Essential Core Values for Individuals and Organizations, as Derived from the Torah
38 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2011
Date Written: October 30, 2011
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
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