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  • IDF, fellow reservists rip refusal letter by intelligence corps members

    September 15, 2014 | 11:49 am

    The Israel Defense Forces said it will take disciplinary action against dozens of Israeli intelligence corps reservists who signed a letter vowing to stop collecting information on Palestinians.

    Brig. Gen. Moti Almoz, the head of the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, in a statement issued...

  • Is kosher ethical?

    By Dennis Prager

    June 11, 2014 | 9:28 am

    Almost 40 years ago I spoke about “The Case for Judaism”  to members of the tiny Jewish community of Moncton, in New Brunswick, Canada. It was a speech I had given many times before and would give hundreds of times more. In it, I described the ethical preoccupation of Judaism,...

  • Delta screwed up. Should Jews take advantage?

    By Jared Sichel

    December 27, 2013 | 10:42 am

    New York to Honolulu, round-trip, tax included: $85

    Cleveland to Los Angeles, round-trip, tax included: $52

    Los Angeles to Honolulu, round-trip, tax included: $60

    These were a few of the amazingly low fares available Thursday on Delta Airlines from 10 a.m. until noon ET....

  • Ethics of Jewish education

    by Ariel Picard

    July 9, 2013 | 10:21 am

    It is well known that at a bar or bat mitzvah, the parents say the blessing, "Blessed is he who has now freed me from responsibility for this child." At first glance, this looks to be a very awkward thing to say to a 12- or 13-year old child, that we want to rid ourselves of our...

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  • Pro-Israel lawmaker Shelley Berkley facing ethics review

    July 10, 2012 | 10:10 am

    The House Ethics Committee has launched an investigation into U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley, a pro-Israel lawmaker, potentially complicating the Nevada Democrat’s bid for the U.S. Senate.

    The investigation announced Monday, and backed by Democrats and Republicans on the committee, will...

  • The Challenge of Offering Moral Rebuke in the Workplace

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    March 7, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    At work, we consistently offer positive reinforcement and constructive feedback to others to improve the quality of our collective efforts. From a Jewish perspective, we are not only concerned with the efficacy of our work but also the ethics of the workplace. In addition to personal...

  • Zionism: The great Jewish ethical project

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 16, 2012 | 6:13 pm

    I recall the time when, living in Israel, I stood with more than 100,000 Israelis as a link in a human chain. Our purpose that day in the desert was to spread a message of hope, peace, and solidarity. For me and my Jewish identity, this event was particularly formative. For too long,...

  • 5 Things to Know When Setting Goals

    By Samira Asemanfar

    November 17, 2011 | 12:26 am

    When setting goals use the SMART rule. Make sure that your goals are SMART!

    Specific
    Measurable
    Achievable
    Realistic
    Time bound (create a deadline)

    It’s not only important to set goals that meet the SMART rule, it’s important to know that you need to ask for help. Communicate your...

  • LETTERS: Torah Battle, Mormon Official, Ethics

    March 18, 2009 | 6:28 pm

    Ethics Certificate

    I heartily agree with David Suissa and his reservations about the new certificate indicating that Jewish businesses uphold labor laws (“Laboring for Ethics,” March 6). If the Rubashkin scandal [Agriprocessors kosher slaughterhouse] is what prompted the...

  • Ethics Plan Would Raise Sanctity of Business

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    March 18, 2009 | 6:02 pm

    An observant Jew was once brought before the judge on counts of tax fraud. Seeing the kippah-wearing Jew before him, the judge innocently asked, “Mr. Schwartz, you are clearly a God-fearing man. How do you explain your immoral behavior?”

    Not missing a beat, Mr. Schwartz pointed...

  • Madoff’s Redemption

    By David Suissa

    December 24, 2008 | 2:47 am

    If you're an active member of the Jewish community -- and perhaps even if you're not -- there's almost no way to properly digest the Bernie Madoff scandal. It's like a quadruple shot of cheap vodka that you drink quickly on an empty stomach. You feel disgusted and drunk at the same...
  • NYT learns of ethical kashrut

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 12, 2008 | 2:22 pm

    The ethical kashrut story has been going around for a while now. Pegged to the Agriprocessors scandal, The New York Times sat in on a panel Wednesday at Yeshiva University about whether something is kosher if it wasn’t produced ethically. An excerpt from the story, which gives an uninspired he said he said, is after the jump:

  • L.A. Orthodox rabbis want business ethics to be kosher, too

    By Julie G Fax

    October 16, 2008 | 1:28 am

    Seeking to accentuate Jewish traditions that place a premium on ethical integrity, Los Angeles Orthodox rabbis are encouraging local businesses to sign up for a new seal of certification that ensures employers are treating workers fairly and humanely.

    The move comes in response to...

  • The mysterious John McCain

    By Pol Observer

    February 22, 2008 | 3:53 pm


    I’ve often found myself wondering why John McCain has over the years seemed more popular in the Democratic leadership world and in the media than in the Republican leadership community.

    The NY Times story about influence peddling and McCain may help explain at least one piece of...

