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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  - Confronting Street Youths

The Jewish Ethicist - Confronting Street Youths

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Should I stand up to a group of kids who are creating a real ruckus?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Forgiving and Forgetting to Ourselves

The Jewish Ethicist - Forgiving and Forgetting to...

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Judaism preaches "constructive clemency".


The Jewish Ethicist  - Decent Working Conditions, Final: Motivation

The Jewish Ethicist - Decent Working Conditions,...

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Sometimes raising pay is cutting costs.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Decent Working Conditions 3 Generosity

The Jewish Ethicist - Decent Working Conditions 3...

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Sometimes charity begins in the workplace.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Decent Working Conditions 2 Dignified Treatment

The Jewish Ethicist - Decent Working Conditions 2...

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Providing a proper working environment.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Decent Working Conditions, Part 1: Equitable Treatment

The Jewish Ethicist - Decent Working Conditions,...

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Moral principles on how to treat your employees.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Stand Up for Elders' Rights

The Jewish Ethicist - Stand Up for Elders' Rights

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Nudging others to perform the mitzvah to honor an old person.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Garage Sale Gem

The Jewish Ethicist - Garage Sale Gem

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Taking unfair advantage of the ignorant seller.


The Jewish Ethicist  - Homeless

The Jewish Ethicist - Homeless

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By taking my relative in, am I helping or making the situation worse?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Public Service or Public Relations?

The Jewish Ethicist - Public Service or Public...

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Is a press release masquerading as a news article ethical?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Pros and Cons

The Jewish Ethicist - Pros and Cons

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Do professionals need to strive for complete objectivity?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Warm World

The Jewish Ethicist - Warm World

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What does Judaism say about global warming?


The Jewish Ethicist  - The Whole Truth

The Jewish Ethicist - The Whole Truth

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Even in the marketplace?


The Jewish Ethicist  - The Bundle of Life

The Jewish Ethicist - The Bundle of Life

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Does future reward make ethical behavior selfish?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Ethics Of Life After Death

The Jewish Ethicist - Ethics Of Life After Death

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The Jewish belief in resurrection of the dead affects how will live in the here and now.


The Jewish Ethicist: How's My Talking?

The Jewish Ethicist: How's My Talking?

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"How's my driving?" Should you really tell them what you think?


The Jewish Ethicist: True to Your Word

The Jewish Ethicist: True to Your Word

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Who says we have to keep promises?


The Jewish Ethicist: Second-to-Last Will and Testament

The Jewish Ethicist: Second-to-Last Will and...

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Judaism's approach to fulfilling last wishes.


The Jewish Ethicist: Pets in Judaism

The Jewish Ethicist: Pets in Judaism

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Should I adopt my deceased friend's dog?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Universal Torah Ethics

The Jewish Ethicist - Universal Torah Ethics

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The most basic and indispensable ethical obligations apply equally to all.


The Jewish Ethicist: Ethics and Sportsmanship

The Jewish Ethicist: Ethics and Sportsmanship

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Good sportsmanship is meant to ensure that the original, constructive goal of competition remains foremost.


The Jewish Ethicist: Forwarding Email

The Jewish Ethicist: Forwarding Email

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The ethics of forwarding email.


The Jewish Ethicist: Quote Unquote

The Jewish Ethicist: Quote Unquote

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Must a supplier honor a discount offered by a rogue sales representative?


The Jewish Ethicist: Limits of Protest

The Jewish Ethicist: Limits of Protest

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Should I boycott my daughter's fashion show?


The Jewish Ethicist: Read Receipts

The Jewish Ethicist: Read Receipts

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Should you respond to all those annoying email pop-up requests?


The Jewish Ethicist: Jewish Democracy

The Jewish Ethicist: Jewish Democracy

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How can I stop plotting of our board members?


The Jewish Ethicist: Settling Up

The Jewish Ethicist: Settling Up

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Seeking credit card debt settlement.


The Jewish Ethicist: Shameful Shaming

The Jewish Ethicist: Shameful Shaming

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Can I threaten to spread the word about someone who cheated me?


The Jewish Ethicist: Living Benefits

The Jewish Ethicist: Living Benefits

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How can the terminally ill tap into their life insurance?


The Jewish Ethicist: Fixing Tickets

The Jewish Ethicist: Fixing Tickets

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Can I ask the judge for a favor?


The Jewish Ethicist: Trust or Trusts?

The Jewish Ethicist: Trust or Trusts?

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Can I use my will to influence my children's conduct?


The Jewish Ethicist: The Corporation and God

The Jewish Ethicist: The Corporation and God

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Where does God fit into your corporation's mission statement?


The Jewish Ethicist: Estate Taxes

The Jewish Ethicist: Estate Taxes

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Is it time to abolish estate tax?


The Jewish Ethicist: Where Credit is Due

The Jewish Ethicist: Where Credit is Due

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Should I give recognition to a modest man who did a great deed?


The Jewish Ethicist: Intention to Mislead

The Jewish Ethicist: Intention to Mislead

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In representing my firm, can I tell a white lie?


The Jewish Ethicist: Cheating Insurance to Save a Life

The Jewish Ethicist: Cheating Insurance to Save a...

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Defrauding an insurance company in order to save someone's life.


The Jewish Ethicist: Executive Discretion

The Jewish Ethicist: Executive Discretion

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Can top level management unilaterally give away money to corporate dollars to charity?


The Jewish Ethicist: Loans to Family Members

The Jewish Ethicist: Loans to Family Members

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Should I help a needy family member by giving a loan?


The Jewish Ethicist: Owner, Not Ruler

The Jewish Ethicist: Owner, Not Ruler

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Owning the shop is no excuse to trample workers' rights


The Jewish Ethicist: Supervising Workers

The Jewish Ethicist: Supervising Workers

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How much worker supervision is too much?


The Jewish Ethicist: Rat or Rap?

The Jewish Ethicist: Rat or Rap?

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Should I turn in a colleague for inappropriate acts?


The Jewish Ethicist: Priority in Charitable Giving

The Jewish Ethicist: Priority in Charitable Giving

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Since our resources are limited, we can't help everyone in the world. Who do we help first?


The Jewish Ethicist: Trolls and Ogres

The Jewish Ethicist: Trolls and Ogres

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Who is this patent protecting?


The Jewish Ethicist: Long Hours

The Jewish Ethicist: Long Hours

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How many hours of work is too many?


The Jewish Ethicist: Product Placement

The Jewish Ethicist: Product Placement

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Is it a story or an ad?


The Jewish Ethicist: He's Not Heavy He's My Brother

The Jewish Ethicist: He's Not Heavy He's My...

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I'm an invalid and don't want to be a burden to others.


The Jewish Ethicist: Not All's Fair in War - Part 2

The Jewish Ethicist: Not All's Fair in War - Part...

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Guidelines for conducting a just war.


The Jewish Ethicist: All's Fair in War?

The Jewish Ethicist: All's Fair in War?

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The ethics of war.


The Jewish Ethicist: Girth vs. Worth

The Jewish Ethicist: Girth vs. Worth

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Yes Judaism believes in cultivating health and well-being, but the most important kind of health is the spiritual kind.


The Jewish Ethicist: Estate Tax

The Jewish Ethicist: Estate Tax

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Is it proper to tax bequests?


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