Course Money Matters: Wisdom of the Ages on Today's Economic Crisis

Spanning a wide range of intriguing subjects, Money Matters discusses the personal ethics of bankruptcy and freeloading asking questions such as:
After purchasing a ticket for a ball game, can you move to an unoccupied, higher-priced seat?
If you ever have the money are you morally obliged to repay discharged debt?
Questions regarding topics in social ethics such as living wages, insider trading, CEO compensation, and collective bargaining are also addressed.

"Markets need morals, and morals are not made by markets. They are made by schools, the media, custom, tradition, religious leaders, moral role models and the influence of people," said the British Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, "Jewish ethics has a long past and a massive resource of wisdom. That is why courses such as JLI's Money Matters: Jewish Business Ethics are so important."

Like all JLI programs, Money Matters is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship. 

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Fee: $20 for the textbook, $15 per class, $79 entire package. 

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Hot Tips: The Ethics of Insider Trading 
Information is a valuable commodity—this fact has been made clear by recent stories of high-profile prosecutions on insider trading charges. But is it fair to require companies to make information readily available to people who did not expend the time, effort, and money to attain it? Can stealing or misusing information be likened to property theft? How do we set up markets which ensure that risk is apportioned fairly? In this lesson, we will compare and contrast what American law and Jewish law have to say on the subject.


By the Sweat of Their Brows: Wages of the Working Poor 
While a lucky few go home with millions, many more return home in poverty. What is the best way to solve the problem of the "working poor"? Should employers be obligated to pay their employees the minimum hourly income necessary for a worker to meet basic needs? This lesson will explore this hotly debated issue from both the angle of Jewish law, as well as from the perspective of "going beyond the letter of the law"--a central pillar of Jewish business ethics.


Morally Bankrupt? The Ethics of Debt Discharge 
In times of old, when a debtor was not able to repay his debts, he was sold as a slave or thrown into prison. Today, we have bankruptcy laws that protect individuals from this fate. But is it ethical to borrow without repaying? If someone earns the money later in life, should they be obligated to repay their settled debts? This lesson explores the Jewish legal perspective on bankruptcy, emphasizing how we can incorporate secular local laws and customs into Jewish law.


State of the Union: The Right to Organize, to Bargain Collectively, and to Strike 
The controversy over union rights is recurrently strewn across U.S. headlines. What does Jewish law have to say about whether workers should have the right to unionize and bargain collectively? And does it matter whether they are public- or private-sector employees? Should the right to strike be granted, despite the harm it can cause to society? Does the type of industry make a difference? This lesson will present the Talmud's enlightening spin on unionization, collective bargaining, and strikes.


Fabulously Wealthy or Filthy Rich? The Ethics of CEO Compensation 
In the recent economic downturn, much fury has arisen from reports that CEOs of Americas biggest companies take grand bonuses and huge salaries. Is it morally wrong to seek extravagance? Are those who criticize their good fortune just jealous, or is their disgust valid? This lesson will discuss some of the moral problems related to CEO compensation, including some conflicts of interest.


Buyer Aware: Another Side to Business Ethics 
Let's be honest: who isn't looking for a bargain? On the other hand, how often do we question the ethics of our deal-seeking? Can we move to more expensive vacant seats at a ball-game? Is there anything wrong with engaging a sales person with questions about a product when we have little or no intention of buying it there? This eye-opening lesson addresses various scenarios relating to the average market purchase that most of us face daily.

Select Past Endorsements: 

"If my first-year students had been exposed to this material before starting law school, they would be better prepared for the rigors of the Socratic method." 

Professor Alan M. Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

"Many thanks for sharing with me the exciting Rohr JLI curriculum...and for the excellent idea of bringing the treasure of Jewish law, a major point of Jewish life and Jewish ethos, to the attention of interested people." 

Elyakim Rubinstein, Israel Supreme Court Justice, Former Attorney General of Israel

"JLI's course offers a fascinating context for exploring the relationship of law and ethics, and shows the unique contribution that the Talmudic system can make to this central issue."

Professor Suzanne Stone, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization, Yeshiva University