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Jewish Wisdom For Business Success – Book Review

By: Rabbi Levi Brackman & Sam Jaffe (2008)

ISBN 978-0-8144-1274-9

Book Price: $24.00

Business consultants

Rabbi Levi Brackman is a popular Judaic scholar, writer and teacher. He has taught on 3 continents, has a weekly TV show, and is published regularly in newspapers and internet. Sam Jaffe has been on the staff of The Wall Street Journal, Smart Money, Bloomberg Markets, and Business Week magazines. Both are business consultants!

Ancient clues to wealth access

Rabbi Brackman and Sam Jaffe express their views in 9 chapters. They discuss such topics as, Patriarchal business models: Creating a blueprint for success (Ch. 4), Making the sale: Negotiation techniques from the Torah (Ch. 5), Spiritual entrepreneurship: Finding the Holy in your work (Ch. 7), and many more ancient clues to wealth access.

Godly business success

Rabbi Brackman and Sam Jaffe share with a personal and forthright style. Referring to moving forward, they say, “A good businessperson never surrenders his or her business to fate. The moment that you start blaming unseen forces (the market, currency traders… ) is the moment that you relinquish control… you are responsible to act… “

The authors use language that connects and relates to readers. They maintain relevant communication stating that, “If you have built your own business you know that to succeed, you need to be a self-starter. For that, pure determination and endurance is not enough. Something else is required to reach your goal-and that is passion.”

Rabbi Brackman and Sam Jaffe display keen insights into business acumen. Discussing negotiation, they share that, “The key to winning a negotiation is knowledge-knowledge of yourself, knowledge of your negotiating partner, and knowledge of the fair value of the deal… Do your homework regarding the other party’s situation.”

Encouraging words aim to lift readers into victory. Authors declare, “While most businesses make mistakes, you should never label your enterprise a failure. When your business seems to be failing, look for the silver lining to it-all successful businesses have been at that stage, yet have overcome.” Success comes to those who don’t quit.

Spirituality is a central theme. The authors declare that doing business to gain wealth should not produce guilt but, “For the spiritual entrepreneur, wealth creation is about making the world a better and more Godly place.”

Business success lessons

Rabbi Levi Brackman and Sam Jaffe share powerful Jewish wisdom for business success lessons.