A Code of Jewish Ethics, Volume 2: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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Crown Publishing Group, Feb 10, 2009 - Religion - 489 pages
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“Jewish thinkers don’t talk all that much about love. All too often we leave that to Christian theologians. But in this excellent volume, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin puts the commandment to love at the center of Jewish theology and experience. This is a book that will change the way you think about–and practice–Judaism.”
–Professor Ari L. Goldman, Columbia University, and author of The Search for God at Harvard

“Love your neighbor as yourself” is the best-known commandment in the Bible. Yet we rarely hear anyone talk about how to apply these words in daily life. In this landmark work, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, one of the premier scholars and thinkers of our time, gives both Jews and non-Jews an extraordinary summation of what Jewish tradition teaches about putting these words into practice.

Writing with great clarity and simplicity as well as with deep wisdom, Telushkin covers topics such as love and kindness, hospitality, visiting the sick, comforting mourners, charity, relations between Jews and non-Jews, compassion for animals, tolerance, self-defense, and end-of-life issues. This second volume of the first major code of Jewish ethics written in the English language is breathtaking in its scope and will undoubtedly influence readers for generations to come. It offers hundreds of practical examples from the Torah, the Talmud, the Midrash, and both ancient and modern rabbinic commentaries–as well as contemporary anecdotes–all teaching us how to care for one another each and every day.

A Code of Jewish Ethics, Volume 2: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself is a consummate work of scholarship. Like its acclaimed predecessor, which received the National Jewish Book Award, it is rich with ideas to contemplate and discuss, while being primarily a book to live by. Nothing could be more important in these strife-torn times than learning how to love our neighbors as ourselves. The message of this book is as vital and timely now as it has been since time immemorial.


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Contents

Introduction
3
How to Fulfill This Commandment
24
Being a Good Host
56
Providing More Than Iust Company
62
Three Obligations
68
Etiquette for Visiting the Sick
80
Obligations to the Dead
94
Caring for the Bereaved
116
Redeeming Captives
249
Between Iews and Non ws
260
Dominion and Compassion
300
Vegetarianism Animal Research and Experiments and Hunting
331
The l as of SelfDcfclisc
348
Vl1e1 Someone Elses Life Is at Risk
355
hen bserin__v_ Jewish Law Threatens Life
369
Vhen Illness and Pain Make Life Intolerable
379

Practicing Kindness
138
Giving Advice
147

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About the author (2009)

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.

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