For Some, Delta Partnership With Saudis Raises Ethical Questions

As major carrier grapples with the issue, ADL official says other U.S. airlines face the same problem.
06/27/2011 - 20:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

An upcoming partnership between Delta Air Lines and Saudi Arabian Airlines is raising ethical questions over how cozy American firms should get with foreign governments or carriers that have practiced discrimination.

Jeffrey Lovitky: D.C. Attorney has taken issue of alleged Saudi discriminatory policies to the media.

Men Behaving Badly

05/26/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Q - In the wake of recent sex scandals involving Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Time Magazine ran a cover story asking the rhetorical question, "What Makes Powerful Me Act Like Pigs?" Ethically speaking, how does Judaism account for this constant abuse of power by piggish men?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Live or Let Die?

03/05/2011 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Q - I am the designated medical surrogate for an individual who has a living will specifying DNR/Do Not Resuscitate. The physicians and hospital have been informed and have copies of the living will and DNR. Our loved one took a downward turn but the medical team resuscitated him. The patient prospered from their efforts and returned to his pre-resuscitation health status. Should I report the medical team for ethical non-compliance of the DNR/living will orders?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Is Jeter a Cheater?

02/17/2011 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Q - With baseball’s spring training underway, I’m reminded of an incident from last season. Derek Jeter, one of the few superstars from the past decade not implicated in baseball’s steroid sample, was caught on video pretending to be hit by a pitch.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Snow Days, Facebook and Cheating

02/02/2011 - 19:00
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

12/09/2010 - 19:00
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?

11/14/2010 - 19:00
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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