Essential Core Values for Individuals and Organizations, as Derived from the Torah

38 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2011

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Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Date Written: October 30, 2011

Abstract

This paper examines the Torah to derive a small set of essential core values for living. Core values are the guiding principles that can be used by individuals as well as organizations to make correct decisions and provide a reason for being. Both the Torah itself (the Written Law) and the Talmud - the Oral Law that explains and elaborates on the Written Law of the Torah - are used as sources to help discover the core values. This paper finds six core values in the Torah: compassion, peace, human dignity, integrity, justice, and industriousness.

Keywords: core values, moral compass, guiding principles, Torah, Hebrew Bible, Hebrew Scriptures, Talmud, compassion, peace, human dignity, integrity, justice, industriousness, Hillel, imitatio dei

JEL Classification: A13, B11, D63, J7, K00, M14, M5, N00, N01

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H., Essential Core Values for Individuals and Organizations, as Derived from the Torah (October 30, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1951522 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1951522

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