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: Tainted Money

Charities should not accept donations tainted by wrongdoing

The Jewish Ethicist: Witness for Hire, Part 2

Expert witnesses may not slant their testimony with an eye to future business.

The Jewish Ethicist: Witness for Hire, Part I

The legal system should mitigate incentives for slanted expert testimony

The Jewish Ethicist: Warehouse and Home

You can get rid of supplies left in your house, but do it thoughtfully.

The Jewish Ethicist: Seeking Lost Owner

Lost object? Seek a forum likely familiar to the unknown owner.

The Jewish Ethicist - Is It Charity?

Kindness to others shouldn't be limited to the poor and needy.

The Jewish Ethicist - Snitch

Constructive disclosures need to have constructive intentions as well.

The Jewish Ethicist - Wrong Store

When customers visit by accident, you should set them right.

The Jewish Ethicist - Thou Shalt Pay

Payment is not only a right of the creditor, it is also the duty of the debtor.

The Jewish Ethicist - Day Trader

I'm thinking of opening up a "day trading station" in my house.

The Jewish Ethicist - Costly Advice

Professionals are entitled to recompense for their advice.

The Jewish Ethicist - Sincere Apologies

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

The Jewish Ethicist - Saving for Your Children

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

The Jewish Ethicist - Click Fraud

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 Jewish Ethicist - New Kid in Town

Should new residents get the same welfare benefits as veterans?

The Jewish Ethicist - Clever Cabbie

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

The Jewish Ethicist - Suspicious Supplier

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

The Jewish Ethicist - Rebate or Kickback?

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

The Jewish Ethicist - Full Disclosure

Customers deserve to know that a referrer gets a commission.

The Jewish Ethicist - Unfair Zoning

Prohibitive restrictions on development deserve compensation

The Jewish Ethicist - Price Fixing

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

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