Theft in the World of Business

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It is this awareness of the pervading Divine knowledge that constitutes Judaism's ultimate protection against stealth and secret theft.

When Israel Ba'al Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidism, the spiritual movement that swept eastern European Jewry from the eighteenth century on, was once riding in a coach, the driver said to him, "I am going to stop now and go and cut some oats in that field, for the horses. Please watch out and when you see somebody watching, warn me." The Ba'al Shem Tov agreed, and the coachman reined in the horses and got down from his seat. He had barely reached the field at the side of the road when the Ba'al Shem Tov called out, "They see, they see." Needless to say the coachman ran back, got in his seat, and started to drive away. He turned his head and seeing no one, rebuked the Ba'al Shem Tov saying, "Nobody sees, why did you call out?" The latter, pointed to heaven and said, "Indeed, One does see, One does see."

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Dr. Meir Tamari

Dr. Meir Tamari, former chief economist in the office of the Governor of the Bank of Israel, is director of the Center for Business Ethics at the Jerusalem College of Technology. His books include Al Chet: Sins in the Marketplace (Jason Aronson) and Jewish Values in Our Open Society: A Weekly Torah Commentary (Jason Aronson).