Lecture Topics

Economic Morality and Business Ethics According to Jewish Law

1)  How does the Torah view material wealth and what is expected of those who enjoy prosperity?

2)  What does Jewish law require of politicians and government officials in order to attain the highest level of public economic morality in: commerce, taxation, education, price controls, free trade and competition, unemployment insurance, welfare, the protection of private property and the environment?

3)  What levels of ethics and morality are required by owners of businesses and their relations with their employees? What costs of injuries and damages are employers required to provide to their employees? How does Jewish law view the issues of organized labor and the right to strike, corporate expense accounts, fringe benefits, etc.

4)  How does Jewish law differs from western concepts in the charging of interest, personal bankruptcy, and truth in advertising?

Why the Middle East Conflict Continues to Exist

1)  What are the actual reasons why the Middle East conflict continues to exist?

2)  Why are both Arabs and Israelis and the media coverage of the conflict focused exclusively on blaming either the Arabs or the Israelis?

3)  What impact does foreign elements, such as the international media, weapons sales, and the oil industry, have on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and in fueling the Middle East conflict?

4)  Why do “peace initiatives” always originate from the same Western countries that are most involved in the oil industry and in selling weapons to unstable Middle East regimes?

5)  Why a strong and viable Palestinian state may in fact not be the desired goal of the Western countries.

6)  Why are Arab and Israeli national leaders either dictators, despots, or senior citizens well into their 70s yet still remain in power? How does this lead to a continuation of the regional conflict?

7)  Why a economic solution- rather than a political solution- is a better approach to solving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The Economic Dimensions of the Middle East Conflict

1)  What are the fundamental economic problems that face the nations of the Middle East and what does the future hold for these economies?

2)  How much would it cost to create the infrastructure for a Palestinian state and to rehabilitate the refugees that currently live in the West Bank and Gaza?

3)  How much political stability would this new political entity require before it could experience significant economic growth?

4)  What political and economic conditions would have to be met for the creation of commercial joint ventures between Israel and the Palestinians and Israel and the Arab world?

5)  Under what conditions could Israel supply the technology to Middle East nations so these countries can improve their peoples’ socio-economic living standards?

6) What will the affect on Israel’s economy if US aid and Diaspora Jewry donations ended?

Broken Promises: The Rise and Fall of Israel’s Technology-Based Industries

Based on the research for this 75-page study on the subject of Israeli high tech, this lecture traces the history of high tech in the early-1980s and explains how the industry got re-directed away from its original goal, which was to derive benefit for the Israeli economy to serving the needs of US investors and investment bankers.

The study and lecture will argue that Israel’s technology-based industries were “hi-jacked” by Israeli venture capitalists and their foreign investors and as a result, were directed to serve their needs and interests rather than the Israeli economy and Israeli people.

The lecture will also address how Israel can be used as an example for other emerging countries of what they need to avoid in order to have their technology-based industries stunted by serving venture capital investors rather than their local economy and workforce.

While the focus of the study is what took place in Israel in the decade of the 1990s, the subject matter is relevant to all other countries today that are investing public funds in national technological resources.

Wall St. Fraud: How the Public Gets Ripped Off
Every Time a High Tech Start Up Goes Public on Nasdaq

This lecture is based on Joel Bainerman’s pioneering research. The presentation will show who really benefits when high tech start up companies are able to go public on Nasdaq for very high valuations based on “future potential” and how the public has been footing the bill for this fraud since the first IPO on Nasdaq in l978.

Official Nasdaq documents will be presented to reveal how many IPOs have taken place in the past quarter of a century, how much money has been taken from the public’s pocket in these IPOs, and how few of these start ups have actually become serious companies.

The small number of companies that have actually lived up to their “future potential” quoted in their IPO prospectuses is miniscule considering there has been more than 6,000 IPOs of start up companies since Nasdaq began in the late 1970s.

How the International Media Influences the The Middle East Conflict

1)  Why does the international media focus so much of its coverage on Middle East events?

2)  What role does the worlds media play in creating and shaping the Middle East conflict?

3)  Is Israel’s contention that international media outlets, such as the CNN and BBC, are biased against it, accurate?

4)  Is the Palestinians’ contention that their story is not being told in the American press, true?

5)  What would the Middle East conflict look like today if the international media didn’t report on events in the region as often as they do?

6)  Is the media part of the problem by reporting on a regional conflict that is of little interest to the listeners and readers of these media organs?

7)  Why does the mainstream press in American never investigate the reasons behind US policy in the Middle East?