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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  - Almost Poor

The Jewish Ethicist - Almost Poor

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Helping the "not-quite-poor" with credit and discounts.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Billable Hours

The Jewish Ethicist - Billable Hours

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Be careful to record only the hours you actually work.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Predatory Lending

The Jewish Ethicist - Predatory Lending

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Mortgage lenders are entitled to protection from sudden foreclosure.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Flawed Freebies

The Jewish Ethicist - Flawed Freebies

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Don't pressure a struggling business owner into providing free services.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Anonymous  Blogs

The Jewish Ethicist - Anonymous Blogs

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Can I make up a fantasy identity for my blog?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Careless Cashier

The Jewish Ethicist - Careless Cashier

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When returning the extra change will get the cashier in trouble.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Off Target

The Jewish Ethicist - Off Target

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Unrealistic targets are an invitation to unethical activity


The Jewish Ethicist  - Promising Prospect

The Jewish Ethicist - Promising Prospect

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Avoid promises that stretch your capabilities.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Old-Fashioned Ruse

The Jewish Ethicist - Old-Fashioned Ruse

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Do I have to tell my customers the "antiques" are new?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Short Notice Cancellation

The Jewish Ethicist - Short Notice Cancellation

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They cancelled a few hours before the party. Am I entitled to reparations?


The Jewish Ethicist  - I Spy

The Jewish Ethicist - I Spy

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Can I spy on my spouse and monitor his internet use?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Adding to Your Data Base

The Jewish Ethicist - Adding to Your Data Base

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Can we solicit recipients of condolence cards from our charity?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Smart and Rich

The Jewish Ethicist - Smart and Rich

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It's okay to profit from superior knowledge if it was fairly obtained.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Big Ban

The Jewish Ethicist - Big Ban

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I want to avoid a scandalous relative.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Deficit Finance

The Jewish Ethicist - Deficit Finance

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Judaism and the national deficit.


The Jewish Ethicist  - My More Observant Spouse

The Jewish Ethicist - My More Observant Spouse

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Expect accommodation, not transformation.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Vice Stocks

The Jewish Ethicist - Vice Stocks

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Questionable investments can compromise values.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Revealing a Secret

The Jewish Ethicist - Revealing a Secret

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Should I tell my boss about my students' impending protest?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Eat Now, Pay Later

The Jewish Ethicist - Eat Now, Pay Later

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Can I open kids' treats in the supermarket and pay at checkout?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Ex Convict

The Jewish Ethicist - Ex Convict

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Can I publicize the criminal past of a new congregant?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Artificially Sweet Vengeance

The Jewish Ethicist - Artificially Sweet...

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We must pursue strict justice, but we don't rejoice in it.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Help Yourself

The Jewish Ethicist - Help Yourself

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When in doubt, ask!


The Jewish Ethicist  - I Quit

The Jewish Ethicist - I Quit

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Can I renege on my work agreement?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Anti-Aristocracy

The Jewish Ethicist - Anti-Aristocracy

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Understanding the Torah's obligation of tithing. It's more than fighting poverty.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Respect and Suspect

The Jewish Ethicist - Respect and Suspect

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Drawing the line between prudence and paranoia.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Google Gossip

The Jewish Ethicist - Google Gossip

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If it's on the web, isn't it no longer private?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Hidden Defects

The Jewish Ethicist - Hidden Defects

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My realtor misled me. What do I do now?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Happy Returns

The Jewish Ethicist - Happy Returns

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Can I buy a product with the intention of returning it?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Renege

The Jewish Ethicist - Renege

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Can I go back on my original agreement?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Slander in the Court

The Jewish Ethicist - Slander in the Court

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My day in court – how far should I go?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Hidden Consultation

The Jewish Ethicist - Hidden Consultation

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My chiropractor billed me separately for a consultation.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Bank Error

The Jewish Ethicist - Bank Error

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Can I keep the money the bank mistakenly deposited into my account?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Is Googling Ethical?

The Jewish Ethicist - Is Googling Ethical?

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Is googling a person an invasion of privacy?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Your Loss, My Gain

The Jewish Ethicist - Your Loss, My Gain

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Taking advantage of someone's mistake.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Stereotypes and Prejudices

The Jewish Ethicist - Stereotypes and Prejudices

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Am I a racist?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Slander in Self-Defense

The Jewish Ethicist - Slander in Self-Defense

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Can I bad-mouth an employee who suddenly quit to go into competition?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Magic Moment

The Jewish Ethicist - Magic Moment

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Are wedding celebrations getting out of hand?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Under the Table

The Jewish Ethicist - Under the Table

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Should I register my protest and give it to my friend's boss?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Should Father Pay?

The Jewish Ethicist - Should Father Pay?

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Who should pay for plane tickets to the wedding?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Apprentice

The Jewish Ethicist - Apprentice

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Are they being taken for a ride?


The Jewish Ethicist  - No More Flood

The Jewish Ethicist - No More Flood

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Lessons from a previous global environmental catastrophe.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Global Threats

The Jewish Ethicist - Global Threats

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What does the Torah say about pollution when there is no effective communal authority to regulate it?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Pollution

The Jewish Ethicist - Pollution

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Does Jewish law forbid pollution?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Homework Help

The Jewish Ethicist - Homework Help

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The delicate line between helping a child with assignments and actually doing them.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Teenager in our Midst

The Jewish Ethicist - Teenager in our Midst

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Should we report our neighbor who is breaking our age-restricted community by-laws?


The Jewish Ethicist  - A Free Ride?

The Jewish Ethicist - A Free Ride?

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Hotel room for two? Then three is a crowd.


The Jewish Ethicist  - The Ethics of Torture

The Jewish Ethicist - The Ethics of Torture

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The duty of rescue and the right to self-defense.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Should I Blow the Whistle

The Jewish Ethicist - Should I Blow the Whistle

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Weighing the risks and damages.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Addiction: Servitude to Substances

The Jewish Ethicist - Addiction: Servitude to...

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It is incumbent on all Jews to work to redeem addicts from theirdestructive habits.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Addiction: An Obstacle Before the Blind

The Jewish Ethicist - Addiction: An Obstacle...

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I'm helping an alcoholic support her habit