A key component of Jewish ethics is the idea that all of Israel are responsible for one another. This is recognized as an obligation of the Jewish nation, community and individual towards the underprivileged classes. This paper outlines those laws within the structure of Judaism which promote programs geared towards social welfare. A working concept of Torah provides the source for policy and poverty programs. The actual legal aspects of these programs as well as their implementation both historically and in present day will offer a clear picture of how they operate within Judaism.
In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.57 no.2, Winter 1980.