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Are we obligated to try to solve the world’s problems?

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Comments (6)

(6) Dvirah, February 9, 2019 8:26 PM

Jewish Answer

The answer to this "dilemma" is in Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers):
לא עלך המלכאה לגמור, אך לא אתה בן חורין להתפתר ממה" - You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you absolved from doing it.

(5) David Levine, February 4, 2019 12:51 AM

Do Your Share

No, one person can't solve the world's problems but he can do his (or her) share. Do your share. Be generous but not to the point where it hurts. Help on a macro and micro basis--individuals and organizations.

(4) loreen, February 3, 2019 6:55 PM


It will take many fools to solve the world's problems!
Let's hear it for the fools!

(3) Anonymous, February 3, 2019 4:39 PM

Save one, not the world

Mother Theresa said, “If I look at the mass, I will never act. If I look at the one, I will.”

(2) Anonymous, February 3, 2019 4:22 PM

Rav Noach Weinberg zt"l Would Be Shocked

Rav Noach Weinberg zt"l was such an advocate of the healthy drive to feel that a person should feel the need to wish he could save the very world.

I once sat in his 48 Ways class, when he asked the class, "What's the biggest thing you can do?" People threw out different answers, including "Save a life." He asked, "What's even bigger than saving a life?" Finally, he got the answer he was looking for, to save the world. He said, "That's right, deep down each of us has a drive to want to save the world. That's what we call Moshiach."

I then quipped out loud to the whole class all I really wanted out of life. He pointed a finger at me and said, "That's only because you've given UP on wanting to help save the world." I am not sure I completely "get it" to this day, but I get the main idea and I know for sure he must be "rolling in his grave" to see a video clip like this on his website, calling a man a fool for "thinking he can solve the worlds' problems." It's not exactly the EXACT opposite of what Rav Noach taught, but it does pretty much try and teach you not to want to feel you should do your part to try and save the world - UNLESS you are a fool.

Not hilarious, certainly NOT Jewlarious, certainly not encouraging the discussion of Jewish values, unless you mean by inflaming readers to react to ideas antithetical to Judaism in general and insulting to the memory and teachings of Rav Noach Weinberg zt"l in particular.

(1) Linda Laflamme Neska, February 3, 2019 3:35 PM


One has to try but not at the cost of one's life, because then the trying is over. What I mean is that to keep living and to keep trying is more successful in helping - I think that is one of the purposes of life.


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