Jewish Philanthropy in Early Modern and Modern Europe: Theory and Practice in Historical Perspective

By Jay R. Berkovitz

KTAV Publishing House, Inc., Yeshiva University Press, October 2009

The author discusses the topic of Jewish poor relief during the transition from the late medieval into the early modern period and from there to the nineteenth century, examining the developments that transformed the practice of philanthropy during these centuries. He clarifies the halakhic obligations incumbent upon individuals distinct from those incumbent upon a community and also argues that Jewish philanthropy in the early modern and modern periods emerged as a strategy that no longer limited itself to improving the conditions of the needy but also served to advance the goals of the Jewish community at large.

Topic: Halakha, Tzedakah (Charity), History, Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Jewish Law, Social Justice, Communal Responsibility, Charitable Giving, Community Relations, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Individualism

Name of Publication: Toward a Renewed Ethic of Jewish Philanthropy

Editor: Hirt, Robert S. , Prager, Yossi

Page Number(s): 93-122

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: Europe

Identifier: ISBN 978-1-60280-137-0

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Berkovitz, Jay R. Jewish Philanthropy in Early Modern and Modern Europe: Theory and Practice in Historical Perspective. Toward a Renewed Ethic of Jewish Philanthropy. KTAV Publishing House, Inc.,Yeshiva University Press. October 2009: 93-122. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8848


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