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Four Ethics Courses



The following courses are supported by the Levin-Lieber Program in Jewish Ethics. Courses are offered on a rotating basis.

Biomedical Ethics
Rabbi David A. Teutsch, Ph.D.
2 hours per week

Fundamental Jewish concepts such as the sanctity of life and the duty to heal
provide the framework for examining health, medical care and medical
research. Birth control, abortion, genetic testing, autopsy, infertility, long-term
care, end-of-life decisions, euthanasia, mental illness and health-care distribution
are among the topics explored.

Ethics of Speech
Rabbi David A. Teutsch, Ph.D.
2 hours per week

Jewish tradition teaches that "life and death are in the power of the tongue."
Through reading traditional texts, discussing cases and applying contemporary
ethical methodologies, this course explores how students can best understand
lashon hara and rehilut, the nature of promises and verbal agreements, the obligation
to offer reproof (l'ashon hara, rekhilut and tokheha) and the challenge of truth telling.

Organizational Ethics and Economic Justice
Rabbi David A. Teutsch, Ph.D.
2 hours per week

Traditional and contemporary approaches to Jewish ethics are applied to organizational
policy and practice, employer-employee relations, business transactions
and issues of economic justice. Participants examine how we understand
ownership, disclosure, and human rights and dignity, and how that should
affect our everyday commercial and organizational conduct, as well as broader
social policy.

Jewish Sexual and Family Ethics
Rabbi David A. Teutsch, Ph.D.
2 hours per week

This course explores traditional Jewish sexual ethics and contemporary
alternatives against the background of current scientific and social scientific
understandings as well as the economic, political and social situation of
contemporary culture. Individual rights and obligations, as well as the
creation and maintenance of family structures and communities, serve as
part of the context for considering sexual ethics.