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Tikkun Olam

The Moral Excellence Of The State Of Israel

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 08.01.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

We have many flaws as well, but the modern state of Israel should hold its head high. Despite its craven detractors, it remains on mission as "a light unto the nations."

Calling For Justice In Sudan

Rabbi David Saperstein | Posted 05.16.2012 | Religion
Rabbi David Saperstein

I was proud to be among those activists arrested this morning for civil disobedience in the name of social justice. We came together today with hearts both somber and spirited.

LGBT Discrimination And The Promise Of Tikkun Olam

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.15.2012 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I have a hope. I hope we can all join together as allies to counter the misunderstanding, marginalization and oppression so we can make real the true potential of "Never Again."

Supply And Demand Isn't Enough

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 03.10.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Biblical Israel aspired to attain a vision in which all people were recognized as reflections of God's image -- each person of equal worth and dignity.

U.K. Chief Rabbi Shares Lessons In Leadership At Chabad Conference

Baila Olidort | Posted 01.31.2012 | Religion
Baila Olidort

"In the silence of our souls we can hear what the Rebbe would be saying to us now: 'You think you've done enough? There is always more of the mountain to climb.'"

Occupy Genesis: Rewinding The Torah, Repairing The World

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 12.19.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

The story of creation begins again this week in synagogues around the world. This annual cosmic rewind gives each of us a chance to deepen our thinking about the stories we heard as children.

Meatless Monday: The Earth Is An Apple

Ellen Kanner | Posted 11.26.2011 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Have an apple. Have two. Because this week, we get not one but two holiday opportunities to make the world a better place.

Building Bridges Of Freedom: The Interfaith Movement To End Slavery

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 07.26.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

Fighting slavery cuts across political lines. It represents a moral consensus: Slavery is wrong, and we should not benefit from unpaid labor.

What About MY Special Needs Child?

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Mental illness is something that we often overlook as a "special need," but there's a need for more offerings within the Jewish community for kids who suffer from anxiety, depression and OCD.

Retributive Justice And Restorative Justice

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 07.03.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

There is a difference been retributive justice, which gives us a primal sense of pleasure, and restorative justice, which is about our responsibilities as we try move forward.

Is The Prophet Elijah Homeless?

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 07.03.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

The Messiah will come when we stop building gatehouses and start opening our doors. Redemption will come when the questions about homelessness are not left to a dedicated few.

Repairing the World One Garden at a Time

Robyn Carolyn Price | Posted 07.03.2011 | Impact
Robyn Carolyn Price

The word "etgar" means "challenge" in Hebrew and Billy Planer's challenge to his students is to "get involved politically and socially to create change in the world."

10 Teachings On Judaism And The Environment

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 06.06.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

By putting God at the center of life, we see the sacred in everything and the natural world becomes a source of wonder and not only a resource for our use and abuse.

Why We (Still) Can't Wait For Economic Justice

Brad Lander | Posted 06.06.2011 | Religion
Brad Lander

That we are made in the divine image is at the center of the Judaism's essential commitment to guaranteeing basic human dignity. One undeniable expression of this is a living wage.

Brooklyn Bar Mitzvah Teen Pays it Forward All the way to Japan

Linda Cronin-Gross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Linda Cronin-Gross

For those of you who do not know, every Bar or Bat Mitzvah child is obligated to undertake a project to do Tikkun Olam, Hebrew for "repairing the world."

How Will You Show Some Love? Reinventing Valentine's Day

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Greenblatt

It's certainly a special thing when we pause to appreciate our loved ones. But perhaps we can raise our game in 2011 and do a bit more on this date.

Why Jews Around the World Are Praying for the Victory of the Egyptian Uprising

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Michael Lerner

It is impossible for Jews to forget our heritage as victims of another Egyptian tyrant -- the Pharoah whose reliance on brute force was overthrown when the Israelite slaves managed to escape from Egypt some 3,000 years ago.

Tu B'Shvat: An Ancient Jewish Holy Day For Modern Environmentalists

Gabe Crane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Gabe Crane

What was once an accounting of tree inventory in ancient Israel may be emerging as the accounting of a movement.

International Adoptions Changing Face Of U.S. Judaism

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Lauren Markow Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Like so many Jewish women, Anne Suissa pursued her education and career with gusto, earning d...

Hanukkah, Human Rights And The Revelation Of The Hidden

Rabbi Jill Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jill Jacobs

On the fifth and sixth days of Hanukah, Rabbis for Human Rights will hold its biennial conference. At this conference, rabbis, lay leaders, and Jews of all backgrounds will learn about pressing human rights abuses.

Thanksgiving, Tikkun Olam, And U.S. Jews Breaking The Israel Barrier

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

Thanksgiving is itself an act of Tikkun Olam. It celebrates the bridging of fierce differences, the coming together of seeming opposites, the idea that helping people takes precedence over barriers of creed.

Protecting Our Land And Water Means Protecting God's Creation

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb

We urge safeguarding our precious public lands and water resources, by having Congress dedicate full funding for the bi-partisan-supported Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

The Jewish Mandate for Advocacy, Service and Repairing the World

Rabbi Sid Schwarz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Sid Schwarz

There is a long way to go to make Jewish service a standard part of the experience for young American Jews. Still, the growth of the field is evidence that the Jewish tradition of giving back to the society in which we live is alive and well.

Judaism and Global Justice: A Conversation with Ruth Messinger

Katherine Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Jewish sages say that if all the problems of the world were on one side of a scale, and poverty was on the other, poverty would be heavier. That idea guides us.

The Necessity of Jewish Values in the Contemporary World

Rabbi Sid Schwarz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Sid Schwarz

Now it seems clear that Judaism has some wisdom that is in short supply, both in the world as well as in America.