Your Town's Poor Take Precedence over Those from Other Towns

By Bambi Sheleg

The Jewish Peoplehood Hub, November 2010

The author describes how she has been thinking lately that the technological and value systems in which we live cut us off from our immediate surroundings in many ways. We spend too much time talking to people who are far away from us, with whom we have only superficial ties, and whose fate is not tied to ours, while we neglect the people that are close by, because their physical proximity is so taken for granted that it does not command our interest. Even if we are not aware of it, the Jewish People needs a long process of rehabilitation. The essence of this process is our interest in ourselves. "Our town's poor come first", our own interconnections -- their strength and vibrancy -- are what will strengthen our people anew.

Topic: Tzedakah (Charity), Peoplehood, Communal Responsibility, Charitable Giving, Social Issues

Name of Publication: The Peoplehood Papers

Editor: Ravid, Shlomi

Volume/Issue: Volume 6

Page Number(s): 6

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

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Genre: Essay

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Sheleg, Bambi. Your Town's Poor Take Precedence over Those from Other Towns. The Peoplehood Papers. The Jewish Peoplehood Hub. November 2010: 6. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11799


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