The Jewish Book Council is holding its 56th annual awards ceremony on Wednesday night in NYC, and its “book of the year” award is going to Rabbi “Joseph Telushkin”:http://www.josephtelushkin.com/ for his amazing, 500-plus-page A Code of Jewish Ethics, Volume 1.
Telushkin, who lives in NYC, is a prolific writer who is best known for his Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know About the Jewish Religion, Its People and Its History. It is the best-selling book on Judaism over the past two decades (and a key resource for every religion journalist I know).
He’s also written books about Jewish wisdom, biblical literacy, anti-Semitism, Jewish values, Jewish immigration and even Jewish jokes.
His Code of Jewish Ethics (which I’ve read big chunks of) includes sections on “What Matters Most to God,” “Building Character,” “Judging Others Fairly,” “Good Manners and Civility,” “Common Sense,” “Repentance,” “Forgiveness,” “Humility” and other such topics.
I’m sure it will be around a good, long time.