BUSINESS PROGRAM
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS
BROOKLYN COLLEGE
CUNY

Professor Hershey H. Friedman

Business Practices and the Jewish Tradition
(Jud 20.5/Business 50.6)

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WHY STUDY JEWISH BUSINESS ETHICS?
 "Whoever conducts his business dealings honestly is liked by humankind and it is considered as though he observed the entire Torah." (Mechilta, Exodus 15:26)
 "The first question an individual is asked in the afterlife at the final judgment is: 'Were you honest in your business dealings?'" (Babylonian Talmud, Shabbos 31a)
 "One who wishes to become pious must be scrupulous in observing the laws dealing with damages and torts."  (Rabbi Yehuda, Babylonian Talmud, Bava Kama 30a)
 "G-d, Who may sojourn in Your tent?  Who may dwell upon Your holy mountain? One who walks in total integrity, does what is right, and speaks truth form his heart. One who has no  slander on his tongue, who has done his fellow human no evil nor cast disgrace upon his close one... Whoever does these things shall never falter."  (Psalm 15) 
 "If I am not for myself, who will be for me?  And if I only care for myself, what am I?" (Hillel, Babylonian Talmud, Avot 1:14)
 "'What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow human,' that is the whole Torah, the rest is commentary." (Hillel, Babylonian Talmud, Shabbos 31a)
 "The world endures on three principles:  truth, justice, and peace." (Rabbi Shimon b. Gamliel, Babylonian Talmud, Avot 1:18)
"Woe to him who builds his house with unrighteousness and his upper stories with injustice ...  But your eyes and your heart are only on your profit" (Jeremiah 22: 13, 17)




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Jud 20.5/Business 50.6 FALL 2007 Prof. Friedman

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READINGS

Readings, Topic by Topic

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REVIEW SHEETS

Study Sheet for Exam
Torah Sheet on Business Practices:  Review Sheet for the Exam

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IMPORTANT RESOURCES FOR JEWISH BUSINESS ETHICS

 JewishBusiness.com  Articles on Jewish Business Ethics
 Jewish Law.Com More Articles
 Jewish Association for Business Ethics
 Jewish Business Ethics--Darche Noam Yeshiva
 The Orthodox Caucus
 The AishDas Society  Interesting Collection of Papers
http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/index.jsp free online Jewish Encyclopedia
 InnerNet Magazine  check out their archives of several hundred articles
 Torah.Org
 Videos at 613.Org
  Navigating the Bible  A simple text search of the Torah; Learn to read the Torah and Haftorah
Marsha B. Cohen's Jewish Personal Training Website
 Marsha B. Cohen's Jewish Ethics Resource Site
 The Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Center of Business Ethics  Working Papers
 Jewish Virtual Library Bibliography of Web Sites
 Judaism and Jewish Resources  Andrew Tannenbaum
 Judaism 101
 A Page from the Babylonian Talmud
 WebShas:  Online Learning  Index to the Talmud
 The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire  If you think that business ethics is not important, read about the worst factory fire in NYC history
 A CEO Who Lives by What's Right  Aaron Feuerstein, CEO of Malden Mills, cares about his employees.
 Gilyonot Nehama Liebowitz za"l  Weekly Insights on the Parsha
 Impact of the Jews  Impact of the Jewish people on civilization
 
 
 
 
 

 

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October 2008