Ethical Wealth Is Not a Paradox: The Talmudic Guide to Prosperity
Keywords:Talmud, Talmudic stories, wealth, charity, business ethics, ostentation, humility
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.
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