Dr. Aaron Levine, the Samson and Halina Bitensky professor of economics at Yeshiva University, has recently edited The Oxford Handbook of Judaism and Economics (Oxford University Press). Recognizing that religious law by its very nature regulates and restricts the conduct of its adherents, the handbook describes the impact that economic regulation in Jewish law has on the integration of Jews into the economic fabric of societies governed by different legal systems. Topics considered include factors that impede or facilitate integration, the positive contribution of Jewish business ethics to the morality of the marketplace, economic theory in the Bible and Talmud, and comparative law studies relating to economics. Finally, this work investigates how successfully Jews, as a people, have integrated into American economic life and the related question of how economic forces have played a role in causing the American Jew to assimilate, shedding religious practice and commitment.

 

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