Beautiful, but Broken: Repairing the World
It is easy to feel dejected by the suffering we experience in our lives and that we encounter in the broader world.
Every day, we learn of people who suffer from illness, poverty, violence, and more.
And yet, we also experience life’s beauty, and the possibility of healing that which is broken.
The Jewish teaching of Tikkun Olam, Healing or Mending (Tikkun) the World (Olam), asserts that redemption is possible, and that we must play an active role in this sacred undertaking.
This unit begins with an exploration of the concept of Tikkun Olam, and then turns to a discussion of one urgent form of tikkun in our day: the healing of the earth itself—the air, water, grasses, fields, and animals that are all a part of God’s sacred creation. In this context, we examine the related concept of Tzedek, Justice, and close by inviting you to reflect on your role in the global effort to “sustain and preserve” (see Genesis 2:15) the planet.
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