A common sense adage is that one shouldn't be personally involved in the subject they are put in charge of. Being personally involved makes it hard to stay completely objective. For example, if someone has had altercations with immigrants, they probably shouldn't be put in charge of legislation for border control.

On the other hand, in the Jewish world, I am aware of many many examples of people who started a charity or gemach, directly from a personal experience. They had a sickness, or lost someone, and then started a charity to raise awareness and help others going through the same. It seems that being personally involved is often a wake up call to action on something that has been neglected.

I understand this is a wishy washy question, and probably doesn't involved many if any concrete halachos, but do we have any sources that help us understand if the above is a contradiction, or why the former is not recommended, but the latter is (seemingly) encouraged? Any general advice on how to approach these topics?

  • Assuming this is a valid question, we need to understand why starting a cause is counter indicated by being involved in it.
    – The GRAPKE
    Jan 15 at 11:43
  • @TheGRAPKE I agree. What would be a good way to do that? What I am getting at is usually when a cause is started to "fight" a negative force, the cause has a strong potential to turn into a greivance movement, because the people who start and join it are usually victims of said negative force and therefore are prone to overreaction. For me, this is common sense and there are many examples, especially in modern times. I gave an example in my opening paragraph. Lastly - yes, I agree this isn't necessarily a valid question. Waiting to see what others say.
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Jan 15 at 12:02
  • @TheGRAPKE you might know what I am talking about: Hashem made men from chessed and women from gevura, yet we see that the roles and jobs He gave are the opposite. In a typical frum home, men are the disciplinarians and women the care givers. Why? I believe the answer is that Hashem does it this way so we aren't personally involved in the job we are given. For men, chessed is personal, so if they are the care givers, it can get inflammatory. For women, gevura is personal, so when something unjust happens, it's easier for them to take it personally, due to their neshama
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Jan 15 at 12:07
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    There's a difference between judging people and just trying to help.
    – N.T.
    Jan 15 at 12:35
  • @RabbiKaii Rb Wosner (derashos) says this is so men and women can each be mashlim their natural aspects (which seems obvious).
    – The GRAPKE
    Jan 15 at 12:40


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