A Rabbi, A Roman and a Poor Guy…


California Legislators are looking at the idea of doing away with Bail as we know and practice it today. They see it – the bail system – as simply a punishment meted out upon poor folks.

The idea of once again contrasting and clashing rich against poor has Dave going back in time to just after 70 c.e., in the Roman Province of Judea, where the new Roman Governor once asked a local Rabbi why is was that the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob didn’t just take care of poor people Himself instead of having the rest of the Jews do it for Him?

I have two books at my bedside, Lieutenant, the Marine Corps Code of Conduct and the King James Bible.

I have two books at my bedside, the Marine Corps Code of Conduct and the King James Bible.

On the surface, you may find the Governor’s logic grating and offensive. But if you pay close attention you may also find it to be a plot point in a major motion picture from a few years ago staring Tom Cruise, Kevin Bacon, Jack Nicholson and Kiefer Sutherland.

At the end of the day, who is correct? Does G-d mean for us to care for the poor as a means of redeeming ourselves or is the Governor correct and those who are poor are meant to be poor and helping them to overcome their circumstance makes G-d angry?

And how does either answer impact our view of poverty in America today?

Links that Dave refers to during this episode:
Rabbi Akiva and Quintus Rufus discuss the poor in the Talmud
The Jewish concept of Tzedkah (Charity) as practiced in Rabbinical Judaism

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Posted on February 8, 2017, in 8th Amendment, Constitution, Religion, Religion, Torah Study and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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