Jewish Law & Ethics
Jewish Law And Ethics
Quantitatively, most Jewish writings focused on law and ethics. This course will offer a sampling of Judaism’s responses to the ethical and legal dilemmas our society is facing today.
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Order the set of 7 CDs or one Zip file containing the MP3 files for the following programs:
- Lesson 1: The Development of Jewish Law
- Lesson 2: Response to Terrorism
- Lesson 3: Abortion
- Lesson 4: Euthanasia
- Lesson 5: Genetic Engineering
- Lesson 6: Capital Punishment
- Lesson 7: Technology and Jewish Law
Lesson 1: The Development of Jewish Law
For thousands of years, Jewish legal scholars have applied the Torah — both written and oral — to the developing world and its unfolding problems. We will examine the system of the transmission of the Torah and the way it was applied to new and changing situations.
52 minutes, 32 seconds
Lesson 2: Response to Terrorism
We are living in a world that has seen unprecedented evil. While the entire civilized world is united in its repudiation of terrorism and terrorists, there is no unanimity as how we should deal with it and them. This class will provide some Jewish legal insights into this matter.
1 hour, 01 minutes, 36 seconds
Lesson 3: Abortion
For thousands of years, abortion was practiced and condemned. Abortion is arguably the most polarizing social issue of our times, where most people define themselves as being either "pro-life" or "pro-choice." Jewish law dismisses both positions as being flawed and cliché. We will examine the Jewish approach to this vexing problem.
1 hour, 00 minutes, 35 seconds
Lesson 4: Euthanasia
Together with abortion, euthanasia ranks as one of society’s dilemmas that reasonable people will disagree about. Jewish law has its own ideas about who is in control of one’s life and the definition of the "quality" of life.
1 hour, 03 minutes, 6 seconds
Lesson 5: Genetic Engineering
One of the marvels of the 21st century is the awareness of the potential to cure heretofore-incurable diseases. Stem-cell research carries the promise of curing such scourges as Alzheimer’s disease that robs otherwise healthy people of their mind and years of a fulfilling life. But the ethical dilemma as to how far we may go to alter nature raises questions about the propriety of these new technologies. We will discuss some of the decisions — and tentative decisions — that the Jewish legal community has arrived at in this area.
53 minutes, 05 seconds
Lesson 6: Capital Punishment
Capital punishment is once more capturing headlines. This class will discuss the pros and cons of the issue from a Jewish perspective.
58 minutes, 27 seconds
Lesson 7: Technology and Jewish Law
We live in a world that our ancestors would not recognize if they were to be transported to our time. Yet, Jewish law has the answers to all the modern questions about the most advanced technology. This course will help us understand how we can find those answers in our ancient sources of Jewish law.
53 minutes, 07 seconds