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Social Justice

  Being Karaite entails being concerned about social justice:
  • Exodus 22:22 " You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child."
  • Deuteronomy 24:19 "When you reap your harvest in your field, and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands."
  • Deuteronomy 27:19 'Cursed [is] the one who perverts the justice due the stranger, the fatherless, and widow.'
  • Psalms 68:5 A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, [Is] God in His holy habitation.
  • Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.
  • Malachi 3:5 And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness Against sorcerers, Against adulterers, Against perjurers, Against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, And against those who turn away an alien -- Because they do not fear Me," Says the LORD of hosts.

It is, obviously, our duty as Karaites to actively promote and support social justice; however, this is not always easy to do. Many, if not most, of the private organizations that feed the poor, and promote social justice are run by Christian organizations with ulterior motives (i.e., to gain converts). We are clearly forbidden from supporting these organizations, despite their good efforts. Below, is a list of organizations that support social justice, but do not support the Christian church's over-riding goal of global conversion.

  • The Hunger Site - A place to donate food to be distributed through the United Nations World Food Programme.
  • Net Aid - Through powerful public-private partnerships, in alliance with Internet users, Netaid.org is creating the largest global online community acting on extreme poverty worldwide.