Books: Must-Read Books for Building Character and Ethical Living

Shalom everyone! Yah created each and every human being with a universal mission, to make this world a better place. We all have this mission to fulfill, and we can begin this mission by building our own characters. We need to know how best to treat others and ourselves, how to deal with life’s most difficult dilemma’s with honesty and integrity, and how to lead positive and ethical lives. The following books written by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin provide very timely lessons on how we can accomplish these. Though these books were written primarily to a Jewish audience, the lessons in these books are universal. The essence of all three books is to “love our neighbor as ourselves. Yah cares deeply about how we treat others; He also cares about how we treat ourselves. These books are must-haves for your library of learning, with pearls of wisdom we can and should pass on to our families, friends and communities:

# Title & Author Comments
1 Words That Hurt, Word That Heal: How to Choose Words Wisely and Well
by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
We all need to understand the power of our own words, which can heal and build, or hurt and destroy. Let us use our words to heal and build. This book provides very important lessons on how we should use our words wisely to help others, and avoid using hurtful words to others, about others and ourselves. If Yah could create the universe through the power of His spoken word, it stands to reason the our own spoken words are powerful as well. As Proverbs 18:21 states, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that indulge it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
2 The Book of Jewish Values: A Day-to-Day Guide to Ethical Living
by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
Though this book is called “The Book of Jewish Values,” the lessons provided within are universal. This book is designed to be read over the course of one year. Each of the six working days has its own lesson,  however, on the seventh day (Shabbat), the author recommends that the reader discuss with their family the lessons read during the week. This book provides excellent anecdotes of wisdom which enable us lead positive and ethical lives by treating others and ourselves with the utmost respect, dignity and compassion. We strongly recommend that you take the challenge to read and internalize wisdom written in this book.
3 The Ten Commandments of Character: Essential Advice for Living an Honorable, Ethical, Honest Life
by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
This book provides answers to some of life’s most difficult and sensitive ethical dilemmas. The author outlines his “Ten Commandments of Character,” and uses as examples letters he has written to people over the years seeking guidance on sensitive matters. The book addresses a number of issues including relating to family, friends, work, community, medicine and money.

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