Audio Roundup Special: Agudah Business Summit

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by Joel Rich

Agudas Yisrael  H3 Business Summit Toronto

An interesting business/halacha conference in Toronto focusing on Canadian rules/business culture. A number of sessions would fit in any networking conference (except for the references to favoring other MOT’s).

Common Shailos in the Workplace – Q&A with R’ Shlomo Miller

All business shailot are complex, CLOR. Issues addressed include: professional dealing with contracts that may be halachically problematic, going into competition with former employer (don’t poach clients), shul with notice stating no smart phones allowed (honor it), don’t shake hands with women even though other frum co-workers do (wear gloves), maaser on refinancing, retire to learn if you have enough money (what’s your tafkid), talking business on shabbat (no), addressing frum women at work (use an alias!!), employees bring chametz to office on pesach (feasible workarounds), when do you have to give a frum company preference (small loss), setting up holiday decorations in a nursing home (have a non-Jewish manager do it), avoiding parking ticket by shabbat erasure (have a non-Jew do it), priorities in tzedakah in the current situation (don’t scale back to kollels), you’re not mchuyav to give in to employee’s chumrot (but why not do so anyway), and taking a non-frum jew to secular court (ok).

The Power of a Business Coach & Mentor

Personal stories, what’s the difference between mentors and advisors? Use the frum community to network.

Interest Insights Heter Iska, banks, hedge funds, and commonly overlooked Ribbis Shailos

What is the ribbit status of banks, hedge funds et al? There’s much debate concerning what level of jewish corporate involvement would trigger ribbit issues and there are a number of instruments (eg non-recourse loans, capital calls) which could require a heter iska. CLOR!

The Art of the Sale

What does it take to excel in sales? Discusses goals, challenges and approaches. In the words of Meredith Wilson, “Ya gotta know the territory.”)

Dinner Keynote

We need to help others in our community. Making a living is part of your identity as a oveid hashem.

Just Say Yes

You can do it! Be honest with yourself, give business to other jews.

Crucial Conversations- Effectively Addressing Work Challenges with Professionalism

Topics include: asking for a raise, employee relations, intra employee conflicts and decision making/communicating (eg firing a frum employee).

Money Savvy Educating Our Community to Survive and Thrive Financially

Financial/legal planning for individuals and businesses is important at all ages/stages.

Foundations of Success Essential Legal and Accounting Insights for Small Business Owners

There are a number of challenges in setting up a small professional business. Good advice is needed.

Career Crossroads- Paths to success in Entrepreneurship & Corporate Advancement

Discussion of various career/business paths. Issues include: obtaining skills, working for non-jewish companies, work-life balance, and dealing with black swan events.

Contractoral Agreements: What is called an agreement from the lens of the Torah

Without a kinyan a deal is not enforceable by the earthly court but is HKBH happy with you if you don’t honor your agreement? (especially if cash has changed hands or an ani is involved.).

About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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