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"Life is business, and business is life.
Learn one, and you will have also learned the other."

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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Praise for the First Edition of Thou Shall Prosper

"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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (October 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470485884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470485880
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (335 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Moody on July 5, 2011
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Thou Shall Prosper is a fascinating exploration into wealth creation amongst Jews and the values within Jewish communities that encourage financial success. I enjoyed it so much, I originally posted this review at my blog CapitalismSaves.com . This book is organized into 10 separate chapters, titled commandments in imitation of the Laws given to Moses. Written by Daniel Lapin, an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi motivated by a desire to research and catalog the cultural traits that have contributed to this, making them available to all people. The book promotes what Rabbi Lapin calls Ethical Capitalism.

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.
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Daniel Lapin is a Rabbi with a Biblical understanding of the value of work, money and so much more. Work is your way of providing others with the goods and services they need. It has value in and of itself. Man was created to rule and reign over all that is on earth, productively tending and caring for the planet. When we stop blessing others with our labors, we cease having a reason to live. We become selfishly focused on ourselves. I especially enjoyed his comments on controlling anger, giving a portion of your money away and never retiring. I highly recommend this book.
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The premise makes sense - "A practical approach to creating wealth-based on the established principles of ancient Jewish wisdom-made accessible to people of all backgrounds."

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 enjoyed reading this book. Rabbi Lapin explained how using Jewish and Christian principles and practices such as meditation and daily confession can lead to success and wealth in your everyday life. Lapin dispels the belief that money and wealth is not needed in this world; and that only certain people can enjoy a life that is filled with personal accomplishments and triumphs. By putting the principles listed in the book into practice, anyone can have financial success. The chapters are a little slow but it's a good book.
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Being a Christian, hearing lessons on business from a Jewish Rabbi was something completely unheard of for me. I've listened to many books on leadership, business, 7 Habits-How-to-Win-Friends kind of books. I've tried my best to live them and always attempt to assimilate the good from whatever I read and let the rest "blow away as chaff". The author integrates religion and the Torah in proper balance to relate with any religious business person (be it employer or employee) in ways the other books hadn't addressed. He does not have mind-boggling statistical studies or researches, just occasional sprinklings of helpful data, so do not expect a loophole-less book. In other words, you may occasionally say, "I see what he's saying but am not sure it's the best resource to get his data from..." I do stand behind my 5 stars since it was well worth my time to open my own eyes of how I can better apply the scriptural canon I have at my fingertips better in the business/money-making side of my life. Not many books have a standpoint from a Jewish Rabbi who's also a businessman!
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