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Jewish Family

The Jewish people are first and foremost a family. Daily life, ritual and the passing on of our tradition all have the family at their

Jewish Identity

‘Jewish Identity’ refers to the way Jews see themselves. For example, one person might consider themselves Jewish only or primarily because their parents are Jewish.

Jewish Self

This section deals with issues revolving around Jewish identity and Jewish communities, and how we perceive ourselves and others within those communities. Jewish Identity Jewish

Sh'mittah – the Sabbatical Year

The Torah commands that every seventh year the land must rest and all debts be forgiven. This sabbatical (from the word ‘seven’) year connects ecological

Animal Rights and Welfare

According to Jewish ethical tradition, prohibition against cruelty to animals is one of the basic laws of humankind. Indeed, animals are understood to not only

Environmental Ethics

From Bereshit (Genesis 1:28), the first chapter in the Torah, we see that God wants human beings to both use the natural world for their

Personal Relationships

The great Jewish philosopher Maimonides stated that “all moral principles concern the relationship of man to his neighbour”, being “given to man for the benefit

Philanthropic Organisations

Judasim has a strong tradition of charity and Jewish communities are well known for their philanthropic organisations. The biblical laws of leket, shikhchah and peah

Social Ethics and the Torah

Rabbi Simeon Ben Gamaliel stated that, “the world rests on three things, justice, truth, and peace”. This statement underpins Jewish social ethics.   Jews believe

Social Ethics

Judaism has an all-enveloping and passionate dedication to the ideal of justice. The moral imperative of justice was taught by the Jewish prophets. Moses taught

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