Professional and Personal Priorities in Jewish Communal Service

By Norman Linzer

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), 1993

In Judaism's lexical ordering of values, Pikuach Nefesh, the saving of life, and Torah study and Torah scholars are pre-eminent. Using only this ordering of values to determine priorities in allocations to federation's services is a complex undertaking. These conceptual tools that talmudic literature provides for determining priorities in the allocation of scarce resources are not as precise as the ritual laws, and intelligent people could legitimately disagree on their application to allocations. This article illustrates how traditional Judaic sources can be used to illuminate the difficult contemporary dilemma of setting personal and professional priorities. The moral laws underlying the traditional sources provide a Jewish framework for allocating limited resources of time, energy, and money.

Topic: Social Services, Religion, Communal Organization

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Volume/Issue: Vol. 69/No. 4

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Linzer, Norman. Professional and Personal Priorities in Jewish Communal Service. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). 1993: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=3302


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