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Values, Prosperity and the Talmud:
Business Lessons from the Ancient Rabbis

by Larry Kahaner

9:00 to 5:00: A Guide to Modest Conduct for Today's Workplace
by Rabbi Shmuel Neiman
Softcover
Pub. Date: 2001, Publisher: S. Neiman
ASIN: B0006E90G0
The halachos of tznius (laws of modesty) expounded in this book are as relevant today as they were 3000 years ago. The author draws on his extensive experience in counseling Jews who find themselves confronted with challenges to tznius at the workplace. With unique sensitivity and keen insight, he clarifies these halachos, and offers practical (up to the minute) suggestions for their applicability to modern day scenarios.
A Matter of Interest: A Practical Guide to the Laws of Ribis
by Rabbi Mordechai Kanner
Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2002, Publisher: Feldheim / Targum
ISBN: 1568712723
Lending money with interest can be a violation of up to six Torah prohibitions. Yet many of us who are fully conversant with the laws of Shabbos or kashrus know little about this enormously important area of halachah. A Matter of Interest: A Practical Guide to the Laws of Ribis show us that these halachos are the domain of more than just the banker or moneylender. Businesspeople, lawyers, accountants, secretaries, investors, employers, and homemakers -- almost anyone with financial dealings of any sort must be aware of the laws or risk transgressing them.

Written in a particularly clear and cogent manner with practical applications and examples, this volume even includes standardized heter iska forms. A Matter of Interest will help ensure that we bring the same level of careful Torah observance that we have in our homes and shuls to our workplace as well.
Abrabanel on Pirke Avot: A Digest of Rabbi Isaac Abrabanel's "Nahalat Avot", with Selections from Other Classical Commentaries
by Rabbi Isaac Abrabanel - Edited and Translated by Abraham Chill
Hardcover
Pub. Date: June 1991, Publisher: Sepher Hermon
ISBN: 0872031357
Pirke Avot, one of the 63 tractates of the Mishnah, its six chapters, a rich depository of Rabbinic wisdom and a time hallowed guide to Jewish living and ethics, are read one chapter on every Shabbat throughout the summer months.

A digest of Rabbi Don Isaac Abrabanel's Nahalat Avot with selections from other classical commentaries on Pirkei Avot. It endeavors to treat the entire Tractate as a unified whole, connecting seemingly unrelated mishnahs with each other. Abrabanel offers insightful and original interpretations. Rabbi Chill has skillfully extracted the many gems throughout Nahalat Avot to make them accessible to today's English reader.

Rabbi Abrabanel was a fifteenth-century statesman, philosopher and author of many works including his celebrated commentary on the entire Bible.
All for the Boss: The Life & Impact of Yaakov Yosef Herman, a Torah Pioneer in America
by Ruchoma Shain
Hardcover
Pub. Date: June 1984, Publisher: Feldheim
ISBN: 0873063465
Among the untold stories of Jewish heroes in America is the saga of Yaakov Yosef Herman, who revolutionized the Jewish scene in New York in the early 1900s with his endless acts of Torah, avodah, and gemilus chassadism.
Business Halachah: A Practical halachic Guide to Modern Business
by Rabbi Ari Marburger
Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2008, Publisher: ArtScroll
ISBN: 1422605477
Torah Judaism, while founded on matters of faith, equally encompasses very complex matters of business. That is profoundly illustrated in those sections of the Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law) which carefully scrutinize all manner of business relationships and transactions.

This important book emerges at a critical time for Jews involved in today's business climate. As many people in our extended community derive their living from sales, financing, and real estate, the relevance of these Torah laws for business dealings is acute. Fairness is the watchword in all considerations, whether it is protecting parties from damages, negligence, and failures or structuring clear and binding agreements, whether written or verbal. Machlokes (dispute) is to be assiduously avoided.

In the words of the author, Rabbi Ari Marburger, who is himself a dayan (rabbinic judge):"The laws of Choshen Mishpat, behavior appropriate to the marketplace, remain a mystery to the typical layman. People tend to view these... as relevant only in the context of a Din Torah... Shulcahn Aruch sets the rules of behavior that business people should follow to avoid disputes."

