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The Jewish Phenomenon: Seven Keys to the Enduring Wealth of a People Hardcover – May 28, 2000

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Longstreet Press (May 28, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563525666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563525667
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Silbiger is also the author of The Ten-Day MBA: A Step-By-Step Guide to Mastering the Skills Taught in America's Top Business Schools. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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I read this book for some insight into these talents.
One of my Jewish friends recommended this book to me and I found the advice to be excellent.
This book explains the reasons behind the past and current great success of Jewish People.
Dr. Barry Ungerleider

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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Parodi TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have hesitated in writing a review for THE JEWISH PHENOMENON for some time now, the reason being the obviously controversial nature of this topic. As we all know, many have used Jewish success as a means of building propaganda against the Jewish people, saying that Jews are successful because they have robbed others of the ability to be successful. Further, there is some alleged inherent ability of Jews to make money, an ability the rest of us are not born with.... Well, THE JEWISH PHENOMENON shows that this is all wrong. What Jewish culture has is simply a very practical approach to life and money, an approach that can be emulated by people of any ethnicity, religion, national origin, etc. This approach is founded on the belief that money itself is not evil. In fact, Silbiger claims that in Judaism it is viewed as an honorable goal to want to be rich.

There's so much in THE JEWISH PHENOMENON that I'd like to comment on, but for sake of brevity I will focus on the points that had the greatest impact on me. Steven Silbiger makes it apparent that one of the keys to Jewish success is the freedom of the Jewish intellect (Jews make up merely 1% of the general population, but 20% of Nobel Prize winners are Jewish). Silbiger contrasts the religious Jewish upbringing with the Christian religious upbringing, noting that in religious classes Jewish children are encouraged to ask questions. Christian children are given answers and are often discouraged from asking questions - often, to question is the near occasion of sin, an indication of lack of faith (this was certainly my experience in Catholic school). This sets a vastly different foundation for the Jewish child versus the Christian child.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Carmen Matthews on December 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
At first, it was the title of this book, and the long line at one of the Border's bookstores that attracted me to this book.
And I am happy that I came back, a week later, because I knew that Steve Silbiger wrote something that would benefit me.
Many years ago, I had chosen to read what I called, "The Jewish Books." These included books by Leon Uris, Chaim Potok, Herman Wouk, and many others.
Back then, I was searching for what my cultural and family upbringing did not encourage in me, skills that I knew are taught in the Jewish life.
The "Jewish books", and the desires that I had, over the years, to become my best self, led me to not only become a strong journalist, but also someone who teaches speaking up and critical thinking skills, in my seminars.
In my upbringing, and in my culture, which is African-American, I had been taught to cut off my thoughts and feelings, in the face of authority figures. But a little voice inside of me, from as young as 5 years old said that I will not limit my true self.
I had decided that I could be Black, proud, and an expert on speaking through my own voice. And this certainly has paid off for me.
Having just read, "The Jewish Phenomenon," I am further along on my path. As a business owner who dares to be unique, I must push the envelop for the power that Jews see in being money conscious.
I am impressed with this book on many levels:
1. Steve Silbiger uses humor and concrete ideas to reinforce
his ideas
2. He points out the down side, as well, about the Jewish self-
3. He opened my eyes to the fact that Jews are labeled as being
of an ethnic group - I truly hadn't thought of them as such
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 2003
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I am from Los Angeles and I am half-Jewish. When I first purchased this book, I thought I was in for a treat. However, I was sorely disappointed. The author filled this book with pointless measures and statistics that seemed to repeat themselves in every chapter. The author also claims to outline how non-Jews can emulate the seven principles. However, he describes how to do this in less than two pages at the end of every chapter--There is not much detail or explanation. Moreover, it was fairly obvious that Silbiger had an intention to fix, change, and debunk all of the common Jewish stereotypes, as if his book alone would cause some sort of shift in the manner that Jewish people are viewed by the rest of the world.
I am very proud of my Jewish background, and this book is nothing more than a love letter from one Jewish person to the rest of the Jewish community.
Borrow this book from someone whom already owns it or look for it in your local library, but I would not recommend that you purchase it. If you desire success, I would highly recommend reading up on writings by Napoleon Hill, Robert E. Quinn, and Tracy Goss.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Porth on June 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Steve Silbiger's "The Jewish Phenomenon" was a real eye opener for me. I was raised in a close-knit Irish Catholic environment and rarely had contact with Jews or other non-Catholics as a child. I finally met, lived with, and made lifelong friends with Jews at Princeton (undergrad), Columbia (MBA), and in the work world. But even after these experiences as a university student and a working adult, I never really understood what Jewish culture was all about or what accounted for the great success of the Jewish people in the face of many serious threats they had encountered over the centuries. "The Jewish Phenomenon" has given me valuable insight into seven principles that have allowed Jews to contribute to society far beyond their numbers. Just as important, I can look at my own conservative, risk averse background and use the seven principles that Silbiger highlights to help improve my chances of entrepreneurial success as a small business owner in the computer technology field.
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