A Code of Jewish Ethics: Volume 1: You Shall Be Holy
A Code of Jewish Ethics, Volume 1: You Shall Be Holy is the initial volume of the first major code of Jewish ethics to be written in the English language. It is a monumental work on the vital topic of personal character and integrity by one of the premier Jewish scholars and thinkers of our time.
With the stated purpose of restoring ethics to its central role in Judaism, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin offers hundreds of examples from the Torah, the Talmud, rabbinic commentaries, and contemporary stories to illustrate how ethical teachings can affect our daily behavior. The subjects dealt with are ones we all encounter. They include judging other people fairly; knowing when forgiveness is obligatory, optional, or forbidden; balancing humility and self-esteem; avoiding speech that shames others; restraining our impulses of envy, hatred, and revenge; valuing truth but knowing when lying is permitted; understanding why God is the ultimate basis of morality; and appreciating the great benefits of Torah study. Telushkin has arranged the book in the traditional style of Jewish codes, with topical chapters and numbered paragraphs. Statements of law are almost invariably followed by anecdotes illustrating how these principles have been, or can be, practiced in daily life. The book can be read straight through to provide a solid grounding in Jewish values, consulted as a reference when facing ethical dilemmas, or studied in a group.
Vast in scope, this volume distills more than three thousand years of Jewish laws and suggestions on how to improve one’s character and become more honest, decent, and just. It is a landmark work of scholarship that is sure to influence the lives of Jews for generations to come, rich with questions to ponder and discuss, but primarily a book to live by.
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BASIC VIRTUES AND VICES
Challenges to ludging Fairly
Becoming a Grateful Person
The Obligation to Be Cliccrftil
28 Fighting Fairly
The Great Evil of Humiliation
How to Avoid Shaming Others
If Youre Tempted to Humiliate Someone
Biblical and Talmudic Perspectives 300
Reducing Envy 30
HATRED AND Revenue
3l The Most Destructive Emotion 311
Becoming More Considerate
Why Common Sense Is 50 Important
Ten Principles of Common Sense lll
Who Needs to Rcpcnt?
1 How to Repent
Obstacles to Repentance 171
When a Great Evil Has Been Done 181
Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur
IS VVhen Obligatory When Optional When Forbidden I96 19 How to Forgive
What Humility Is and Why It Is Important
The Moral Necessity for SelfEsteem
Untamed Anger 218
Dealing with Angry People _
Breaking the Pattern of llatrcd
hen Hatred Is Permissible
Lashon Ham and Why It Is So Harmful
The Dust of Forbidden Speech 311
The Temptations of Gossip
When Permitted When Forbidden
14 hen to Critieize
15 How to Criticize and How Not To
Vhen Others Critieize You
Becoming More Truthful 103
Deceiving Others 117
Sanctifying Gods Name in Daily Life 156
God as the Basis of Morality I 480
ALL THE OTHERS
The Beneﬁts of Torah Study
Learning and Teaching Torah
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