Ethics

Snow Days, Facebook and Cheating

02/03/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Q - I am a high school student. My math final was postponed because of a mid-day snow storm, but a friend of mine had taken the test earlier that day. That night while I was studying, I paused to take a peek at my Facebook news feed and saw that my friend had posted a page from the test. I didn't realize what it was at first so I looked at it. But when I realized what it was, I deleted it. I took the test the next day and did not say anything. I had studied hard and would have gotten those answers right anyway. Was I right to say nothing?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

The Ethics of WikiLeaks

12/10/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Q. Was the leaking of a trove of private diplomatic communications ethical? And once leaked, is it ethical for news organizations to publish them?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Is 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Ethical?

11/15/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Q - Is "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Ethical?

A. Since you're asking, I'll tell:  "Don't Ask,, Don't Tell" is unethical.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Technology's Limits - After Tyler Clementi's Death, a Rabbi Warns of Technology without Ethics

The tragic death of Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University student who took his own life after being filmed having sex with a man, has led some to voice concern over young people's misuse of technology.

Rabbi Andy Bachman, the founder of BrooklynJews, wrote an open letter to young people in the community on his blog. The letter was reposted on the Forward's Web site.

Tyler Clementi

Self Gossip

 

Lashon Hara is one of the occupational hazards of this job.

 

It is not only religiously observant reporters who have to worry about being guilty of gossip but anyone with a  conscience. Responsible journalism is about balancing the public's need to know with the privacy of individuals, their right to make mistakes and above all, the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

 

But what do you do with someone who says the most damaging things -- about himself?

 

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