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Chris LoCurto


January 3, 2013

Rabbi Daniel Lapin Interview

January 3, 2013 | By | 70 Comments">70 Comments

This week’s episode of the EntreLeadership Podcast, in my estimation, is one of the best episodes ever!

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I had the absolute privilege of interviewing Rabbi Daniel Lapin. And let me say, it’s powerful! I won’t go into too much detail, but it’s goooooooood!

On top of that, I’m giving away free copies of his book, Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making MoneyOne of my top three books of all time!

If you would like to win a free copy of Rabbi Lapin’s book, you must first:

  1. Leave a comment below by answering the question.
  2. Fill out the contact form. Don’t put your mailing info in the comment.
  3. Tweet a link to this post. Click here to Tweet. If you don’t have Twitter, you can use Facebook.

I will pick the winners on January 11 based on the promotion of the post and comments. If you are selected, I will notify you by email. Thanks everyone!

Question: Why would you like Thou Shall Prosper?

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  • Balanced Accountant

    I love the idea of using faith to run your business and would love to learn his thoughs.

  • Neal R.

    I really want to find out the degree to which anti-semitism is still in existence, no… j/k. I really want to know more about the family practices of teaching family and raising children with the perspective of understanding money, practically.

  • Uma Maheswaran S

    I am eager to learn from the unique perspective of Rabbi from the ancient treasures on the subjects of business, wealth and money .

  • Carol Dublin

    Wow. Powerful stuff. Love the idea that every dollar bill is a certificate of a good deed you did for someone. Absorbing that.

  • Patrick Howe

    I would like to read this book because at 42 I still have a lot to learn. I am so enthralled by glimpse of the Rabbi’s teachings from the podcast that I will purchase the book should I not win.

  • Sophie_Scholl

    I loved Rabbi Lapin’s perspective that business people are not the enemy, in fact, they are going much farther towards serving their fellow human beings than the misnamed “public servants.”

  • Raye Cage

    I have been following Rabbi Lapin for awhile. The Jewish perspective of life has intrigued me for some time. I love the tagline on his website “Modern Problems Ancient Solutions”. The wisdom he speaks always deeply resonates with me. I borrowed this book from the library but wasn’t able to finish it & the book is so popular I had to put a hold on it so it will be weeks before I see it again (*sigh*).What a treat to have my own copy to highlight & write in the margins! :0)

  • Raye Cage

    I have been following Rabbi Lapin for awhile. The Jewish perspective of life has intrigued me for some time. I love the tagline on his website “Modern Problems Ancient Solutions”. The wisdom he speaks always deeply resonates with me. I borrowed this book from the library but wasn’t able to finish it & the book is so popular I had to put a hold on it so it will be weeks before I see it again (*sigh*).What a treat to have my own copy to highlight & write in the margins! :0)

  • Mark Sieverkropp

    Chris, I’m behind. I’m sorry. But I wanted to let you know that I listened to this interview yesterday and WOW!! unbelievable! I had not listened to Rabbi Lapin before. I’ve heard of him, but had never heard and interview or read any of his work!
    I was floored with the down to earth wisdom he conveys! It just makes sense and I can’t believe I’ve missed so much of it!
    I would love this book because I can’t wait to learn more of what he has to say and how I can change how I, and my family, look at money and work.
    But if I dont get a copy I’ll certainly be headed to the library to check out a copy when one comes in!
    Thanks Chris!

  • Kenneth

    I would like this book because I work for the federal government and I believe that this book will help me be better salt and light in an environment that is dark and tasteless.

  • Chris Thompson

    This EntreLeadership podcast was excellent – it brought me to your website for the interview portion. I would like the book to learn more about the Rabbi’s views about earning money. It was a refreshing view espacially when many are trying to demonize those who work hard and become wealthy.

  • Allison

    My husband and I started our chiropractic business a year ago and have made it through the birthing pains onto the crawling and walking phases. After taking FPU 6 months ago, we are on fire to do things right in our business finances too! This book would be a great tool in our financial tool box!

  • Rell Lacey

    I would like the book because as a young student, I feel It would help me to not only learn about the various aspects of money, but it would help me to make an enormous shift in my life for the better. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of Rabbi Daniel Lapin and I was blown away at the interview.

  • Scott Lee S

    I am interested in learning the timeless management principals, Rabbi Lapin speaks to on your podcast. As a young manager of about 200 employees, we all need more common sense in our businesses today. Thanks for the podcast Chris, I bought Dave’s entreleadership because of it, can’t quite afford a master series event but I have looked into it. Maybe in a few years with some money making tips from this book.

  • Bryan Clifton

    The idea of making money is not evil, but directly connected to how we serve other people is remarkable. I have never thought about it like that.

