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  Jewish ethics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jewish ethics stands at the intersection of Judaism and the Western philosophical tradition of ethics.
Jewish ethics may be said to originate with the Hebrew Bible, its broad legal injunctions, wisdom narratives and prophetic teachings.
While Jewish feminists are not prominent in ethics per se, the principles of feminist ethics arguably play a pivotal role in the ebb and flow of Jewish denominational politics and identity-formation.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Jewish_ethics   (2678 words)

 Ethics in religion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
From the point of view of theistic religions, to the extent that ethics stems from revealed truth from divine sources, ethics is studied as a branch of theology.
Ethics in systematic form, and apart from religious belief, is as little found in apocryphal or Judæo-Hellenistic literature as in the Bible.
Hindu ethics are related to reincarnation, which is a way of expressing the need for reciprocity, as one may end up in someone else's shoes in their next incarnation.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ethics_in_religion   (3300 words)

 Sources of Jewish Ethics (via CobWeb/3.1 planet03.csc.ncsu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Jewish tradition is rich in texts that can serve as important sources of guidance for bioethics.
The Hebrew Bible, the primary Jewish literary source, is filled with moments of ethical concern that profoundly articulate a notion of the good, the search for which constitutes a fundamental element of the tradition.
Finally, the Jewishness of Jewish ethics is assured simply by virtue of the fact that those engaged in Jewish ethics do so out of high regard for the texts that form the tradition.
www.parkridgecenter.org.cob-web.org:8888 /Page20.html   (950 words)

 The Jewish Medical Ethics Initiative
Today’s physician faces difficult ethics issues on a daily basis, but most feel that in today’s approach to “clinical ethics” something is missing.
The Jewish people have always known that the Torah is a “Living Torah,” guiding us in all aspects of life, centering our decisions in a spiritual context, and making us truly happy people.
Jewish medical ethics is an important field and it has a lot to say about issues of spirituality, helping to clarify difficult concepts like death and suffering, as well teaching us how to be happy and to have fulfilling lives.
www.jewishmedicalethics.com   (209 words)

 ETHICS AND MORALITY (via CobWeb/3.1 planet03.csc.ncsu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Ethics is generally the study of the basic concepts that are or “ought to be” found in particular areas of human activity.
Normative ethics is a bit closer to rules to live by in that it concerns itself with justification of moral principle in light of the facts of life.
Ethics, as a branch of philosophy, is considered a normative science, because it is concerned with norms of human conduct, as distinguished from the formal sciences, such as mathematics and logic, and the empirical sciences, such as chemistry and physics.
cs.clark.edu.cob-web.org:8888 /~hum101/Humanities_101/ethics_and_morality.htm   (19251 words)

 The ethics of Jewish Evangelism
We believe that the whole Jewish nation is "beloved for the sake of the fathers" (Romans 11:28) and therefore seek to share the Gospel message with all who are willing to hear it.
We seek to be aware of Jewish cultural distinctives as well as our own, not to score any unfair advantage in the misuse of such understanding, but to present the Gospel sensitively and meaningfully to Jewish people.
Notwithstanding the Jewish conviction that thirteen year-olds are responsible for their own spiritual development, we exercise restraint towards minors, especially the very young, believing that we should normally only share our convictions with them in the context of their family and with their parents' consent.
www.cwi.org.uk /ethics.html   (1417 words)

 HUC Ethics Center
A part of the HUC-UC Ethics Center's mission is to promote research and education relating to ethical issues in the field of medicine.
Ethics committees in hospitals often work in isolation, without regard to issues raised by other hospital ethics committees in similar cases.
HUC-UC Ethics Center presented a luncheon lecture with Avraham I. Rivkind, M.D., head of the Department of Surgery and Trauma Unit at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.
www.huc.edu /ethics/Medicine.html   (963 words)

 Why Jewish Medical Ethics
The Jewish approach to any ethical question relies on two important concepts: that good ethics start with good facts and that in Judaism, there is no distinction between Jewish law and ethics.
For this reason, Jewish medical ethics is merely the application of Jewish law to medicine, just as kashrut is the application of Jewish law to food, or Jewish tort law is the application of Jewish law to monetary damages.
He then surveys Jewish legal sources from the Bible to the 20th century, identifying precedents from previous cases that might be applicable to the current case.
www.aish.com /societyWork/sciencenature/Why_Jewish_Medical_Ethics.asp   (2441 words)

 Matters of Life and Death: A Jewish Approach to Modern Medical Ethics [Book Review]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
In this book, he addresses a variety of important issues in biomedical ethics from his standpoint within Conservative Judaism, a standpoint which, as he candidly notes, is sometimes not that of other members of his community.
Dorff is on top of both the classical Jewish sources with their modern interpretations and the vast biomedical and legal literature, yet he is epistemically humble.
It is not too much to say that as far as the Jewish tradition is concerned, it would be easier to permit a Jew to eat pork on the fast day of Yom Kippur than it would be to permit a Jew to engage in a homosexual act.
www.firstthings.com /ftissues/ft9911/reviews/dnovak.html   (1918 words)

