The Sacred Exchange is part of the “Challenge and Change” series offered by the Central Conference of American Rabbis Press. Each book in the series collects essays on a particular theme: The Sacred Table covers food, The Sacred Encounter sexuality, The Sacred Calling women in the rabbinate, etc. The Sacred Exchange gathers essays on the theme of money, broadly defined. As such, it is a kind of Reform movement equivalent to the Oxford Handbook of Judaism and Economics, which (despite its academic haskama) does the same from a Modern Orthodox perspective.

This is not an academic book, although it includes PhDs among its authors. Nor is it only for Jewish professionals, although there is much here that concerns them directly. It is aimed at a wide lay audience seeking constructive guidance from Jewish tradition on the theme in question. Its three-dozen chapters are each quite short, running an...

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