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Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money Hardcover – October 26, 2009
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In the few years since the first edition of Thou Shall Prosper was published, much has changed from both an economic and financial standpoint. But the ups and downs we've experienced have helped prove Rabbi Daniel Lapin's point that the more things change, the more we need to depend upon things that never do.
There's no better source for both practical and spiritual financial wisdom than the time-tested knowledge found in the ancient Jewish faith and culture. Now, with the Second Edition of Thou Shall Prosper, Rabbi Lapin returns to provide a clear picture of how following an unwavering economic and philosophic vision of business and money—based on the established principles of Jewish tradition—can increase your potential for creating wealth.
While unprecedented events have changed the world we live in, the ten fundamental "commandments" outlined throughout these pages, which relate to both business and money, are as relevant as ever. By blending contemporary business stories and his own business experiences with the wisdom of the Torah and Talmudic prescriptions, Rabbi Lapin skillfully explains the essence of each commandment—which include Believe in the Dignity and Morality of Business, Do Not Pursue Perfection, and Know Your Money—and shows you how to use them to prosper financially.
Along the way, Rabbi Lapin also highlights new examples that will help you excel during difficult economic times and addresses important concepts such as "being in business for yourself"; avoiding the trappings of a "wage slave"; changing with the times; learning to become a leader; and much more. So that you may apply each principle to your life, Rabbi Lapin suggests engaging and accessible action steps to start you immediately on the path to prosperity.
With the Second Edition of Thou Shall Prosper as your guide, you'll quickly discover the powerful wealth-producing principles that lie at the root of Jewish success—and learn how to apply them to your own endeavors. No matter what your faith or background, the insights found here will put you in a better position not only to maximize your potential, but also help those around you.
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"Rabbi Daniel Lapin's wisdom has helped untold numbers of people, including me, grow in our business, family, and spiritual lives. In Thou Shall Prosper, Rabbi Lapin has done it again. This book tells it like it is in a helpful, honest, hopeful, informative way. He offers valid, useful information based on ancient wisdom and modern experience."—Zig Ziglar, author and motivational teacher
"Thou Shall Prosper is a passionate, occasionally hortatory avowal and practical road map to the making of 'dough' and the life-affirming consequences of the honest pursuit of profit. An unabashed manifesto for the twenty-first century, it seeks to steer the reader toward a guilt-free appreciation of wealth accumulation."—The Jewish Press
"No matter how successful or sophisticated you may be, this remarkable work will enrich your understanding of the important, exciting process of building wealth."—Michael Medved, nationally syndicated radio host and author of Right Turns
"In this highly insightful and controversial new book, Rabbi Lapin unearths the golden nuggets of Jewish business genius. By emphasizing the unique talents of the Jewish way of life, Rabbi Lapin demonstrates how Judaism's spiritual regimen can be translated into tangible material rewards, with the bottom line being directly affected. A thoroughly engaging, enriching, and thought-provoking book."—Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, author of Kosher Sex and Judaism for Everyone
"I really enjoyed this book, and I heartily recommend it to people of all faiths."—The Late Honorable Jack Kemp
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I have always been fascinated by the subject of Jewish success. It only takes a little attention to notice that Jews are disproportionately successful in business and finance than any other ethnic group in the United States, if not the world. As Rabbi Lapin explains, this is not to suggest that there are no poor Jews. But as the most consistently oppressed people throughout 3,000 years of history, the Jewish people could easily have been expected to cease existing altogether. But they haven't, and wherever Jews are afforded the slightest opportunity they tend to thrive.
Rabbi Lapin points out that Jews represent less than 2% of the American population, but in any given year may represent as much as 25% of the names on the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans. Jewish households are also twice as likely to be wealthy as those of non-Jews. This is a remarkable phenomenon that deserves to be explored and hopefully explained.
Anti-Semitic conspiracy enthusiasts might see all this as evidence of Jewish misdeed in acquiring wealth.Read more ›
Thou Shall Prosper accomplished the task perfectly. Wisdom of "the ages" was delivered - and it was entirely accessible. I took plenty of notes. Have already taken some specific steps in my own business.
Perhaps even more important/valuable in the this book was a good old fashioned defense of capitalism - of "making money" in general. As an entrepreneur, I'm often surprised out how others not responsible for every element of their revenue/incomes look at the world quite differently than I do.
In short, my worldview and "businessview" (I know, not a term, but I'm using it anyway) are closer to this Rabbi than most of my non-entrepreneurial peers. Didn't see that coming.
But at the end of the day, I'm going with this book more than my peers - or certainly anyone these days put in charge of regulating the money I work so hard to make.
Didn't realize how beneficial and encouraging this book would be to me. If you don't take a paycheck, I recommend it highly.
If you do take a paycheck, consider reading it as well. It might change your mind in a few places.
One of my new years declarations was that I'd read a book every week. Join me on this journey? [...]
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I am a Dave Ramsey fan. He recommends this book regarding the topic of 'my cup runneth over.' If you are thinking of purchasing this book to read what Dave refers to, just read up... Read morePublished 10 days ago by cliff
Definitely worth the read! I would highly recommend this book to others. You should go and buy this book for yourself and others as well.Published 14 days ago by daniel long
interesting read - but Im not Jewish and dont have access to lots of people in high income area to take advantage of.Published 23 days ago by mandy wood
Sooo good! Often Christians are conflicted about getting paid for working in their area of giftedness... Rabbi Lapin very convincingly shares the falasy in that line of thinking.Published 1 month ago by Jan W
Out of all the books that I read last year, this is THE book that I am choosing to re-read this year. Rabbi Daniel Lapin is insightful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Zach
I really enjoyed the writer's style of writing - direct, humorous and factual.
Parts of the book (certain chapters) seemed rather lengthy and not entirely what I wanted to... Read more