Jewish tradition lauds the compassionate unconditional giving of tzedakah, while modern social justice advocates tend to emphasize policy reform. How does our parsha balance both of these imperatives as well as teach us the core values of compassion and interdependence? Rabbi Dr. Meesh Hammer-Kossoy discusses in this week’s parsha podcast on Behar: Tzedakah and The Elimination of Poverty — The Jewish Way.
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Meesh teaches Talmud and the Social Justice Track at Pardes. Originally from Washington, D.C., Meesh has a B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University. Her dissertation explored the courageous manner in which the rabbis of the Talmud created a new criminal punishment system. In 2015, Meesh completed her studies at Beit Midrash Har'el and received ordination from Rabbi Herzl Hefter and Rabbi Daniel Sperber. Click here to read more.