- For our wives
- Introduction: Why Study Jewish Ethics?
- Jewish Ethical Theories
- Ethical Theory and Practice in the Hebrew Bible
- Ethical Theories in Rabbinic Literature
- Ethical Theories in Jewish Mystical Writings
- Ethical Theories among Medieval Jewish Philosophers
- Spinoza and Jewish Ethics
- Mussar Ethics and Other Nineteenth-Century Jewish Ethical Theories
- Ethical Theories of Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, and Martin Buber
- Ethical Theories of Mordecai Kaplan and Abraham Joshua Heschel
- Ethical Theories of Abraham Isaac Kook and Joseph B. Soloveitchik
- Ethical Implications of the Holocaust
- Ethical Theories in the Reform Movement
- Ethical Theories in the Conservative Movement
- Ethical Theories in the Orthodox Movement
- Ethical Theories in the Reconstructionist Movement
- Feminist Jewish Ethical Theories
- Postmodern Jewish Ethical Theories
- Topics in Jewish Morals
- Jewish Bioethics: The Beginning of Life
- Jewish Bioethics: The End of Life
- Jewish Bioethics: The Distribution of Health Care
- Jewish Bioethics: Current and Future Issues in Genetics
- Jewish Business Ethics
- Jewish Sexual Ethics
- Jewish Environmental Ethics: Intertwining Adam with Adamah
- Jewish Animal Ethics
- Jewish Ethics of Speech
- Jewish Political Ethics in America
- Jewish Political Ethics in Israel
- Judaism and Criminal Justice
- Jewish Ethics and War
- BIBLICAL SOURCES: RABBINIC AND SELECTED MEDIEVAL CITATIONS
- SUBJECT INDEX
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter discusses the Jewish approach to business ethics. It first identifies several fundamental principles of Jewish business ethics, and then applies them to several common issues in business ethics: fraud, anti-competitive behaviour, theft (including theft of intellectual property), deception, kick-backs, and contract negotiation and interpretation. Next, the chapter discusses a number of concrete examples where Jewish sources have much to tell us about how to conduct business morally. It is shown that the Jewish approach to business ethics does not impose one-sided support for any particular group (employers vs. employees, individuals vs. society), but rather is an attempt to find a nuanced balance between competing interests so that the final conclusion represents a solution recognized as just.
Barry J. Leff is a business executive and rabbi. He is the General Manager for Innodata Isogen Israel, Ltd., an outsourcing company. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Rabbis for Human Rights, and he serves on the Board of Trustees (and is chair of the audit committee) of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem. He holds a Doctorate of Business Administration and an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, and he was ordained as a rabbi and awarded an M.A. in Rabbinic Studies from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. He has over twenty-five years’ experience as an entrepreneur and executive and has served as a congregational rabbi in Tucson, Arizona, Vancouver, BC, and Toledo, Ohio. He is the author of a chapter on relations between co-workers in the The Observant Life. He has written three teshuvot (Jewish legal opinions) that have been approved by the Conservative Movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, two of which deal with issues of business ethics. He is a regular op-ed contributor to the Jerusalem Post, and he blogs on Israel and Judaism at www.neshamah.net.
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