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Rabbi Dr. Asher Meir

Rabbi Dr. Asher Meir

Rabbi Dr. Asher Meir is one of the Jewish world's best-known lecturers and educators in the area of business ethics. Rabbi Dr Meir is known by a wide audience from his Ethics@Work column in the Jerusalem Post, through the popular syndicated column "The Jewish Ethicist," and through his lectures and books. His extensive background includes being educated at Harvard, and obtaining a Ph.D. in economics from MIT. He has worked on the staff of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Regan Administration. His rabbinic ordination is from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. Rabbi Dr Meir's works combine a professional grasp of the detailed workings of the 21st century economy with a highly-developed sensitivity to the eternal ethical messages of Jewish law and tradition. For a number of years he served as a Senior Lecturer in economics and business ethics at the Jerusalem College of Technology. Rabbi Meir's first book, The Jewish Ethicist, was released in February 2005 and rapidly obtained remarkable reviewer approval. The American Library Association's Booklist applauded it as "an important source of ethical insights for Jews and non-Jews alike," while the Jewish Press noted that the author "combines up-to-the-minute knowledge of his field with thousands of years of Jewish tradition." Rabbi Meir's second book, Meaning in Mitzvot, distributed by Feldheim, provides insights into the deeper spiritual and ethical meanings of the daily practices of Jewish law, has been warmly received by readers. Dr Meir is a regular member of the Ethics Committee of the Prime Minister's office, and of the Israel Economic Association. He has spoken as an invited expert before the Knesset Law Committee. He is a frequent speaker at professional gatherings on business and economic ethics, as well as a lecturer for popular audiences.

Publishing Torah Books

July 7, 2014, by

The last of the 613 commandments of the Torah is for each individual to write a Torah scroll, or to have one written: “Now write for you this song, and teach it to the children of Israel” (Devarim 31:19). This is a fitting culmination for the commandments – providing the means for their preservation and […]

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Confusing the Accuser – Part 2

July 7, 2014, by

Last week we pointed out that Chazal and the Rishonim explain quite a number of shofar customs based on the principle of “confusing the Satan”, the accuser. One approach we presented was to explain that by blowing the shofar earlier (already in Elul), more times (standing and sitting) and in more ways (various kinds of […]

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Yaaleh v’Yavo

July 7, 2014, by

On days which have a musaf prayer, that is, Yom Tov, High Holidays and Rosh Chodesh, we say the prayer yaaleh veyavo in the blessing on the restoration of the Temple service. The essence of this prayer is that our prayers should ascend on high and be heard and responded to by G-d. The stages […]

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Tying Shoes – Part 2

July 7, 2014, by

The Shulchan Arukh states that the right shoe should be put on first, but the left shoe should be tied first. Last week we gave one explanation: wearing clothes, and particularly shoes, represents strengthening and protection; tying represents binding or restraint. The right side, representing mercy, is particularly in need of strength and protection; the […]

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Teshuvah

July 7, 2014, by

Thursday night, the month of Elul begins. The day specifically mentioned in the Torah as the day of atonement is the tenth of Tishrei, Yom Kippur, but the entire ten days from Rosh HaShana until Yom Kippur are also called the “Ten days of repentance”. And to a lesser extent the entire month of Elul […]

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Shofar in Elul

July 7, 2014, by

There is an ancient custom to blow the shofar in Elul. The source is in the Midrash: “On Rosh Chodesh [Elul] the Holy One, blessed be He, said to Moshe: Ascend the mount unto Me. And they sounded the shofar in all the camp, that Moshe ascended the mount, so that they shouldn’t further err […]

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Prozbol

July 7, 2014, by

Our parsha relates the various mitzvot relating to the release of debts in the shemitta year: the commandment to release debts when this year passes, the commandment to abstain from collecting these debts (Devarim 15:1-3), and at the same time a warning not to refrain from lending money in anticipation of the release. (Devarim 15:9-11.) […]

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Avoiding Celebration for a Mourner

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Our parsha opens with the declaration of thanks made by the farmer who brings his first fruits. He affirms that he separated out tithes including maaser sheni, and adds, “I did not eat of it during mourning” (Devarim 26:14). The sadness of mourning is a contradiction to the joy required for eating maaser. (Technically this […]

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Investing Money Wisely

July 7, 2014, by

The gemara gives us sage advice about how to diversify our portfolios: “Rebbe Yitzchak said, a person should always divide his money into three: one third in land, one third in trade, and one third in hand” (Bava Metzia 42a). The need to keep a certain portion in money (“in hand”) is hinted at in […]

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Wearing and Tying Shoes

July 7, 2014, by

The Shulchan Arukh states that we should don our right shoe first, and then the left; but tying shoes is in the opposite order – first left, then right. (SA OC 2:4.) The source for this law is in the gemara Shabbat 61a. Rebbe Yochanan states that the left shoe should be put on first, […]

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