The War over Ethics: Moral Dilemmas of Current Israeli and Jewish Life

Zoom course with Dr. Elliott Malamet. Mondays, 4:30p.m.- 6:00p.m. Starting Feb. 5th, 2024

Dates: (mm/dd/yyyy)
Monday, 05/02/2024 | 16:30 - 18:00
Monday, 12/02/2024 | 16:30 - 18:00
Monday, 19/02/2024 | 16:30 - 18:00
Monday, 26/02/2024 | 16:30 - 18:00
Monday, 04/03/2024 | 16:30 - 18:00
Monday, 11/03/2024 | 16:30 - 18:00
Monday, 18/03/2024 | 16:30 - 18:00
Monday, 01/04/2024 | 16:30 - 18:00
Monday, 08/04/2024 | 16:30 - 18:00
Monday, 15/04/2024 | 16:30 - 18:00

In this course, we will examine some of the pressing moral concerns that Jews, both in Israel and the Diaspora, are contending with at present. We will begin by exploring, within the realm of Jewish ethics, the agonizing problems of the current war, from the complexity within Jewish law of ransoming hostages, to the question of innocent civilians within warfare.

We will then address some of the material situations that Jews finds themselves in globally: the rise of antisemitism and the temptation to hide signs of one’s Jewishness; the question of if and how Jews should reply or even argue with comments or opinions expressed about Israel – in the street and in schools, in the media and social media.

Is there an obligation to respond, and in what way? Would it be wiser to refrain?


ILS 650 ($180*) for 10 classes

*dollar price dependent upon exchange rate on date of payment

10% discount price for simultaneous registration for 2 series or more

15% discount price for simultaneous registration for 3 series or more.

Cancellation Policy:

Prior to start of course – 100% refund or 100% credit for another course.

Following one class – 90% refund or 100% credit for another course (except for fieldtrip courses where only a 75% refund will be given after one meeting).

No cancellation after 2 classes (in special cases, e.g. illness, a credit will be given for another course).


Details of zoom meeting will be sent before the start of classes.

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