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).
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How should we react to natural disaster?


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Should I inform a relative of a misfortune?


The Jewish Ethicist: Refugee Redux

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Is there a responsibility to provide care to illegal immigrants?


The Jewish Ethicist: Speed Trap

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Are radar and laser detectors ethical?


The Jewish Ethicist: Educational Embargo

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Should I boycott a retailer that mistreats employees?


The Jewish Ethicist: Foreign Aid

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Should hospitals treat indigent foreigners free?


The Jewish Ethicist: No-Shop Day(s)

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Shabbat serves as a weekly reminder that we don't live to work, we work to live.


The Jewish Ethicist: Shill Game

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Can I use fake bids to raise prices in an auction?


The Jewish Ethicist: Piggyback or Just Piggy?

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Can I tap in to a neighbor's wireless internet service?


The Jewish Ethicist: Money and Marriage

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Is it ethical to raise a family without an income?


The Jewish Ethicist: Vaccination Vacillation

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Should I leave limited flu vaccine for needier people?


The Jewish Ethicist: Fair Pay

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Can my employer underpay me?


The Jewish Ethicist: Reconciling the Books

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Turning loans into charity.


The Jewish Ethicist: Bankruptcy

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Does Jewish tradition favor income equality?


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Does Jewish tradition favor income equality?


The Jewish Ethicist: Neighborly Loan

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Getting back the money you lent your neighbor.


The Jewish Ethicist: Getting Recognition

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A vocal co-worker is overshadowing my achievements!


The Jewish Ethicist: Facing Poker

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Can we raise funds through a poker tournament?


The Jewish Ethicist: School Sell-Out

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Can my school accept money to secretly promote a business?


The Jewish Ethicist: Dependent Donee

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Is it ever a mitzvah not to give charity?


The Jewish Ethicist: Cake Calumny

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How can I protect the reputation of my baked goods?


The Jewish Ethicist: Showing Racism the Door

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Should I fire a racist worker?


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Ethics of corporate philanthropy.


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When do we cross the line from good corporate citizenship to irresponsible management?


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Corporate obligations to the community.


The Jewish Ethicist: 360-Degree Feedback

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The pitfalls of work evaluations from colleagues and subordinates.


The Jewish Ethicist: Let's Shake On It

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When is a handshake a binding commitment?


The Jewish Ethicist: Beggars' Letters

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Relying on letters of recommendations to determine who is truly needy.


The Jewish Ethicist: Monitoring Workers

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How intrusive may employers be in monitoring workers?


The Jewish Ethicist: Ethical Work

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Judaism does not view work as the center of life or as its primary source of meaning.


The Jewish Ethicist: Charitable Return

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Can a gift to charity ever substitute for paying what we owe?


The Jewish Ethicist: Leading by Example

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Does favoring local labor discriminate against the truly needy?


The Jewish Ethicist: Fishy Fine Print

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What can a merchant hide in the fine print of ads?


The Jewish Ethicist: Sweatshops

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Is it ethical to buy from low-wage suppliers?


The Jewish Ethicist: Blame Game

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Can I defend myself against workplace blame-shifting?


The Jewish Ethicist: White Lie Redux

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Can I reassure a business colleague with a white lie?


The Jewish Ethicist: Rebate Racket

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Can I offer customers a fake rebate?


The Jewish Ethicist: Undercharge Undercurrent

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Do I need to report an undercharge if it will indict the cashier?


The Jewish Ethicist: Finders Keepers?

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A primer on the laws related to lost objects.


The Jewish Ethicist: Resume Redux

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Can I hide the fact that I'm overqualified for a job?


The Jewish Ethicist: Blind Stealing

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Do I need to tell a storeowner that his assistant is stealing?


The Jewish Ethicist: Asceticism

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When exactly is deprivation praiseworthy?


The Jewish Ethicist: Arms and the Businessman

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Is it ethical to be involved in the weapons industry?


The Jewish Ethicist: Debtor's Prison

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Is it ethical to jail people for debts?


The Jewish Ethicist: Confidential Ex-Con II

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Should I tell a business owner that a job applicant has a criminal record?


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Should I tell a business owner that a job applicant has a criminal record?


Defect Disclosure

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When do I have to let customers know about defects?


The Jewish Ethicist: Spam Jam

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Can I advertise my product through mass mailing?


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Should public servants go to work for the very businesses they policed?


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Does the landlord have to make sure an apartment is livable?