Rabbi Dr. Asher Meir, Business Ethics Center of Jerusalem
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Rabbi Dr. Asher Meir, Business Ethics Center of Jerusalem

Rabbi Dr. Asher Meir is Research Director at the Business Ethics Center of Jerusalem (www.besr.org). He studied at Harvard, received a PhD in Economics from MIT, and rabbinic ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. Prior to moving to Israel, he worked at the Council of Economic Advisers in the Reagan administration. Rabbi Dr. Meir is also a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Jerusalem College of Technology and has published several articles on business, economics and Jewish law. He is the author of the two-volume, "Meaning in Mitzvot (Feldheim), and his Aish.com columns form the basis of the "Jewish Ethicist" book (ktav.com).
The Jewish Ethicist: Painful Priorities I

The Jewish Ethicist: Painful Priorities I

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I can no longer support my elderly mother.


The Jewish Ethicist: Tainted Money

The Jewish Ethicist: Tainted Money

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Charities should not accept donations tainted by wrongdoing


The Jewish Ethicist: Failing the Grade

The Jewish Ethicist: Failing the Grade

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Cheating on tests a failure for both student and society.


The Jewish Ethicist: Witness for Hire, Part 2

The Jewish Ethicist: Witness for Hire, Part 2

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Expert witnesses may not slant their testimony with an eye to future business.


The Jewish Ethicist: The Madoff Affair

The Jewish Ethicist: The Madoff Affair

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Trustworthiness is a function of accountability.


The Jewish Ethicist: Witness for Hire, Part I

The Jewish Ethicist: Witness for Hire, Part I

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The legal system should mitigate incentives for slanted expert testimony


The Jewish Ethicist: Warehouse and Home

The Jewish Ethicist: Warehouse and Home

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You can get rid of supplies left in your house, but do it thoughtfully.


The Jewish Ethicist: Seeking Lost Owner, Part 2

The Jewish Ethicist: Seeking Lost Owner, Part 2

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You have to keep lost objects a while, but not forever.


The Jewish Ethicist: Seeking Lost Owner

The Jewish Ethicist: Seeking Lost Owner

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Lost object? Seek a forum likely familiar to the unknown owner.


The Jewish Ethicist - Is It Charity?

The Jewish Ethicist - Is It Charity?

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Kindness to others shouldn't be limited to the poor and needy.


The Jewish Ethicist - Working with Difficult People

The Jewish Ethicist - Working with Difficult...

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An incompatible co-worker can be an unbearable challenge.


The Jewish Ethicist - Pay Up!

The Jewish Ethicist - Pay Up!

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Avoid gratuitously harassing an indigent debtor.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Snitch

The Jewish Ethicist - Snitch

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Constructive disclosures need to have constructive intentions as well.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Charitable Credit

The Jewish Ethicist - Charitable Credit

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Charity brings a reward in this world and the next.


The Jewish Ethicist - Wrong Store

The Jewish Ethicist - Wrong Store

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When customers visit by accident, you should set them right.


The Deeper Meaning of Hamentaschen

The Deeper Meaning of Hamentaschen

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Rising above evil on Purim.


The Jewish Ethicist - Thou Shalt Pay

The Jewish Ethicist - Thou Shalt Pay

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Payment is not only a right of the creditor, it is also the duty of the debtor.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Day Trader

The Jewish Ethicist - Day Trader

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I'm thinking of opening up a "day trading station" in my house.


The Jewish Ethicist - Whose Tenant?

The Jewish Ethicist - Whose Tenant?

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Before accepting money for damages, try to limit them.


The Jewish Ethicist - Costly Advice

The Jewish Ethicist - Costly Advice

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Professionals are entitled to recompense for their advice.


The Jewish Ethicist - Sincere Apologies

The Jewish Ethicist - Sincere Apologies

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My friend has unjustified resentment towards me. What should I do?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Business with Friends

The Jewish Ethicist - Business with Friends

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Even a friendly agreement should be carefully elaborated.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Discounts

The Jewish Ethicist - Discounts

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A Jewish view on fair pricing.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Keeping Down with the Jonses

The Jewish Ethicist - Keeping Down with the...

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Replacing competition for opulence with delight in simplicity.


The Jewish Ethicist  - White Lies

The Jewish Ethicist - White Lies

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Avoid social lies, especially self-serving ones.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Spending Your Kid's Money

The Jewish Ethicist - Spending Your Kid's Money

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Gifts to children should be used only for their benefit.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Poaching Game

The Jewish Ethicist - Poaching Game

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Perils of hiring a worker away from a rival firm.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Duty to Warn

The Jewish Ethicist - Duty to Warn

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Protest should be constructive, not disruptive.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Saving for Your Children

The Jewish Ethicist - Saving for Your Children

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Children should be given a good start in life, but there is no need to provide for the forever.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Doubtful Diploma

The Jewish Ethicist - Doubtful Diploma

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Transmitting suspicion and hearsay has little value.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Click Fraud

The Jewish Ethicist - Click Fraud

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I'd like to help out a struggling business. Can I click on his web ads in order to generate revenue for his site?


The Jewish Ethicist  - New Kid in Town

The Jewish Ethicist - New Kid in Town

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Should new residents get the same welfare benefits as veterans?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Unfair Discrimination

The Jewish Ethicist - Unfair Discrimination

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Take steps to avoid being discriminated against.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Clever Cabbie

The Jewish Ethicist - Clever Cabbie

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Don't let the driver take advantage of you – but don't take advantage of him either.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Fundraising Costs

The Jewish Ethicist - Fundraising Costs

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Donors should be informed of exceptional fundraising costs.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Snitching to the IRS

The Jewish Ethicist - Snitching to the IRS

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Law enforcement should generally be left to the authorities.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Busy Work

The Jewish Ethicist - Busy Work

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Sometimes "busy work" is in the eye of the beholder.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Mere Pretext

The Jewish Ethicist - Mere Pretext

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Making up a story to get back what's yours.


The Jewish Ethicist  - The Snitching Supervisor

The Jewish Ethicist - The Snitching Supervisor

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Discussing the shortcomings of your workers.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Suspicious Supplier

The Jewish Ethicist - Suspicious Supplier

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Give your client the benefit of the doubt, but steer clear of likely wrongdoing.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Pay Day

The Jewish Ethicist - Pay Day

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Make the extra effort to pay workers on time.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Getting Emotional

The Jewish Ethicist - Getting Emotional

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In negotiations, when all else fails, cry.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Rebate or Kickback?

The Jewish Ethicist - Rebate or Kickback?

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Can we keep rebates when we purchase on someone else's behalf?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Predicting the Future

The Jewish Ethicist - Predicting the Future

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Any forecaster will luck out every so often.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Full Disclosure

The Jewish Ethicist - Full Disclosure

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Customers deserve to know that a referrer gets a commission.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Self-Respect or False Pride

The Jewish Ethicist - Self-Respect or False Pride

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Sometimes it's okay to accept a present.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Devious Discount

The Jewish Ethicist - Devious Discount

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Discounted from what?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Unfair Zoning

The Jewish Ethicist - Unfair Zoning

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Prohibitive restrictions on development deserve compensation


The Jewish Ethicist  - Price Fixing

The Jewish Ethicist - Price Fixing

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Restraining trade is sanctioned only when it serves the public interest.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Lost Object and Lost Owner

The Jewish Ethicist - Lost Object and Lost Owner

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Returning lost objects demands sincere but not heroic effort.