Jovial (27 Dec 2011)
"re: "Obama Invokes "another god"?" (NOT)"

In re Gerlinda's post at http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/dec2011/gerlinda1224-1.htm , the phrase "Tikkun Olam" is Hebrew for "repair of the world".  It is not the phrase of a "foreign god" or the name of a person.

 

It has nothing to do with Kaballah.  It is a phrase used throughout all of Judaism in a very common way.  We are all supposed to do our part to help repair the world.  Volunteering for charity is part of Tikkun Olam.  Opening doors for people is Tikkun Olam.  The smallest thing you do to make the world a better place contributes to Tikkun Olam.  There's nothing mystical or "Kaballah" about it.

 

BTW, the world "Kaballah" means "tradition" in English. 

 

The whole post seemed confused.  It quotes Obama saying "Tikkun Olam", calls this the name of a foreign god, then quotes Jewish writings that use that phrase plus some ideas the reader might be unfamiliar with, and therefore tries to associate Obama with those ideas as coming from the god "Tikkun Olam".  Every premise and illogical connection to it was simply off base.

 

Shalom, Joe