Presented by the Herbert Weyl Jewish Business Network and Chabad of Downtown Columbus


In November 2015, Daniel Cohen was stabbed by a terrorist while waiting for his bus in Rishon L’Tzion, Israel. When he awoke in the hospital after a four-hour procedure, he learned that in the area of the wound the doctors had discovered a cancerous growth, which they removed. He later said, “The terrorist saved my life.”

In July, 2016, a group of men on Chicago’s West Side broke into a pickup truck to steal a laptop. They failed to notice that a dog was in the car. It was close to 100 degrees outside, and the owner of the vehicle only came back a full hour after parking it in the sun. The dog would have likely died in the heat, were it not for the broken window, which allowed the car to cool considerably.

In 1894, when the Czar Alexander initiated a strict government liquor monopoly throughout the Russian Empire, some Jews took their taverns underground. A man walked into a Jew’s tavern and destroyed his barrel of alcohol. This happened to be a few moments before an inspector showed up. Had he found any alcohol there, he would have fined the tavern owner severely. Due to the actions of the vandal, this did not happen.

This lesson examines three real-life cases that share a curious common feature: a criminal whose actions result in an unplanned positive outcome for the intended victim. Should the criminals be punished even if the result turned out to be positive?

Please join us at TIME/PLACE, as we discuss these matters in the first lesson of The Dilemma: Modern Conundrums, Talmudic Debates, Ethical Solutions.

Rabbi Kaltmann

The Dilemma : Modern Dilemmas. Talmudic Debates. Your Solutions.
6 Wednesdays
Beginning 2/15/2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

$140.00 for all 6 classes