keep Your Envy in Check
Don't Get Used to Other People's Suffering
What's Wrong with Your Life? What's Right?
Shiva, the Final Act of Gratitude
Repentance Is Good--Overrepentance Is Not
Don't Stereotype Groups
Raising Your Children to Love Both Themselves and Others
Watch Your ... Compliments
When Legal Doesn't Equal Moral
Using Your Evil Urge to Do Good
Let Your Word, Not Your Oath, Be Your Bond
Never Insult Another
When Is It Permitted to Pass On Negative Information About Another?
Passing On Negative Information When a Couple Are Dating: The Four Guidelines of the Chaffetz Chayyin
Telling Your Children "I'm Sorry"
Make Time for Your Children
"You Must Not Remain Indifferent"
When You Learn Torah, Use It
One Who Calls Another Person by a Cruel Nickname
When Anonymous Giving Is Not Good
Do You Owe Your Children an Inheritance?
"One Who Is Bashful Will Never Learn"
Study Judaism Fifteen Minutes a Day...Starting Now
Random Acts of Kindness
A Particularly Evil Form of Stealing
A Husband's Obligations to His Wife
Don't Insult Your Spouse
Jews Shouldn't Be Cheap; Jewish Funerals Should Be
A Law That Needs to Be Changed
The Holiness of Laughter
Unfair Competition
Would Jewish Ethics Permit a Jew to Own a Gun Store?
Wronging with Words
The Telephone as an Instrument for Good
Torah Study and the Importance of Review
A Week of Kindness, a Week of Gemilut Chesed
Your First Check for the New Year
Topical Index
Glossary of Hebrew Texts Cited
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