A Jewish man decided to donate some time as a volunteer for the community.
There are two services he could volunteer for:
1. A distress telephone line.
2. A training course let's say on computers.
In the first case he would serve a very limited number of people. Many of
them are repeat callers suffering from mild mental problems, they feel
lonely, and in need of someone to listen, to talk to them and to accept
them as they are.
In the second case he would serve many more people, some of whom may need
the additional training to improve their job prospects.
The dilemma is this. Which is the more worthy case ? Here are some answers
I heard so far:
Case 1 because of the verse *Rescue the needy and the destitute * (Psalm
82). Case 2 because benefits more people, who in turn could better serve
Both cases are equal because there is only one mitzvah, i.e. the donation