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Fix, Forgive, Forget Redux
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Q. In a recent column you wrote that we don’t need to forgive blindly; it is proper to demand reasonable amends for any wrongs. What should I do if a person has so harassed and offended me that I feel I can’t forgive him at all? A. Jewish law emphatically holds that we should be […]
Disorganized Labor
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Q. As a middle manager in a large company, I’m at the highest level of management still represented by the union. Now top management is trying to persuade everyone at my level to leave the union and sign a personal contract. Is this disloyal to my union comrades? The union has done an excellent job […]
Reasonable Remedy
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Q. Life saving medicines often cost a fortune even though the production cost is minimal. Is this ethical? A. The situation you describe is indeed very common. The reason is that drug companies take out patents on these innovative compounds. Thus they have a monopoly for a period of years, enabling them to charge rates […]
Clique Doesn’t Click
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Q. The really snobby, “in” clique at my school views me as unsophisticated due to my family background. As a result, I’m sentenced to socializing with a bunch of nerds. Is it ethical for social groups to be so closed? A. Your question describes a phenomenon I see very often. People are ultra-sensitive to the […]
Peer Pressure
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Q. In my workplace most people are complacent about being overweight. They are discouraging my efforts to lose weight and even trying to sabotage my diet. What can I do? A. The phenomenon you describe is remarkably common. Very often a person who wants to improve is ridiculed by others. They may claim that he […]
Blogging Ethics
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Q. One employee maintains a blog which has made some unflattering remarks about the company. Can I take action against the blogger? A. Blogs are basically diaries which are made available through the Internet to all cyberspace. Some have a tight focus; others comprise an unstructured pastiche of personal, professional, and social commentary. The most […]
Donor Trouble
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Q. A rather controversial individual has offered a donation to our organization. After checking his background carefully, I’m convinced he is a suitable donor. Should I keep the donation secret in order to stave off controversy? A. You were wise to check out the background of this individual before accepting a donation. There are many […]
Keeping Your Computer Holy
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Q. I don’t need anybody to convince me that I should avoid looking at immodest websites or e-mails, but I feel I need help overcoming occasional lapses, especially when smut is so pervasive on the net. A. Certainly we need to make every effort to avoid viewing smut, whether it is on the Internet, on […]
5. What God is Not
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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 volume and chapter of Moreh Nevuchim where these ideas are discussed. Since God has no attributes, we are presented with a number of interesting phenomena: * God exists but He […]
Spirit, Sport and Steroids
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Q. Is it ethical for pro athletes to use performance-enhancing drugs and treatments? A. Before we relate specifically to hormones and the like, we need to clarify the Jewish attitude towards sports in general. At first glance, the various Jewish sources on competitive sports seem like a confusing mix of attitudes. However, a more thoughtful […]