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“Tikkun Olam” is used by leftist Jews to justify their anti-Israel socialist philosophy and further their political ends.

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In the 1980’s Jewish radicals usurped the phrase “Tikkun Olam” to encompass politicized issues that have nothing to do with its original meaning. (Photo: Chabad.org)

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A common trend among the modern liberal Jew is the woke fascination with “Tikkun Olam”, the misappropriated term used by misguided Jews to “heal the world”.

Let me begin by stating that this misused and misunderstood phrase has little if any, basis in Judaism. Indeed, I suggest it is a term seized upon by leftist Jews, with little or no Jewish knowledge, to justify their political philosophy and to further their political ends.

Although there are many “educated” rabbis from reform and even some conservative congregations who try to twist formal Judaism into a justification for this move towards universal social justice, they in fact reject the basic tenants of Judaism and rather seek radical change in society. In turn, they reject the Torah, which makes no mention of Tikkun Olam and fastens on the Talmud which provides much more leeway for any interpretation one wants to make.

Their unrelenting quest for socialism has led to the rebranding of Judaism into Marxism with socialism becoming their Torah.

For the Jew, socialism leads undeniably to assimilation. And the very basic characteristic of assimilation is that it makes it impossible to reconcile itself with the notion of an independent Jewish state.

We assimilate to falsely believe that we are accepted into the non-Jewish world as equals. This leaves the connection to Judaism not through Torah and our commitments to it, but through something that is much easier to grasp and profess; social justice, Tikkun Olam, heals the world. No archaic Jewish rituals, prayers, customs, obligations. No, only the nebulous social justice which can mean anything from climate change to redistribution of income.

It is of interest that in Roman times the world Jewish population was approximately 10 million. Two thousand years later the population is approximately 15 million. In the same time span, the Chinese population has gone from 30 million to one and a half billion. While it is true that we have had to endure catastrophes including the Crusades, Inquisition, Pogroms, and the ultimate Holocaust, our main dilemma has been and continues to be assimilation. That is because it is hard to remain a viable member of the tribe. Much easier to “play it by ear” and follow a few cultural features and strive mightily to join “them”.

The main problem of assimilation is the necessity to obliterate the differences between Jew and gentile. And Tikkun Olam provides that pathway.

To heal the world necessitates the belief that there is no distinction between peoples. All persons are the same and it becomes politically incorrect to think of oneself as different or, even worse, “chosen”. This view leaves no room for nationalism or particularism. As a result, this social justice requires the Jew to dissolve into the rest of humanity.

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If we then blend into the rest of humanity there is no need for Jews as such, no need to perpetuate the Jewish people and obviously then, no need for a Jewish homeland. That is why a vast majority of American Jews continue to vote Democrat notwithstanding the party being infiltrated with virulent anti-Semites cleverly disguised as anti-Zionist.

To the Jewish left, Israel is not only seen as the aggressor, despite all evidence to the contrary, but also as an embarrassment and an impediment to their fervent desire to assimilate into the gentile world.

So now we get to the crux of the issue. To heal the world, to seek assimilation and to promote this social justice theme one must then reject two basic premises of Judaism. Firstly our “choosiness”, and secondly our “exile from Israel”.

The Torah was given to the Jews by God. It wasn’t given to the rest of the world. It was given to his chosen people. In exchange there were created obligations of the Jew to the Torah and hence the Jewish people.

And of course, we have been promised and have been granted the return to Zion, our Israel. For the Jewish left they reject the covenant between God and the Jews and hence there is no need for either the Jewish people or the state.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe explained what “Tikkun Olam” was supposed to really mean to Jews (Image: Chabad.org)

In conclusion, I am sorry to state that the credo of the left is incompatible with Judaism and will lead to a further lost generation of Jews who thought it better to assimilate than honour the covenant between God and his chosen people.

I close with a quote from Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the great founder of the Jewish Revisionist movement and staunch Zionist.

“The youth are constantly sitting at the window, heads bent towards the non-Jewish avenue and only their feet remain inside. And when a procession with fine banners parade on the avenue, they cannot restrain themselves; they must shove their heads out of the window, stretch forth their hands and yell, “me too”. He who sits near the window and continues to shove his head further and further outside, is bound to fall and remain outside: either in one whole piece or shattered”.

Saul Glober is a lawyer and graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School. He was an intercollegiate athlete and participated in four Maccabiah Games for Canada. A history student and frequent commentator, he lives in Toronto with his four children and 5 grandchildren.

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