Ethics: Compassion vs. Justice

By Bonnie Koppell

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, October 2010

The author writes in qualified defense of Arizona's 2010 state law requiring law enforcement to inquire about immigration or citizenship status given "reasonable suspicion" that the person in question may be an illegal immigrant. (The law was widely criticized as being racist.) The author writes that while compassion is a Jewish virtue in Jewish values and theology, it coexists there alongside justice. While acknowledging that the law's lack of specificity regarding what "reasonable suspicion" might be, aside from looking Hispanic, is troubling, she insists that the principle of enforcing immigration laws is just. American Jews should seek both justice and mercy in immigration laws, she concludes.

Topic: Justice, Advocacy, Jewish Text, Social Issues, Politics, Values, Political Behavior, Race, Human Rights, Immigration, Law, Religion, Government

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.41/no.673

Page Number(s): 20

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Arizona , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Koppell, Bonnie. Ethics: Compassion vs. Justice. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. October 2010: 20. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7259


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