Your Town's Poor Come First in a Global World

By Yuval Cherlow

The Jewish Peoplehood Hub, November 2010

The author discusses the precept that we are obligated first and foremost to take care of the basic needs of those closest to us. He states that this rule does not close the door to our obligations to humanity as a whole and the duty to save human lives. The principle of "expanding circles" teaches that the larger world of humanity is not foreign to us. In the face of a major catastrophe and the need for global mobilization to save the victims, we are required to break out of our insular world and reach out to aid the victims, out of our conviction that all humans are created in God's image, and saving human lives sustains the entire world.

Topic: Morality, Tzedakah (Charity), Peoplehood, Social Justice, Communal Responsibility, Sectarianism, Charitable Giving, Ethics, Values, Global Responsibility

Name of Publication: The Peoplehood Papers

Editor: Ravid, Shlomi

Volume/Issue: Volume 6

Page Number(s): 32-33

Funder: Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) , Nadav Fund , UJA-Federation of New York

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Genre: Essay

Coverage: World

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Cherlow, Yuval. Your Town's Poor Come First in a Global World. The Peoplehood Papers. The Jewish Peoplehood Hub. November 2010: 32-33. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11809


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