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Jewish Wisdom for Business Success: Lessons from the Torah and Other Ancient Texts Hardcover – September 10, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 1 edition (September 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814412742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814412749
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

With an eye to gleaning savvy business tips from the Torah, Rabbi Brackman and columnist Jaffe cover a span of topics-"Conquering Fear," management styles (referred to as "Patriarchal Business Models"), negotiation and "Dealing with Failure." Each chapter includes an illustrative story from the Torah, a real-life corporate example, insight for business and personal life and a meditation-evoking both The Art of War for Executives and The Secret (a chapter addresses the power of positive thinking, albeit divinely guided). The corporate examples are relevant and timely (right down to the implosion of Countrywide Financial) and the proposed practices contain pearls of wisdom such as a weekly "audit of the soul" where strengths and weaknesses are assessed in terms of recent actions and are examined for mistakes, correctable by a four-step process. The authors outline sound principles and provide ample strong examples in this solid business primer.
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"The corporate examples are relevant and timely (right down to the implosion of Countrywide Financial) and the proposed practices contain pearls of wisdom such as a weekly 'audit of the soul' where strengths and weaknesses are assessed in terms of recent actions and are examined for mistakes, correctable by a four-step process. The authors outline sound principles and provide ample strong examples in this solid business primer." --Publishers Weekly



"This is an enlightening, inspiring guide that will help you climb the rungs of success using the same principles that have worked since the days of the Bible." --Jewish Ledger



"Those seeking a spiritual dimension to their commercial enterprises might find this book useful." -- Book News, Inc.



"This book may not turn you into a millionaire, but it could certainly help save--or wisely invest--the money you have." -- Jewish Exponent (Philadelphia, PA)


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I would highly recommend this book to improve one's business decisions and personal life.
Louis B. Kravitz
It open's your mind to the other perspective of life in terms of discovering one's true self to be truly happy and satisfied in once life.
Francis Montiague
What you find in this book are nine pivotal lessons and wisdom teachings that are applicable to both business and life.
Ronny Karpinman

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ronny Karpinman on October 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I don't say that lightly. I have read many business advice books and this tops them all. What you find in this book are nine pivotal lessons and wisdom teachings that are applicable to both business and life. What others authors might spend an entire book on are presented in this book in an engaging and concise manner in one chapter. In this sense you are getting nine books in one.

This book is heavily based on the Old Testament and uses stories from Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Pharaoh to teach important business lessons.

The premise of the book is that the Old Testament is a repository of timeless wisdom and Jewish people have made use of that wisdom throughout the ages leading to their success in business and other areas. The authors of Jewish Wisdom for Business Success decipher that wisdom and share it with the readers in an engaging and practical manner.

Each wisdom teaching is followed by an interesting and relevant contemporary business story and then two pearls of wisdom that the authors entitle "insight for business" followed by an equally pertinent "wisdom for life" which shows how the same lesson can be used to improve the readers personal life.

The book starts off with lesson about how to overcome fear using the story of the Israelites at the Sea of Reeds being chased by the Egyptian army. The lessons from that chapter, as well as from all the other chapters in the book, are extremely relevant and timely as the current financial crisis unfolds.

The next chapter talks about the importance of finding one's authentic inner will power and gives important pointers how to find it. This chapter will really help the reader in a concrete manner find their unique niche in life and work.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Guido Sullam on December 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I've read many business books, hundreds, being a CPA with two Masters, in economics and in business, and over 25 years of business experience. Most business books are based on a simple concept, like "loyalty", "quality", "focus", that the author repeats over and over again, like a mantra, as if just one idea were enough to succeed in business. Useless to say, business life is more complex.
This book: "Jewish wisdom for Business success" instead, is unusually rich and varied in content.
Each chapter deals with a different but important business issues, as can be seen from the title of its chapters: "Making the sale: negotiating techniques from the Torah" or "The humble path: :taking ego out of the entrepreneur".
Each chapter takes examples from the Bible and the business world, draws conclusions and offers also several meditation points.
The chapter that I preferred is probably:" Dealing with failure: handling failure to secure future success".
In this chapter, I found the idea of repentance, applied to business failure. This idea should be in the mind of every businessman, starting from the CEOs of Wall Street and Detroit and certainly in mine.
I also liked the idea that, to be successful, you have to combine passion and pleasure, and follow your Authentic Will (in the chapter:" Nothing stands before the Will: Harnessing willpower to succeed in Business").
I strongly recommend to read, study this book and meditate on its lessons.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Louis B. Kravitz on October 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The book is an wonderful exchange of commercial realities with spiritual ideals. It has not been written solely for Jewish people, but for any one that believes the ethics and guidance of the Torah should be evident in all aspects of life.

The book is extremely important with respect to the current financial crisis. It condemns greed, promotes charity and gives a clear vision about living a fruitful life. It also explains that success is rarely based on a financial scale, but on a humanistic barometer.

I would highly recommend this book to improve one's business decisions and personal life.

Sincerely,
LK, Westcliffe, CO
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Shrewsbury on October 6, 2010
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I initially read a sample of the book downloaded to my Kindle and was sold on the concept at the first sentence -- "Why have so many Jews been successful at business?" The authors continue on to document the disproportionate success of Jewish people, ultimately attributing it to a few basic teachings from the Torah that have become staples of the Jewish culture. Surprisingly, many of the concepts seem to be common sense (conquer fear, find your passion, don't make emotional decisions, etc.), but the authors explain the spiritual principles that act as the foundation for success with specific examples from the Torah and other ancient Jewish teachings.

There are three features of the book that are particularly helpful. Each section ends with a specific insight (application) for business and an insight for our personal life from the teaching. Each chapter ends with guided meditation to solidify the application and understanding of the principle. Finally, there are real-world examples throughout the book that serve as examples of the concept from which we can pattern our own thinking on our business.

For the most part, readers will not be surprised at the nine principles taught. What is surprising is the ability of the authors to enable the reader to take ownership of the concepts and integrate them into every aspect of life and business. That is the real value of this book.
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