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Welfare reform: more Maimonides, less Plato

Platon and MaimonidesWelfare reform is the ongoing struggle of Government to provide a rational system of support to those in need. According to Jacob Kellner, a Professor of Social Work at Hebrew University the underlining ethics of welfare are two competing ideas from history: the political model of planning as exemplified through Plato‚Äôs ideal state and the humanitarian model which concerns itself with the welfare of the individual which many religious communities adopt and is exemplified in Jewish thought through the writings of Maimonides. (more…)

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