Money Matters: Jewish Business Ethics

“Wisdom of the Ages on Today’s Economic Crisis,” a new six-week course on Jewish Business Ethics from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, presents timeless Talmudic wisdom on real-world ethical quandaries. The six-session series is accredited for 9 CLE ethics credits and will commence during the week of January 22.

The course explores the Jewish perspective on the professional and personal ethics of money. Topics include: insider trading, living wages, personal bankruptcy, CEO compensation, and freeloading.

Rabbi Brennan the local JLI instructor in Penn Wynne explained:

The recent failures in the financial industry have drastically changed the way we think about business. At JLI, we deeply believe that business should be a force for good, and that’s why we’re presenting students with timeless Talmudic insights into real-world ethical dilemmas.

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.

More after the jump.
British Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks said:

“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. 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.

Sign up today for a truly remarkable experience.



  1. moish81 says

    Rabbi Moshe Brennan of Chabad of Penn Wynne will conduct the six course sessions at the Kaiserman JCC, 45 Haverford Road, Wynnewood on Mondays from Jan. 23- Feb 27 at 7:30 PM. The first session is free, and there’s no obligation!
    call (610) 529-9011 or visit for registration and other course-related information.

    This course is also offered by many Chabad Centers in the Philadelphia region, (all with CLE credits) visit to the find the closest location and most convenient time for you.  

  2. ccjp.sarah says

    The Zaslow Institute of Jewish Learning is offering the new six week course Money Matters in Center City Philadelphia with Rabbi Yochonon Goldman.

    1. Tuesday evenings, starting January 24, 2012, 7:30pm-9:00pm
    Location: Congregation B’nai Abraham, 527 Lombard Street, Philadelphia

    2. Wednesday afternoons, starting January 25, 2012, 12:30pm-2:00pm
    Location: Conference Center, 1880 JFK Blvd. 7th floor, Philadelphia

    Fee: $99 (textbook included)

    For more information:
    Call: 215-238-2100  Email: [email protected]  Web:

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