From Jewish literacy to Jewish ethics

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”: for his amazing, 500-plus-page A Code of Jewish Ethics, Volume 1.

jtelushkin.jpgTelushkin, 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.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.