MAZON collaborates with diverse stakeholders to showcase what’s possible: a country built on compassion, mutual support, and meaningful opportunity. By reflecting on the world as it is, we create a vision of what it could be — one where those in need are supported, the powerful are held to account, and hunger is a distant memory.
Hunger and Jewish Texts
Jewish texts and traditions address the importance of caring for the poor and hungry among us. The Torah provides guidance for how to understand and actualize this obligation.
Judaism’s Commitment to Caring for the Poor and Hungry
A compilation of Jewish texts that speak to our tradition’s commitment to caring for the poor and hungry.
Genesis 1:11 And God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation: seed-bearing plants, fruit trees..."
Exodus 23:10-11 Six years you shall sow your land and gather in its yield; but in the seventh you shall let it rest...
Leviticus 19:9-10 When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field...
Numbers 15:18-19 "When you enter the land to which I am taking you and you eat of the bread of the land, you shall set some aside as a gift..."
Deuteronomy 24:19 When you reap the harvest in your field and overlook a sheaf in the field, do not turn back to get it...