Jewish law symposium tackles the ethics of cancellation culture and redemption

More than 800 attorneys and judges participated in the 16th annual Jewish Law Symposium on September 13. They were both in person at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany and in a virtual setting online.

A panel included the high-profile criminal defense attorney Ben Brafman. Rabbi Shalom Lubin, Jewish Law Symposium founder and of the Chabad of SE Morris County, moderated “The Ethics of Cancel Culture and Redemption,” a panel discussion with Jeffrey S. Chiesa, a founding partner of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC; Karen Kessler, a public relations expert; and Rabbi Simon Jacobson, a well-known Jewish scholar and thinker.

“Exploring the real life moral, legal, and ethical implications of cancel culture and redemption as we prepare for the upcoming High Holidays was most appropriate, especially regarding apologies and forgiveness,” Rabbi Shalom Lubin said. “The laws and ethics of the Talmud have served as a cornerstone of humanity’s civil and moral infrastructure, while shaping its legal judicial systems.

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“Working from home during the pandemic has created all sorts of challenges and opportunities in the quest to balance professional and personal lives, and it was very exciting to explore this topic through the lens of the Talmud and 2,000 years of Jewish ethics and wisdom.”

Cary B. Cheifetz of Ceconi & Cheifetz, LLC, the event chair, said, “I find this program to be intellectually stimulating and fascinating; I love attending every year! If you come to the Jewish Law Symposium, you will walk away with a body of knowledge you will never forget!”

Over the last 16 years, the Jewish Law Symposium, a project of the Rabbinical College of America, has become a premier educational event in the New Jersey legal community. For more information, go to www.JewishLawSymposium.com.

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