An accessible introduction to the Jewish concept of our
to care for others and repair the world.
For everyone who wants to understand the meaning and
significance of "tikkun olam" (repairing the world) in Jewish
spiritual life, this book shows the way into an essential aspect of
Judaism and allows you to interact directly with the sacred texts
of the Jewish tradition.
Guided by Dr. Elliot N. Dorff, Rector and Distinguished
Professor of Philosophy at the University of Judaism, this
comprehensive introduction explores the roots of the beliefs and
laws that are the basis of the Jewish commitment to improve the
world. It looks at the various motivations that the sacred texts
provide for caring for others, the ways the Jewish tradition seeks
to foster such concerns in our social and family relationships, and
the kind of society that Jews should strive to create as partners
with God. What "tikkun olam" is. Ancient idea? New concept? The
underlying theory has developed over time and branched into related
terms and concepts that Judaism has used over thousands of years to
describe the duties we now identify as acts of "tikkun loam." Why
we engage in acts of "tikkun loam." Reasons include, but go far
beyond, a general humanitarian feeling that we might have or the
hope that if we help others, others will be there to help us. How
we repair the world. The concrete expressions of "tikkun olam" in
our families, our communities, the wider Jewish community, and the
world at large help shape one of the most important aspects of the
By illuminating Judaism s understanding of the components of an
ideal world, and the importance of justice, compassion, education,
piety, social and familial harmony and enrichment, and physical
flourishing for both the individual and society, we see how this
ancient quest for a world with all these elements helps us define
Jewish identity and mission today.
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