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: Costly Competition

Can I use my cost advantage to drive a competitor out of business?

The Jewish Ethicist: Distant Danger

Is it ethical to sell cosmetics that pose a minor health hazard?

The Jewish Ethicist: Why the World Needs a Jewish State

The Jewish state in the land of Israel is not only ethically justifiable, but an essential condition for the realization of the ethical vision of the prophets.

The Jewish Ethicist: Exorbitant Execs

Is it ethical for executives to pay themselves stratospheric salaries?

The Jewish Ethicist: Internet Privacy II: What Information Should Not Be Revealed?

Some information should never be disclosed, even if the person consents to such exposure.

The Jewish Ethicist: Sharing Selling Secrets

Do I have to cooperate with co-workers if we're in competition for benefits?

The Jewish Ethicist: Welfare State: Private vs. Community

The Jewish approach to alleviating poverty and its applications for today.

The Jewish Ethicist: Reference Redux

Further insights on the ethical dimensions in giving references.

The Jewish Ethicist: Bad Business

Do I have to give up my job if I think it entails aiding immorality?

The Jewish Ethicist: Fraught Freebie

Is it okay to take home soap and shampoo from the hotel room?

The Jewish Ethicist: Adversity in Possession

The law says that if I think land is mine, it becomes mine. Is that ethical?

The Jewish Ethicist: Avoid or Advise?

Should we tell an incompetent merchant why customers are staying away?

The Jewish Ethicist: Strikes in Vital Services

Is it permissible for providers of vital services to go on strike?

The Jewish Ethicist: Growing Apart

Should I tell my old friend that we just don't have anything in common?

The Jewish Ethicist: Office Gossip

How to protect yourself from listening to workplace gossip.

The Jewish Ethicist: Biblical Ethics

How can we understand the ethics of the economic relations described in the Torah?

The Jewish Ethicist: Stealing Customers

Can I ask someone at my old place of employment to obtain a customer list?

The Jewish Ethicist: Open Eavesdropping

Can I listen in on clients who don't know I understand their language?

The Jewish Ethicist: Some Favor

Do I have to reimburse someone who tried to do me a favor?

The Jewish Ethicist: Charitable Worth

How can I make the most effective use of my charity dollar?

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