Tikkun Olam

Perfecting the world. Photo by @mfassphotos

I really love the concept of Tikkun Olam. The perfection of the world. Also, the idea that in order to bring about Tikkun Olam we must actually get off the couch and do something is just so logical.

It really would make sense that we need to be active participants in order to help achieve our goals. This is partly why there is a strong moral imperative in Judaism to address injustices. Judaism forbids hunting for sport for example, because you have a duty to not inflict pain on animals unnecessarily. Now that’s something I can get behind.

It really makes me re-examine what I am actually doing to help. Sure recycling is good, but it’s really easy to do these days. Planting only wildlife-friendly trees in my garden is also easy because I like them. I think that the ideal from a moral point of view would be to stretch myself that bit farther, doing something that requires more effort. Being more involved in local initiatives for the environment for example.

Judaism is a religion that requires action, just praying and asking God to do all the hard work for you is clearly not going to cut it. I think I really respect that.

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