Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

Rabbi Joseph Telushkin is the author of <i>Jewish Literacy</i> and <i>Words that Hurt, Words that Heal</i>, along with other widely-read books on Judaism and the "Rabbi Daniel Winter" murder mysteries. He lives in New York City and lectures widely throughout North America.


Articles by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

Laughing at Jewish Parents

Jewish mothers and fathers have (unintentionally) made great sources of humor.

God and Jewish Humor

A tradition of poking fun at the Master of the Universe.

Chevra Kadisha, or Jewish Burial Society

The chevra kadisha is a group of committed Jews who prepare the body for burial.

Shiva, the First Seven Days of Mourning

Shiva is observed in the home as an intensive mourning period for close relatives.

Perceptions Of Justice

People's perceptions of a society are often based on that society's judicial system.

It’s In The Blood

The Torah's abhorrence for consuming blood may have led to the Jewish people's abhorrence for shedding it.

Maintaining Monotheism

Our discomfort with the Torah's command to wipe out other nations stems from the contrast between that directive and the Torah's usual emphasis on respect for human life.

Words That Wound

The Rabbinic and Hasidic understandings of gossip focus on the impossibility of repairing the damage it causes.