Jewish Ethics

work as spiritual practice

Work as a Spiritual Practice

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.

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Basics

Gemilut Hasadim 101

Gemilut 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 Ethics

Business Ethics 101

Business 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.


Bioethics

Bioethics 101

Bioethics 101

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.

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