Poverty

Dvar Torah

Compares Avrams emigration from Canaan to Egypt and links to current issues of immigration, poverty, and famine.
A modern take on the plagues. Originally published for distribution on the Hazon CSA Listserve.
This D'var was given at Congregration Beth Shalom in Seattle by Talya Gillman in 2011. It uses the medical condition of skin disease to explore our obligation to assist others.

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Texts in preparation for a visit to work at a food pantry.
An exploration of some Jewish values that may offer some useful connections with the emerging collaborative consumption movement. Add Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Laws of Opinions 3:1 Jerusalem Talmud, Kiddushin, end Jerusalem Talmud, Berachot, 57b
An examination of our obligations to feed the poor with an emphasis on the principle of preserving the dignity of those work in the fields and those receiving the aid.
Part one of five text and discussion sheets included within the Jewish Guide to Fairtrade - which can be found in full here - http://www.biggreenjewish.org/documents/synagogues/a-jewish-guide-to-fairtrade.pdf
Jewish texts related to poverty and homelessness
Texts in response to hunger.

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If, however, there is a needy person among you, one of your kin in any of your settlements in the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not harden your heart and shut your hand against your needy kin. Rather, you must open your hand and lend them sufficient for whatever they need. Beware lest you harbor the base thought, "The seventh year, the year of remission, is approaching," so that you are mean to your needy kins and give him nothing. They will cry out ot the Lord against you, and you will incur guilt.

כִּי יִהְיֶה בְךָ אֶבְיוֹן מֵאַחַד אַחֶיךָ בְּאַחַד שְׁעָרֶיךָ בְּאַרְצְךָ אֲשֶׁר ה' אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לָךְ לֹא תְאַמֵּץ אֶת לְבָבְךָ וְלֹא תִקְפֹּץ אֶת יָדְךָ מֵאָחִיךָ הָאֶבְיוֹן:
כִּי פָתֹחַ תִּפְתַּח אֶת יָדְךָ לוֹ וְהַעֲבֵט תַּעֲבִיטֶנּוּ דֵּי מַחְסֹרוֹ אֲשֶׁר יֶחְסַר לוֹ:
הִשָּׁמֶר לְךָ פֶּן יִהְיֶה דָבָר עִם לְבָבְךָ בְלִיַּעַל לֵאמֹר קָרְבָה שְׁנַת הַשֶּׁבַע שְׁנַת הַשְּׁמִטָּה וְרָעָה עֵינְךָ בְּאָחִיךָ הָאֶבְיוֹן וְלֹא תִתֵּן לוֹ וְקָרָא עָלֶיךָ אֶל ה' וְהָיָה בְךָ חֵטְא:

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