Peoplehood Is With People

By Ruth W. Messinger, Rachel Farbiarz

The Jewish Peoplehood Hub, November 2010

The authors, reflecting on their work for the American Jewish World Service, argue that the idea that our obligations to our own people stand somehow in opposition to those that we owe people globally is specious. The two, rather, are deeply intertwined. It is precisely our sense of ourselves as a people--as Jews, with a particular relationship to a particular history--that gives rise to our outward-facing obligations. This is not to say, of course, that we are not obligated to serve those in need within our own communities. Our obligation to support our fellow Jews is as binding as is our obligation to the desperately poor around the globe. Both are mitzvoth--non-negotiable imperatives whose mantle rests upon each of us. But we do not encounter our obligations as Jews as if they were chits in a zero-sum game, dedicating our resources to only one category of mitzvot.

Topic: Morality, Peoplehood, Sectarianism, Ethics, Communal Memory, Service, Values, Global Responsibility

Name of Publication: The Peoplehood Papers

Editor: Ravid, Shlomi

Volume/Issue: Volume 6

Page Number(s): 27-29

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

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Genre: Essay

Coverage: United States , World

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Messinger, Ruth W. Farbiarz, Rachel. Peoplehood Is With People. The Peoplehood Papers. The Jewish Peoplehood Hub. November 2010: 27-29. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11806


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