Torah, Deuteronomy 24:19: When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to take it; it shall be [left] for the stranger, the orphan, and the widow, so that the Lord, your God, will bless you in all that you do.
From the spiritual point of view, instruments of your soul, called “elderly,” “women,” “children,” “powerless, rootless people,” supposedly do not have their own forces, and that is why you must feed and support them, giving them an opportunity to exist, until they acquire their own screen.
You always have to leave a part of the anti-egoistic screen for the poor who are unable to have their own screen.
From the materialistic point of view, Cohens and Levites were responsible for these people. Various government organizations existed in ancient times to take care of the weak layers of the society. Cohens and Levites not only educated people, but were also involved in solving their problems. Everything was organized in a very clear way.
Women, children, the powerless, the rootless, and the elderly could come to the town gates, to the market square, or to the places where people gather, as they come to synagogues nowadays, and receive help, instructions, guidance, and education.
Young people were obligated to study; no one should remain illiterate. Unmarried women and widows were considered a big problem for society, and husbands were sought for them. This was precisely monitored and organized.
This is how society took care of itself. If women were encouraged to stay unmarried, it would result in promiscuity. If children were left on the streets, they would grow up to be thieves and killers. If the elderly were abandoned and were dying at your door, then tomorrow the same will happen to you. This should not be; society is obligated to take care of that.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 10/31/16