• September 21, 2019
  • 21 5779, Elul
  • פרשת כי־תבוא

Business Ethics

Business Ethics

In this Jewish Business Ethics course Rabbi Leo Dee will cover a number of salient topics relevant to todays working lifestyle. Each session will start with a short film or challenging question that will be addressed in the session, accessing sources from the Mishna, Gemara, Rambam and later poskim (in Hebrew and English). Be prepared for some ethical dilemmas! (The inspiration for this course is from a close reading of “The Jewish Ethicist: Everyday Ethics For Business And Life” and its footnotes, Rabbi Dr Asher Meir, Ktav, 2004).

July 2, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Business Ethics: Lesson
Class description

This first lesson in Business ethics will discuss the Torah’s approach to the business world – is it capitalist or socialist or something else completely? We’ll learn from Jacob in Shechem and the Priestly Blessing and even look at some prophetic texts.

July 9, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Business Ethics: Lesson
Class description

What happens when you don’t fix a fare with a taxi before the ride? What happens if the taxi breaks down on the way to your destination? What happens if it gets stuck in the ice in your driveway? Find out how to deal with agreements that don’t go exactly as planned with the help of the timeless wisdom of Jewish Sages and the Tanach.

July 16, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Business Ethics: Lesson
Class description

Frequently we agree with people on a deal but the precise details of what we’ve agreed were not written down or discussed. We assume that “breakfast” was included in our B&B package or that towels and shower gel should be for free – but sometimes the host does not. How do we resolve such issues, who is right and who is wrong? Learn the ancient wisdom of our Rabbis who solved these questions thousands of years ago. Look forward to learning with you!

July 30, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Business Ethics: Lesson
Class description

What happens if I want to copy someone else’s product and can do so more cheaply – is that OK? What about bringing out a copy of their book or publishing their content on my site? What are the issues at stake? Find out how our Rabbis have dealt with this issue over thousands of years to the present.

August 6, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Business Ethics: Business Ethics – Insider Trading
Class description

When someone knows information about a publicly traded company’s performance that other people do not know and trades on that knowledge, who’s the victim and what’s the ethics involved? What if you buy a flat knowing that the council is about to spend a fortune on revitalizing the area, or if you buy a picture in a second hand sale knowing that the artist is, in fact, famous? Is that OK? Find out here!

August 20, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Business Ethics: Business Ethics – Speculation & Price Manipulation
Class description

In this final class of the series, we will discuss the ethics of manipulating prices  and over charging. What happens if you paid too much (or indeed too little)? If your a seller, is there a limit you can put on your goods? What about property and companies – can these be sold at a higher than market price? How do you take into account the effort you put into producing the goods? All these questions and more will be tackled (bli neder) in this session. See you there!

Rabbi Leo Dee was born in London, England. He studied at Yeshivat HaMivtar 2004-2008. In 2008 he became the Assistant Rabbi Hendon, United Synagogue, where he served until 2011. Rabbi Dee was the Senior Rabbi, Radlett, Hertforshire from 2011-2014. He holds a Masters in Engineering from Cambridge University (1994) and a Masters in Public Heath from Hebrew University (2016). He spent 10 years working in Venture Capital before joining the Rabbinate. Rabbi Dee is currently working in the field of Torah and Sustainable Development.