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Tikkun-Olam-Perspectives From Jewish Liturgy and Biblical Sources

Tikkun-Olam-Perspectives From Jewish Liturgy and Biblical Sources

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The concept of Tikkun Olam (repairing, improving, or perfecting the world) has pervaded Jewish thought throughout the ages. Though the actual phrase “Tikkun Olam” is seldom found explicitly in Jewish sources, it remains the heart of Judaism authenticated. Modern movements in Judaism often embrace their particular understanding of Tikkun Olam as the principle or ideal that the Jewish community can best embrace to contribute to the betterment of modern society. The defining characteristic that most Jews consider when they think about this belief is improving and engaging humanity to achieve higher social, moral and ethical standards. While these issues are indeed important to the notion of Tikkun Olam, a critical aspect of it is often lost. The biblical and liturgical traditions, both repositories of Jewish thought and history throughout the centuries, reflect a perspective that may seem somewhat idealistic, archaic or perhaps even ethno-centric in our day and age. They bear out the ideas, however, which ultimately formed the earliest strata of this amorphous concept.
The concept of Tikkun Olam (repairing, improving, or perfecting the world) has pervaded Jewish thought throughout the ages. Though the actual phrase “Tikkun Olam” is seldom found explicitly in Jewish sources, it remains the heart of Judaism authenticated. Modern movements in Judaism often embrace their particular understanding of Tikkun Olam as the principle or ideal that the Jewish community can best embrace to contribute to the betterment of modern society. The defining characteristic that most Jews consider when they think about this belief is improving and engaging humanity to achieve higher social, moral and ethical standards. While these issues are indeed important to the notion of Tikkun Olam, a critical aspect of it is often lost. The biblical and liturgical traditions, both repositories of Jewish thought and history throughout the centuries, reflect a perspective that may seem somewhat idealistic, archaic or perhaps even ethno-centric in our day and age. They bear out the ideas, however, which ultimately formed the earliest strata of this amorphous concept.

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Published by: Rabbi Juan Bejarano Gutierrez on Apr 26, 2013
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