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: Non-Compete Clause

I want to find a new job but the only job I'm qualified for is with a competitor.

The Jewish Ethicist: Conflict of Interest

Is it ethical for me to promote my own company in shul building committee discussions?

The Jewish Ethicist: Overdraft

Borrowing beyond current means should be only for the most vital necessities.

The Jewish Ethicist: Con or Crunch?

Lenders deserve to know if a shaky borrower has misled them.

The Jewish Ethicist: Health Insurance

Jewish communities have always been charged with making minimum health care available for all

The Jewish Ethicist: The Office Pool

The Jewish sages recognized that bettors tend to be overoptimistic.

The Jewish Ethicist: Upcoding

Helping the needy is praiseworthy, but it can't justify deceit.

The Jewish Ethicist: Tycoon Traders 3

Some people can enjoy luxury, but most people are happiest with sublunary salaries.

The Jewish Ethicist: Animal Suffering, Part 3

Animal suffering is sanctioned when it serves a legitimate human need.

The Jewish Ethicist: Animal Suffering Part 2

Ethical obligations to animals stem in large measure from the benefit they provide us.

The Jewish Ethicist: Billable Minutes?

If you bill by the hour, adopt an equitable policy for interruptions.

The Jewish Ethicist: Complicity

There is no excuse to take part in fraud, even if you're not the instigator.

The Ninth Candle

Why can't benefit be derived from the light of the menorah?

The Jewish Ethicist: Bottom of the Barrel

The fine line between decorating and misrepresenting merchandise.

The Jewish Ethicist: Evaluating the Teacher

My teacher was terrible. Can I give my honest opinion on the school's course evaluation?

The Jewish Ethicist: Secret Strategy or Scam?

In financial relationships, the Talmud recognized the need for the highest level of transparency and accountability.

The Jewish Ethicist: Bad Buyer

Can I browse in a high end store and then buy at discount retailer?

The Jewish Ethicist: Scientist or Salesman?

Is it unethical for an scientist to have commercial interests involved in his work?

The Jewish Ethicist: Age and Independence

It's wrong to give so much that we become dependent on the public.

The Jewish Ethicist: In Case of Emergency

I don't want to give my money to charity – I might need it one day.

The Jewish Ethicist: Custodian

My mother is incapacitated. Should I be giving charity from her income?

Over the Rainbow

Exploring the meaning of the unique blessing recited upon seeing a rainbow.

The Jewish Ethicist: Borderline Poor

For poor families, some special expenses can be considered charity.

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