Creating an Ethical Jewish Life

Creating an Ethical Jewish Life A Practical Introduction to Classic Teachings on How to Be a Jew

A handbook of Jewish ethical values and literature. Life as an art form—an invitation to Jewish ethical living. ... more

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A handbook of Jewish ethical values and literature. Life as an art form—an invitation to Jewish ethical living.

“It is the human task to complete God’s unfinished artistic masterpiece—the human person.” —from the Introduction

The classic texts of Jewish ethical literature—works little-known to most of us—are now readily available for personal study. This one-of-a-kind book brings the genre of Jewish ethical literature from its origins in the ancient and medieval worlds, straight into our 21st-century lives.

An invitation into a history rich with wisdom and guidance, Creating an Ethical Jewish Life offers traditional texts, clear explanations, and ways for us to use them in our lives. Rabbis Sherwin and Cohen highlight a wide variety of classic texts, including the Zohar, The Holy Letter, The Path of the Upright by Moshe Hayyim Luzzatto, Duties of the Heart by Bahya ibn Pakudah, and Nachmanides’ Commentary on the Torah. These timeless texts are combined with the authors’ insightful commentary to address the ultimate human moral issue, the most intimate personal question: How can I best live the life God has entrusted into my care?

With expertise and passion, Sherwin and Cohen show us how these unusual texts not only inform—but can transform our lives.

Explores how to:

Deal with ego • Be wise • Be healthy • Employ wealth • Die • Behave sexually • Believe in God • Thank God • Love God • Study the Torah • Repent • Treat one’s parents • Parent • Speak about another • Be Philanthropic

Dr. Byron L. Sherwin, a leading scholar in Jewish theology, has served for over thirty years as professor of Jewish philosophy and mysticism at Chicago’s Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, where...more

Dr. Seymour J. Cohen has opened up to English readers the previously little-known genre of medieval Jewish ethical literature through his masterful translations of three of its classics: The Ways of...more