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  • The Challenge of Offering Moral Rebuke in the Workplace

    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...

  • 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,...

  • Same-sex marriage and the fabric of society: What does it all mean?

    By Julie G Fax

    June 17, 2008 | 9:04 pm

    If you look at the fine print, last month's landmark Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage doesn't change much in practical terms. Domestic partnership, available to Californians since 2005, gave couples nearly all the same legal rights and responsibilities as marriage,...
  • Agents of Charity

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As I write this The Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Los Angeles' annual gala to be held on June 1, 2005 is a few days away. The honorees are CAA agent Rick Kurtzman; his brother, Fox business affairs executive Howard Kurtzman; and their brother-in-law, William Morris Agent David...

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  • Black Sheep

    By Ron Arons

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    For better and for worse, my parents raised me to be a mensch. In the business world, sticking to the strong moral values they instilled in me hasn't always been easy, but I can safely say I'll never be the type who could stab a co-worker in the back. Little did I know that at least...

  • Law and Order

    By Rabbi Allen I. Freehling

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In a Sept. 11 New York Times Op-Ed piece by Thomas L. Friedman on the feelings of angst that linger a year after Sept. 11, 2001, the distinguished columnist reports that he turned to Rabbi Tzvi Marx, a teacher in the Netherlands. Here's what Marx told Friedman:

    "To some extent, we...

  • Ethics and Warfare

    By Rabbi Steven Weil

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This week's Torah portion opens with a fascinating topic: the psyche of a soldier at war, and the ethical boundaries that even a soldier must observe.

    KiTetze la'milchama: "When you go out to war ... and you take captives and see among the captives a beautiful woman...."

    The Torah...

  • Physician, Heal The Soul

    By Mike Levy

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Physicians played a significant role in the Holocaust, and today's doctors can learn from the ethical failures of that period, according to an article recently published by Dr. Joel Geiderman, co-chair of the emergency department (ED) of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

    "I've always...

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    By Avi Davis

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Scottish philosopher David Hume hit the nail on the head when he observed that "the heart of man always attempts to reconcile the most glaring contradictions." Hume, of course, wasn't thinking of Palestinian apologists back in 1749. But he certainly wouldn't have been ashamed of...

  • Fair Weight

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Honesty, morality and ethical behavior -- these are the calling cards of Leviticus, and they are the centerpieces of Jewish behavior and identity. Amongst the mitzvot enumerated in Leviticus 19 (known by some scholars as the "Holiness Code") are respect for parents, charity for the...

  • Remembering Our Moral Roots

    November 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    These days, many people seem to be threatened by immigration as though it were a mysterious virus. But immigration is a phenomenon interwoven with the history of humankind. No human being anywhere in the world lacks an immigrant inheritance. The "virus" infects every one of us.

    The...

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