Tikkun Olam

"If you see what needs to be repaired and how to repair it, then you have
found a piece of the world that G-d has left for you to complete.
But if you only see what is wrong and what is ugly in the world,
then it is yourself that needs repair".

- Menachem Mendel Schneerson

  • Judaism is not all or nothing; it is a journey where every step counts, to be pursued according to one's own pace and interest
     
  • Every human being is worthy of profound respect, no matter their level of observance, knowledge or affiliation.
     
  • Commandments (Torah Mitzvot) are not rituals, but opportunities for personal growth, to be studied and understood.
     
  • Torah is wisdom for living, teaching us how to maximize our potential and pleasure in life.
     
  • Each human being is responsible for one another.
    Unified, no goal is beyond our reach; splintered, almost no goal is attainable.

     
  • We act with urgency to confront the spiritual and physical challenges facing the world.
     
  • Through the power of free will, every individual can change the world - and each of us is responsible to get the job done. 
     
  • The Jewish people's history and destiny are to serve as a light unto the nations. Torah ideas have civilized the world and can continue to do so, if the Jewish people continue to accept the challenge.
     
Tikkun Olam refers to repairs performed on an individual level, as found in Lurianic kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism. This view of Tikkun Olam is more abstract and cosmological. Rabbi Isaac Luria, a teacher and kabbalist, in 16th Century Safed (Tsfat), explained that the world is made up of good and evil.

In order for the balance between good and evil intended by G-d to be restored, humans must be involved in the world's reparation. Humans are responsible for separating the holy world from the material world.


 
"If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
But if I am only for myself, who am I?
If not now, when?"


- Rabbi Hillel Ethics of the Fathers, 1:14

 
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