While a few exceptional individuals may live in a cave or pursue lives of holiness, most people need to work in the real world. It is in that real world, at work, that Torah is challenged as we try to live up to its precepts of honesty and fair dealings.Read More
BasicsGemilut Hasadim 101
Lovingkindness--the act of caring for others--is fundamental in Judaism.Ethical Behavior
The tradition of Jewish ethics relies on biblical precedents.The Basics of Jewish Ethics
Unique concepts from the Bible and the rabbinic tradition.Humility
Being humble is one of the key traits that Judaism values.Raising a Mentsch
A mother's reflections and suggestions.
Business EthicsBusiness Ethics 101
How to prevent exploitation of weak people.Contemporary Issues
Jewish law wrestles with insider trading, privacy, intellectual property, consumption, and more.Work as Spiritual Practice
It is in the real world of work and commerce that Jewish values are tested and put into practice.Defective Weights and Measures
Shortchanging a customer is a punishable offense, and a moral failing.Privacy
Judaism values privacy, but it's unclear how much.
The sanctity of human life and the duty to save and preserve it wherever possible.Fetus in Jewish Law
Does a fetus have the same legal status as a person?Euthanasia
In traditional Jewish sources a terminally ill patient is considered a human being in all respects.Fertility Technology
Jewish authorities do not object to fertility technology, but have concerns with some methods.Organ Donation
There is an unusual amount of official and cross-denominational agreement on this issue.
BooksJewish Wisdom: Ethical, Spiritual, and Historical Lessons
By Joseph TelushkinOn Being a Jew
By James KugelTo Life!: A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking
By Harold KushnerJewish Family & Life: Traditions, Holidays, and Values for Today
By Yosef I. Abramowitz and Susan SilvermanThe Way into Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World
By Elliot Dorff