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What Is behind the Idea of "Tikkun Olam"?
The Origin and Philosophy of a Key Idea

Mishael Zion

Social Justice, Text & Thought

Now becoming a central term in Jewish life, the term "tikkun olam", meaning "the repair of the world", originated in the Mishna as part of a discussion about divorce law. Tracking the origins of this idea in the Mishna and Tanakh, we will gain insight into what this term tells us about God, humanity and the world.

Mishael Zion

Mishael Zion is co-author of "A Night to Remember: The Haggadah of Contemporary Voices" (2007). Originally from Jerusalem, Mishael teaches Talmud and Hassidut at the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning and Yeshivat Hadar and is a Tikvah Scholar at NYU. Mishael is also a member of the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. He is a fourth year rabbinical student at YCT, and lives in the Upper West Side with his wife, Elana, and two daughters, Zohar and Shai.

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