Rich Jew, poor Jew: We mustn’t let prosperity blind us to poverty
Studies show wealthier people give proportionately less to the poor. But it isn’t because they’re mean; they’re just detached from suffering.
A rabbi friend of mine recently took a group of teenagers from his synagogue on a trip to Washington, D.C. The synagogue resides in a wealthy suburban area, where incomes are high, homes are large, schools are good, and sidewalks, streetlights, and pedestrians are nonexistent. On the trip, the students participated in a service project in a poor D.C. neighborhood. They found the project profoundly meaningful. One...
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