His work, The Ethics of the Sages: An Interfaith Guide to the Pirkei Avot Rowman and Littlefield , analyzed a specific book of the Talmud in relation to the teachings of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and other spiritual traditions. Why a book about improving your ethical behavior?
Part of the reason for writing the book was to encourage people to do a kind of moral inventory. The book specifically draws from the Talmud, a collection of commentary and interpretation on the Torah, the basis of Jewish scripture.
Yet you maintain these lessons are applicable to anyone. However, people of other faiths, or agnostics or atheists, can still find a lot here that they can use. Which chapter was the most difficult for you to handle? And which did you enjoy writing the most?
I had a lot of trouble with the chapter on humility. Also, the chapter on self-mastery and self-discipline.
I know in many ways I fall short of that every day, and I could do much better in the area of self-discipline. I particularly enjoyed writing the chapter on gratitude. This is a virtue that I think is almost totally missing and not stressed nearly enough in our culture. People take so many things for granted and have complaints about so many things they feel they are owed. Certainly there are people who are experiencing severe depression, for example, who are probably not able to focus on developing their character. People who are severely emotionally disturbed, who are suffering from depression, substance abuse, bipolar disorders or schizophrenia—they need to get professional help.
I think a book for someone who wants to develop personal character really presumes that the individual is in relatively good physical and emotional health. At a time when issues such as bullying and cyberbullying among teens and children have become front-page news, and when researchers are reporting a decline in empathy among young people, how can parents use Talmudic wisdom to instill compassion and other positive values in their children?
Hopefully this will be useful to parents who want to bring children up in an ethical and responsible way. I do think there are transcendent moral values that they can transmit to their children, and I hope they will. How to do that is easier said than done. Kids are very good about spotting hypocrisy and contradictions in parents.
So that even when you fall short, you can use that as a teachable moment, as teachers like to say, to instill values in children. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
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Becoming a Mensch: Timeless Talmudic Ethics for Everyone [Ronald Pies] on prog40.ru *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Becoming a Mensch is a. Editorial Reviews. Review Wonderfully uplifting and practical guide to the cultivation of universal virtues such as kindness, generosity, and self-discipline.
Timeless Talmudic Ethics for Everyone 4. Becoming a Mensch is a "user's guide" to becoming a better person, taking readers through a process of personal growth by means of modern-day vignettes that draw upon the Talmud's ancient wisdom. By examining character traits such as "kindness and compassion," "self-mastery and self discipline," and "humility and flexibility," readers of any or no faith learn what it takes Becoming a Mensch is a "user's guide" to becoming a better person, taking readers through a process of personal growth by means of modern-day vignettes that draw upon the Talmud's ancient wisdom.
By examining character traits such as "kindness and compassion," "self-mastery and self discipline," and "humility and flexibility," readers of any or no faith learn what it takes to become a "mensch" a decent and honorable human being.
Readers are introduced to the greatest sages of the Talmudic era and many modern masters of ethical behavior. Becoming a Mensch is not only a guidebook for personal growth it is also a useful guide for parents who want to foster the ethical development of their children.
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Rebecca Budd marked it as to-read Apr 01, Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. Part of the reason for writing the book was to encourage people to do a kind of moral inventory. I particularly enjoyed writing the chapter on gratitude. Miriam, this is brilliant!
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