This discussion starts with a tour of the Temple during the Sukkot celebrations. Out of thhis festival comes a discussion of the Yetzer ha-Ra, the evil urge. Included with this Talmudic text is a collection of Hevrutah texts about the Yetzer ha-Ra; Mishkin: Making a Dwelling Place for God by Rabbi Mordecai Finkley, and a word about the evil inclination by David Hozel. This volume adds up to a deep understanding of how Judaism understands and recommenrs resisting temptation.
The Talmudic discussion in this passage (Bava Batra 20b-22a) lays the groundwork for many core principles of Jewish business ethics. The passage delves into both the good side and the dark side of competition--in business as well as in professional relationships. It begins by focusing on zoning practices within courtyards in ancient cities. The discussion evolves into both a history of Jewish education and an examination of the limitations that should be placed on a free-market economy to ensure that competition is fair and just. Talmud with Training Wheels: Courtyards and Classrooms wraps this Talmudic passage in a set of contemporary case studies, moving between ancient and contemporary dilemmas.
Vision and Strategies for the Revitalization of Jewish Life
Author: Jack Shechter
This two-volume Journey of a Rabbi consists of essays describing ventures undertaken, events experienced, and ideas articulated that reflect the life work of a rabbi and Jewish educator. What threads its way throughout these writings is a persistent search for ways and means to revitalize Jewish life in our time. Written in lucid and compelling fashion, the story portrays early family influences and mentoring of a searching youth, experiences of a rabbinical student, army chaplain, and pulpit rabbi that brought into focus the tasks ahead. The story proceeds to detail the work as a denominational executive, which broadened concern for the larger community and return to pulpit work devoted to fashioning a “Synagogue-Center.” It then segues into depiction of the comprehensive initiatives in education, the arts and community outreach as Dean at the University of Judaism. Interspersed throughout are “thought” essays about religious phenomena, faith, the personal life, the land of Israel, and “lessons learned” from a lifetime of experiences.
Incorporating all the great information writers have to come to expect for more than 80 years, this latest edition features higher profiles of its author interviews, five new market sections, and the most up-to-date market listings available to help readers find success.
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