As medical research and medical technology advance, inevitably difficult ethical questions will emerge. Like all serious ethical questions, medical issues do not present clear choices between right and wrong, but rather demand that we address competing commitments between two rights or two “goods.” How do we approach what has been called “savior siblings”? Here is
My 8-year old son’s favorite book is Richard Michelson’s As Good As Anybody. The first half follows Martin Luther King Jr. from his childhood in Georgia, listening to his father’s sermons at Ebenezer Baptist Church, on through the bus boycott and the march at Selma. When he calls on all of God’s children to join
Parenting has forced me to confront the ethical challenges of our many privileges as a family.
Many of us, fortunate to become parents, do our best to raise happy, independent, and emotionally and physically healthy children. This year, on the back page of each issue, we will be exploring the ethical obligations of parenting. We define parenting broadly: parenting children from birth through their adulthood, and what feels like “parenting” when
In light of last year’s scandal at the Agriprocessors meat plant, Bema’aglei Tzedek (“Circles of Justice”) is probably best known for being a pioneer in the field of ethical kashrut. Our Tav Chevrati, a certificate granted free of charge to restaurants that treat their employees ethically and are handicapped accessible, now graces over 350 establishments
As an American and a Jew, my experiences have led me to believe that accountability, responsiveness, transparency, and effectiveness in our democratic institutions set the stage for a thriving American Jewish community. Vibrant and vital governing and civil society institutions have led to deep and active participation and engagement by American Jews. Our country and
Lincoln, the film, is a tour de force of American constitutional history as well as an amazing portrayal of the intricacies of presidential decision-making. The film takes the viewer into the most detailed inner workings of presidential, personal, and political choices surrounding the end of the Civil War and the moral choices leading up to
When Ruth Calderon, a member of Israel’s Knesset for the political party Yesh Atid, delivered her first Knesset speech after the recent Israeli elections, a video of the event went viral. Calderon masterfully taught a passage of Talmud, deriving from it a lesson about prioritizing human relationships. She argued that our sacred books belong to
Yair Sheleg: Israeli law, as in any Western concept, puts at its center the idea of human equality — certain basic rights of equality — and therefore “the discourse of rights.” Jewish law, or halakhah, on the other hand, puts at its center the idea of sanctity, and thus the obligations imposed on human beings.