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  • When Will Morality Win?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 2, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    What a week! There is the Ukraine, the Donald Sterling Fiasco, etc. We are living in a time that is rife with Moral Issues and we seem to be making Free-Will IMMORAL choices rather than Free-Will MORAL choices. What is happening? I don’t claim to have THE...

  • Reclaiming the Morality of Our Torah: A Response to Rabbi Hershel Schachter

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    March 20, 2013 | 1:46 pm

    Recently, a scandal emerged within the Orthodox community when Rabbi Hershel Schachter, a halakhic leader and member of the faculty of Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), made an overtly racist comment that was recorded at a London conference....

  • How Do We Relate to Morally Difficult Texts in the Jewish Tradition?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 24, 2013 | 11:16 am

    We have all become familiar with the tactics of bigots who distort our religious beliefs or make up horrible lies to advance their hatred. Fortunately, most people in our pluralistic society recognize and reject these tactics.

    But how would we respond to a skeptic who points to...

  • Opinion: How the contemporary left can reclaim its moral authority

    August 21, 2012 | 11:24 am

    After the 1967 Six-Day War, much of the radical left in the West predicated its militant anti-Zionism on the illusory notion that the Palestinians represented a revolutionary and “progressive” vanguard that could one day mobilize the Arab masses in the cause of social revolution....

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  • Jewish Education - Teaching Emotional Intelligence

    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,...

  • Synagogues Working to Be More Open to Gays

    March 13, 2009 | 2:17 pm

    [UPDATE]

    NEW YORK (JTA)—The newsletter sent out last month by Temple Israel of New Rochelle contained the usual sort of announcements, including a reminder about the synagogue’s upcoming Purim carnival, mazal tovs and condolences, and information about a social event at a local...

  • Godless morality

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 8, 2008 | 12:02 pm

    God-fearing folks like me are taught that moral behavior comes from diligent reading and observance of God’s Word. Indeed, I was moved by C.S. Lewis’ argument in “Mere Christianity”:

    “I fully agree that we learn the Rule of Decent Behaviour from our parents and teachers, and friends...

  • Answering Hitchens on moral superiority

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 10, 2008 | 2:41 pm

    By now, everyone knows the name Christopher Hitchens. That’s an impressive feat for a print journalist not named Woodward or Bernstein or at least Hersh. But Hitchens notoriety—and to the God-fearing it is notoriety—stems from his membership in the corps of New Atheists. One of...

  • Al-Jazeera and the glorification of barbarity

    By Judea Pearl

    August 21, 2008 | 12:46 am

    I have often wondered why some of the best thinkers of our time refuse to believe in human progress. After all, there was a time when tens of thousands of ordinary citizens flocked to the gates of the Roman Coliseum to enjoy the sight of wild beasts tearing human beings to pieces....
  • Randy Pausch’s last lecture links morality and purpose

    August 13, 2008 | 11:58 pm


    Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Living your childhood dreams



    "Brick walls are there for a reason," wrote the late Dr. Randy Pausch, author of the best-selling book, "The Last Lecture." A computer scientist and former professor at the University of Virginia and Carnegie Mellon, Pausch...
  • Puppet score tugs at Elfman’s heart strings

    By Carvin Knowles

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Danny Elfman loves Halloween. You can hear it in his music for "Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride" and "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" and in dozens of his other film scores, including "Sleepy Hollow," "Edward Scissorhands" and "Beetlejuice."

    His newest contribution to...

  • Is God in our DNA?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 18, 2007 | 10:12 am


    It’s Science Tuesday at The Times. Today’s topic: Morality. Not mortality, but the basis of rules and ethics that govern our lives. Yes, The Times says, scientists now think they have an explanation for our understanding of good and evil.

    Where do moral rules come from? From...

  • Truth and Consequences

    By David A. Harris

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    From 2000 to 2002, I led a graduate seminar titled, "Post-Holocaust Ethical and Political Issues," at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. Among the topics covered was the politics of memory.

    One of the case studies we explored was the controversy...

  • Zealots and Sages

    By Rabbi Dan Shevitz

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The people are confused and aimless. Lately they have been attracted to the neighboring Moabites. The Israelite men have been seen consorting with them -- some serious interdating. Moses and Aaron don't know what to do; they are old men, out of touch. They seem to enjoy sitting...
  • What’s So Bad About Torture?

    By Arnold Steinberg

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Suppose your child were kidnapped.

    She is buried alive with a limited air supply. Police arrest one of the kidnappers. Indeed, he was on a store videotape luring the child and then abducting her. Witnesses saw him put the child in a car. His handwriting is on the ransom note. He...

  • 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...

  • Unilateral Withdrawal

    By Larry Derfner

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I, along with what the polls say is 60 percent of Israelis -- and maybe even Ariel Sharon, too -- trust Mahmoud Abbas' good intentions. More than that, I'm impressed by what he's done on the ground -- by prevailing on Hamas and the other terrorist groups to "cool down" the violence...

  • A Question of Morality

    By H. David Nahai

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    We have been bombarded with the phrase "moral values" ever since it was announced that 22 percent of voters cited it as the single

    most important consideration in the 2004 election. Not Iraq, not terrorism, not the economy.

    Moral values. It is also reported that 23 percent of...

  • If the Situation Were Reversed

    By Gideon Levy

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    What would happen if a Palestinian terrorist were to detonate a bomb at the entrance to an apartment building in Israel and cause the death of an elderly man in a wheelchair, who would later be found buried under the rubble of the building? The country would be profoundly shocked....

  • Your Letters

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    From a Soldier

    About a month ago, my aunt purchased a subscription of The Jewish Journal for me as a gift while I am in basic training at Ft. Sill, Okla. The Jewish Journal has allowed me to keep up-to-date on world events especially those important to the Jewish community. The...

  • Prefer Your Teen to Smoke or to Cheat?

    By Dennis Prager

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Decades of lecturing around America and of speaking with parents on my radio show have led me to an incredible conclusion: More American parents would be upset with their teenage children if they smoked a cigarette than if they cheated on a test.

    How has this come about? This is,...

  • Love in the Afterlife

    By Tom Tugend

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Neil Simon has always laced his plays with aspects of his own life and, at age 75, he takes on mortality -- specifically the mortality of a creative writer -- in "Rose and Walsh."

    In the world premiere of his 33rd play, now at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, Simon examines death,...

  • Educator Sees Needfor Teaching Morals

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Something vital is missing from public and day school curriculums, says Dr. Hanan Alexander, a rabbi, educator and author of "Reclaiming Goodness: Education and the Spiritual Quest" (University of Notre Dame Press, 2001), which received the 2002 National Jewish Book Award in...

  • Don’t Win the Battle

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A professor in seminary once asked us to find themost important section in all the Torah. We offered Creation, theShma, the Exodus, the revelation at Mount Sinai. No, he argued, it'ski teze l'milchama (Deuteronomy 21): "When you go out to war against yourenemies, and the Lord God...

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