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The Bible in Ethics  

Eryl W. Davies

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Feb 2008
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Sep 2009
This article begins with a discussion of the methodological issues faced by scholars of ethics in the Old Testament and New Testament. It then identifies the basis of Old Testament ethics ... 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

Ethical Theories among Medieval Jewish Philosophers  

Warren Zev Harvey

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter discusses the ethical views of medieval Jewish philosophers, showing that the varieties of Jewish philosophy in the medieval period defy easy categorization, let alone ... More

Ethical Theories in Jewish Mystical Writings  

Joseph Dan

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter explores the medieval genre of sifrut ha-musar (ethical literature), which has largely been ignored in the recent burgeoning of the field of Jewish ethics. This neglect is ... More

Ethical Theories in Rabbinic Literature  

Charlotte Elisheva Fonrobert

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter first sets out the difficulties in studying the sources for Jewish ethics in classical rabbinic literature. Not only do rabbinic texts lack the very notion of ethics, they also ... More

Ethical Theories of Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, and Martin Buber  

Jonathan K. Crane

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter focuses on the thoughts of the early twentieth-century German Jewish thinkers Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, and Martin Buber. These three German scholars, writing in the ... More

Ethical Theory and Practice in the Hebrew Bible  

Elaine Adler Goodfriend

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter reviews ethical concepts in the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh). Fear of God (yir'at Elohim) is perhaps the most pervasive and powerful notion inspiring social concern and behaviour. The ... More

Feminist Jewish Ethical Theories  

Judith Plaskow

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter highlights some key contexts in which feminist ethical discourses emerge, and important methods that Jewish feminists employ in order to address gender and other inequalities, ... 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

Jewish Bioethics: The Beginning of Life  

Elliot N. Dorff

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter begins with a discussion of fundamental convictions of Judaism that affect Jewish approaches to moral issues at the beginning of life, and then considers Jewish views about ... More

Jewish Bioethics: The End of Life  

Daniel B. Sinclair

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter discusses end of life issues, first describing how the Jewish tradition views the stages of the end of life and how the categories it uses are interpreted differently by ... More

Jewish Bioethics: The Distribution of Health Care  

Aaron L. Mackler

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter discusses the distribution of health care, an issue that has become particularly urgent and controversial in recent years because the median age of populations in most ... More

Jewish Bioethics: Current and Future Issues in Genetics  

Laurie Zoloth

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter explores one of the most important new frontiers in medicine—namely, the new genetics—addressing the issues of identity and free will that genetics raises in new ways. It then ... More

Jewish Business Ethics  

Barry J. Leff

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter discusses the Jewish approach to business ethics. It first identifies several fundamental principles of Jewish business ethics, and then applies them to several common issues ... More

Spinoza and Jewish Ethics  

David Novak

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
Baruch Spinoza's Aristotelian critique of Judaism, and religion in general, in the seventeenth century marked the beginning of a period of intense Jewish self-evaluation that continues to ... More

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