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The Book of Jewish Values: A Day-by-Day Guide to Ethical Living Hardcover – February 22, 2000
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Readers who are not Jewish will also be interested in this book. The lessons here are not related to any particular sectarian view but apply to all those who feel that a religious life must be an ethical life if it is to be meaningful and authentic.
The publishers are to be commended on the beautiful presentation of this book. It should grace the shelves of anyone who wants a realistic guide to a more ethical life.
Very simply, Rabbi Telushkin's writing is direct, concise, up-to-date and easy to understand. Also ... important! You don't have to be Jewish (I'm not) to appreciate the relevance of the ethical guidelines on which the author elaborates. For each day of the year (excluding the Shabbat) one of a broad range of issues is discussed and highlighted either anecdotally through quotes by other noted Rabbis or supported by reference to important Jewish literature (e.g., the laws of the Torah and Talmud). You probably won't find 300+ issues applicable to your life, but every page is worthwhile reading nevertheless. The most pertinent and/or interesting topics to me were the ones involving relationships, charity, kindness, and speech.
The book's format is suited to every kind of reading habit, so go at whatever pace you like. Each day is comprised of 1-3 pages, with cross-referencing where related discussion appears elsewhere in the book. Also, footnotes can be found on the same page where a reference is cited (I appreciate this) so you don't have to turn to the back of the book to check a source. In the event you do turn to the back, you'll find a decent glossary, bibliography and index.
Whether your intention is to learn or to simply bolster your moral convictions, I give this book my highest recommendation.
Pluses: topic index, full index, extensive bibliography, glossary of Jewish texts. Lessons are short, easy to digest, memorable.
Minuses: perhaps each lesson is too short. The Shabbat recap is just a list of the previous six lesson titles; it doesn't really add to the book. I think I would have liked to see the lessons for each week be of the same subject. But maybe not. I'm still not sure.
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