Commanding Responsibility

By Joshua Halberstam

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), September 2004

Jewish law recognizes no chain of moral command. But Jewish law also broadens the scope of personal responsibility with regard to inter­personal obligations; Jewish legal and cultural tradition cut against the grain of contemporary moral judgments. We think of responsibility not only in ascribing praise and blame, but also in assigning duties. In the modern Western liberal moral tradition, these duties are deemed secondary to rights.

Topic: Theology, Halakha, Morality, Jewish Law, Communal Responsibility, Ethics, Values

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.35/no.613

Page Number(s): 5

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Halberstam, Joshua. Commanding Responsibility. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). September 2004: 5.


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