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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: Sold Salesman

The Jewish Ethicist: Sold Salesman

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Can I hire a salesman away from a competitor?


The Jewish Ethicist:  Snow Job

The Jewish Ethicist: Snow Job

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How can I get full payment for shoveling a driveway?


The Jewish Ethicist: Surreptitious Speaker Phone

The Jewish Ethicist: Surreptitious Speaker Phone

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Do I need the caller's permission to put a call on the speakerphone?


The Jewish Ethicist: Members Only

The Jewish Ethicist: Members Only

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Can I use a friend's card to shop at a "warehouse club"?


The Jewish Ethicist:  Respect or Neglect?

The Jewish Ethicist: Respect or Neglect?

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Should I disclose my friend's problem so that others can help him?


The Jewish Ethicist: Discriminating Against Discrimination

The Jewish Ethicist: Discriminating Against...

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When does toleration conflict with standing up for equal rights?


The Jewish Ethicist:  Internet Fantasy

The Jewish Ethicist: Internet Fantasy

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Is it ethical to use a fantasy identity on the Internet?


The Jewish Ethicist  - Democratic Duty

The Jewish Ethicist - Democratic Duty

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The ethics of voting.


The Jewish Ethicist:  Gilt Guilt

The Jewish Ethicist: Gilt Guilt

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Is wealth a curse?


The Jewish Ethicist: Trip Trap

The Jewish Ethicist: Trip Trap

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Can I pocket part of my travel allowance?


The Jewish Ethicist: Hidden Agenda

The Jewish Ethicist: Hidden Agenda

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Is there anything wrong with "advertorials"?


The Jewish Ethicist: Work Ethic

The Jewish Ethicist: Work Ethic

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How hard can I drive my workers?


The Jewish Ethicist: Smokescreen

The Jewish Ethicist: Smokescreen

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Is it ethical to screen incoming personal calls?


The Jewish Ethicist: Selling Yourself Short

The Jewish Ethicist: Selling Yourself Short

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Is it ethical to sell blood plasma?


The Jewish Ethicist: Competitive Intelligence Vs. Intelligent Competition

The Jewish Ethicist: Competitive Intelligence Vs....

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Is it ethical to trick competitors into revealing secrets?


The Jewish Ethicist:  How Far is Wall Street from Las Vegas Boulevard?

The Jewish Ethicist: How Far is Wall Street from...

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Is playing the market unethical?


The Jewish Ethicist: Suspect Suspicions

The Jewish Ethicist: Suspect Suspicions

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Should I tell the teacher about a suspected thief?


The Jewish Ethicist: Forgive and Forget?

The Jewish Ethicist: Forgive and Forget?

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Should I convince my friend to forgive and forget?


The Jewish Ethicist: Falsifying Data

The Jewish Ethicist: Falsifying Data

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Is it okay to mislead if it doesn't lead to any damage?


The Jewish Ethicist: Do I Deserve a Discount?

The Jewish Ethicist: Do I Deserve a Discount?

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Can I take advantage of a discount if I'm not sure I'm entitled?


The Jewish Ethicist: Taking the Fifth (Commandment)

The Jewish Ethicist: Taking the Fifth...

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Do I have to honor my father even after he cheated me?


The Jewish Ethicist: Compromised Compromise

The Jewish Ethicist: Compromised Compromise

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When is a compromise unfair?


The Jewish Ethicist - Silent Revolution

The Jewish Ethicist - Silent Revolution

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How can business create a structure that contributes to social responsibility?


The Jewish Ethicist - Exam Scam

The Jewish Ethicist - Exam Scam

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Should I tell the teacher that my classmates cheated on an exam?


The Jewish Ethicist - Snooping on Students

The Jewish Ethicist - Snooping on Students

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Can I take action based on a student's private letter?


The Jewish Ethicist: Righteous and Rapacious

The Jewish Ethicist: Righteous and Rapacious

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How do I relate to my seemingly pious neighbor's criminal acts?


