Joseph Telushkin

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Joseph Telushkin, once named by Talk magazine as one of the 50 best speakers in the United States, is one of America’s leading ethicists. His book, Words that Hurt, Words that Heal, inspired Senators Joseph Lieberman’s and Connie Mack’s Senate Resolution #151 to establish a National Speak No Evil Day in the United States, a day in which Americans would go for twenty-four hours without saying anything unkind or unfair about, or to, anyone. An invaluable sourcebook of tools for businessmen, Words that Hurt, Words that Heal, contains suggestion after suggestion of how and when to criticize, how to keep a disagreement from turning into a quarrel, and the one technique that will keep you, even when angry, from ever saying something that can destroy a relationship.

 
  

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We are so very grateful that your participation in our Interfaith Lecture Series helped us to honor the inauguration of the Everett Jewish Life Center in the most auspicious way. Your presence and gifts of intellect, wisdom, and experience were blessed components of this very special week and time in Chautauqua's history!

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  • United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien
  • Herbert Tarr North Shore Institute
  • Congregation Beth El
  • The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston
  • Cleveland Public Library
  • Adath Israel of Lower Merion
  • Jewish Federation of Reading
  • Jewish Federation of Tulsa
  • Jewish Federation of Palm Beach
  • Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland
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The Sky is Not Falling: God, Love, and Money in Times of Crisis

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Words That Hurt, Words That Heal: How to use Words Wisely and Well

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The Ten Commandments of Character: How to Live the Life You Know You're Supposed To Live

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The 50 best Jewish Jokes and What They Show About the Human Condition

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On Being a Good Person in a Complicated World: Forgiveness, Self-Esteem, and Why it's so Hard to Make Changes in our Personal Lives

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Why the Jews: The Reason for the World's Greatest Hatred

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The Twenty-First Century: A Moral Vision, One Day at a Time

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Love Your Neighbor: Ten Ways to Carry Out the Bible's Most Fundamental Law

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Money and Morality: A Religious Take on Business Ethics

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Joseph Telushkin, named by Talk magazine as one of the 50 best speakers in the United States, is one of America’s leading ethicists. His book, Words that Hurt, Words that Heal, inspired Senators Joseph Lieberman’s and Connie Mack’s Senate Resolution #151 to establish a National Speak No Evil Day in the United States, a day in which Americans would go for twenty—four hours without saying anything unkind or unfair about, or to, anyone. An invaluable sourcebook of tools for businessmen, Words that Hurt, Words that Heal, contains suggestion after suggestion of how and when to criticize, how to keep a disagreement from turning into a quarrel, and the one technique that will keep you, even when angry, from ever saying something that can destroy a relationship.

Joseph Telushkin, hailed by Jewish Week as “America’s rabbi,” is a renaissance figure, whose reputation extends well beyond the Jewish community. His novel, An Eye for An Eye, became the basis for four episodes of David Kelley’s Emmy award—winning TV series, The Practice, and he wrote an episode for the TV series, Touched by An Angel for Kirk Douglas, in which Douglas stars as a man who, after a lifetime of struggle with his faith, returns to God.  The renowned historian Paul Johnson labeled Telushkin’s A Code of Jewish Ethics—winner of the 2007 National Jewish Book Award as the Book of the Year — as “the most comprehensive introduction to Jewish ethics to appear for many years.”  Telushkin’s work has been the subject of a PBS special entitled, Moral Imagination: A Day by Day Guide to Ethical Living, that aired throughout the United States in 2000.

A penetrating speaker with the timing of a standup comic—Telushkin’s earlier book,  was hailed by Larry Gelbart (author of Mash): “I don’t know if Jews are really the chosen people, but Telushkin’s book makes a strong argument that they’re the funniest”—so that his talks challenge even as they entertain. One thing is certain: you will walk out of Telushkin’s speech different than when you walked in.