  • What makes a good politico?

    By Bill Boyarsky

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    What makes a good politician? More to the point for Jewish Journal readers, what makes a good Jewish politician?

    I've been thinking about this since I spoke to the Westwood Women's Bruin Club about my book, "Big Daddy: Jesse Unruh and the Art of Power Politics."

    In my talk, as I did...

  • Tzedakah or genetics?  Hebrew University identifies possible ‘generosity gene’

    By JewishJournal.com

    December 11, 2007 | 10:03 pm


    You give because it’s a mitzvah, your religious side says (because it’s the right thing to do, adds your inner ethicist.)

    That’s what we like to think—it’s certainly what we tell ourselves.

    But what if all our self-congratulation covers up the real truth?  Check this out (from...

  • Controversial bioethicist pounces on animals in art

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Bioethicist Peter Singer has received death threats for his views on incendiary topics such as infanticide and animals rights.

    A human life is not intrinsically sacred because it is human, he contends. Affluent people who do not give most of their income to charity are "murderers";...
  • Books: Yehoshua’s latest explores boundaries of responsibility

    By Paula Margulies

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The U.S publishers hated the title of A.B. Yehoshua's latest book "The Mission of the Human Resources Manager." It was, they argued, better suited to a personnel manual than the work of one of Israel's most venerated authors. Ignoring Yehoshua's pleas, they christened the novel's...
  • Ugly ties bind genocide past and present

    By Amy Klein

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Genocide.

    The word evokes different, powerful references, depending upon who hears it.

    For Jews, the primary thought is the Holocaust, officially recognized in the United States as the first genocide.

    For Armenians, it refers to mass killings by the Ottomans in Turkey in 1915,...

  • Trading in happy meals for real happiness

    By Rocky Salomon

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Living a life of dual identity is no simple task. On one hand, my peers and I are told to live up to the expectations of being Modern Orthodox teens, but on the other side of the spectrum we are tempted by the culture of the secular world on an everyday basis.

    How then is it remotely...

  • Books: ‘Holy’ Ethically Speaking—Rabbi Joseph Telushkin Covers It All

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When it comes to ethics, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin is an idealist and an activist. He'd like to see Jews develop moral imaginations as much as intellectual imaginations, parents praise children for their kind acts as much as for their academic achievements and individuals improve their...
  • Education in the synagogue should aim for enhanced Jewish living

    By Rabbi Michael Weinberg

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For professors in a university's Judaic studies program, Jewish literacy appears to be a straightforward proposition. They can insist on prerequisites, delineate academic standards, articulate a curriculum, impose the extrinsic motivation of grades and design objective tests of...
  • L.A. Times violates journalistic ethics in Anaheim City Council election coverage

    By Steven Emerson

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Normally, a race for a seat on Anaheim's City Council garners little attention beyond Anaheim. But this year, one candidate is drawing some outside attention.

    Bill Dalati, a Syrian-born insurance agent, is running for a spot on Anaheim's City Council. His candidacy has come under...

  • Judaism 101: everything we need to know

    By Jo Kay

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What is Jewish literacy? What does it mean to be Jewishly literate? Who is an educated Jew?

    Paula Hyman, professor of modern Jewish history at Yale University, wrote in an issue of Sh'ma, "There has been no consensus on the issue of 'Who is an educated Jew?' for more than 200...

  • Circuit

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The Reagan Library was the setting when more than 500 Jewish Republicans gathered to pay tribute to U.S. and Israeli armed forces. RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman, and Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) set a powerful model of the necessity for firm resolve at this time of international crises....

  • Deeds Not Words Will Reveal Real Gibson

    By Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    There is a silver lining, although not necessarily an obvious one, in the recent events surrounding Mel Gibson's diatribe against Jews. That silver lining is not Gibson's apology but the fact that he seems to have felt it necessary to apologize. It has long occurred to me that...
  • Letters to the Editor 07-07-06

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Converts
    As a convert to Judaism, I was reassured to read your series of articles on those like me who chose to become Jews ("Did It Stick?" June 2). A lapsed Catholic with many Jewish friends growing up on Long Island, early on I was attracted to the ethics and worldly focus of...

  • A Little Respect

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish journalism is a much-maligned enterprise -- it cries out like the late Rodney Dangerfield for respect.

    No one really admits to reading a Jewish newspaper. "It comes to my home," is what most people tell me. Or they claim to read it only when they can't get their hands on...

  • Class Notes - National Nachas for Shalhevet

    By Julie G Fax

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shalhevet School is on a winning streak, bringing the Los Angeles yeshiva high school to national prominence in the areas of ethics, politics and sports.

    Shalhevet is the only Jewish school and the only school in Los Angeles included in a national report on how to produce students...

  • The Waiting Game

    By JoAnneh Nagler

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    If dating was a simple game, we'd all travel effortless paths to love, and we'd enjoy the dating process so thoroughly as to rush toward it with glee it when it's time. But years of falling into the mosh pit with no one to catch us leaves us jumpy and tentative at best, and although...

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