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Editor: D. Daniel Sokol
University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Monday, October 17, 2011

Explaining Antitrust and Judaism in the Sukkah

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Yesterday we were at a Sukkot children's event sponsored by Chabbad of Gainesville. There were fun activities including a magic show by Jake the Clown and a bounce house plus the usual lulav and etrog related prayers.

I had a chance to chat with one of the Chabbad Rabbis about antitrust. This was an interesting experience. Sitting on my Conservative synagogue's board (Bnai Israel of Gainesville), discussing antitrust is easy (such as Barak Richman's Rabbi cartel work), as my own Rabbi holds an MBA and had a career in business prior to becoming a Rabbi in his 40s. The Chabbad Rabbi had a good sense of how competition worked but what hit home about antitrust was the following example regarding antitrust presumptions- If a synagogue in town has a dynamic Rabbi and the other Rabbis in town complain, it is probably pro-competitive. If the congregants of the "dynamic" synagogue complain, it is probably anti-competitive.

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