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Antisemitism  

Richard S. Levy

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
This article addresses the phenomenon of organized antisemitism in the sixty years preceding the “Final Solution,” primarily in Germany but with comparisons to contemporaneous developments ... More

Ethical Implications of the Holocaust  

Michael Berenbaum

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter examines the difficulties the Holocaust posed and continues to raise for Jews, Jewish theology, and specifically Jewish ethics, identifying eight major commitments made by Jews ... More

Ethics  

John K. Roth

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
This article argues that without the overriding of moral sensibilities, if not the collapse or collaboration of ethical traditions, the Holocaust could not have happened. Although the Shoah ... More

The Holocaust  

Saul Friedländer

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Dec 2004
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Sep 2009
Notwithstanding almost six decades of scholarship and a fast-swelling stream of publications, the historiography of the Holocaust still remains divided in its initial and traditional ... More

Human Rights Law  

David H. Jones

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
This article assesses the aftereffects of the Holocaust on human rights law. Addressing the so-called ‘promise of Nuremberg’, which began in 1945 with the Charter of the International ... More

Jewish Animal Ethics  

Aaron S. Gross

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter discusses Jewish animal ethics, describing a central concept, tza'ar ba'alei hayyim, the ban on causing undue pain to animals, and the varying justifications for that ban. Some ... More

Jewish Ethics and War  

Asa Kasher

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter discusses Jewish ethics and war. It first turns to ancient and medieval Jewish sources to describe what they tell us about the ethics of going to war (jus ad bellum) and of ... More

Judaism and Criminal Justice  

Laurie L. Levenson

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter explores Jewish criminal justice, first discussing the rationales that make punishment moral and not just an exercise of sovereign power. It then addresses capital punishment, ... More

Punishment  

Rebecca Wittmann

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Nov 2010
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Jan 2011
The victorious Allies launched what became a series of postwar judicial proceedings against accused war criminals that continues more than sixty years after World War II ended. This article ... More

Religion and Violence in the Jewish Traditions  

Ron E. Hassner and Gideon Aran

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Jan 2013
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Mar 2013
This chapter reports the traditional violent themes in religious Judaism as they seem in sacred texts, rites, customs, and chronicles, and provides a survey of the components of Jewish ... More

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