Rabbi David Jay Kaufman, "We Cannot Stand Idly By," April 28, 2006 from "Justice, Righteousness, and Kindness"

 

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Dr. Hertzberg (Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg) taught that in the Talmud, the rabbis concluded that Jews could not be secure and live happy lives unless the rest of the world had risen beyond its wars and hungers. To this train of thought the rabbis added that the true woes of the world are those which affect everyone.
[Rabbi David Kaufman's blog]

Translation:

Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. What makes the woes that affect everyone the true woes?
2. How do this map out in a global context? Now that we are globally connected can this continue to be a realistic expectation?

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