  • Pamela Kelly

    I’m still trying to figure out how to get the Podcasts to play on my device. One reason I would like the book is that it is the old-fashioned method of communication…:-) In all seriousness, though, based on everything I have read on the comment page, Rabbi Dan Lapin sounds like a very inspiring and practical gentleman with sound advice. One of the comments that jumped out at me was his pointing out that there is not a word for retirement in the Bible. That was exciting for me to read. I am 58, and have had the privilege of raising three wonderful daughters. Our youngest will graduate this year from HS; just got back last night from taking middle one back to school. I mention these things because for women especially, I think we focus on our children while they’re growing up, as well as wanting to care for our parents. But for myself, I have many things I still want to do. My profession is in music, and I have had a lot of nice opportunities. I feel kind of like a racehorse, waiting to burst out of the gate to finish some of my projects. These projects all have a cultural and even moral purpose, and I decided some time ago that they were basically initiatives, thus the birth of my arts initiative business. When I started hearing the word retirement in my 50’s, I was literally kind of puzzled and surprised ’cause it was so far from my thinking. In fact, I have a Michelangelo project for myself (after all, that gives me almost 20 years, if the Lord gives me good health:-)). There are so many people who contributed in great ways in their older years. Interesting that the Rabbi makes this comment about the Bible….certainly that is true for many of the foundational Bible personages (Abraham, Sarah, Moses, and just having celebrated the beautful story of Simeon holding Baby Jesus before he died). It sounds like Rabbi Lapin teaches both facets of making money, both to help yourself and your family, but also to use it to help others, even in the sense of the actual work that you do. “Stay useful, stay youthful” will be a new quote to inspire me! I look forward to reading the book in 2013, and to mastering the Podcast feature….after all, gotta keep up with the times….I did become a Tweet! Thanks for EL’s support.

  • Kevin Waltz

    His book is an forgotten way to look at money. I would like to have his book as another tool help teach my 9 month old son where money (certificates of service) comes from as he grows. Love love love that podcast! Thanks.

  • Steve

    I have a young staff of college students. We lease apartments but that is less relevant than what our biggest purpose is. This book teaches that business, and the act of honorably providing a product or service, is more than a job. It teaches that business is noble and is a way we challenge ourselves to be noble. I wants staff to see that business isn’t bad, only those who mis use it. In their early 20’s I have a chance to teach them more than how to sell but also how that ties into something bigger. Rabbi Lapin’s book will help me help my staff.

  • Ben Dempsey

    I would love a copy of Thou Shall Prosper and be able to finally read and see what the hype and great reviews have been about. I loved the interview and it gave me a good insight and challenged me. As I new entrepreneur I would love to have this to help establish a good biblical foundation along with Dave’s book. Keep up the great work Chris & Entreleadership team.

  • Jaygon Time

    The Jewish concept of money and how it relates to religion is just incredible. I’ve listened to many Podcasts and read many books on the subject matter but this is the first time where I was overly inspired by everything Rabbi Daniel Lapin spoke of. Especially his take on retirement saying, “you are not working to serve other human beings, you’re working for what you can get.” I absolutely love that idea and how it corresponds to another thing he said, which is, “You are serving God by serving his children.” I would love to get a hold of Rabbi Daniel Lapin’s book. I feel it can be that spark that will inspire me to start my business and start helping others.

  • Joe Hall

    Revolutionary! Great to hear such a freeing and inspiring message. Loved the part about retirement… wife and I always say, “stay useful stay youthful” so true in the light of knowing that its all about service!

    Would love to read more of his and his wife’s thoughts!

  • Jon Stolpe

    I listened to the podcast with Rabbi Daniel Lapin on it, and I think his book would be beneficial in cementing my mindset regarding money. I’d love to have a copy of this book.

  • Kimberly Costello

    Hi Chris,
    I would like “Thou Shall Prosper” because it emodies service. I am close to receiving my degree and pursuing a leadership position and I believe this book would be an outstanding resource for me to hit the ground running. I can’t think of a better way to be successful than doing it by serving others.
    Outstanding interview!

  • ThatGuyKC

    I’ve been a long time fan of Dave Ramsey and listened to the EntreLeadership podcast from day one. Financial Peace University has reshaped our family and approach to money. I would like Thou Shalt Prosper because I’m interested in learning strategies to build wealth so we can give more to others. Beyond the financial freedom we’ve gained through Dave Ramsey’s principals the ability to make a difference is one of the greatest gifts.

  • Brian

    I would like the book because I love to help other businesses and entrepreneurs do business God’s way.

  • Nickolas Chaney

    The best episode yet! You nailed this one!

  • clapreze

    Fantastic interview! One of my all time favorite podcasts! This interview brought a whole new prospective about tithing to my attention. I can’t wait to read this book!

  • Eric Bissonnette

    I want to see what all the hype is about and have advice from the World’s Rabbi! It would extend my library of Dave Ramsey suggested books… Thank you for the great interview!

  • Conchata Wells

    Understanding biblical principles is one thing, living them is another…that is what I received from this podcast. His interview reminded me of a quote God gave me before the new year. “Living is nothing without the ability to give the LIFE you are here to LIVE.” My purpose in receiving this book is to have the ability to a getting better understanding so that I can give to my children the wisdom needed. Therefore creating a cycle of giving, because they will do what you do. My children are the next generation and to me creating an environment of giving for their generation will encourage them to build for the next. Our God is a generational God. So as He is, so should we be. Thank you Chris for helping me break a generational curse on my family.

  • Kent Lapp

    This was a great interview, loved it!!! Thanks for having the Rabbi on. Particularly liked his point about original Hebrew not having a word for retirement, it’s not that you have to do the same work your whole life it’s just that you should never stop contributing. Loved that! Great interview, keep ’em coming.

  • Timmery Clark

    I thought this was a fabulous, insightful interview. I’ve heard Dan Miller quote Rabbi Lapin previously, and after hearing this podcast I’d love to be able to soak up more of the Rabbi’s wisdom!

  • Matt Musteric

    I have enjoyed Rabbi Lapin’s blog posts and his book has been on my list to buy for some time now. I hope to pass it along when I am finished.

  • Steve Pate

    Listened to this pod cast three times today and even Dave’s material was just spot on!

  • Brian P Jones

    I would like Thou Shall Prosper because I believe it will help guide me thru the coming years with wisdom of a sucessful person. I hope it inspires me to take the leap into my own side business.

  • Edward Messer

    I am incredibly intrigued by the concept of a dollar being a certificate of serving my fellow man. I was in business for myself and it failed – largely because, I believe, I was chasing money and not seeking to serve my neighbor. Add to that, as I attempted to sell my construction projects, I was almost embarrassed to reveal my price (the money, not the service) to my customer. I’d love to learn more about Rabbi Lapin’s equating money to rewards for service. It has already radically changed how I look at money. I have always been eager to serve my customers.

  • Jeremy Overturf

    I would love to have a copy. I love learning about the connection between being prosperous and spirituality.

  • chris

    Jewish culture has always been a curiosity for me. And from the reviews I’ve read, this book addresses many of the cultural perspectives regarding money from a Jewish perspective. Great interview, BTW.

  • David

    Great interview. The title “Thou Shall Prosper” reminds me of one of the most frequently repeated phrases in the Book of Mormon, that if you keep God’s commandments, you will prosper in the land. It does amaze me how in the Old Testament, New Testament, and Book of Mormon, God makes it clear that he wants us to be successful and happy. So why do so many people fight against that and deny their happiness and wealth that is theirs if they just accept it?

    Thank you again for the great interview and I love hearing these podcasts and my reading list keeps getting longer as a result. Keep up the great work. If you give me a free copy of Rabbi Lapin’s book, great. I’ll be grateful. If not, I’ll still buy one.

  • Russell

    I would love a copy of this book as I believe that we are here to serve and prosper.

  • Eric Burton

    I would LOVE a copy of the book to replace the copy I gave (after devouring it) to a neighbor who refused to accept payment after fixing my car because to him it “felt weird!” There’s a hole on my bookshelf that is screaming for “Thou Shall Prosper” to fill it!

  • Eric

    I would like a copy of the book because I’ve heard so many good things about it and this book is on my book list for the year to read. I also know that the Jewish principles for stewardship are timeless and effective.

  • Joseph Iliff of SeekOutWisdom

    I would like this book because I embrace the idea that one becomes successful not by taking advantage of people, but by taking care of them.

  • Jana Botkin

    I CAN’T WAIT to listen to this interview since I am in the middle of reading the book now! I ordered a copy from Amazon because it would be wrong to steal the library copy and then mark it up and dog ear it too. 8-)

    His teaching about wealth not being evil is the reverse of the societal messages I’ve been subconsciously absorbing. It is past time for me to begin valuing my work properly, and I’m looking to Rabbi Lapin for wisdom in this matter.

  • Ricardo Butler

    THIS INTERVIEW WAS AWESOME! My new top 3 is this one, John Maxwell and Robin Robins! I’m going to listen to this multiple times!

  • Wade_Thorson

    I would be very interested in reading Thou Shall Prosper, the handling of money especially when it comes to applying biblical principles would be of great value. This is obviously an area where a lot of companies struggle. Just being able to learn and apply some of these principles discussed would be very exciting, this looks to be a highly regarded and recommended read. Thanks for the interview.

