Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, from A. Besdin, "Man of Faith in the Modern World: Reflections of the Rav" (New York: Ktav Pub Inc, 1989)
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The Modern Jew is entangled in the activities of the Gentile society in numerous ways - economically, politically, culturally, and on some levels, socially. We share in the universal experience. The problems of humanity, war and peace, political stability or anarchy, morality or permissiveness, famine, epidemics, and pollution transcend the boundaries of ethnic groups. A stricken environment, both physical and ideological, can wreak havoc upon all groups...It is our duty as human beings to contribute our energies and creativity to alleviate the pressing needs and anguish of mankind and to contribute to its welfare.
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Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. In what ways will we all be affected by war and famine happening far away?

2. In what ways are we meant to contribute our energies? How is this measured?

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