The Jewish Ethicist: Middleman Muddle

The Jewish Ethicist: Middleman Muddle

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My real estate agent doesn't know I rented the apartment she found for me.


The Jewish Ethicist: Fast Service

The Jewish Ethicist: Fast Service

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Customers feel they're being cheated by my prompt service. Can I shlep out the repairs?


The Jewish Ethicist: Offsetting Loss Through False Claims

The Jewish Ethicist: Offsetting Loss Through False...

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Is it ethical to make a false claim to get money you rightly deserve?


The Jewish Ethicist: Is Business Ethical?

The Jewish Ethicist: Is Business Ethical?

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Isn't the Biblical ideal to engage in productive activity, not in trade where each person tries to take advantage of the other?


The Jewish Ethicist: Cheating the Cheater

The Jewish Ethicist: Cheating the Cheater

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If I demand a receipt for a "cash-only" job, who's cheating whom?


The Jewish Ethicist: Unwarranted Warranty

The Jewish Ethicist: Unwarranted Warranty

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Is it ethical to market pricey extended warranties that most people don't need?


The Jewish Ethicist: Lax Lawyer

The Jewish Ethicist: Lax Lawyer

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Do I have to pay first-rate prices for second-rate service?


Receipt Deceit

Receipt Deceit

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Am I encouraging tax evasion when I patronize a "cash only" business?


The Jewish Ethicist: Edit Credit

The Jewish Ethicist: Edit Credit

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Getting published without getting credit.


The Jewish Ethicist: Contractor Malpractice

The Jewish Ethicist: Contractor Malpractice

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Do I have to pay a contractor for unnecessary work?


The Jewish Ethicist: Witness Character

The Jewish Ethicist: Witness Character

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Does an expert witness have to be impartial?


The Jewish Ethicist: Stealing Somebody Else's Mitzvah

The Jewish Ethicist: Stealing Somebody Else's...

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Can it ever be bad to do good?


The Jewish Ethicist: No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

The Jewish Ethicist: No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

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Does an employer who runs a restaurant have the right to discontinue the policy of providing free meals?


The Jewish Ethicist: Renegotiating a Low Estimate

The Jewish Ethicist: Renegotiating a Low Estimate

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If a job was harder than we expected, does the contractor deserve a little extra?


The Jewish Ethicist: Borrow Sorrow

The Jewish Ethicist: Borrow Sorrow

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How much of a sacrifice do I need to make to pay off debt?


The Jewish Ethicist: Pauper Presents

The Jewish Ethicist: Pauper Presents

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Can I accept gifts from my grateful but impoverished clients?


State Lottery - Entertainment or Exploitation?

State Lottery - Entertainment or Exploitation?

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Is it ethical to promote lottery tickets?


The Jewish Ethicist: Poaching Employees

The Jewish Ethicist: Poaching Employees

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Can I hire a domestic worker away from her current employer?


The Jewish Ethicist: Intrusive Sales Pitches

The Jewish Ethicist: Intrusive Sales Pitches

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Is it unethical to slam the receiver on an annoying salesperson?


The Jewish Ethicist:  Getting Undeserved Goodwill

The Jewish Ethicist: Getting Undeserved Goodwill

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Is it wrong to get credit for something you didn't do?


The Jewish Ethicist:  The Black Truth About White Lies

The Jewish Ethicist: The Black Truth About White...

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Do seemingly justifiable white lies set a bad example for children?


The Jewish Ethicist: Is

The Jewish Ethicist: Is "Cheers" Ethical?

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Is there anything wrong with being an owner of a pub?


The Jewish Ethicist:  Accepting Responsibility for Mistakes

The Jewish Ethicist: Accepting Responsibility for...

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Even the Jewish Ethicist needs to make some corrections and clarifications.


The Jewish Ethicist: Downsizing Dilemmas

The Jewish Ethicist: Downsizing Dilemmas

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Who comes first - owners or workers?


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