Jewish Ethics

Pikuach Nefesh: The Jewish Value of Saving a Life

The primacy of human life is a fundamental principle of Jewish law and a core value of Jewish tradition.

Must One Honor an Abusive Parent?

While fully aware of the corrosive effect of abuse by parents, rabbinic literature still encourages expressions of respect and honor for such parents.

Acts of Loving-Kindness

The foundations of Jewish service learning.

Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World

This phrase with kabbalistic roots has come to connote social justice.

Issues in Jewish Business Ethics

How insider trading and intellectual property theft are viewed.

When Leaders Have Moral Failings

The commandment to the priests to purify themselves of sin before God reminds us to hold our leaders accountable to act ethically.

Jewish Ethics: Some Basic Concepts and Ideas

The biblical text and the Rabbinic tradition provide the universal search for an ethical life with passion and some unique concepts.

Who Was the Chofetz Chayyim?

This influential 20th-century Jewish figure established his reputation first and foremost as an opponent of lashon hara, evil speech.

The Toothpaste Sacrifice

Like toothpaste, derogatory speech cannot be returned to the tube.

Judaism and the Homeless

Jewish law demands that everyone have adequate and permanent housing.

How To Visit the Sick, in Judaism

A rabbi offers advice about how to perform the mitzvah of visiting the sick with wisdom, discretion, and sensitivity.