Between Personal Responsibility and Public Policy

Where Does Torah Place the Responsibility for Justice?

Rabbi Jason Rubenstein

In confronting poverty and inequality, where do the responsibilities of an individual end, and those of her community begin? Taking up this question, the Torah tasks communal institutions with efficiently collecting and distributing charity - and also with compelling recalcitrant individuals to give more than they would voluntarily give. We'll conclude with a set of open questions about the necessity of conflict in communal finances and the nature of our obligation to give that may exceed our own awareness of our obligations. Recorded at summer Yom Iyyun, 2016.