The second in a series on ethics from the venerable Jewish Publication Society, this volume approaches the endlessly interesting topic of money — not how to get it, but how to act in the acquiring of it and what to do with it once acquired. The series is not so much a book with a single argument and declared theses, but a series of source texts around which to build a conversation, and a number of essays by several hands in which that discussion is carried on.
The sources are certainly useful to have collected, and the arguments well-reasoned. However, the work as a whole would have benefited from a broader perspective, and reads too much like the Democratic Party platform. Our tradition is notoriously vast, and so must be our engagement with it. Encouraging the giving of tzedaka and the moral imperative of treating workers fairly is always valuable. But to stage arguments on Executive Compensation packages and the proper level of the minimum wage are essentially political polemics, and do not require the Sages to bless them by a skillful selection of prooftexts.