December 7, 2005

by Reb Yudel
Publisher Weekly likes Joseph Telushkin

Since Joseph Telushkin had nice things to say about our Torah & Company book, it seems only neighborly to point out that his newest books has merited a starred review in next week's Publisher's Weekly:

A Code of Jewish Ethics, Volume 1: You Shall Be Holy
Joseph Telushkin. Bell Tower, $30 (544p) ISBN 1-4000-4835-4

All societies have ethical codes that distinguish between right and wrong actions. For Jews this is especially significant, since Judaism ranks behavior as more important than belief.

Telushkin, scholar, author, lecturer, teacher, and rabbi, is compiling this voluminous material in order to help Jews "become more honest, decent, and just people." He plans to present his research in a three-volume series of which You Shall Be Holy is the first.

Its primary emphasis is character development, while later volumes will deal with interpersonal relationships and issues of family, friendship and community.

Telushkin is definitive in his judgments about what is right and wrong behavior. This is an outstanding contribution to understanding Jewish ethics and their relevance for people of all faiths. (Mar. 7)

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