 Rabbi Scheinerman's Home Page - Ethics
A distinguishing feature of Jewish ethics is its emphasis on social ethics and engagement with the community.
Medieval and later Jewish philosophers, halakhists, and kabbalists derived systematic formulations of Jewish ethics -- both theoretical and practical -- and their efforts continue to inform and teach us.
Jewish ethics is an ever-expanding arena, as Jews explore their relationship to an ever-changing world.
scheinerman.net /judaism/ideas/ethics.html   (1385 words)

 Jewish ethics (via CobWeb/3.1 planet03.csc.ncsu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
'''Jewish ethics''' is based on the fundamental concepts of Judaism, which holds that ethical duties of mankind are derived from the Hebrew Bible.
The Hebrew term mussar, while literally derived from a word meaning "tradition," usually refers to Jewish ethics in general, or (and more commonly) refers to the Jewish ethics education movement that developed in the 19th century Orthodox Jewish European community.
Hillel formulated the Golden Rule of Jewish ethics "What is painful to you, do not do unto others".
jewish-ethics.kiwiki.homeip.net.cob-web.org:8888   (1981 words)

 Judaism and Health Care Ethics
Jewish ethics in practice once occurred in daily life in Jewish-affiliated hospitals in nearly all large American cities.
Jewish interpretations of obligations and responsibilities to our neighbors and to strangers can contribute to a renewed debate about health care reform.
Although ideas that emerge from Jewish sources may be justified through readings of Jewish texts or through particular interpretations of history, they can be placed into the common pool of ideas worthy of attention as we struggle to heal the world and the relationships of people within that world.
www.parkridgecenter.org /Page23.html   (732 words)

 The Jewish Ethicist: Am I obligated to fulfill a parent's last wishes?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
In Jewish law, there are a few different ways that parents try to make their desires known to their children.
This is a kind of trust which in effect is the Jewish law equivalent for the secular law's "last will and testament".
The Jewish Ethicist: Everyday Ethics in Business and Life has recently been published, and includes expanded explanations of the issues covered in the weekly column as well as additional topics.
besr.org /ethicist   (1138 words)

 HUC Ethics Center
Hebrew Union College-University of Cincinnati Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems (HUC-UC Ethics Center) is dedicated to the study of contemporary moral problems on the basis of values that are at the heart of Judeo-Christian and secular ethical traditions.
The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics was founded in 1991 with support from Indiana University and Lilly Endowment to create an organization encouraging interaction among various institutions from businesses to academic schools to not-for-profits, which are dedicated to communication and joint projects in the area of practical and professional ethics.
HUC-UC Ethics Center was founded in 1986 as a joint project of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and the University of Cincinnati (UC) as a national resource center for the exploration of critical ethical and moral issues, focusing on their dimensions in law, medicine, religion, and other professional as well as non-professional areas.
www.huc.edu /ethics/WhoWeAre.html   (2030 words)

 Amazon.com: Jewish Social Ethics: Books: David Novak   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
In it a variety of Jewish sources garnered from the totality of its literature is mobilized to show the consistency, indeed the profundity of Jewish teaching concerning societal and ethical living.
On this basis Novak is able to develop an ethics for Judaism out of the classical sources which is thoroughly modern and engages with the most topical and difficult issues of our day.
He aims to point out certain common features of Jewish and Christian ethics and the normative implications of this overlapping of traditions; he assumes the reality of a "Judeo-Christian ethic," while refusing to minimize the doctrinal differences between the two traditions.
www.amazon.com /Jewish-Social-Ethics-David-Novak/dp/0195069242   (1310 words)

 Encore Archive: The Question of Jewish Ethics Today
Therefore, a universalist in ethics need not dissociate himself from Jewish ethics - though, as we are about to see more fully, it is certainly the case that in order to overcome powerful current tendencies in the restrictive direction the most energetic efforts, intellectual and practical, must be made.
The allegation that Jewish law and ethics are a Binnenethik and that Judaism prescribes a purely exploitative attitude toward non-Jews has always been one of the chief stocks in trade of traditional anti-semitism.
Above all, it is simply a fact that these minorities and the ages of worldly Jewish helplessness defined, in the Talmud and its extrapolations, and for modern times the 18th and 19th centuries of Western Jewish apologetics, the nature of classical Judaism.
www.clal.org /e14.html   (4007 words)

 Jewish Law - Articles ("Jewish Business Ethics: An Introductory Perspective")
Business ethics is the arena where the ethereal transcendent teachings of holiness and spirituality confront the often grubby business of making money and being engaged in the rat race that often comprises the marketplace.
It is business ethics, one could posit, above all, that shows God co-exists in the world rather than God and godliness being separate and apart.
As we have just celebrated Chanukah, may we all come to recognize that the little bit of light that we can bring into our personal lives can pierce through a whole lot of darkness, and that should be our goal this year and in the coming years.
www.jlaw.com /Articles/JewBusEthI.html   (1886 words)

