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Friday, May 18, 2007
Yashar Chapters 1:2—The Defense Lawyer's Dilemma
Dear Friend,

Welcome to the second issue of Yashar Chapters, a new newsletter from Yashar Books in which we send you complete chapters from a recent book of interest. This issue’s book is Rabbi Michael J. Broyde’s The Pursuit of Justice and Jewish Law: Halakhic Perspectives on the Legal Profession. The book dissects the religious dilemmas a lawyer faces and provides guidance on how to navigate the world of the legal profession. Rabbi Broyde—a respected rabbi and law professor, and a renowned expert on Jewish legal ethics—takes the reader through the halakhic and ethical considerations of issues such as defending a guilty client, aggressively cross-examining a witness, maintaining professional confidentiality when someone will be hurt, writing wills that are counter to Jewish inheritance law, litigating child custody in secular courts and much more. The complexity of these ethical dilemmas is matched by Rabbi Broyde’s clarity of thought and writing. Please read below the book’s chapter on defending a guilty client. This is a fascinating topic that impacts on the lives of many people.

More information about the book can be found at the Yashar website. It can be purchased at your local Judaica store, on Yashar’s website and

The goal of this newsletter is to spread Torah and to introduce you to books that you might find interesting, without the risk of you having to pay first. In that end, please feel free to forward this newsletter to anyone you think might be interested or to quote it entirely or in part in your blog, newspaper or magazine. Just please be sure to note the author’s name and the book’s title: Michael J. Broyde, The Pursuit of Justice and Jewish Law.

Read the chapter here:

Thank you,

Gil Student

Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Business Ethics in the Workplace
An article on MSN tells us that MBA degrees aren't such a big deal and that ethical behavior is (link):
When asked to assess executives based on characteristics other than their professional qualifications, 97 percent of U.S. executives, 86 percent of U.K. executives, 85 percent of German executives, and 69 percent of French executives said ethical behavior was extremely or very important.

For the U.S. and U.K. executives, ethical behavior topped the list of key attributes for an executive.
Learn more about business ethics in R. Aaron Levine's Moral Issues of the Marketplace in Jewish Law.

Friday, May 04, 2007
Ibn Ezra on Tehillim
Now available on the Yashar website:

Rabbi Abraham Ibn Ezra's Commentary on the First Book of Psalms: Chapters 1-41
translated into English by Rabbi H. Norman Strickman

Rabbi Abraham ben Meir ibn Ezra was one of the outstanding personalities produced by medieval Andalusian Jewry. He was a noted poet, mathematician, astrologer, grammarian, and philosopher. However, above all Ibn Ezra was one of the greatest Bible commentators of all time.

Ibn Ezra's commentary on Psalms is part of the important intellectual bequest that this great medieval scholar left behind. It, along with the other works produced by the great minds of Israel, is part of the great "inheritance of the congregation of Jacob."

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