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The Talmud, says Kahaner, is a "handbook for today's businessworld": a reminder of balance in a workaholic culture, a treatiseon personal responsibility and a call to charity in a society thatseems driven by greed. In this book, Kahaner mines the ancientwisdom of the Talmud for advice on how to prosper ? but to do soethically. He begins with discussions of the "spirituality ofmoney," claiming that wealth can be a positive force if it is usedwisely, and then argues that work is a holy act. Other chapterstake up various topical issues: treating workers fairly so thatthey will in turn do their work more productively; beingscrupulously honest in business dealings; recognizing thateducation is a lifelong process; and giving to charity. Kahanerdraws on contemporary business examples as well as ancient wisdomto demonstrate that "doing good" and "making good" often go hand inhand. (August. 8) (Publishers Weekly, June 30, 2003)
Help is available from just about everyone. Scan Amazon.com andyou can find investment and business guides that purport to tellyou how to win big, according to the principles of Sun Tzu,Machiavelli, Napoleon, Julius Caesar and probably Br'er Rabbit. Youcan also invest according to Jesus Christ and, now, take businesslessons from ancient rabbis. Here you get the Talmud's take onemployee-employer relationships, partnerships, negotiations andmore, all with the aim of turning an ethical profit.(Barron's, October 6, 2003)
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"Pound for pound, Values, Prosperity, and the Talmud: BusinessLessons from the Ancient Rabbis delivers more wisdom and practicalknowledge than a decade of working experience. Every corporateboard should adopt the principles of this bible into an ethicspledge to be signed by their chief executives."
Chairman, The Greenwich Roundtable
Values, Prosperity, and the Talmud: Business Lessons From theAncient Rabbis offers business advice that has endured forthousands of years. While business fads come and go, the ancientlessons of the Talmud are timeless, profound, ethical, andpracticaland theyre for everyone.
Classics such as Sun Tzus Art of War andMachiavellis The Prince are now standard reading in businessschools, but the Talmud (which means study) has beenoverlooked, mainly because of its massive size2.5 millionwordsand the mistaken belief that it is a religious,mystical, or sacred work. Written in 500, but based on oral workscenturies older, the Talmud is a comprehensive manual for livingthat covers almost every aspect of lifemedicine,childrearing, astrology, law, food, religion, business, realestate, education, marriage, philosophy, and mathematicsandhas been passed down from generation to generation. It emphasizesbusiness matters because commerce, more than any other humanactivity, tests our moral mettle and reveals our true character,and because business offers us some of the best opportunities to dogood deeds such as giving to charity, providing employment, andbuilding prosperity in our communities and the world. Rather thandemonizing wealth and trade, the Talmud teaches us to treatcommerce as a wonderful opportunity for improvement, challenging usto think of work and money outside the narrow focus ofself-interest.
Values, Prosperity, and the Talmud is a concise guide to thisproven philosophy of business. Beyond basic money-related matters,it includes the Talmuds advice on complex issues ofemployer/employee relationships, partnerships, competition, andmuch more. Here, you will learn how to run a successful business,negotiate with style, earn the loyalty of your employees, sellproducts successfully, advertise effectively, and make higherprofits, all within an ethical and moral framework.
Larry Kahaner highlights the Talmuds most importantcontribution to modern businesspeople: a time-tested, value-basedsystem that happily blends our business, personal, and spirituallives. In Values, Prosperity, and the Talmud, he shows how profitand prosperity can go hand in hand with honesty, kindness, andcommunity service.
Practical rather than dogmatic, the Talmuds guidance ishelpful to people of any religion or no religion at all. Values,Prosperity, and the Talmud offers all of us a chance to get back tobasics and do business in a way that affects positive changes inour communitiesand in ourselves.
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