R. Hayyim of Brisk
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[The rabbi’s task is to] redress the grievances of those who are abandoned and alone, to protect the dignity of the poor, and to save the oppressed from the hands of the oppressor. As cited in http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/08/01/3088799/op-ed-judaism-is-always-tikkun-olam-and-more
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Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. What do the abandoned and alone, poor, and oppressed all have in common? Why is it the rabbi’s job to protect them?

2. How do we traditionally understand the role of the rabbi? Is your understanding different than R. Hayyim’s?

3. What can we learn from this text about leadership?

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Time Period: Contemporary (The Yom Kippur War until the present-day)