Jewish Values

The mitzvah of Fairtrade

By Jonathan Wittenberg, February 26, 2009

A Jewish Guide To Fairtrade
The Fairtrade Foundation

I’ve long been grateful that Fairtrade exists. It makes me feel less like a thief when I go shopping. I’m doubly appreciative now, with the publication of this Jewish Guide, which relates the principles of fair trade to Jewish ethics, rooting them in textual sources and listing kosher Fairtrade foods.

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Is the Lubavitch book Tanya really racist?

October 30, 2008

Yes

The debate about the Tanya is about values rather than freedom of speech, as some have contended.

The Hebrew Bible and classical rabbinic sources contain texts which, for example, command us to look after the stranger within our midst as we were once strangers in the Land of Egypt. These sources inspire and provide a basis for living in today's society.

In contrast, other texts have, in common with almost all classical literature, the completely opposite viewpoint and clash with modern sensibilities.

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Why the Creation story favours organic food

By Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah, October 23, 2008

This week we begin the cycle of Torah readings again, and read the account of Creation. All peoples have sacred narratives about the Creation of the world - but why do we turn right back to the beginning, again and again each year? Why don't we start our narrative with the first ancestors of our people, Abraham and Sarah?

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Be honest: does their colour bother you?

September 4, 2008

All goyim are antisemitic." Which of us has not heard this sentiment voiced by a co-religionist; and even if we don't agree with its sweepingly unfair categorisation of most of humanity, find at least part of ourselves thinking that maybe it's true of quite a few? In recent months, a couple of incidents have made me wonder to what extent we are guilty of racism.

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Why the credit crunch can have a silver lining

By Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, August 1, 2008

The economic downturn may be hard but it can help free us from the slavery of materialism

 

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