Tikkun Olam?

I have to admit to liking Capercaillie’s La paella grande:

No more kicking up
And digging up
A hole in this world
We’re going to live it up
And fill it up
This hole in the world…

Tikkun olam (Hebrew: תיקון עולם‎) is a Hebrew phrase that means “repairing the world.” In Judaism, the concept of tikkun olam originated in the early rabbinic period. The concept has been given new meanings in the Kabbalah of the medieval period and further connotations in modern Judaism.

Lurianic Kabbalah has also been used to explain the role of prayer and ritual action in tikkun olam. According to this vision of the world, God contracted part of God’s self into vessels of light to create the world. These vessels shattered and their shards became sparks of light trapped within the material of creation. Prayer, especially contemplation of various aspects of the divinity (sephirot), releases these sparks and allows them to reunite with God’s essence.

The physical world is connected to spiritual realms above, and these spiritual realms in turn influence the physical world.

For some Jews, the phrase tikkun olam means that Jews are not only responsible for creating a model society among themselves but also are responsible for the welfare of the society at large. This responsibility may be understood in religious, social or political terms and there are many different opinions about how religion, society, and politics interplay.

Anyway, the world’s a mess and seriously needs to be fixed.  This song just reminds me of what I would like to see happen.

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