Category Archives: Jewish Money

Banking as Moral Hazard

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January 1, 2009

Scott A. Shay
We examine the moral transgressions—the pervasive, deep, and accepted financial immorality—that caused the current situation and then look at them through the lens of Jewish tradition. More »

Ostrich Feathers and Global Commerce

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January 1, 2009

Plumes: Ostrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce
Sarah Abrevaya Stein (Yale University Press, 2008, 256 pp, $30)
Reviewed by Shulamit Reinharz More »

Tzelem Elokim and the Free Market

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January 1, 2009

Yehiel E. Poupko
The free marketplace, in which producers and manufacturers of goods meet people who want to purchase their goods, is the realization of two fundamental Jewish ideas. What is it that constitutes the marketplace? More »

Learning Faith’s Languages

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January 1, 2009

Jarah Greenfield
Like many other Jews who grew up secular, I initially approached the idea of God with skepticism and even disdain. For most of my life, whenever I heard the word “God” I cringed and immediately activated my selective listening skills to tune out the irritating static of exclusionary religious fervor, or chosen naiveté, as I understood religion to be. More »

Opening Conversations about God

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January 1, 2009

Jo Hirschmann
When I was in my early twenties, I stumbled upon God by accident. In search of a connection to other Jews, I had started going to synagogue. Once there, I found God’s presence in the songs that filled the sanctuary, in the bonds of friendship and mutuality that held the synagogue together, in a joke shared over a brownie in the oneg room. More »

Money and Morals

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January 1, 2009

Louis E. Newman
Glorifying money and treating it as an end in itself, may subordinate our value system, our spiritual needs, our integrity, our respect for others, and (ironically) even our financial security all in the pursuit of greater wealth. How, then, shall we establish and maintain a balanced and healthy relationship with money? More »

The Housing Crisis: Who Should Be Helped?

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January 1, 2009

Mordechai Liebling
In Mishneh Torah 9:6 we learn: “A person who owns houses, fields, and vineyards that if sold during the rainy season would fetch a lower price than during the summer, should not be made to sell them; rather, [the person] should receive out of the proceeds of the poor person’s tithe [community tzedakah fund] up to half the value of the properties, so that the person should not be forced to sell at the wrong time.” More »

Discussion Guide – Jewish Money

January 1, 2009

Has greed played a role in the recent financial failure? How is the free market limited by moral sensibilities? What core Jewish values guide us in making economic decisions?