Thursday, August 07, 2008

Rabbi Dr. Aaron Levine's "Case Studies In Jewish Business Ethics"

I've been meaning to highlight "Case Studies In Jewish Business Ethics" by Rabbi Dr. Aaron Levine for a while. I picked it the book at the YU Seforim sale last winter. It's a must-read for anyone in business.

The book has sections that are directly music-related. One is "Scalping at the Nosson Scharf Concert", wherein the author addresses the following issues: price scalping and ona'ah, ticket scalping on the day of the concert, hassagat gevul, violating the seller's preference, ticket scalping and secular law, and conflict between dina d'malkhuta and halakhah. The other is "The Glatt Boat Affair" which looks at lifnei iver, customers' expectations and the disclosure obligation, the no-dance rule and ona'at devarim, tokhahah and the no-dance rule, and pilot-testing.

But really, the whole book is relevant. The main sections are as follows.

1) Moral education
2) Advertising and Marketing
3) Salesmanship
4) Pricing Policies
5) Labor Relations
6) Consumer and Social Ethics in the Marketplace

Rabbi Dr. Levine uses case studies of real-life situations to address the scope of how Halakha governs the marketplace. The presentation is interesting and clear. And, even in situations where the reader might assess a situation differently, Rabbi Dr. Levine's approach is insightful and thought-provoking.

Amazon has it here:


Yashar Books' Gil Student emails:
Don't forget about Rabbi Levine's more recent book, Moral Issues of the Marketplace in Jewish Law:
Amazon also has that one here: