The Jewish Ethicist: Personal Phone Calls

Is it ethical to break company policy if no one, including top management, keeps it anyway?

Cheeseburger Island

Facing a challenge is a noble endeavor. Putting yourself in a dangerous situation may be stupid.

The Anthropic Principle

Scientists call it the "Goldilocks" story. Alone among planets, earth supports human life, because it is "not too hot and not too cold, not too hard and not too soft, but just right".

Media Critique: Time's "Fields of Fire"

In an article bad enough to cancel your subscription over, Time magazine implicates Israel in the deaths of Palestinian children.

Objectivity and the Media: Critique #4 - The News From London

BBC and the London Times consistently distort the facts to portray Israel as the aggressor.

When Media Becomes Malignant

There's another battle taking place in Israel. This one is being led by the media.

Tiger Woods and the Rosh Hashana Secret

Golf is a model for life. It is a game in which you play against the fiercest most vicious opponent that exists -- yourself.

All the Rage

Murder out of rage is not primarily a moral problem. It is an extreme reaction of an individual who just realized he is not in charge of his world.

Judaism and the Human Genome Project

Now that we have the "genetic operating manual" for homo sapiens, where will it take us?

Rights vs. Right

Why can't I affirm the assertion of others that traditional Judaism looks down at women?

The Lieberman Legacy

Joseph Lieberman observes Shabbat and eats kosher. Is that good for the Jews?

Are Jews X-Men?

The movie "X-Men" describes a group of mutants who are rejected by the rest of humanity. For me, it hit very close to home.

Harry Potter and the War Between Good and Evil

As a Jew, I could not help but reflect on the contrasting attitudes between Judaism and the world of Harry Potter towards this epic struggle.

Jewish Genes

There is now new and exciting DNA evidence for common Jewish origin -- not just among Cohanim, the Priestly Class, but among Jews scattered all over the globe.

My So-Called Mid-Life Crisis

I thought I was immune. What happens when a happily married woman hits a mid-life crisis?

The Jewish Physique

You mean abs aren't for washing clothes? A guy endures emasculating aerobics teachers and tortuous exercise devices to discover he needs his scale to read "balanced".

Spring Fever - Catch It!

There's something in the air. The crack of a bat, a deep line drive -- and the beauty of being a Jew.

Looking Closer at "American Beauty"

"American Beauty" is the big winner at this year's Oscars. What is the real beauty that is the subject of this enigmatic film?

Are First Grade Kids Killers

The tragedy of a first grader killing his classmate should not cloud our vision of the greater picture which is always getting better.

The Big Bang and the Big Question: A Universe without God?

The history of scientific search for the origins of the Universe gives us permission to believe in God.

Beneath the Surface: A Deeper Look at Modesty

Modesty is as much about revealing as it is about covering up.

The Fine Tuning of the Universe

An amazing array of scientists are bewildered by the design of the universe and admit a possibility of a designer.

Jerry! Jerry!

The guests aren't the only fools: You can actually feel yourself getting dumber when you watch humiliation fests like "Jerry Springer Show".

Men & Women: Jewish View of Gender Differences

The first human was created androgynous, giving us insight into male-female relationships.

Forced Surgery

When a person refuses treatment, do we have the right to administer it by force and save the life?

Superbowl Lessons

This year, the Superbowl taught the world a great Jewish lesson -- that destiny can rest in the hands of one person.

The Dogma of Dogma

Judaism prizes free speech -- but it also prizes critical thinking. Does "Dogma" think -- or just take cheap shots at something precious to Christians?

Selling Model's Eggs

Selling models' reproductive services reveals a society that idolizes superficiality and externality at the expense of depth, meaning and inner quality.

The Pokeman Craze

Pokemon cards will soon be as passé as Cabbage Patch Kids but Jewish values are like a strand of pearls: classy, precious and timeless.

The Burning of Woodstock

Woodstock '99 lost the idealism of the original and kept the hedonism. A purposeful focus is the difference between warming the world and burning it.

Stopping a Suicide

Is stopping a suicide merely a question of public interest - or is it also a spiritual matter involving God?

Compassionate Murder

When a father cannot stand the suffering of his daughter and kills her, who benefits by his action?

Doctor-Assisted Suicide

An act of mercy or murder? The controversy rages on as laws spring up legalizing doctor-assisted suicide.

Who Wants To Feel Like A Millionaire

What's really behind television's newest phenomenon? Regis Philbin & Co. are offering us lots more than money. Viewer beware.

Not By Chance: Shattering the Modern Theory of Evolution

A physicist brings a novel approach that challenges the assumptions of evolution.

Why 2K?

Worried about the Year 2K problem? Relax. The Jewish people already solved that 3,760 years ago.

Organ Donation

Saving a life is paramount in Jewish law, but organ donation is much more complex than signing a donor card.

The Jewish View of Cremation

Death involves not just the body, but also the soul.

Solar Eclipse

The startling event of a solar eclipse.

When Children Kill Children

The Colorado high school shootings show a shocked society a reflection of itself.

Mr. Death - A Bribe Blinds Even the Wise

One man's self-delusion shows up the human weakness to see what one wants to see.

The Cohanim - DNA Connection

The fascinating story of how DNA studies confirm an ancient biblical tradition.

End of Days

As we enter the last month of the 20th century, expectations about the next millennium have reached a fevered pitch.

Of Movement, Maccabees and Millennia

A millennium countdown clock sits ticking away at my desk.

Shortcut To Disaster

Never has single a numeral surrounded by two letters, struck so much terror in the hearts and minds of humankind. Companies have spent billions to fix the Y2K bug and government billions more.

Feminism and Judaism

Modern Feminism created a society in which women's contributions are largely unrecognized.

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