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Donations from Ill-Gotten Gain: A Jewish Legal Perspective

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The Jewish tradition uses many resources to resolve moral dilemmas, to teach moral norms, and to motivate moral behaviour. These include stories, proverbs, history, theology, modeling, study, and law. Like Anglo-American law and unlike European Continental law, Jewish law works primarily through cases, in which judges respond to a specific set of circumstances and then their ruling can be used to inform later courts as to how to rule in similar cases. To illustrate how the Jewish tradition deals with moral questions, the author presents an actual case that he was asked to rule on some six months ago. An earlier draft has been discussed once by the Conservative Movement's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, and this draft is discussed and probably voted on at the next meeting of the Committee in June 2009.

Keywords: Anglo-American law; European Continental law; Jewish tradition; theology



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