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  • Jewish leaders pledge to restore ethical behavior

    By Ryan Torok

    January 20, 2016 | 9:47 am

    A national effort is underway to restore ethical behavior to a Jewish community that has been tarnished by high-profile scandals — clergy and other leaders engaged in sexual abuse, mikveh voyeurism and more.

    “Declaration on Ethics in Jewish Leadership” began circulating among...

  • A Jewish commune and lessons of sharing

    By Avishay Artsy

    June 19, 2015 | 9:37 am

    One of the hardest lessons to teach a young child is the value of sharing. How do you explain to your son or daughter that they should hand off their cherished teddy bear or toy truck to another child? The word “mine” is one of the first words to come out of a toddler’s mouth, and...

  • What Jewish ethics tell us about ‘Deflategate’

    January 27, 2015 | 3:48 pm

    “Deflategate,” the controversy surrounding the New England Patriots that has made national news, made its way to a Houston business conference led by a rabbi.

    Rabbi Yossi Grossman, dean of the Jewish Ethics Institute, on Monday transformed the football prattle into a high-minded...

  • A Theft May Be Larger Than It Appears

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    December 11, 2013 | 12:30 am

    In the Jewish Ethics class I’m taking, this week we discussed theft. In particular, we discussed Talmudic thought on, for example, inviting someone to dinner when you know they won’t accept. This was presented as a theft of the mind, since the offer wasn’t sincere.

    The class got...

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  • Kevah – A Different Approach to Jewish Learning

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    October 23, 2013 | 1:00 am

    On Monday night I attended the first in a series of classes by Kevah, an interesting educational institution based in Berkeley, CA. Most Jewish education courses are top-down, with the institution deciding the topic of the course and where it will be. They then go in search of...

  • Did you transact your business honestly?

    March 14, 2012 | 5:48 pm

    “When a person is led in for judgment [in the next world], God asks: ‘Did you transact your business honestly? Did you fix times for the study of the Torah? Did you fulfill your duty to establish a family?’ ”
    —Rava (Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 31a)

    The very first question that God...

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