Human Dignity and the Jewish Tradition

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Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Date Written: July 1, 2008

Abstract

This paper demonstrates how central human dignity (kvod habriot in Hebrew) is to Jewish law. What is especially interesting is how a theistic religion in which love and fear of God is paramount, does not minimize the importance of human dignity. In many cases, human dignity trumps even divine law. This paper demonstrates how laws dealing with cheating spouses, the Sabbath, abortion, ritual purity, mourning, and treating debtors are all affected by the importance of human dignity. Indeed, the effects on human dignity must be considered in virtually all halachic (Jewish law) decisions.

Keywords: human dignity, ethics, kvod habriot, Jewish law

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H., Human Dignity and the Jewish Tradition (July 1, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2295178 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2295178

Hershey H. Friedman (Contact Author)

City University of New York - Department of Business Management ( email )

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