Forum I: On the Ethics of Self in Judaism: Searching for the Middle Ground Between Selflessness and Selfishness

By Bernard Ducoff

Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), 1990

An examination of the Biblical and Talmudic teachings reveals that there are at least three ideal selves: the Halachic norm of self-realization coupled to living virtuously and helping others, the self of mutual sharing and loving, and the altruistic self of risk and sacrifice in order to help others. All three are facets of every self and can be realistically expected of the average Jew.

Topic: Morality, Ethics, Jewish Identity, Jewish Text, Identity

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Volume/Issue: Vol. 67/No. 1

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Genre: Report

Language: English

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Ducoff, Bernard. Forum I: On the Ethics of Self in Judaism: Searching for the Middle Ground Between Selflessness and Selfishness. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Conference of Jewish Communal Service,Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). 1990: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=41


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