It could be argued that the entirety of Jewish law -- halachah – is an attempt to develop and teach pragmatic, livable standards, and to provide answers, based on commandments, values, and long experience, to questions of right and wrong. Our Sages, both living and of blessed memory, have much to teach us about "the right and good."
But the careful study of Jewish law is not something that most English speaking, non-Orthodox Jews will ever undertake -- or wish to. Yet, many are interested in accessing the treasure of Jewish ethics.
Nearly all books in English about Jewish ethics are organized by subject. While useful for topical research, this neither facilitates regular ethics study nor permits comparison of different ethicists' perspectives.
It is hoped that this website's organization of ethical commentary teachings in Torah-verse order will significantly facilitate ethical learning.
It should also serve as a valuable aid for those writing Divrei Torah (i.e. sermons or Torah portion introductions), as Torah verses are also immediately accessible by weekly parashah. As many of the teachings also cite Talmud and other sources, further study in primary sources is also encouraged.
An important caveat! The teachings-excerpts here are just that; incomplete representations of each author's treatment of the ethical issue. It is hoped that reading these excerpts will encourage the purchase of the authors' original work. Suggested links for this purpose are provided in the "Authors" pages.