Jewish Ethical Values: A Sourcebook of Classic Texts and Their Practical Uses for Our Lives


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Jewish Lights Publishing
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6.06 X 0.61 X 9.0 inches | 1.01 pounds
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About the Author

Dr. Seymour J. Cohen (z"l) opened up to English readers the previously little-known genre of medieval Jewish ethical literature through his masterful translations of its classics, including The Ways of the Righteous; The Book of the Righteous and The Holy Letter. He was president of the Rabbinical Assembly and the Synagogue Council of America.

Byron L. Sherwin was Distinguished Service Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism and Director of Doctoral Programs at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago. His books included Golems among Us, Workers of Wonders, and Kabbalah: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism. He died in 2015.


"Jewish ethics is not simply 'being a good person.' It means understanding the Jewish sources. Precisely the right texts for attuning our lives to the way that God wants us to live.... This is a treasure trove of wisdom."
--Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin, author, Being God's Partner: How to Find the Hidden Link Between Spirituality and Your Work

"A self-help manual with a thousand years of Jewish wisdom to back it up. A wonderful tool for anyone wanting to grow as a person and a mensch."
--Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer, director, Department of Multifaith Studies and Initiatives, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

"This is a book that contains wisdom, and not just information. We will turn to it many times for guidance, insight, and perspective."
--Rabbi Jack Riemer, coeditor, Ethical Wills & How to Prepare Them: A Guide to Sharing Your Values from Generation to Generation

"This is the book every rabbi and teacher has been waiting for to help stem the tide of apathy and assimilation among Jews who are not aware of how powerful the ethical thrust in Jewish traditional literature truly is."
--Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins, author, The Wisdom of Judaism: An Introduction to the Values of the Talmud

"There are values and then there are Jewish values, i.e., the way we act as Jews and how we Jews act as human beings. I am delighted to see such a fine selection of combined text and comments, each informative, every one much needed."
--Danny Siegel, lecturer, poet and author