Thursday, May 11, 2006

Two Jews, Three Opinions

Explore Jewish Ethics with the JSN:
Half-Day Torah Seminar, followed by a Kosher Barbecue.
Sunday, May 21st, 1:30-6:00pm

Who Comes First? Risking Your Life to Save Another, by Rabbi Avi Lebowitz.
Redefining Theft, by Rabbi Yaacov Benzaquen.
Is it Racist to Consider Yourself Chosen?, by Rabbi Daniel Steinberg.
Preemptive Attacks, by Rabbi Yisroel Gordon.
The Ethical Employer, by Rabbi Zev Jacobs.
Is it Kosher to be a Whistleblower?, by Rabbi Joey Felsen.

The seminar consists of three one-hour sessions.
During each session, two simultanious classes will be offered.

Admission: $10 per person
By reservation only: info@jsn.info or (650) 961-4576
(babysitting available)
Kehillah Jewish High School
3900 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA
Click here for a flyer with details on each class.

5 Comments:

Blogger XyentaX said...

Will someone please attend the "Redefining Theft" seminar and report back on what the Rabbi said? That would be wonderful. Please? <3

Fri May 12, 07:38:00 AM 2006  
Blogger Fedora Black said...

I will be going to this event, although I am not sure which seminars I am going to attend yet. But I could be talked into picking the one on theft...

The JSN usually records their talks and have them available for download on their site for free. I'll let you know if and when they will have these seminars available online.

Fri May 12, 08:51:00 AM 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course it's kosher to be a whistleblower...right? Protecting your fellow people from the crimes of a few doesn't fall under lashon hora...does it?

Fri May 12, 10:32:00 AM 2006  
Blogger XyentaX said...

I would hope that it doesnt! But Im sure there are certain ways to go about it under certain circumstances.

And yeah, if you end up at the theft one, let me know, or if they post them online. I would like to hear if he says if/when its ok to steal haha.

Fri May 12, 10:44:00 AM 2006  
Blogger Fedora Black said...

Note that I have added a link to the flyer for the event, which has a blurb on each seminar.

For the one on whistleblowing it says:

The Torah prohibits defamation, but there are circumstances which require it. When does speaking up become a mitzvah?

Keep in mind that just because you think that something is fishy or shady, it might in fact not be, and running around and yelling about it or even simply reporting it might do much harm to the reputation of ones employer or to a company. And even if there are certain questionable practices, being a whistleblower can do more harm than good.

Then there is being a whistleblower on a more personal level. If you found out that a friend of yours is doing something shady, say like running some kind of business that requires a license without having one, you might not be very inclined to rat on him. Even if he is not a friend, say just the guy next door, or a contractor I once used, you still might wouldn't be inclined to rat on him. But if it were a company doing something illegal, you might be far more inclined. Al pi Halacha, however, there might not be such a difference between the two cases.

I am going to be spending this Shabbos with the JSN rabbis, so I'll see if I can get a preview from Rabbi Felson and the rest.

Fri May 12, 11:39:00 AM 2006  

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