- kabbalistic concept of mystically repairing the fabric of the world through the performance of mitzvot
- "repairing (the) world," making the world a better place through volunteering, social justice work, and philanthropy
- "Helping the needy is an act of tikkun olam."
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
- תיקון עולם
- Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
- Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations
- North America
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
- Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
Who Uses This
- The modern meaning came into usage among progressive American Jews in the 1970s and became widespread in the 1990s. See history of the word in rabbinic texts here: http://www.zeek.net/706tohu/ and in Jill Jacobs' book There Shall Be No Needy.
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