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Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices

Power

Edited by Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff and Louis E. Newman

Publication Year: 2008

How do we use power once we’ve gained it? Is it completely for our individual benefit, or do we use it to help our neighborhoods, or society at-large? What kinds of decisions must CEOs and business owners make regarding suppliers and customers? How should bosses treat workers? Teachers treat students? Parents treat children? Government treats citizens? Power dynamics affect people on a political level, a social level, and a deeply personal level as well. The newest volume in the Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices series examines these dynamics and includes essays by such fine contributors as U.S. Representative Henry Waxman, NBC Universal Television-West Coast President Marc Graboff, and author and scholar James Diamond.

Published by: Jewish Publication Society

Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-

No series of books such as this comes about without the creative energy and support of many individuals. We wish to thank, first and foremost, Ellen Frankel, editor-in-chief of The Jewish Publication Society, for her vision in first conceiving of this series and her willingness to entrust it to our editorship. Her wise and patient guidance throughout the process of ...

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Description of the Jewish Choices,Jewish Voices Series

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pp. ix-x

This series is intended to provide a forum for discussion of some of the most critical moral issues of our time. Although many of the topics chosen affect people of all ages, the series is designed to address particularly the moral problems faced by adults in their twenties and thirties. ...

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Introduction: Power

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pp. xi-xvi

“Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Not so!—the Jewish tradition would say. Power is not in and of itself corrupting, any more than anything else in life is. It all depends on how those who have it use it. ...

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Part I: CASE STUDIES AND JEWISH SOURCES

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pp. 3-23

KAREN IS Jewish and a vice president of a large investment firm. She is heavily committed to a variety of charitable causes, and she knows that it would be good for her business to be known as a contributor to charity. She therefore wants to approach her subordinates to ask them for contributions to the following causes. Given the inequality in ...

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Part II: SYMPOSIUM

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pp. 27-94

TO MANAGE the American enterprise system ethically requires that we remunerate all our workers with a living wage. That means that the wages must be at least above the poverty level and that labor be treated as human beings who are created in the image of God. ...

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Part III: CONCLUSION

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pp. 97-108

EACH OF us, in one way or another, exercises power over others. By the same token, each of us is subject to the power of others. At the most basic level, each of us has the power to hurt and be hurt through our physical and verbal interactions with one another every day. But in far more complex and subtle ways, we also exercise power by virtue of ...

Glossary

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pp. 109-112

Suggestions for Further Reading

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pp. 113-118

Editors and Contributors

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pp. 119-121

Index

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pp. 123-124


E-ISBN-13: 9780827609990
Print-ISBN-13: 9780827608627

Publication Year: 2008