T’ruah announces the launch of “Jewish Law and Ethics: A hackathon for the age of COVID-19,” a project that will apply Jewish wisdom, including halakha, history, ethics, and lived experience, to ethical and human rights questions that arise in this crisis moment and beyond. This project is made possible by generous support of Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah. Shani Rosenbaum, a rising fifth year rabbinical student at Hebrew College in Boston, will serve as coordinator for this project.
T’ruah invites applications from individuals with deep knowledge of Jewish text, from a range of periods, for a stipended research fellowship that will include a series of virtual convenings as well as independent research on one or more questions that emerge.
Grounded in deep engagement with Jewish text and under the guidance of expert voices from a range of disciplines, contributors will work collaboratively over several months to research and publish Jewish guidelines for approaching the questions they have investigated.
T’ruah will produce materials for study and discussion that help Jewish leaders and individuals make wise choices based in Jewish law and ethics, which balance human rights, human dignity, public health, economic justice, and other moral considerations.