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Jewish Wisdom for Business Success: Lessons from the Torah and Other Ancient Texts Hardcover – Sep 10 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM; 1 edition (Sept. 10 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814412742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814412749
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #959,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book may not turn you into a millionaire, but it could certainly help save--or wisely invest--the money you have." -- "Jewish Exponent" (Philadelphia, PA)

About the Author

Rabbi Levi Brackman (Evergreen, Colorado) is a columnist for Ynetnews.com, the English website of the Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Acharonot. He is the founder and director of several Jewish outreach organizations. Sam Jaffe (Evergreen, Colorado) is a business consultant and former financial columnist whose articles appeared in the Wall Street Journal , PopularScience, The New Republic, and Scientific American .

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best business advice book ever Oct. 13 2008
By Ronny Karpinman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I don't say that lightly. I have read many business advice books and this tops them all. What you find in this book are nine pivotal lessons and wisdom teachings that are applicable to both business and life. What others authors might spend an entire book on are presented in this book in an engaging and concise manner in one chapter. In this sense you are getting nine books in one.

This book is heavily based on the Old Testament and uses stories from Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Pharaoh to teach important business lessons.

The premise of the book is that the Old Testament is a repository of timeless wisdom and Jewish people have made use of that wisdom throughout the ages leading to their success in business and other areas. The authors of Jewish Wisdom for Business Success decipher that wisdom and share it with the readers in an engaging and practical manner.

Each wisdom teaching is followed by an interesting and relevant contemporary business story and then two pearls of wisdom that the authors entitle "insight for business" followed by an equally pertinent "wisdom for life" which shows how the same lesson can be used to improve the readers personal life.

The book starts off with lesson about how to overcome fear using the story of the Israelites at the Sea of Reeds being chased by the Egyptian army. The lessons from that chapter, as well as from all the other chapters in the book, are extremely relevant and timely as the current financial crisis unfolds.

The next chapter talks about the importance of finding one's authentic inner will power and gives important pointers how to find it. This chapter will really help the reader in a concrete manner find their unique niche in life and work.

Chapter three deals with humility and business and gives a refreshing take on the concept of ego and humility offering four models of ego.

Chapter four deals with the need to balance one's management style both in business and in life. Chapter five gives the reader invaluable tips for negotiating--one of the best chapters on the subject I have ever read.

Chapter six deals with the all important concept of failure and gives concrete steps how to avoid failure including a regular "audit of the soul" and maintains that when seen from the proper perspective their really in no such things as failure.

Chapter seven stakes out three models of entrepreneurship and offers its own unique concept of an especially fulfilling manner of doing business that it coins "spiritual entrepreneurship." Immense wisdom for how to view the money making process.

Chapter eight gives an impressive overview of the power of attraction and how it works. In this chapter you get "The Secret," "Think and Grow Rich" and numerous other Power of Attraction books in one.

The final chapter deals with the importance of having an intellectual emotional balance in one's life and business dealings.

Each chapter ends with a meditation and a guide how to use the meditations is also provided at the back of the book.

This book is packed full with great advice and wisdom packaged in an interesting an engaging manner. I give it a full five stars because there aren't six stars available.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six stars business book Dec 21 2008
By Guido Sullam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've read many business books, hundreds, being a CPA with two Masters, in economics and in business, and over 25 years of business experience. Most business books are based on a simple concept, like "loyalty", "quality", "focus", that the author repeats over and over again, like a mantra, as if just one idea were enough to succeed in business. Useless to say, business life is more complex.
This book: "Jewish wisdom for Business success" instead, is unusually rich and varied in content.
Each chapter deals with a different but important business issues, as can be seen from the title of its chapters: "Making the sale: negotiating techniques from the Torah" or "The humble path: :taking ego out of the entrepreneur".
Each chapter takes examples from the Bible and the business world, draws conclusions and offers also several meditation points.
The chapter that I preferred is probably:" Dealing with failure: handling failure to secure future success".
In this chapter, I found the idea of repentance, applied to business failure. This idea should be in the mind of every businessman, starting from the CEOs of Wall Street and Detroit and certainly in mine.
I also liked the idea that, to be successful, you have to combine passion and pleasure, and follow your Authentic Will (in the chapter:" Nothing stands before the Will: Harnessing willpower to succeed in Business").
I strongly recommend to read, study this book and meditate on its lessons.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jewish Wisdom for Business Success Oct. 4 2008
By Louis B. Kravitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The book is an wonderful exchange of commercial realities with spiritual ideals. It has not been written solely for Jewish people, but for any one that believes the ethics and guidance of the Torah should be evident in all aspects of life.

The book is extremely important with respect to the current financial crisis. It condemns greed, promotes charity and gives a clear vision about living a fruitful life. It also explains that success is rarely based on a financial scale, but on a humanistic barometer.

I would highly recommend this book to improve one's business decisions and personal life.

LK, Westcliffe, CO
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as any self development book out there. July 2 2013
By David Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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I, too, have read many business books. This one is somehow different, somehow it connects with people where others do not.

I pay my associates to read something about business for thirty minutes at the start of each day, to teach them things they did not know, remind them of the things they do know, and to get them focussed on their priorities of the day. We have a nice selection of books from which they can choose, some being classics.

Mostly, they seem to acknowledge the benefits of this and make their way through the books. Not so, the Jewish Wisdom for Business Success. They devoured it. Their eyes were glued to the pages. I got a copy for each of them.

I personally got so much from it that I use it as a study book. I read some of it each morning. By the time I get to the end, I am looking forward to starting over again.

So, I am now back, buying more of the books to give to friends.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Sense Oct. 6 2010
By Joe S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I initially read a sample of the book downloaded to my Kindle and was sold on the concept at the first sentence -- "Why have so many Jews been successful at business?" The authors continue on to document the disproportionate success of Jewish people, ultimately attributing it to a few basic teachings from the Torah that have become staples of the Jewish culture. Surprisingly, many of the concepts seem to be common sense (conquer fear, find your passion, don't make emotional decisions, etc.), but the authors explain the spiritual principles that act as the foundation for success with specific examples from the Torah and other ancient Jewish teachings.

There are three features of the book that are particularly helpful. Each section ends with a specific insight (application) for business and an insight for our personal life from the teaching. Each chapter ends with guided meditation to solidify the application and understanding of the principle. Finally, there are real-world examples throughout the book that serve as examples of the concept from which we can pattern our own thinking on our business.

For the most part, readers will not be surprised at the nine principles taught. What is surprising is the ability of the authors to enable the reader to take ownership of the concepts and integrate them into every aspect of life and business. That is the real value of this book.