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Joseph Telushkin, a rabbi, is the author of several books that have made Jewish philosophy, theology, and history accessible to the broad public, including "The Book of Jewish Values" and "The Ten Commandments of Character," just published by Random House.

Among his previous books are "Jewish Literacy," "Jewish Wisdom," "Words That Hurt, Words That Heal," "Biblical Literacy," and "Jewish Humor." In 1997, his novel "An Eye for an Eye" became the basis for four episodes of the Emmy Award-winning ABC TV series "The Practice," and he has co-written three additional episodes of the program. He recently wrote an episode of "Touched by an Angel." Telushkin was the co-writer, with David Brandes, and the associate producer of the 1991 film "The Quarrel."

Rabbi Telushkin was ordained at Yeshiva University in New York and pursued graduate studies in Jewish history at Columbia University. He lectures throughout the United States and serves as an associate of CLAL, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and as spiritual leader of the Synagogue for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. He lives in New York City with his wife, Dvorah Menashe Telushkin, and their four children.

To see a listing of Telushkin's Ethical Parenting columns, click here.

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