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Rabbi Nochum Mangel directs Chabad-Lubavitch of Greater Dayton, Ohio.
Public Policy from a Jewish Perspective
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Each class tackles another hot-button issue of public policy from the perspective of traditional Torah sources.
Election 2012: A Jewish Perspective
Class 6: The Immigration Debate
Throughout our history, we Jews have known the need to immigrate. What is the right and just perspective on immigration?
Election 2012: A Jewish Perspective
Class 5: Campaign Finance
Is a campaign contribution considered bribery? Is it ethical for lobbyists to financially back a candidate?
Election 2012: A Jewish Perspective
Class 4: Health Care
Who is responsible to pay for health care? Is health insurance a personal obligation or a community responsibility?
The issue is the individual’s responsibility to care for the body with which G‑d entrusted him, and not to be a burden to his community.
Election 2012: A Jewish Perspective
Class 3: Taxation with Representation
How can we most fairly apportion the communal burden? Who should pay, and how much? And who decides where this money should go?
Election 2012: A Jewish Perspective
Class 2: Funding Social Services
Modern governments use their authority to tax their constituents and pay for public works and social services. How did Jewish communities understand their roles in furthering the welfare of the people? What is the Torah view on how a society can express c...
Election 2012: A Jewish Perspective
Class 1: The One Percent and Redistribution of Wealth
Is wealth a mark of sin, a sign that a person has greedily taken too much and necessarily impoverished others? Is poverty a sign of laziness, an outer indication of a poor character? We explore the Jewish view on why there is inequality in wealth, and wha...
We present the sources. You decide.
Election 2012: A Jewish Perspective
Taxation, immigration, health care. What is the Jewish perspective on the hot button issues of today? Drawing on sources from the Torah, this course examines hotly debated contemporary political issues from an authentic Jewish perspective.
When approaching a topic as sensitive as immigration, it is important to keep in mind that policies cannot be based solely on emotion. There must be some criteria by which we can confidently evaluate positions and give a thoughtful, critical response. The...
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