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Resource: The Universe of Obligation

Every day we encounter requests for help from people with different types and degrees of need, people with whom we have very different relationships. For example, we may receive an e-mail from a friend asking to sponsor her participation in a race to support cancer research, walk past a homeless person on the street asking for money for food and receive a mail solicitation from an international anti-poverty organization. We often make these choices of how and when to give unconsciously or impulsively, rather than as an expression of our values. This text study , from the American Jewish World Service, is designed to help us think more deeply about these choices by pushing us to ask difficult questions, such as ‘How do I prioritize my giving?’ and ‘How do factors such as relationship, geography, religion, and need impact these decisions?’ and by exploring various Jewish responses to these questions.

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