Helping Others

By Yechiel Bar-Chaim

JDC International Centre for Community Development, March 27, 2003

The author explores the history of Jews helping non-Jews in order to assert that non-sectarian work is an obligation, regardless of whether or not it becomes a virtue. The author bases a large portion of his argument on the Jews living in the Czech Republic and former Yugoslavia. In these regions, the Jewish communities are very small, in many cases intermarried, and are still a very visible part of the greater, national community. Therefore, these Jewish communities cannot turn a blind eye to national problems. The author moves on to conclude that performing non-sectarian work along with being an active part of the Jewish community is the only way that one can become a true citizen.

Topic: Morality, Ethics, Community Relations, Jewish Organizations, Assimilation

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Czech Republic , Eastern Europe , Former Yugoslavia

Language: English

Copyright Holder: JDC-Europe

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Bar-Chaim, Yechiel. Helping Others. JDC International Centre for Community Development. 27 March 2003:


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