Competing Nightmares

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  1. Rael Levinsohn says:

    I feel one of the reasons why we do not reflect the standards of honesty, kindness and civility expecially in the business sphere is because many Jews simply do not know the halachot. Hundreds of books in both hebrew and english are availible on the topics covered in Orach Chaim, expecially Shabbat and Davening. On the other hand, how many Religious jews have even learned a full siman of Choshen Mishpat? A valuable step would be for more business related halachic books with halacha la-mase, practical advice to be published. Secondly, business ethics should be a topic that congregational Rabbi’s spend more time lecturing about, after all, most members of shuls are working class baale-batish people. Third , perhaps a business ethics campain analagous to the Chofetz Chaim’s Loshan Hora campaign should be initiated. If we ever want to be responsible for a tikkun in this world, the Jewish stereo type as the miserly, crooked, unethical business man has to stop. There are unfortanely too many public known cases of externally Orthodox jews in jail for fraud. Let us hope we can do something to stop this and create a kiddush hashem

  2. Eliezer Barzilai says:

    Civility is overrated. What matters is actual chesed, concern with the powerless and weak, not good manners. The two can co-exist, but refined civility in no way indicates the capacity for empathy with the needy.

    The societies that place the highest premium on fastidiously studied social mores tend to be those societies that ‘otherize’ or dehumanize anyone who is not precisely like them. The uncouth Yankees are the most socially conscious in the world, while those far eastern avatars of refinement vivisected prisoners of war during WW II.

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