As we continue our conversation with Rabbi Daniel Lapin, he draws a parallel between sex and money and uses the parallel to illustrate how anyone can benefit from “The Jewish Edge” in business by embracing and understanding the spirituality of commerce.
Rabbi Lapin is a noted rabbinic scholar, best-selling author and TV host. As one of America’s most eloquent speakers, his ability to extract practical life principles from the Bible and transmit them in a life-changing and captivating manner has brought thousands of Jews and Christians closer to their respective faiths.
Pairing his inheritance as a descendant of a multi-generational rabbinical family with his background in science and business, he teaches ancient Jewish wisdom in an unparalleled manner.
He was born into a prestigious Torah family. He was a student of his father, Rabbi A.H. Lapin, who served the Jewish communities in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, eventually immigrating to America with his wife where they established the Am Echad synagogue in San Jose, CA.
Like his father before him, Rabbi Lapin was privileged to learn with his great-uncle, the esteemed Rav Elya Lopian. In addition, he learned in yeshivas (Torah schools) in England and Israel as well as studying physics, engineering and mathematics in S. Africa.
After establishing a boat-building business in Johannesburg, Rabbi Daniel immigrated to the U.S. where, along with Michael Medved, he founded the Pacific Jewish Center in California, a groundbreaking initiative that introduced thousands of Jews to their religious heritage.
In 1992, he and his family relocated to Washington State where he began his work strengthening the Judeo-Christian roots of this country by writing, speaking and standing shoulder to shoulder with prominent Christian leaders, leading to the establishment of the American Alliance of Jews and Christians.
He is a frequent speaker for hundreds of groups, institutions, organizations, and companies including Family Research Council, Legatus, Crystal Cathedral, Harvard Law School, Heritage Foundation, the United States Army, the Mont Pelerin Society of Economists, Prudential Insurance Company, the 1996 Republican National Convention, Voices United for Israel, Yeshiva University, and Young President’s Organization. Rabbi Lapin was the keynote speaker at the Congressional Bi-Partisan opening of the 106th Congress in Washington, DC. He speaks regularly at universities, businesses and synagogues and churches throughout the country. He regularly appears on both national and local radio and television shows. And his articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Commentary, The Jewish Press, The American Enterprise, The Washington Times, Crisis, and other publications.
His first book, America’s Real War was a national bestseller and his second book, Buried Treasure: Secrets for Living from the Lord’s Language is highly popular for personal use and as a gift item. His third and fourth books, Thou Shall Prosper: The Ten Commandments for Making Money and Business Secrets from the Bible, published by John Wiley continue selling well around the world, including in Chinese and Korean translations. He also produces audio CDs that present thousands of years of Jewish wisdom emanating from the Bible, in ways that impact and improve modern day life.