“As such, tikkun olam has devolved today to mean anything that fits into the categories of community service or helping the underdog. The focus on universalism has led to stripping the word ‘mitzvah’ of any sense of divine obligation, and instead understands ‘mitzvot’ to mean, simply, “good deeds.” And, to me, most problematic of all, the teaching of tikkun olam as it has evolved over the last several decades places greater emphasis on valuing the global human community over caring for our fellow Jews and for the continuity of Judaism.”
Source: Aaron Starr, “Time to Say Kaddish for ‘Tikkun Olam'” (Times of Israel)
(I can imagine that this piece–which reads as though it may have been given as a Rosh Hashanah sermon– is going to elicit some major pushback.)
Speaking of Rosh Hashanah–let me wish you all a Shanah Tovah–as well as a Shabbat Shalom.
“‘Please remember, don’t make us out to be political,’ the man said. ‘We just want recognition as Jews.'”
Source: Chris Buckley, “Chinese Jews of Ancient Lineage Huddle Under Pressure” (The New York Times)