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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2010
It is hard to imagine a more timely publication, given that many in our communities are feeling the consequences of greed and economic mismanagement on the grand scale.

This book is a "gem". It distills the economic wisdom of thousands of years into a user friendly compendium for contemporary life. It is skilfully crafted and can be characterised by the words "balance", "clarity" and "timeliness". Rabbi Cukierkorn has balanced his advice on how to live a good life, with astute tips on how to manage day-to-day finances and longer term investments. For example, he has practical advice for those making decisions on purchasing an automobile, deciding on purchasing a house, deciding on the best retirement plan and the best insurance deals, plus instructions on which debts to pay off first.

Principles of personal financial management are expounded clearly and logically that will allow anyone to achieve this balance in life and freedom from the slavery of debt (he calls it the "Egypt" of debt) and give a person the freedom to contribute to community. He explains the intimate connection between economic management, living a good life, family and "tzedekah". Cukierkorn explains that "tzedekah" is a Hebrew word, with a different meaning to "charity". It is, rather, related to social justice and improvement of the world, which results from giving.

The principles are easy to follow and are illustrated with simple, calculated examples and with anecdotal examples from the lives of the author's family and friends. What makes the book out of the ordinary is the manner in which it draws on picturesque analogies from the Torah, from Native American folklore, the experiences of his grandfather, as well as examples from people managing their finances today . He delves into human psychology, showing how to tame the internal "beasts" that tempt us into buying things we do not really need, and to drive away those "little foxes" that eat away at our daily budget.

Concise summaries at the end of each chapter reinforce the key concepts.

This book was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting a "dry" work on money management, but discovered an easy, entertaining read. A very instructive work that deserves to become a classic in personal financial management. Cukierkorn's work is infused with thousands of years of Jewish wisdom which he has made superbly accessible to anyone who needs help in managing their money and improving their life.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2010
Loved the Steins ...why? because I can see them or know couples like them that lead good honest lives combining both spirituality and frugality.

Rabbi Cukierkorn leads the reader on a adventure where similar insights are shared along with the ability for the reader, from any religious background, to understand the Jewish perspective on investment and financial well-being from a more holistic environment.

On a personal level the concepts of Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam resonated with the words of Rabbi Cukierkorn.

Overall a good easy read and the Rabbi outlines a number a strategies to control the beast within all of us.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2013
I finished Rabbi Cukierkorn's "Secret of Jewish Wealth Revealed," on my iPad mini Kindle app this weekend and didn't want to put it down. I am always in awe of how God's principles, when understood, are always a blessing. Rabbi Cukierkorn masterfully weaves the Beast and Angel in us all to help with common sense that is not so common these days. I am a big Dave Ramsey fan and know that most people I encounter are in deep debt. I pray that they can find the inspiration and knowledge Rabbi Cukierkorn offers to not only get out of debt, but to build wealth in order to help others. Thank you to Dr. Jesse Cukierkorn for turning me on to this great book. I treasure it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2013
A very entertaining and informative book, gives an insight into what successful people do and how they think. There is something here for everyone. I felt that this was easy reading, not too heavy but very informative, although simple. Buy the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2013
Wish I could have read this years ago! Good info about finances: insurance, car buying, home buying, mortgages, banking and more... thanks for the info!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2013
This book helped me think about my thinking when it comes to money. I was great at making money, but I had long had the habit of making bad financial decisions due to impatience, an addiction to convenience, and the "disease to please." I knew I needed a game plan, started doing my research, and lo and behold, I found this wonderful book. Rabbi Celso's book shines a light on how the human condition affects finances, namely by explaining the concept of "the angel and the beast." He writes with a sense of power, correction, and connection. I was able to have a solid game plan for my finances when I finished the book. This book helped me get out of my own way, and I know it can help you, too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2013
Rabbi Celso does such an amazing job of explaining time proven techniques that will set anyone on a path to financial success. His approach is quite simple an logical that it does not take an expert in finance to apply and begin reaping the benefits. With a little discipline it has been very easy to put this into practice - I only wish I had come across his teachings earlier...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2013
A quick read and handy reference. If your bank balance in heaven and on earth matters to you, if you're capable of following directions, if rising to the top while others might think you're going nowhere fast will give you a lift - then follow this gold brick road to abundance. See all of you there...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2013
Secrets Of Jewish Wealth Revealed has radically transformed my financial life! I'm reading it again. It has taken me into a place of self reflection concerning spending habits , feeding the "beast" and certain patterns. It also provided very pragmatic, and practical steps that have assisted in the revolution in my financial life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2014
This book describes a lifestyle of living within your means and taking advantage of every opportunity to conserve your own financial resources and abate every opening for letting your money slip away. You choose a comfortable lifestyle to meet your needs without yielding to urges for excessive material things, i.e. you can only sit in one chair at a time. Then you assess what all the little things are that add up to financial slippage, i.e. the “foxes” that pilfer your vineyard a little at a time, and over time the damage is significant.

Personal financial strategies are described, and tables of numbers are provided to illustrate the points of how these strategies make long-term sense. Balance reasonable comfort with reasonable prudence. Balance your needs with the needs of your family and your community and God. Every one of these points is backed up by Torah. And when you adhere to these principles, wealth follows.

The book ends with a final note that your spouse needs long-term buy-in to the program or this financial strategy will fail, and you will be stuck in that eternal financial hamster wheel.

The companion book The Interactive Guide $ecrets of Jewish Wealth Revealed! is a write-in workbook designed for you to fill in your own financial numbers and see how the strategies will work for you. This should be a reading and writing assignment for every young bar and bat mitzvah student.

This book does an excellent job of showing how the numbers work. But the book gives only a glimpse of the rest of the story of how Jewish wealth comes from the Jewish family “safety net”, lifestyle, work ethic, and code of conduct. Children are blessed each Shabbat by their parents and they instinctively know the family has their back. So when it’s time to step out and make career choices, they’re not out on a limb all alone without the resources of financial backup and know how. This is the unquantifiable strategy that has been going on for countless generations. This might actually be The Rest of the Secret of Jewish Wealth Revealed.

Overall, Excellent job, Rabbi Cukierkorn!
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