According to a letter my pastor wrote to our Jewish brothers and sisters this week, "tikkun olam" is translated from Hebrew as "repair of the world."
Soak that in.
I definitely want to repair the world. Mending is holy work to me.
And Jewish teachings say of tikkun olam, "it is not upon you to finish the work, nor are you free to neglect it."
Soak that in, too. The balance!
I will be putting those words before my eyes and continuing to pray for us all as we work.
I had heard of this years ago, Margo. Of course, it didn't stick - I'm so bad about mending. :(
I love this idea: not upon us to finish it, nor to neglect. But just to keep going......
Beautiful post. Thank you, Margo, for a thoughtful way of being present with such tragedy and distress in our lives.
Thank you, from a longtime reader who rarely comments.
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