The Social Action Work of People of the Mountain
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Tikkun Olam. A jewish concept defined by acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world. The phrase is found in the Mishnah, a body of classical rabbinic teachings. It is often used when discussing issues of social policy, insuring a safeguard to those who may be at a disadvantage.
The most modern and broadly understood notion of tikkun olam is that of “repairing the world” through human actions. Humanity’s responsibility to change, improve, and fix its earthly surroundings is powerful. It implies that each person has a hand in working towards the betterment of his or her own existence as well as the lives of future generations. Tikkun olam forces people to take ownership of their world. It is them, not G-d, who will bring the world back to its original state of holiness.
More simply, it is important for Jews to participate in repairing the world by participating in tzedakah (justice and righteousness) and g’milut hasadim (acts of loving kindness). Without their stake in the improvement of their environment, injustice and evil will continue to exist.
Members and Friends of People of the Mountain are involved with many causes of charity, social justice, ecology, and education. Follow the links here, and find some aspect of Tikkun Olam you would like to support.
Foundation Beyond Belief (A Secular Humanist Charity)