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6. The Name of God
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The articles in this series are based upon ideas expressed in the Rambam’s Moreh Nevuchim (The Guide for the Perplexed). Numbers in brackets represent the book and chapter of Moreh Nevuchim where these ideas are discussed. All names of God in Tanach are derived from His actions except for one – the name spelled yud-hei-vav-hei […]
Letter of the Law
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Most of us will agree that the commandments of the Torah are divine and righteous. It is only reasonable that we should make all efforts to observe them in the most literal and meticulous manner possible. But sometimes we neglect the literal observance of a commandment because we feel that we understand the reason behind […]
Internet Privacy I-When Consent is Truly Informed
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Q. Our firm collects private information about our customers. For instance, we have the measurements and style preferences of garment purchases. Can we sell this information to other vendors? A. It’s true that giving information to other vendors has some advantages for the customer. Exactly because such information enables the seller to concentrate his ad […]
Personal Phone Calls
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Q. My company officially allows employers to make one personal phone call a day. No one keeps to this limit, and everyone, including top management knows it. Since top management “turns a blind eye”, is it unethical to make more than one personal call?  A. There are two different reasons management could be looking the […]
Unethical Moral Leaders
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Q. I recently started work at a non-profit public interest organization. Surprisingly enough, some of the people who work in this establishment are not necessarily ethical. Although the head of our organization is a prominent crusader for public morality and social conscience, I have caught him in several outright lies during meetings, and I have […]
The Upshot on Downloading MP3s
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Q. Is there anything wrong with downloading MP3 songs from the Internet, using peer-to-peer networks like Gnutella? A. Recorded songs are similar to other public goods like bridges or roads – they cost a lot to create, but once they’re around many people can enjoy them at low cost. Just as the government supports bridges […]
Ethical Stealing
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ETHICAL STEALING? Q. I made an unwritten agreement with someone to make him something in return for payment. When I told him I’d take back the equipment if he didn’t pay me, he called my bluff and stopped using it! Now he claims that since he’s not using my work, he doesn’t owe me any […]
Chat Room Charades
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Q. Companies sometimes advertise their products by paying someone to enter an internet chat room under a false name and praise the product as if they were an ordinary customer. Or they send out e-mails to newsgroups recommending the product, again using assumed identities. The representatives sincerely believe in the information they’re sending out and […]