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A Code of Jewish Ethics, Volume 2: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2009
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Rabbi Joseph Telushkin is a rigorous and thoughtful scholar whose perspective on ethics is grounded in the real world. Rabbi Telushkin's knowledge and mastery of Jewish texts is extraordinary, and it is matched by his clear writing style. As a student and teacher of ethics, I recommend Telushkin's works to persons interested in ethics, Judaism, and/or ways that we might live better in the world today. Learn and enjoy at the same time-- and be challenged to live a better life too. Respectfully, Simon Shimshon Rubin, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Haifa, Israel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
... for two reasons.

First, this book (to a much greater extent than some of Telushkin's earlier works) includes perspectives that differ from his own. For example, on vegetarianism, Telushkin goes back and forth between Maimonides' view (suggesting that meat is mandatory on holy days), later views critiquing Maimonides (including those of Rav Kook, who was not a vegetarian himself, but suggested that meat consumption will end in the Messianic era, and the views of some of his disciples who became vegetarians), and his own intermediate view.

Second, rather than trying to cover every concievable ethics issue, Telushkin covers a few issues in great detail. For example, he spends about 100 pages on charity alone, including 10 on issues relating to beggars.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2010
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If you're Christian then please read this book and others by the author. This is the third book I've read by this author, and I've learned so much about the Jewish faith and ethics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2013
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I own both A Code of Jewish Ethics: Volume 1: You Shall Be Holy and The Book of Jewish Values: A Day-by-Day Guide to Ethical Living so I was looking forward to this volume after reading Volume 1.

You don't have to be any particular kind of Jew (Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Reform...) or even a Jew to appreciate Rabbi Telushkin's wisdom. His wisdom is trans-denominational and often not specific to Judaism. He gives a liturgical basis to his opinions while infusing them with contemporary and personal knowledge.

I usually read through his books at least once and then on a regular basis, look at specific chapters or sections to get another (respected) opinion. I do not necessarily agree with everything he writes, but based on how he phrases his commentary and his explanations for his decisions, I respect what he says.

This is a book worth owning as part of a personal or family spiritual library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2009
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Integrates biblical references and moral values to very good effect. In fact, the text is very fluent and easy to read with interesting case studies derived from the present time to antiquity. Really makes you think hard and to challenge yourself about new approaches to commonsense thought.
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on November 27, 2013
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While I am not Jewish, Telushkin writes with candor and amazing clarity. I found myself at times disagreeing with him but so many more times being forced to deal with issues from a perspective I have not heard or read about. He deal with some tough issues. Do not read this book if you enjoy being lazy about thinking through issues from a historical Jewish perspective.
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on January 2, 2013
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I purchased this for my husband and he began reading it immediately. He already owned Vol. 1 - he calls them "must have" reading material.
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on April 13, 2014
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This book is in excellent condition. It arrived sooner than I expected. I will be reading it as soon as I finish vol. 1.
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on October 30, 2014
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Excellent material and book in very good condition.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I was not able to do this justice since I was away during portions of this class
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