Course Overview

Money Matters will present Judaism’s approach to practical economic dilemmas and monetary quandaries that we face daily in both our personal and professional lives.

The goal of this course is to provide a sensitive, fair, and unshakable economic paradigm grounded in 3,000 years of tradition and practical experience—an ancient yet fresh spin on how we view ethics of money. 

Students will emerge from this course with an understanding that only a divine economic system can ensure unequivocal justice while recognizing the virtue in each stakeholder’s position. Money Matters will show how the Torah’s sharply discerning yet holistic rulings inspire us with the confidence to confront any ethical economic dilemma.

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Join us for Six Thursdays
Starting February 16, 2012

Time: Meet & Greet/Light dinner: 6:30 -7:00
          Lecture: 7:00 - 8:30 pm 

Location: Clarkstown Town Hall, Room 301

Fee: $200 (textbook included) -This Course is approved for 9 CLE credits - 7 Professional practice, 2 Ethics credits. Audio recordings available.

Single session: $40 - 1.5 CLE credits

Experienced or newly admitted attorneys are welcome to attend. 

Scholarships available 

Fee (without CLE credit): $100 (textbook included) 

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Audio recordings will made available for those who register for complete CLE series. 

  CLE credit provided by NYLAG

New York Legal Assistance Group


Course Outline


Insider Trading (February 16)
Information is a valuable commodity—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.



Living Wages (February 23)
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.


Bankruptcy (March 1)
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? This lesson explores the Jewish legal perspective on bankruptcy, emphasizing how we can incorporate secular local laws and customs into Jewish law. 

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Collective Bargaining (March 15)
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? Should the right to strike be granted, despite the harm it can cause to society? This lesson will present the Talmud's enlightening spin on unionization, collective bargaining, and strikes.


CEO Compensation (March 22)
In the recent economic downturn, much fury has arisen from reports that CEOs of Americas biggest companies take grand bonuses and huge salaries. 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.


Freeloading (March 29)
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? 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.

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A joint project of the Chabad Centers of Rockland County