Social Responsibility

“One who is very wise has a responsibility to impart his wisdom to those who are in need of it… One who is wealthy… has a responsibility to assist those who are in need. One who is strong has a responsibility to assist the weak and to protect the oppressed. This is comparable to the servants of a household in which each servant is assigned a different task. It is only proper that that each must fulfill their charge so all the household duties and requirements are completed.”

-Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, The Path of the Just, Ch. 22: The Virtue of Humility


One thought on “Social Responsibility

  1. From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. Luzzato sounds like Karl Marx, right? Only Luzzato is stating what we should do in acknowledgement of our Creator, whereas Marx proposed enforcing the same idea by a “dictatorship of the proletariat” — i.e., the State would forcibly perform “mitzvahs” as directed by an elite intelligentsia, with the individual Free Will eliminated from the equation. Luzzato’s words illuminate the correct path for the individual to direct his Free Will to acts of Righteousness.


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