  • Steve Pate

    If I so happen won this book instead of buying it, I would love to use these principles in our Christian wilderness retreat center. Even being a non-prophet, you really need to know how to run a ethical business. Plus I’m sure this book would meld with the Monk and the Merchant!

  • Gregory Veater

    I would like the book because, I want to know how to stop just letting life pass me by. I want to learn why money is good and i want to change money for my family forever.

  • Mike Messina

    I would be interested in the book Thou Shall Prosper as I am really interested in understanding the Jewish prospective on dealing with financial matters. I have been a fan of the Rabbi and appreciate his insight into dealing with money as an aspect of service. Really good stuff.

  • Becky Brett Caldwell

    I would like a copy of Thou Shall Prosper because I have come to the painful realization that, while I am knowledgeable about many things, I am excessively ignorant about financial matters. I am looking for someone much smarter than I to teach me, and my mind was completely blown listening to this podcast. I have found my teacher.

  • Eric Aherin

    I would like a copy because growing up I belive that i have had a poisonus view of money and have been taught it is evil. As a young professional starting my own business I believe this could be a tool for me to serve others better and to show me that money is a blessing.

  • Christopher Dries

    I would like a copy of Thou Shalt Prosper to hear more of Rabbi Lapin’s take on the Jewish perspective of finance.

  • Joshua Rivers

    I love that he brings out a Jewish perspective on Biblical principles. Especially the principle about giving leading to wealth, not something that comes after wealth.

    I would like this book to help get a better grasp on how money works.

  • Joshua Brown

    I would like a copy of Thou Shall Prosper because I am continuing looking at following God’s word in all areas of my life and would like to hear from a Jewish scholar’s perspective on how God would like us to handle his money.

  • Lucas Shelton

    I found the interview to be very profound and motivating. I feel that as Christians, we need to understand that God wants us to be successful, not saying that we are all going to be millionaires or even make a 6 figure income, but I am saying that he wants us to find success. This comes from be happy in our work and feeling joy when we get paid, or hit a bonus, or get a raise. We need to know the importance and learn the joys of taking whatever we make and sharing that with others and that brings joy to us because thats what we should be doing as Gods people. I feel Rabbi Daniel Lapin explained that very well. I want to dig deeper into his knowledge to expand my wisdom to be better with Gods blessings and to love others more with those blessings.

  • Jakeless

    I would like to win Rabbi Daniel Lapin’s book, “Thou Shall Prosper” because Rabbi Lapin has an abundance of wisdom, and has a wealth of knowledge.

  • Stephen Skinner

    I would like the book because I am intentionally trying to run my business according to the timeless principles and ultimate source of truth, the Bible!

  • Doug Peacock

    The study of the original language is awesome. There is a reason the language hasn’t changed, neither have the principles!

  • Christopher Battles

    Another wonderful interview. Thank you Chris and crew.
    I would like this book to give it as a gift to my Pastor.
    After hearing this episode I shall be checking out my copy that I heavily marked up/underlined in.
    This is a message we need to spread.

    K, bye

  • MrTravisScott

    Great interview! I would like this book b/c it is on my reading list as part of the 18 books I set as a goal to read for the year!!!

  • Vernon Keszler

    I loved this interview and agree that it is one of the best. Can’t wait to read the book. I briefly studied Hebrew a few years ago and am also looking forward to read his book Buried Treasure.

  • Chris P

    I would like a copy of this book because today is my Birthday Today! It would be a great gift for me and my wife of 6 months because we are starting FPU and working on prospering with money. I love the podcast Chris keep up the great work!

    • Joshua Rivers

      Congrats on starting FPU!

  • Ricardo Butler

    I’ve heard of Thou Shalt Prosper and also a few other Jewish business/finances/wealth books. I’ve been DYING to get my hands on at least ONE. All I have been able to read are samples of these books. I believe God has given these folks–His first people–solid principles in the money department. They KNOW the laws and principles of finances better than anyone else on the planet. And it’s not just “because they are good with money” as the stereo types go. They are still covered by covenant with God so they are good at it. I would love to hear any business advice from, especially a Rabbi!

  • Bret Wortman

    This is awesome, and I can’t wait to hear it. I’ve got “TSP” in print, Kindle, and audio formats. It’s just that good.

  • Todd Liles

    This was an amazing podcast. The jewish perspective on money and life needs to be shared. I really like how he described money as a certificate of service.

    • Joshua Rivers

      That was an awesome illustration!

    • Timmery Clark

      Yes, that whole segment is one I’ve listened to a couple times now–very powerful and drives home his point masterfully.

      • Todd Liles

        I totally agree!

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    • Jon Stolpe

      I agree, Todd.