Ethics in Action

By David Rosenn

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), December 2003

Drawing on Jewish texts, Rosenn discusses ethical behavior in light of contemporary reality. Lately, he says, the bar has been lowered on ethical action, so those who obey the law are deemed to be exemplars of ethical behavior. However, obeying the law is only a small part of moral responsibility; we must demand that the law itself is subject to the demands of ethics, and when it is not, we must speak out and perhaps even break it. The only way to avoid further corruption, exploitation and worse is to strengthen not our respect for the law but our respect for the deeper values, including justice, honesty, and the sanctity of life, on which the law is based.

Topic: Morality, Justice, Ethics, Law, Jewish Text

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

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.34/no.606

Page Number(s): 12

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Rosenn, David. Ethics in Action. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). December 2003: 12.


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