Hammerman On Ethics

10/11/2011 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Hammerman on Ethics

 

Editor's note: Earlier this year Rabbi Hammerman discussed the ethical implications of exchanging terrorists to save the life of an Israeli soldier. In light of the dramatic news of such a deal emerging from Israel he is revisiting that issue this week.

Q – Is the release of Gilad Shalit worth an exchange of a thousand Hamas prisoners, including some who have blood on their hands and could well kill more innocent Israelis (and others)?

10/06/2011 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Hammerman on Ethics

As the Yom Kippur approaches, rather than present a specific ethical quandary I present some reflections and tips on what this holy day can mean for us as we perform the sacred act of engaging with other human beings and with God:

09/28/2011 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Hammerman on Ethics
Q – Was it right for the state of Georgia to execute Troy Anthony Davis?
 
09/22/2011 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Hammerman on Ethics

Q - My brother and I are running the Chicago Marathon which is the day after Yom Kippur. We want to fast, however we have been told that it is unwise to do so the day before running 26 miles. Since this is an ethical dilemma, we need your advice.

A – Well, at the very least, by observing Yom Kippur you could label yourself a “fast runner.” Sorry.

09/09/2011 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Hammerman on Ethics
As we approach the Days of Awe, our annual exercise in self scrutiny and stock-taking can be a daunting task. Rather than highlight a single ethical dilemma this week, I offer here some suggestions, some “ethics-ercises,” as it were, to assist you on this journey.
 
09/02/2011 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Hammerman on Ethics
Q - A few weeks ago an Israeli court is believed to have made history by being the first to allow parents to extract and freeze the ovarian eggs of their recently deceased daughter.  I know that's been done with a man's sperm, but this seems to cross an ethical red line, doesn't it?