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Business Law & Financial Ethics - Part Two
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Values, Prosperity and the Talmud:
Business Lessons from the Ancient Rabbis

by Larry Kahaner

LEARN TORAH, LOVE TORAH, LIVE TORAH: Harav Mordechai Pinchas Teitz, the Quintessential Rabbi
by Rivkah Teitz Blau
Pub. Date: 2001, Publisher: Ktav Publishing House, Inc.
ISBN: 0881257184
HaRav Mordechai Pinchas Teitz focused his brilliant mind and sparkling personality, on one goal: teaching Torah. More hazardous to our people's vitality than any outside threat, he believed, is the danger of ignorance within. Only Torah knowledge can guarantee our future. This account, told primarily in his own words, is as close to autobiography as a biography can be. He transferred what he had learned from great scholars and schools in Europe to the United States, where he adapted modern culture to serve Torah. Marrying Basya Preil, they created a kehillah in Elizabeth, New Jersey, caring for everyone in the classic Jewish way. To present their rich inheritance to all Jews he founded schools, and pioneered in teaching Talmud on the radio, records and audiotapes. The Elizabeth community became his partner in turning its Jewish Educational Center into a force for learning, loving and living Torah across the globe. From the 1960s to the 1980s he made twenty-two trips to the USSR to sustain the three million Jews imprisoned there. He never spoke about what he did. Here, through interviews with the heroes who worked with him, is the first account of how they preserved the Jewish past and built the Jewish future. "The Torah speaks the language of tomorrow," he said; current events reveal new meanings. Take from Rav Teitz hints on how to study the Torah yourself and claim your legacy.
Maharal of Prague Pirkei Avos: A Commentary based on Maharal's Derech Chaim
by Rabbi Yehudah Loew - Edited by Rabbi Tuvia Basser
Pub. Date: 2000, Publisher: Mesorah
Rabbi Yehudah Loew, the Maharal of Prague (1512-1609), taught a metaphysical system that draws upon the Zohar and later Kabbalistic works. Using that method, his explanations are systematic, consistent and relevant. Pirkei Avos and the Maharal are a unique and thought provoking combination. His depth and brilliance provide the philosophical underpinnings of the ethical demands of Pirkei Avos/Ethics of the Fathers. With his incredible breadth and profundity, Maharal shows how all parts of the Torah are a seamless whole.

Rabbi Basser uses Derech Chaim, Maharal's commentary as his basic text. Combining the commentary and extracting its basic themes, he gives us a beautifully written work that clarifies complex ideas and opens a window into the thought world of one of Judaism's greatest figures. Readable on many levels, it is an introduction to the Maharal, and a stimulating excursion into the Torah's demands on the ethical individual.
Money - The Bottom Line: A Concise Halachic Handbook on Money Matters for Everyone
by Rabbi Moshie Hillel Kaufman
Pub. Date: 2002, Publisher: Feldheim
This enjoyable, practical and easy to read book takes a Some of the major ideas of Rabbi Kook, including numerous quotes from his works, and covers such aspects as his philosophy of history, his view of G-d, and the relationship between the sacred and the profane, bottom line - "what do I need to know" approach to the subject. A wide range of money related halachos are presented briefly and clearly, followed by very realistic cases demonstrating how the rules are applied in real life situations.

The original annotated Hebrew text of the halachos, Over LaSocher, follows the English text and will be of interest to the scholar; the expanded English book will appeal to those who prefer to learn in English; and the case studies alone will enlighten younger readers who want to learn through examples.
Moral Issues of the Marketplace in Jewish Law
by Rabbi Dr. Aaron Levine
Yashar Ethics Series: Volume 3
Pub. Date: December 2005, Publisher: Yashar Books, Inc.
ISBN: 1933143096
By use of the case study method, this book presents and analyzes moral dilemmas of the marketplace from the perspective of American law, secular business ethics, and Jewish law. The types of moral dilemmas with which are dealt are those that one encounters in everyday life in the roles of market participant and citizen. Economic analysis and public policy considerations are a feature of this work.

Through Rabbi Dr. Levine’s interdisciplinary approach, this book shows that secular scholarship and economic analysis open up vistas, nuances, and subtleties for cases discussed in ancient and modern Jewish law sources.

The moral dilemmas in this work are organized topically. The topics include: professional ethics; fair competition; marketing ethics; labor relations; privacy issues; public policy; and ethical issues in the protection of property.
Pirkei Avos - Ethics of the Fathers Artscroll Mesorah Series
Edited by Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz
Pub. Date: 1989, Publisher: ArtScroll , 1989
ISBN: 0899062059
Avos is a book of ethics, honesty, and advice. But at its very beginning it tells us that even this part of Jewish life came from Sinai. All of that is part of Judaism. Translation and a concise commentary drawn from the classical Rabbinic sources. Excerpted from the ArtScroll Siddur and contains an Overview that sheds new light on this book.
Pure Money Volume 1: Integrity A straightforward guide to Jewish monetary law
by Dayan Shlomo Cohen
Pub. Date: 2007, Publisher: Feldheim
ISBN: 978-1-56871-430-1
In Pure Money, Dayan Shlomo Cohen, a member of the Bet Din of Yeshivat Chevrat Ahavat Shalom in Jerusalem, presents the Jewish monetary laws in clear and straightforward English. Based on his experience solving actual disputes in Bet Din, he offers us case studies carefully calculated to illustrate the relevant laws. In this volume, the first of two, the author discusses those laws relating particularly to the "integrity" that the Jew must possess and exercise in all his or her monetary affairs, including avoiding interest in everyday dealings, the laws of inheritance, toeing the fine line between profit-making and overcharging. This work is essential reading not only for the businessman, but for housewives, students - and anyone who uses money.
Sforno Commentary on Pirkei Avos
by Rabbi Ovadiah Sforno - Explanatory notes and Translation by Rabbi Raphael Pelcovitz
Pub. Date: December 1995, Publisher: Mesorah Publications, Ltd.
ISBN: 0899063888
Rabbi Ovadiah Sforno was one of the glories of 15th & 16th Century Italian Jewry, a community that produced Torah luminaries far out of proportion to its size. His commentary on Pirkei Avos (Ethics of the Fathers) is one of his little known gems. This masterpiece is in the original Hebrew with an exceptional translation and commentary. He speaks eloquently to our generation, writing in the introduction to his classic commentary on the Torah: "because our people dwell in an alien land and concentrate their efforts on the accumulation of wealth, feeling that this will protect them from the exigencies of their time. This in turn results in a condition where they have no proper time to consider the wonders and wisdom of our Torah, and even brings them to question the importance of our holy Torah, becoming critical of its teachings, for they do not understand it properly." Translation and commentary by Rabbi Raphael Pelcovitz, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Knesseth Israel in Far Rockaway, New York.
The Laws of Ribbis: The Laws of Interest and Their Application to Everyday Life and Business
by Rabbi Yisroel Reisman
Pub. Date: June 1994, Publisher: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. (ArtScroll)
ISBN: 0899061265
The Torah forbids a Jew to accept or pay interest on a loan from a fellow Jew. Not everything is forbidden, of course, but the laws of ribbis--a more accurate and embracing term than 'interest'--are not only complex, they relate to everyday life in countless ways that the average man or woman never thought of. Hence this pathfinding book. It is thorough, yet practical; detailed, yet clear; scholarly, yet written for the layman as well. It provides copious footnotes, yet its text is thoroughly comprehensible. This book is probably the finest English-language guide ever written on the topic, and surely one of the best in any language.
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