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  • Is murder wrong?: Progressive dialogue

    By Dennis Prager

    January 2, 2013 | 3:02 pm

    In my last column, I made the case that if there is no God who declares murder wrong, murder is not, in fact, wrong. While human beings can believe that murder is wrong, without God, right and wrong are our moral opinions, not moral facts.

    This is so basic and so logically...

  • Jewish Education - Teaching Emotional Intelligence

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    March 6, 2012 | 1:29 pm

    For centuries there has been an ongoing debate as to where ethics are grounded as universal attributes in the human condition. The philosopher Immanuel Kant grounded ethics in reason, whereas David Hume looked toward emotions such as sympathy, empathy, and compassion. Today,...

  • Survey:  Fewer Americans think Jews control Hollywood

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 20, 2008 | 4:14 am

    Forget Spielberg. Forget the Weinsteins. Forget "Seinfeld."

    The majority of Americans no longer believe that Jews control Hollywood. This is the news from a new poll released by the Anti-Defamation League that also suggests there remains a widespread conviction that there is an...

  • VIDEO: Israel tries to sex up its image

    September 18, 2007 | 4:43 pm

    Britains’ Sky News reports from Tel Aviv on an Israeli advertising campaign to sex up its image.

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  • Shoah lessons drive curriculum

    By Julie G Fax

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The Holocaust will play a major role in educating teens at a new Green Dot charter school in Exposition Park. The entire staff of the Animo Jackie Robinson High School -- seven teachers and two principals -- has been trained to teach a curriculum by Facing History and Ourselves, a...
  • ‘Munich’ Portrays Real World Issues

    By David A. Lehrer

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    In recent days, several pundits have criticized "Munich," the new film by director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner, for drawing a "moral equivalency between the Israeli assassins and their targets -- both explicitly ... and implicitly." Furthermore, they argue that it...

  • Dialogue of Truth

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    For many, perhaps most, American Jews today, the words that open this week's Torah portion stand at the center of the their understanding of Judaism. "You shall judge the people with righteous judgment" we are taught; "Justice, justice, you shall pursue." If one pursues how these...

  • Prisoners’ Release Faces Hurdle

    By Leslie Susser

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Seldom can Israeli Cabinet ministers have faced a more acute moral and political dilemma than the current prisoner exchange deal with Hezbollah.

    That proposal, which the 23-member Cabinet approved Sunday by a one-vote margin, forced ministers to weigh the conflicting interests of...

  • The Pacifist Who Fought Hitler

    By Tom Tugend

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Early in the Nazi regime, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a rising young Protestant minister and theologian, was asked by his twin sister to speak at the funeral of her Jewish husband.

    Bonhoeffer consulted his church superiors and refused. Later, tormented by his decision, he asked himself,...

  • Who Are the Journalists?

    By Yizchok Adlerstein

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    We love to hate them, those journalists who wield so much power and never quite get the facts right.

    For two years now, we have opened up our morning papers, our Web sites and our hourly news broadcasts with a pit in our collective stomachs. It isn't bad enough that the news from...

  • AMBER: The U.S. Moral Alert

    By Rabbi Eli Hecht

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    At least once a week, we hear reports of missing children. Some are found alive and others, tragically, dead.

    Some become names on the missing list and remain a mystery.

    The heartbreak is great, and families never truly recover from the trauma. For years, we have been aware of this...

  • Burden of Leadership

    By Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    After 22 years of separation, believing his beloved son dead, Jacob was startled to hear that Joseph was not only alive but that he ruled the land of Egypt. Yet, the Torah tells us that this news was not enough: When he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of...

  • The Ongoing Dream

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Producers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson are sitting behind twin prefab desks in their spare Los Angeles office, looking like the Odd Couple. Kosove, an intense, detail-oriented Jew from Philadelphia, stands about 5-foot-6-inches. Affable ex-basketball star Johnson, an African...

  • A Beautiful Mind

    By Rob Eshman

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Acuity, passion, the ability to hold several conflicting ideas at the same time, a wide-ranging and detailed understanding of the world we live in, and an ability to articulate a broad intellectual and moral vision -- watching Bill Clinton last Monday night at the Universal...

  • Cloning Controversy Multiplies

    By Sharon Samber

    August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In the Brave New World of cloning, most Jewish ethicists and organizations are staking out the middle ground.

    A general consensus appears to be emerging in the Jewish community that therapeutic cloning -- using cloning technology for medical research -- is acceptable, but...

  • A Portion of Parshat Re’eh

    By Abby Gilad

    August 16, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    In this portion, God tells us something so important that it is mentioned twice: Do not sacrifice anywhere but in the Temple. Why is this so important? Why can't the Israelites build an altar to God anywhere? It's similar to the idea of "appropriate restaurant behavior," a phrase...

  • Universal Truths

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The words we find in this week's parasha have undoubtedly influenced more individuals in the Western world than any other in the entire Torah. They are called in Hebrew aseret hadibrot (the ten utterances), but most people know them simply as the Ten Commandments.

    They have provided...

  • End Papers

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The family gathers at the bedside. Sons, daughters and grandchildren ask each other, "What should we do for zedeh?" "Since his stroke he doesn't talk any more," laments a daughter. A brother adds, "I don't think he recognizes any of us." "It seems to me that he is suffering. I don't...
  • What I Have Learned From the Clinton Affair

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    February 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    I have learned from the Clinton affair how unprepared our technologically sophisticated society is to deal with moral issues, and specifically how to transmit moral wisdom to our children.

    Parents ask, "What are we to say to our children about the conduct of the most powerful leader...

  • A Stitch in Time May Save Jobs

    By Joel Kotkin

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    For generations of my own family, and many Jewish families, thegarment industry long has been a source of employment andentrepreneurial opportunity. Yet, in recent weeks, some local Jewishactivists, led by the American Jewish Congress, have been making theshmatte business and its...