such 'hot topics' as abortion, euthanasia, school violence, cloning, the death penalty, and sexuality include a comprehensive overview of each topic, as well as intriguing scenarios highlighting how Jewish responses to these issues have changed over time
Text study passages, overviews of both Traditional and modern Jewish views and attitudes, and listings of related virtues (middot) and commandments (mitzvot) for each topic promote discussion and understanding of Judaism's approach to grappling with some of today's most highly charged subjects
Ideal as a complete course text or as an informative supplement to 'one-shot' classroom discussions, this complement to Teaching Hot Topics
encourages students to engage with issues through its interactive design, pertinent scenarios, probing questions, and charts that summarize points and counterpoints for each topic.
Guidelines for research projects, as well as suggestions for relevant movies and web site activities provide further opportunities for students to develop personal responses to some of today's thorniest issues