Looking for books with ethical and moral dilemnas (scenarios) that can serve as starting points for discussions with kids 7 year old and older to explore Jewish moral and ethical values and laws. Not looking for stories that say that if you are observant everything will turn out fine.

I am looking for things like the "Shabbat Table Discussions" put out by YU: http://www.yutorah.org/shabbattable/

Scenarios with teaching points linked to Jewish sources preferred.

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    @DoubleAA Asked on forum titled "Judaism" I thought the relevance to Judaism was obvious. It seems not. I have edited the question to explicate what I thought was obvious.
    – Yehuda W
    May 14, 2017 at 16:16
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    @msh i still think this is off topic. what is uniquely jewish being sought? a book of moral quandaries isn't Jewish. this is like asking for a book of math lessons so someone can calculate shiurim of a mikvah.
    – Double AA
    May 14, 2017 at 18:40
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    @DoubleAA Just as there secular ways to view work on the holidays, morals and ethics, there are Jewish ways to view these topics. I do not know what you do not understand.
    – Yehuda W
    May 14, 2017 at 23:54
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    Yehuda, to clarify @DoubleAA's point if I understand it correctly, it that it looks like you are looking for scenarios that serve as a platform for moral discussions. Those discussion may be from a Jewish perspective, or not, but the scenarios would be the same.
    – mevaqesh
    May 15, 2017 at 0:09
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    The Thinking Jewish Teenager's Guide to Life. A very sophisticated book, though
    – SAH
    May 15, 2017 at 6:22

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Something I've found really useful for this purpose is the Tanakh. I really recommend the box set. Its constituent books contain a large number of moral, ethical, and theological dilemmas that lead to a plethora of jumping off points for discussion. As a bonus, there is a copious amount of supplementary reading to give you various different approaches to the topics.

  • OP wants a book that focuses on the dilemmas specifically. May 15, 2017 at 21:28
  • @ClintEastwood "Looking for books with ethical and moral dilemnas (scenarios)" I think the Tanakh contains plenty of ethical and moral dilemmas.
    – magicker72
    May 15, 2017 at 21:51

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