In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in the pursuit of Tikkun Olam, defined here as Jewish moral responsibility to the non-Jewish world, both among young Jews and in Jewish philanthropic circles. As more and more Jewish resources -- time, manpower, and money -- are being pumped into
alleviating the suffering of non-Jews, the question of priorities is becoming more acute. Should our Tzedakah go to relief efforts in the developing world or to subsidies for low-income families at the local Jewish day school? Should our college kids spend spring break repairing churches in hurricane-ravished New Orleans or volunteering in the neighborhood's Hebrew home for the aged?