We have very, very strong Jewish values. There's a verse in the bible that says "you shall not stand on the blood of your friend" which literally means you don't stand by and watch somebody else in pain or suffering, if you can do something about it. It's ingrained in any Orthodox person, its part of our belief and practice of the Torah, that you don't stand by. If you can't do it yourself, then you give charity to an organization that can. But if you can do it yourself, you do it yourself. That's very ingrained in all of us. That's what makes us go on.”
- Fayge Siegal
"We have a responsibility to each other. In [Jewish] history we have always had a community concept, a kahila concept, a concept of counsels that dealt with the needs of the community, since the beginning of time... this is the essence of who we are... The Torah is full of precepts that deal with those commandments between man and man, our social mitzvahs. We have certain obligations there. We also have personal growth obligations. We are not supposed to compare ourselves to each other. We have internal goals by virtue of the fact that God has given us another day. In those goals is how we can grow, and part of growth is not being selfish, but giving. That's what our religion stands for."
- Chani Friedman
"Our obligations are to ourselves, our family, our community, and then the larger community, be it Russia, or Europe, or Israel, or wherever our hearts go out to. It never ends, it's continuous. So after SHALVA's commitment ended, on to the next project.
- Shoshie Kahn
How to Cite This Page
For a bibliography:
Jewish Women's Archive. "Jewish Women's Archive - Women Who Dared - SHALVA (Safe Homes Advice and Legal Aid for Victims of Abuse) on JEWISH VALUES." <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/fullAnswer.jsp>.
For a footnote:
Jewish Women's Archive, "Jewish Women's Archive - Women Who Dared - SHALVA (Safe Homes Advice and Legal Aid for Victims of Abuse) on JEWISH VALUES," <http://jwa.org/exhibits/wwd/jsp/fullAnswer.jsp>.