About the Author


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: Surreptitious Speaker Phone

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

The Jewish Ethicist: Respect or Neglect?

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

The Jewish Ethicist - Silent Revolution

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

The Jewish Ethicist - Exam Scam

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

The Jewish Ethicist: Middleman Muddle

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

The Jewish Ethicist: Fast Service

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

The Jewish Ethicist: Is Business Ethical?

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

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

The Jewish Ethicist: Unwarranted Warranty

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

The Jewish Ethicist: Lax Lawyer

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

Receipt Deceit

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

The Jewish Ethicist: No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

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

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

The Jewish Ethicist: Borrow Sorrow

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

The Jewish Ethicist: Pauper Presents

Can I accept gifts from my grateful but impoverished clients?

The Jewish Ethicist: Intrusive Sales Pitches

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

The Jewish Ethicist: Accepting Responsibility for Mistakes

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

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