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Sanity for Jewish Mothers and Their Kids

Discussed in this essay: Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do To Raise Successful, Creative, Empathic, Independent Children, by Marjorie Ingall. Harmony Books, NY, 2016, 239 pages. by D. Yael Bernhard “IS THIS the hill you want to die on?” So asks author and Forward and Tablet columnist Marjorie Ingall in her thought-provoking book on […]

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Pie in the Sky

Eye in the Sky and the Propaganda of Drone Warfare by Martha and Marty Roth Reviewed in this essay: Eye in the Sky, directed by Gavin Hood. Bleecker Street Media, 2015, 103 minutes. THE NEW drone-kill film Eye in the Sky mobilizes major star power and technical virtuosity to persuade its viewers of a number […]

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Footnotes on Footnotes

Sarah Glidden & Mike Dawson on Joe Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza by Nicholas Jahr The Israeli occupying army carried out bloody atrocities in the Gaza Strip [during the 1956 Sinai War], killing “at least 75 Palestinians immediately after capturing the strip during a brutal house-to-house search for weapons and fedayeen in Khan Yunis” and killing […]

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OpEdge: The Ethics of Killing People Efficiently

by Marc Jampole Reading “Robot Weapons: What’s the Harm?” by Jerry Kaplan, who is a Stanford University teacher of the ethics of artificial intelligence, made me wonder what the heck does the term “ethics of artificial intelligence” mean? I would think that artificial intelligence — like any other technology — has no ethics, which is […]

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May 6: Martha Nussbaum and Moral Psychology

Philosopher Martha Nussbaum, a pioneering woman in academia and a convert to Judaism in the early 1970s, was born into what she describes as an “East Coast WASP elite” family in New York on this date in 1947. A professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago and a widely published writer on […]

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Why I’m Not a Jewish Secularist

THREE THINGS ARE CONSTITUTIVE OF MY BEING: being a Brooklynite, being a Jew, and being an atheist. The first gives me a place, my family having been in Brooklyn for over a century; the second gives me a history and an existential situation in society, an alterity that I happily assume; and the third a […]

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Wealth and Ethics

by Marc Jampole The news this week that a new study found that wealthier people were more likely to behave unethically set off a chicken-or-egg debate in my mind. In the study, Paul Piff, a graduate student at the University of California-Berkeley, led a team of researchers at UC-Berkeley and the University of Toronto in […]

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February 5: A Pioneer of Medical Ethics

Hans Jonas, who fled Nazi Germany (his mother died in Auschwitz), fought in Israel’s war of independence, and in 1964 publicly denounced his mentor, Martin Heidegger, for having pro-Nazi views, died on this date in 1993 at age 90. Jonas chaired the philosophy department at the New School for Social Research from 1957 to 1963 and remained […]

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