No Results Found.

Parental Prerogative
by in
Q. You write that outsiders shouldn’t upstage parents. Can I help my niece through college if the parents prefer she go to work? A. In a recent column we discussed a concerned relative who knew of bad news about a young man. The situation was where the father was already on his way to visit […]
How Poor is Poor
by in
Q. I’m an older person, too sick to work, living on a fixed income that is not really enough for my needs. Can I collect charity? A. The question of who is considered poor is a fundamental one in Jewish law, because many commandments of the Torah apply specifically to the poor and needy. For […]
Vote Confidential
by in
Q. I sit on our club’s membership committee, which meets and votes in secret on new candidates. Can I reassure a friend that I supported his rejected application? A. An almost identical situation is discussed in the Mishnah: Whence do we learn that when one of the judges goes out he should not say [to […]
Pleading Innocent
by in
Q. I’m guilty of a minor crime, but I’m pretty sure they won’t be able to convict me. Can I plead innocent? A. We should first clarify that there is a basic ethical responsibility to be law abiding. Especially in a democracy, almost all laws reflect a reasonable and legitimate public consensus for acceptable behavior. […]
Servile Salary
by in
Q. I find my work very rewarding, but my employer is taking advantage of my dedication by making extensive demands and giving minimal pay. Can I compel the employer to pay me a fair wage? A. We can gain important insight into your question from the Torah’s regulations regarding an eved ivri — a kind […]
Money and Marriage II
by in
Q. I’m a working woman with a good income, but it is important to me to find a husband with good earning power who will be able to provide financial security. Is this a valid consideration? I don’t want to be seen as a “gold-digger.” A. The topic of marriage and money is an ancient […]
The Ownership Society
by in
Q. Many countries are trying to help every citizen become an investor. President Bush has called this “the ownership society.” What can Judaism teach us about this idea? A. The idea of an “ownership society” is hardly new. Encouraging each individual to acquire assets has many advantages: 1. EQUITY: There are always a large number […]
Attraction Distraction
by in
Q. My workplace is about half men and half women. There is always a lot of good-natured mutual banter of a very personal nature, and no one seems to consider it offensive. I find it very hard to avoid being drawn into this cycle of excessive familiarity. Furthermore, I sense an attraction to one co-worker […]
Fix, Forgive, Forget
by in
Q. Though my working relations at work have always been good, recently a supervisor made a very aggressive and threatening outburst. When the boss heard of this, he apologized and also had the supervisor apologize. The supervisor was not subject to any sanctions at all! I feel I have been treated very shabbily, and I […]
Dating Deduction
by in
At Purim it’s customary to give “Purim Torah” – words of Torah with a light-hearted approach but still with a serious message. Here is this year’s Purim version of the Jewish Ethicist. Q. I’m a corporate lawyer new to the Jewish dating scene. My suggested date gave me a lengthy questionnaire. Am I allowed to […]