The Jewish Ethicist

By Asheir Meir

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"The book is an important source of ethical insights for Jews and non-Jews alike". - George Cohen, Booklist (journal of the American Library Association)

"Combines up-to-the-minute knowledge of his field with thousands of years of Jewish tradition" - Rivka Blau, Jewish Press

"This tome was a delight to read and provided tachlis modern application to principles of halacha." David Rosenthal,

The book discusses scores of actual questions on ethical dilemmas in business as well as everyday life. The author, Rabbi Dr. Asher Meir, not only gives answers but also provides a lucid and inspiring presentation of underlying ethical concepts, with special emphasis on the insights of Jewish tradition. The discussions sensitize the reader to ethical concerns in all areas of life, and build a comprehensive foundation of concepts to help resolve these concerns. In discussing topics such as marketing, human resources, and fair competition, attention is given to many up-to-date issues; and there is an entire chapter dedicated to "ethics on the Internet".

About the author
Rabbi Dr. Meir is Research Director at the prestigious Business Ethics Center of Jerusalem, and a Senior Lecturer in economics and business ethics at the Jerusalem College of Technology. He studied economics at Harvard and received his doctorate at MIT, and worked on the staff of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Reagan administration as well as in the private sector. Rabbi Meir's many lectures and columns on Jewish law and its ethical lessons are highly popular.

The Big Picture
Ethical Business
Monopoly on Morals?
The Humane Workplace
Biblical Ethics
Gilt Guilt
Good Citizenship
Is Voting an Ethical Obligation?
Paying Taxes
Cash-Only Business
Now You Tell Me
Bribing Public Officials: Grease or Graft?
Out of Sight, Out of Mind?
Witness Character
Revolving Door
Confidential Ex-Con
Fair Competition
Competitive Intelligence vs. Intelligent Competition
Stealing a Salesman
Stealing a Business Plan
Costly Competition
Consumer Ethics
Is the Seller Taking Advantage of Me?
Renegotiating a Low Estimate
Legitimate Larceny?
Telemarketing Travails and Intrusive Sales Pitches
Avoid or Advise?
Malicious Merchant
Salad Bar Scandal
Taking Advantage of Special Offers
Deserved Discount
Promise Predicament
"Fresh or Free"
Leading by Example
Dating Ethics
Dating Disclosure
Dating for Dollars
Ethics at the Doctor's Office
Showing Mercy to No-Shows
Impatient Patients
Clinic Compulsion
Terminal Discourse
Selling Yourself Short
The Stranger, the Widow, and the Orphan
Downsizing Dilemmas
Dwelling dilemma
Rent Control
When Giving Presents Is a Burden
Dealing with Widows and Orphans
High Finance
How Far Is Wall Street from Las Vegas Boulevard?
Speculative Activity
Human Resources
The Human Side of Human Resources
Monitoring Workers
360-Degree Feedback
Discharge Dilemma
Short Notice
The Exit Interview
No Such Thing as a Free Lunch?
Demanding or Demeaning?
Disciplining Workers
Poaching Workers
Exorbitant Execs
Referrals and Letters of Reference
Jewish Internet Ethics
Chat Room Charades
Chat Room Charades II: Internet Fantasy
E-Mail Ethics
Copies and Rights
Internet Privacy
Informed Consent in Data Sharing
Privacy vs. Modesty
Spam Jam
Marketing and Selling
Marketing Ethics
Marketing "Lite" Degrees
Unwarranted Warranty
Pyramid Puzzle
Defect Disclosure
Schoolyard Ethics