While many today understand and carefully practice the laws governing chesed (kindness), tzedakah (charity), and lashon hora (not speaking ill of others), the details and applications of tzedek (justice) have been dimly understood. This timely book was written to clarify and correct this imbalance, in the hope of ensuring eternal as well as temporal profits for all.(287 Pages)
Cases in Monetary Halachah Contemporary Issues and Answers Relating to the Laws of Choshen Mishpat for Home, School, and Business
by Rabbi Tzvi Spitz
Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2001, Publisher: Mesorah Publications, Ltd.
ISBN: 1578195985
You sat on someone's glasses and broke them. Must you pay? You set a trap for a trespasser and caught him - but he was injured. Are you responsible? Everyday practical questions are answered in this book by Rabbi Tzvi Spitz, a dayan in Jerusalem. Well over a hundred such questions are discussed in this marvelously enlightening book. Rabbi Spitz is a great teacher as well as a judge. He poses the question, briefly gives the answer -- and then explains the Talmudic and Halachic reasoning behind the response.

This book will give the reader a fascinating and enlightening primer in the field of monetary Halachah. The reader will become knowledgeable and gain important insight into the intricate logic of Choshen Mishpat, the section of Halachah that deals with monetary law and relations with others.

Some of the sections in this important new work are: Negligence; Renting, Borrowing, and Supervising; Assessment and Compensation; Employers and Employees; Partnerships; Neighborly Relations; Buying and Selling; and Returning Lost Objects. In short, there is something in this book for everyone -- and the guidelines the reader will derive from the discussions of these real-life cases will train him or her in how to conduct life according the Torah's practical guidelines. Indeed, to do otherwise may well involve serious transgressions.

Above all, these are practical, down-to-earth discussions by a man who actually decides such dilemmas. It is not a Shulchan Aruch, but it certainly is a major guidebook in everyday life. This book is an adventure and an education!
Ethics from Sinai: Wide Ranging Commentary on Pirkei Avos 3-Vol
by Irving M. Bunim
Hardcover
Pub. Date: 1964 Publisher: Feldheim
ISBN: 1583303928
A wide-reaching commentary on Pirkei Avot. Drawing on the great store of classical commentaries, the author ranges through the wisdom of the Talmud and Midrash, interweaving lively anecdotes and pointed illustrations from everyday life.
Jewish Business Ethics The Firm and Its Stakeholder
by Aaron Levine, edited by Moses L. Pava
Softcover
Pub. Date: November 1999, Publisher: Jason Aronson
ISBN: 0765760568
This book comes out of the eighth Orthodox Forum Conference sponsored by Yeshiva University. We have published the previous volumes that have grown out of these illustrious conferences. This conference deals with business ethics and Jewish tradition.
Journey To Virtue: The Laws Of Interpersonal Relationships In Business, Home And Society
by Rabbi Avrohom Ehrman
Softcover
Pub. Date: September 2002, Publisher: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. (ArtScroll)
ISBN: 1578197600
People sometimes overlook the fact that the Torah offers laws and guidelines for proper interpersonal relations that inform every aspect of our day.

Rabbi Avrohom Ehrman, a distinguished Torah scholar, wrote Halichos Olam, to clarify and disseminate the frequently overlooked laws that regulate human interactions. Journey to Virtue now presents this important work to the English-speaking public.

The topics are realistic and familiar. For example: When do your needs come before those of others? How can you get along with your contentious neighbor? What business practices constitute coercion? When to mention negative information concerning a shidduch. Comparison shopping. An excellent exposition of these halachos, the book systematically discusses the laws that guarantee a harmonious, humane and ethical society.
Kosher Money: Insights And Laws Regarding Personal Property Obligations
by Rabbi Yoel Schwartz, Translated by Daniel Weiss
Hardcover
Pub. Date: May 2004, Publisher: Feldheim
ISBN: 1583306471
People often think that the prohibition against stealing is simple and straightforward. They may not realize that its applications can be complex and far-reaching. For instance:
  • Can an employee make a personal phone call from work without his employer's permission?
  • If a person sells something that is defective, does he have to inform the buyer?
  • May one record a Torah discourse without permission for the purpose of reviewing it?
  • May one smoke near another person?
  • May one send another to save a place in line for him?
Kosher Money answers these very practical questions and more in a clear and interesting fashion. It draws on aggados and stories from a variety of Jewish sources to illustrate how our Rabbis conducted themselves regarding their financial dealings and the property of others. It also lists the laws concerning business transactions, deceiving, and damages, using a wide range of practical examples to facilitate their understanding. This book promises to be an eye-opener.
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