 Shaare Zedek Medical Center - Jewish ethics- Jewish Medical Ethics
Jewish scholars throughout the generations have held the greatest respect for the field of medicine and many of our spiritual leaders were crowned with scholarship in the areas of both Torah and medicine.
Jewish medical ethics deal with all the areas discussed in general medical ethics, such as those of abortion, organ donation, cloning and many more.
Jewish ethics also concerns itself with other Halachic topics, such as the question of medical treatment on Shabbat and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), kashrut (dietary law), niddah (laws of the menstruant woman), kohanim as patients or physicians, circumcision under specific conditions etc.
www.szmc.org.il /index.asp?id=95   (562 words)

 YU Medical Ethics Society
While the theoretical arguments render both sides to be equally valid, the practical application of Rabbi Schachter's opinion translates to a mandate to act stringently in all cases of doubt, rendering a brain death based definition inapplicable to practical halacha.
Steinberg is the author of numerous books and articles on Jewish medical ethics, general medical ethics, the history of medicine, and pediatric neurology.
Rabbi Dr. Moshe D. Tendler is the Rabbi Isaac and Bella Tendler Professor of Jewish Medical Ethics, and is a Professor of Biology, as well as Rosh Yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.
yu.edu /medicalethics/page.aspx?id=3910   (1470 words)

A "relatively observant, basically Reform" Jew, Fleischer's conception of his role in government is shaped by the ethics of Judaism.
"The Jewish religion teaches people to be responsible, to be open-minded and to care about others," he said in a phone interview with JTA.
Jews were heavily represented in the Clinton Cabinet and White House, but Fleischer will be one of the few Jewish faces in a Bush administration that received little support from Jews at the polls.
www.jewishworldreview.com /0101/ari.fleischer.asp   (860 words)

The conference was the 7th Institute for Jewish Medical Ethics of the Hebrew Academy of San Francisco sponsored jointly by the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Dr. Jakobovits is the author of a seminal work in English, Jewish Medical Ethics, which although published in 1959, is still widely used as a reference in the field.
When asked about why he thought so many physicians and allied health professionals come to a conference on religious medical ethics, Rabbi Jakobovits responded that there is a need today for science to be tempered with moral considerations.
www.jewishpost.com /jp0203/jpn0307.htm   (1193 words)

 Jewish Ethics Engaged   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The responsibility of the surviving Jewish thinker is to look to the ontological foundations of Jewish ethics and law to insure that Jews themselves will not make similar misjudgments of truth and be led thereby to inauthentic moral choices of what is good.
In this sense, they have been irresponsible to the concerns of the Jewish people here and now by living in the modern world, benefiting from it, and simultaneously divorcing political policy and social attitudes from being constituted by a more imaginative theological and ethical reflection on the tradition than they are willing to conduct.
Accordingly, the task of Jewish social ethics is not to deduce conclusions from the rules at hand but, rather, to perform the more imaginative intellectual task of attempting to gain insight into the principles that inform and guide the whole normative Jewish enterprise in dealing with the political and social issues.
www.firstthings.com /ftissues/ft9306/articles/oakes.html   (4746 words)

 International Vegetarian Union - Jewish Ethics and Mandatory Vegetarianism, Part 5   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The primary and self-sufficient basis for mandatory Jewish vegetarianism is tsa'ar ba'alei chayim, the Torah principle of animal welfare.
A vegetarian lifestyle is supported by a variety of other Jewish mandates, including preservation of human health and the environment, conservation, and potentially reducing starvation and armed conflict in lesser developed nations.
There have been several other Jewish leaders working in IVU over the years, though most are not identified as such.
www.ivu.org /religion/articles/jewish5.html   (247 words)

 MyJewishLearning.com - Daily Life: Business Ethics and Jewish Law
Jewish law has plenty to say about conducting business: accurate weights and measures, overcharging, verbal deception, false packaging and much more.
Considering the scope of Jewish business law, it is not surprising that it also has a clear opinion regarding tax evasion.
David Golinkin is the President and Rector of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, and an ordained rabbi.
www.myjewishlearning.com /daily_life/BusinessEthics/BusEthics_in_Practice/Bus_Ethics_and_J_Law.htm   (1423 words)

 Conejo Jewish Academy - Jewish Business Ethics
In a time when the business world's values are being called into question, many people are searching for a more fixed, permanent value system that can provide an anchor for identifying right from wrong.
Relevant guidance and answers can be found in abundance in Jewish teachings.
In fact, more than one fourth of the Code of Jewish Law focuses on proper moral and ethical conduct in the business world.
www.jewishacademy.com /2003Spring/courses.asp?Section=25&ID=165   (135 words)

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