Living with Integrity: Navigating Everyday Ethical Dilemmas
Dates January-March 2013
January-August 2013
Lessons Included 6
Course Overview

Are you obliged to keep all commitments? What are the responsibilities of the sandwich generation? Are the ungracious deserving of our charity? How far should we go to give the benefit of the doubt? A discussion on personal ethics and the Jewish view on laws that test the limits of our integrity.

Course Details

There comes a time when we're forced to choose between conflicting responsibilities or to make ethical compromises for good reasons. How do we decide what is right, and more importantly, what is right for us in our unique situation?

Packed with real-life scenarios, Living with Integrity challenges you to voice your opinion while providing practical Talmudic wisdom to help you navigate skillfully through life's inevitable ethical challenges. This course will not only provide you with tools to make the right decisions, but it will also enhance your interaction with family and friends.


"The importance of thinking deeply about ethics in our ethically challenged political and social climate is clear. Judaism has contemplated these issues for thousands of years, and the insights of the Torah and Talmud are unique."

Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D.

Professor of Bioethics; Director, Center for Ethics, Emory University

"Living with Integrity provides its students with an opportunity to think about their values and behaviors and align them with the kind of person that they want to be."

Joanne B. Ciulla, Ph.D.
Coston Family Chair in Leadership and Ethics,

Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond

"Living with Integrity is a refreshing reminder in our age of relativism that there are solid answers to our various ethical dilemmas which we face in everyday life."

Robert Enright, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison;
Founder of the International Forgiveness Institute, Inc.



This course is eligible for CLE credits in the following US States: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

This course is also eligible for CPD credits in England and British Columbia.

Lesson Details
Lesson 1 Privacy

Are you obligated to share sensitive information about your friend with his or her potential employer or spouse? Are you allowed to read information embedded in an electronic file that the sender didn't intend for you to see? Is it ethical to use a covert nanny cam to protect your children? How will you decide?

Lesson 2 Forgiveness

Should you forgive domestic violence? Is it correct to forgive the one who harmed you when you cannot do so with sincerity? Should you forgive if the offender refuses to admit doing anything wrong? What about when the person you harmed is no longer alive: Is forgiveness still possible then?

Lesson 3 Charity

When faced with a choice to save the whales, feed the starving in Africa, or give to your local synagogue, where should your charitable priorities lie? Do taxes, tuition, and community dues count as charity? Should you give to a beggar when he may use your donation to buy drugs or alcohol?

Lesson 4 Parents

When your children and parents both need care, where do your responsibilities lie? What are your responsibilities to your in-laws? What is the extent of your financial obligation to your parents? When there are multiple siblings, how should the filial responsibility be delegated?

Lesson 5 Honesty

Should you lie to avoid hurting your parents' feelings, protect your kids from a frightening truth, or keep a dying man from knowing his fate? How about speaking a white lie to keep a surprise party secret, or exaggerating in an interview to get a job? Where do you draw the line?

Lesson 6 Commitments

Your friend is depending on your investment to get his business up and running. You agreed to help your friend move. You made a large pledge, but circumstances have since changed. Just how binding are your commitments? When is it all right to renege?