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  1. The Kosher Golden Rule

    Commentary by Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz on April 25, 2014 in Ethics

    Two great questions are often asked in our community: What is our obligation to our fellow Jews? What are our responsibilities to the larger world? Parashat Kedoshim seeks to provide an answer to these queries in teaching what is perhaps the most ...

    stasch - April 10, 2014

  2. Boundaries: Not Only Healthy, But Divine

    Commentary by Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz on April 3, 2014 in Ethics

    Boundaries are the focal point of Parashat Metzora, and indeed they are the obsession of the book of Leviticus. The precise placement of the Israelite encampment along with all the appurtenances of the sacrificial cult, laws pertaining to people a ...

    kehirschmann - April 3, 2014

  3. Patient Autonomy In The Dying Process: A Jewish Perspective

    Video by JTS on February 10, 2014 in Ethics

    Patient Autonomy In The Dying Process: A Jewish Perspective The Ben Zion and Baruch M. Bokser Memorial Lecture February 10, 2014 Autonomy is not generally regarded as a value in any area of Jewish law (halakhah) but the dying pro ...

    cldemesier - February 13, 2014

  4. What Is Life Worth? Tailoring the Law to Meet the Challenges of Unique Catastrophes

    Video by Rabbi Julia Andelman on November 6, 2013 in Ethics

    9/11. The BP oil spill. The Boston Marathon bombing. Major tragedies captivate the public and often galvanize officials into using unconventional strategies to help those most affected. ...

    cldemesier - January 29, 2014

  5. Ethics of War

    Commentary by Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz on August 14, 2013 in Ethics

    Parashat Ki Tetzei opens by teaching one of the biblical ordinances related to ethical conduct in war. Specifically, ...

    chschwartz - August 14, 2013

  6. We Have Met the Enemy, and the Enemy Is Us

    Commentary by Marc Gary on August 14, 2013 in Ethics

    “The war tried to kill us in the spring.” ...

    chschwartz - August 14, 2013

  7. Roads to Nonviolence

    Commentary by Dr. Ofra A. Backenroth on August 7, 2013 in Ethics

    Is there a way to wage war in a humane way? As I am thinking about Parashat Shofetim, the weekly Torah portion, only a few weeks after the 46th anniversary of Israel’s Six-Day War, I cannot avoid reliving the fear I felt when I heard the first sir ...

    chschwartz - August 12, 2013

  8. Warfare in the 21st Century: 5 Questions with General Norton A. Schwartz

    Video by JTS on February 4, 2013 in Ethics

    To begin, here are the definitions of proportionality and distinction (also known as discretion ), terms General Schwartz uses in the interview: ...

    chschwartz - February 6, 2013

  9. Memory on Trial

    Video by JTS on January 23, 2013 in Ethics

    Eyewitness identification can have an enormous impact on the outcome of a trial. But how trustworthy is such testimony? And, if inaccurate, could it result in a miscarriage of justice? How should the courts proceed? ...

    chschwartz - January 30, 2013

  10. Shalom, Shalom, Yet There Is No Peace: Waging Peace and Making War

    Video by JTS on December 13, 2012 in Ethics


    chschwartz - January 30, 2013