A wonderful sugya in Bavli Shabbat (54b-55a) takes up the question of what to do when one sees people misbehaving, whether they are government officials or neighbors, whether they are breaking religious or civil law. Via anecdotes and midrashim, a very demanding moral principle emerges.
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Rabbi Judith Hauptman is the E. Billi Ivry Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture (emerita) at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Her research focuses on two main areas, tracing the history of the text of the Talmud and teasing women’s history out of rabbinic texts. She is the author of three books and numerous articles. Her volume, Rereading the Rabbis, A Woman’s Voice (1998), has been called a founding work of the new Jewish feminism. She is a fellow of the prestigious American Academy for Jewish Research. In 2004, she founded Ohel Ayalah, an outreach project to disaffected young Jews. It runs free, walk-in High Holiday services and Passover seders for Jews in their 20s and 30s. She is currently working on a book about law and narrative in the Talmud, focusing on anecdotes which show that when law meets life, modifications become necessary.
Rabbi Moishe Steigmann is the Founder and Director of The Spark Wisconsin, an organization that seeks to help Jews activate their Jewish energy through meaningful and relevant programming. Known as The Mindful Rabbi, Rabbi Steigmann brings a non-judgmental and open-minded approach to help Jews own their Judaism. He is the rabbi of Congregation Cnesses Israel in Green Bay, WI. In addition, he loves games, puzzles, and the Green Bay Packers, and is the proud parent of two fun and charming children.