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Ethical Principles of Judaism

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Syllabus of the Subject: Ethical Principles of Judaism

  1. Ethical Principles of Judaism
  2. Implications of the Ten Commandments on Jewish ethics
  3. Influence of Judaism on Christianity and Islam

Sample: Ethical Principles of Judaism
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The Subject “Ethical Principles of Judaism” belongs to the following Online Higher Educational Programs taught by EENI Global Business School:
  1. Doctorate in Ethics, Religion, and Business
  2. Masters: Religions & Business, International Business

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Wendy Appelbaum
Wendy Appelbaum, South African Investor and Businesswoman (South Africa, Master)

Description: Jewish ethics

Perhaps the main contribution that the West owes to Judaism is the monotheistic concept of Yahweh.

“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God; the LORD is one!” (Deuteronomy 6:4)

The other major contribution of Judaism is the conception of God. The religions of Romans, Greeks, or Syrians had Gods that were considered immoral and indifferent to humanity; Judaism shows a just God who preaches love and kindness.

“Cease to do evil, learn to do good” (Isaiah 16)

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These two concepts influence both Islam, Christianity, and may be in Zoroastrianism.

Unlike most Asian religions such as Hinduism or Buddhism, Judaism states that the material is good is an innate part of man, and the man needs to enjoy both the material and the immaterial.

Perhaps this is one reason that could justify the success they have always been in business and the innate ability to create trusted networks.

Maybe there is one aspect that has exerted a negative influence on the West, and is his vision of the world, on the environment, on the divine command to dominate the Earth.

“So God created man. Fill the Earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the Earth.” Genesis 1:27 - 28

By contrast, Buddhists, Hinduism, Taoists, and especially Jainist sacred texts are much more humble and always emphasise the need to live in harmony with the nature and peacefully coexist with the other living things, as the ideal and noble way of life (See Buddhist Economy).

The materialistic vision that characterises the Western Civilisation may have its origins in this view provided by the Judaism based on the supremacy of man.

Judaism and Business

Ten Commandments

Morality also has been fundamental for Jewish, the Hebrew Bible (Torah) contains about 613 commandments (Mitzvot) according to rabbinical scholars, that to a greater or lesser extent regulates human activity, but perhaps the most important is the Ten Commandments.

The Ten Commandments dictated to Moses were incorporated into Christianity and Islam. Hence, we can understand the importance of these ten ethical principles that have shaped to most of the Western and Islamic world for hundreds of years. In some way, these commandments have shaped the ethical basis for hundreds of generations in Europe, America, Africa, and Asia.

In the Exodus 20:1 and Deuteronomy 5:1-21 we find the reference to the ten commandments (we show only commandments shared by all religions):

  1. You shall not murder
  2. You shall not commit adultery
  3. You shall not steal
  4. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour
  5. You shall not covet

These universal commandments and shared by all religions should be part of our project of global ethics

For Jews, violence is one of the major problems of society. Understand and control the causes of violence is fundamental.

“He shall judge between the nations, and impose terms on many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks
One nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again.” Isaiah

All these common roots in the three “religions of the book” directly influence on the Western Civilisation. Many of the values and ethical principles of the West come from the Judaism.

Moses, along with Buddha, Mahavira, Jesus, Muhammad, Zoroaster, or Lao Tzu, is the great spiritual geniuses of history. The teachings received by Moses, have shaped more than 3000 years of history of the West and Islam.

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