The Just Mar­ket: Torah’s Response to the Cri­sis of the Mod­ern Economy

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May 22, 2014

Jew­ish source texts wres­tle with many of the same con­cerns that occu­py the con­tem­po­rary pub­lic square: income inequal­i­ty, struc­tur­al unem­ploy­ment, eco­nom­ic insta­bil­i­ty, ram­pant finan­cial fraud and spi­ral­ing per­son­al debt. The Just Mar­ket: Torah’s Response to the Cri­sis of the Mod­ern Econ­o­my iden­ti­fies six foun­da­tions of ancient Jew­ish eco­nom­ic pol­i­cy and explores their appli­ca­tion to the mod­ern world: Access to the Neces­si­ties of Life; Uni­ver­sal Employ­ment Oppor­tu­ni­ty; A Lev­el Play­ing Field; Com­mer­cial and Pro­mo­tion­al Integri­ty; Respect for Labor; Sab­bat­i­cal Val­ues Just Mar­ket val­ues reflect respect com­pe­ti­tion. But they also rep­re­sent a cul­ture of eco­nom­ic jus­tice that pri­or­i­tizes employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ty and uni­ver­sal access to human needs over the cre­ation of mas­sive indi­vid­ual wealth for the few. The Just Mar­ket address­es mod­ern eco­nom­ic dilem­mas by weav­ing Jew­ish source texts, their six under­ly­ing eco­nom­ic prin­ci­ples, social jus­tice val­ues and con­tem­po­rary pol­i­cy analy­sis into a com­pelling mod­ern paradigm.

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