In Hebrew, people will often use the term “Tikkun Olam,” which translates to “fixing the world.” This phrase goes all the way back to the Mishnah (Rabbinic teachings from 200 C.E.) when referring to social policy legislation to provide extra protection to those potentially at a disadvantage. Tikkun Olam is a concept of fair and just relations between the individual and society. This is often measured in terms of distribution of wealth, opportunities for personal activity and social privileges. For many Jews, Tikkun Olam is not only a component of their Jewish identity but a way to live out a Jewish life and bring to life key Jewish values.
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