A Talmudic Vade Mecum to Acquiring Worldly Wealth

38 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2020

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Hershey H. Friedman

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

Date Written: August 19, 2020

Abstract

A crucial pedagogical tool of the Talmud, one of the most influential books of Late Antiquity, is the use of divine reward and punishment as a way to promote ethical conduct. This paper examines ten behaviors whose reward, according to the sages, is wealth. These include being charitable, conducting business in an ethical manner, honoring the Sabbath, respecting one’s spouse, acquiring wisdom, being an honest public servant, and leading a simple, humble life.

Keywords: Talmud, Talmudic Stories, Wealth, Charity, Business Ethics, Ostentation, Humility

JEL Classification: B11, D63, J78, K00, K40, M14, N00

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H., A Talmudic Vade Mecum to Acquiring Worldly Wealth (August 19, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3676800 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3676800

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