Justice for the Poor in early Rabbinic Law (book summary)

New book summary: Benjamin Porst’s English summary of his new book, Justice for the Poor: The Principles of Welfare Regulations from Biblical Law to Rabbinic Literature in the November 6 Ancient Jew ReviewThe book (only available in Hebrew) focuses on “jurisprudential” theory (as a lawyer) rather than historical analysis. His short summary provides a very useful comparison between “biblical precepts” on societal justice and “the framework of the laws of charity” in those whose voices are found in Rabbinic literature (“the Sages”). He argues that the texts push not for a “minimum basic standard” but in fact “standards to which we must aspire,” and suggests the book as useful to “anyone wishing to fashion his [sic] socio-economic outlook on the basis of a dialogue with the Jewish sources.”

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