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Police Ethics and the Jewish Tradition
Stephen M. Passamaneck  More Info
Insurance in rabbinic law,
Stephen M Passamaneck  More Info
The Traditional Jewish Law of Sale: Shulhan Arukh Hoshen Mishpat Chapters 189-240 (Monographs of the Hebrew Union College)
Stephen M. Passamaneck  More Info
Aspects of land use and commercial regulation in medieval Rabbinic sources
Stephen M Passamaneck  More Info
Jewish Law and Jewish Life
Jacob; Passamaneck, Stephen M. (Editor) Bazak  More Info
Morris Goldsmith: Deputy United States Marshal
Stephen M Passamaneck  More Info
A motion for discovery (Louis Caplan lecture on Jewish law)
Stephen M Passamaneck  More Info
The rabbis--preventive law lawyers,
Stephen M Passamaneck  More Info
The Talmudic concept of defamation
Stephen M Passamaneck  More Info

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Professor Stephen M. Passamaneck, Rabbi, Ph.D. is Professor of Rabbinics at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, where he has taught Talmud and medieval Jewish legal material. Early in his career he wrote on maritime and insurance law in Jewish sources. Since 1976, when he first affiliated with law enforcement agencies as a chaplain, he has written almost exclusively on law enforcement and administration of justice in Jewish sources. He was trained and sworn as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff and served as a line Reserve for eleven years. He continues to serve as a volunteer law enforcement chaplain with a federal law enforcement agency. He was elected President of the Jewish Law Association and has also been an officer of the International Conference of Police Chaplains.


In addition to the eight books he has authored or co-authored, Stephen M. Passamaneck is the author of Police Ethics and the Jewish Tradition.  According to the book description of Police Ethics and the Jewish Tradition, “Jewish tradition has a great deal to say about morals and ethics in various modern fields of public concern, including police ethics. In Police Ethics and the Jewish Tradition, author Stephen Passamaneck explores three areas of interest: loyalty, bribery and gratuities, and deception. Loyalty will always be a part of police culture and administrators are faced with the task of minimizing its abuses. Jewish tradition encourages the support of the whistleblower who exposes wrongdoing for the sake of the public good. This can sometimes lead to a clash between tradition and the "blue wall of silence."


In the area of bribery and gratuities, Jewish law prohibits bribery but modest gratuities may be accepted. Tradition allows a given class of persons to enjoy preferential treatment. In police culture, limits must be imposed on any gratuities. Any expression of respect and appreciation must have no relation to the manner in which a police officer performs his or her duties. In the area of deception, Jewish tradition is very clear that misleading the innocent is morally wrong. Police ethics accepts deception in an interrogation to obtain information, to protect a life, or to recover stolen property. Deceptive tactics, however, have no place in a court of law. Jewish legal tradition does not differ from modern western law in this respect. This book takes a first look at the idea that Jewish tradition may offer benefit to the evolving world of police ethics.”

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