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The Jewish Component in Jewish Communal Service
By Jay Kaufman
The author states that Jews are compelled to engage in communal service because ethical conduct is man's primary religious goal. He contrasts this view with a Christian theology, which holds that good deeds, while commendable and of intrinsic worth, are irrelevant to salvation because man by his nature simply cannot completely overcome evil and consistently do good. He writes: "Judaism teaches that evil exists but man himself must overcome it," and therefore, "to the Jew, the bettering of the community is the primary role for which he became the chosen of God." Jews struggle in the field of communal service with the desired goal of perfecting themselves, their communities, and the entire world.
Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service
Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.
Volume/Issue: Vol. 38/No. 4
Page Number(s): 369-375
Coverage: United States
Copyright Holder: Publisher
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Kaufman, Jay. The Jewish Component in Jewish Communal Service. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Summer 1962: 369-375. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=3910
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