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Talmudic and Ethical Approaches to Soviet Jewish Resettlement

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Publication Date: January 1990

Publisher(s): Conference of Jewish Communal Service (U.S.)

Author(s): Norman Linzer

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 67:2

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Population and demographics (Immigrants and aliens)

Keywords: Ethics; Immigration; Allocations

Type: Report


In resettling large numbers of Soviet refugees, the Jewish community is faced with the ethical dilemma of responding with sensitivity to their needs while meeting its financial obligations to all its constituents. An examination of four Talmudic stories reveals that the Sages endorsed the imposition of parameters on individual and communal philanthropy. Cost-saving resettlement policies are one means of applying the principle of Tzedekah.