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From Bear Stearns to Bava Metzia

From Bear Stearns to Bava Metzia

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The five key lessons I learned from the sudden dissolution of my company.

The Jewish Ethicist - Whose Tenant?

The Jewish Ethicist - Whose Tenant?

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Before accepting money for damages, try to limit them.

The Jewish Ethicist - Costly Advice

The Jewish Ethicist - Costly Advice

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Professionals are entitled to recompense for their advice.

The Jewish Ethicist - Sincere Apologies

The Jewish Ethicist - Sincere Apologies

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My friend has unjustified resentment towards me. What should I do?

The Jewish Ethicist  - Business with Friends

The Jewish Ethicist - Business with Friends

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Even a friendly agreement should be carefully elaborated.

The Jewish Ethicist  - Discounts

The Jewish Ethicist - Discounts

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A Jewish view on fair pricing.

The Jewish Ethicist  - Keeping Down with the Jonses

The Jewish Ethicist - Keeping Down with the Jonses

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Replacing competition for opulence with delight in simplicity.

The Jewish Ethicist  - White Lies

The Jewish Ethicist - White Lies

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Avoid social lies, especially self-serving ones.

The Jewish Ethicist  - Spending Your Kid's Money

The Jewish Ethicist - Spending Your Kid's Money

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Gifts to children should be used only for their benefit.

The Jewish Ethicist  - Poaching Game

The Jewish Ethicist - Poaching Game

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Perils of hiring a worker away from a rival firm.

The Jewish Ethicist  - Duty to Warn

The Jewish Ethicist - Duty to Warn

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Protest should be constructive, not disruptive.

The Jewish Ethicist  - Saving for Your Children

The Jewish Ethicist - Saving for Your Children

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Children should be given a good start in life, but there is no need to provide for the forever.

The Jewish Ethicist  - Doubtful Diploma

The Jewish Ethicist - Doubtful Diploma

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Transmitting suspicion and hearsay has little value.

The Jewish Ethicist  - Click Fraud

The Jewish Ethicist - Click Fraud

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I'd like to help out a struggling business. Can I click on his web ads in order to generate revenue for his site?

The War on Cancer

The War on Cancer

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Dr. Yashar Hirshaut has dedicated his life to fighting -- and winning -- the battle.

The Jewish Ethicist  - New Kid in Town

The Jewish Ethicist - New Kid in Town

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Should new residents get the same welfare benefits as veterans?

The Jewish Ethicist  - Unfair Discrimination

The Jewish Ethicist - Unfair Discrimination

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Take steps to avoid being discriminated against.

The Jewish Ethicist  - Clever Cabbie

The Jewish Ethicist - Clever Cabbie

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Don't let the driver take advantage of you – but don't take advantage of him either.

The Jewish Ethicist  - Fundraising Costs

The Jewish Ethicist - Fundraising Costs

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Donors should be informed of exceptional fundraising costs.

Wanted by the FBI

Wanted by the FBI

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Meet Rabbi Cary Friedman, consultant on spirituality to the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit.

Emergency Care

Emergency Care

by Suzanne Wintrob

Dr. Brian Schwartz's commitment to both his profession and his faith has earned him the respect of everyone whose life he touches.

The Jewish Ethicist  - Snitching to the IRS

The Jewish Ethicist - Snitching to the IRS

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Law enforcement should generally be left to the authorities.

The Jewish Ethicist  - Busy Work

The Jewish Ethicist - Busy Work

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Sometimes "busy work" is in the eye of the beholder.

The Jewish Ethicist  - Mere Pretext

The Jewish Ethicist - Mere Pretext

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Making up a story to get back what's yours.

The Jewish Ethicist  - The Snitching Supervisor

The Jewish Ethicist - The Snitching Supervisor

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Discussing the shortcomings of your workers.

The Jewish Ethicist  - Suspicious Supplier

The Jewish Ethicist - Suspicious Supplier

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Give your client the benefit of the doubt, but steer clear of likely wrongdoing.

The Jewish Ethicist  - Pay Day

The Jewish Ethicist - Pay Day

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Make the extra effort to pay workers on time.

Women At Work

Women At Work

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Let's get something perfectly clear: Jewish women work. One of my neighbors is a nuclear physicist. I'm a zoo veterinarian.

The Jewish Ethicist  - Getting Emotional

The Jewish Ethicist - Getting Emotional

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In negotiations, when all else fails, cry.

The Jewish Ethicist  - Rebate or Kickback?

The Jewish Ethicist - Rebate or Kickback?

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Can we keep rebates when we purchase on someone else's behalf?

Renaissance Fireman

Renaissance Fireman

by Lynn Green
The Jewish Ethicist  - Predicting the Future

The Jewish Ethicist - Predicting the Future

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Any forecaster will luck out every so often.

The Jewish Ethicist  - Full Disclosure

The Jewish Ethicist - Full Disclosure

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Customers deserve to know that a referrer gets a commission.

The Jewish Ethicist  - Self-Respect or False Pride

The Jewish Ethicist - Self-Respect or False Pride

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Sometimes it's okay to accept a present.

The Jewish Ethicist  - Devious Discount

The Jewish Ethicist - Devious Discount

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Discounted from what?

The Jewish Ethicist  - Unfair Zoning

The Jewish Ethicist - Unfair Zoning

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Prohibitive restrictions on development deserve compensation

The Jewish Ethicist  - Price Fixing

The Jewish Ethicist - Price Fixing

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Restraining trade is sanctioned only when it serves the public interest.

The Jewish Ethicist  - Lost Object and Lost Owner

The Jewish Ethicist - Lost Object and Lost Owner

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Returning lost objects demands sincere but not heroic effort.

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.

Finding Meaning in Hollywood

Finding Meaning in Hollywood

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I'm good at telling funny stories in 22 minutes. I can choose to attach holiness to that, or not.

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 God Store

The God Store

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The spirituality of retail.

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?

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