a gay black woman's discovery of her jewish self

Tikkun Olam

Posted on: August 11, 2011

I’ve just finished Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s book Hillel-If Not Now, When and have been inspired by more than a few passages.  One of them is Tikkun Olam, a basic Jewish colloquialism that Hillel instituted over two thousand years ago.  As Jews (look at me) we have the responsibility of Tikkun Olam, to repair the world.

Tikkun Olam: Literally, “repairing the world.”  The obligation, incumbent upon Jews, to be God’s partners in assuming the moral and ethical responsibilities that will make the world a more perfect and just place.

Tikkun Olam is one of the aspects of Judaism I’m most passionate about.  I’ve recently made an effort to take a more active role in JFREJ, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, specifically on their Shalom Bayit campaign which works with Domestic Workers in the NYC area.  I purchased The Help at a thrift store in Riverdale, NY for $3.25.  My three bucks got me the hard cover version and read it in under one week.  I’m excited as the next person to see The Helpin theaters, though I’m sure the movie won’t be as good as the book.  Kathryn Stockett wrote an amazing book in captivating and brutally honest voices that almost physically thrust me back to the 1960s.  My grandmother on my mother’s side was a domestic worker.  While I read the book, I wondered if this is what she endured to feed my Mom.  If today’s date was August 11, 1963 I could be one of the characters in the book.

Yesterday this Video was shared on facebook that I am sharing with you.  I hope you’ll continue to share it with others and find it as motivating as I did.

Oh, SIX DAYS!!  🙂

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