Recently, former Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan made headlines for his criticism of government funded school lunch programs for children. Making an impassioned argument against the food assistance programs supported by the Obama Administration, he said that “the left may be offering full stomachs but they are creating empty souls”.
I was immediately reminded of the teaching of Rabbi Israel Salanter of Lithuania (d.1883) the founder of the Musar movement. In addition to many other famous teachings, this is one of his most well known: “Too many people show great concern about their own prosperity and the souls of other men. Better to be concerned about your own soul, and the prosperity of your fellow man”.
To which I say, Amen