Tikkun Olam – is a Hebrew phrase literally meaning to “repair the world”. Some people interpret these words to mean a call for “social justice”. And then there are others who feel certain that Tikkun Olam is a call to action – within ones’ own heart.
To me Tikkun Olam means that we need to stop and just breathe. A time to reflect on what is good in this world and try to make better what is going wrong. Time to help feed the hungry, give aid to a family in need or other small acts of kindness – within our own communities. Tikkun Olam means we give of our time – not just our money.
Tikkun Olam also means that we need to stop and listen. Others don’t need to agree with our opinions, but we need to be respectful and listen to each other. Without shouting. Without maliciousness. Without guns. Without war. Without hate.
Tikkun Olam is not a concept exclusive to Jews. Others feel they can repair the world through acts of charity or #socialgood without placing on the deed(s) a religious connotation. That is fine. I get that.
And note, I have yet to meet anyone who wants to make the world WORSE. Don’t we all in our hearts want to improve the world? Who would put a halt to efforts to improve medical advancements? Who would end programs to try to end climate changes?Who would choose not to save lives when possible? Those who would be against offering help to improve our human condition are probably the same people who can’t see the value of practicing Tikkun Olam.
So ,while much of the world is rolling in to “holiday season” mode – let’s switch focus from discussions about the kind of cup Starbucks is using and spend more time figuring out how we can fix a world gone topsy- turvy!
For more information about Tikkun Olam go here