Tikkun olam is a Hebrew phrase that means “repair the world.” It’s an all-encompassing value that we each have a role to play in making the world more just, more fair, and more kind.
With the events of the past week, which build on a longer history of racism in our country, we have an opportunity and an obligation to have a conversation with our children. Here are some resources to help your family discuss race, racism, diversity, and inclusion, starting even at a young age:
When everything seems overwhelming (and it is!), and you don’t know where to begin, it may help to remember this quote from Rabbi Tarfon in Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Ancestors):
“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”
Start the conversation within your family now. And always remember, we are here to help.