Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin is the author of Jewish Literacy and Words that Hurt, Words that Heal 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.
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.
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.