Hammerman On Ethics

11/03/2011 - 20:00 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Hammerman on Ethics

Q - Was it ethical to kill Muammar Kaddafy and Osama bin Laden on the spot, apparently in cold blood, rather than arrest them and bring them to trial? Didn’t it work for Iraq to try Saddam Hussein?

A – Yes, it was ethical to kill them right then and there.

10/26/2011 - 20:00 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Hammerman on Ethics

 

Q – Given the recent Ohio tragedy involving a private zoo, in which dozens of exotic animals were killed, I was wondering whether it is ethical to have such zoos in the first place.

10/10/2011 - 20:00 | | 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)?

10/05/2011 - 20:00 | | 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:

09/27/2011 - 20:00 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Hammerman on Ethics
Q – Was it right for the state of Georgia to execute Troy Anthony Davis?
 
09/21/2011 - 20:00 | | 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.