My take on Marvin Lender's visit to Yale in today's YDN is on-line here: These are issues that define the course of the hospital's future and test its fidelity to its mission of public service. Whether the hospital will keep faith with New Haven's poor -- be they its patients, its employees, or both -- is exactly the kind of issue that demands moral leadership from its board, and all the more so from that board's chairman. For a famous and respected philanthropist in that seat not to speak out and demand change on these questions is a shameful missed opportunity. To mark them as out of bounds in a discussion with students of business ethics furthers the too-common conception of business ethics as an esoteric discipline rather than a way of life -- a characterization that Jewish tradition has always rejected. The Talmud teaches that upon death you will first be asked not whether you were a learned scholar but whether you justly conducted your business.


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