Making bracelets and selling baked goods sounds like a modest way of repairing the entire world – even if all the proceeds go to rebuild homes and lives devastated by disasters in Puerto Rico and Mexico City. But the genius behind Judaism’s concept of Tikkun Olam – Repairing the World – lies in its modesty. We won’t fix our broken worlds by waiting for the few to engage in grand gestures. Tikkun Olam relies on humble but effective acts of lovingkindness. The ambitions behind Tikkun Olam are cosmic – repairing the whole world! But the scope is very much local: the neighborhood, the household, the kitchen table, the tzedakah box.
Last month, the entire SDJA community participated in these humble efforts at fixing our world. We made bracelets, raised money in our families, sold cookies in our neighborhoods, bought snacks at school and at athletic events, purchased flowers for Shabbat, all for Tikkun Olam. Tikkun Olam is originally a Jewish mystical idea. According to ancient rabbis, a primordial explosion accompanied the creation of the universe, sending harmful shards into the depths of our existence. Every act of human decency destroys a shard, and sends God’s light back into the void. When each of us releases enough light into the heavens, the world will regain its original harmony.
The SDJA is committed to inspiring our students and parents to release their light into the world. November was a great Tikkun Olam month for our community. But it was also a typical month at SDJA, where we always strive to make our world a brighter place.
Parent-teacher conferences are being held Monday and Tuesday and we look forward to seeing you. There is nothing like parent-teacher conferences to remind us that we are truly your partners. We all share a common goal: To make this a successful school year for your child! Here are some tips to make the most of […]
It’s not enough to provide rigorous academics that challenge students intellectually. Jobs and wage growth opportunities open up for those who have the social skills needed in order to work well with others. That’s why we work with great intention to help our students become excellent collaborative problem-solvers. According to Andreas Schleicher who oversees the […]
Making bracelets and selling baked goods sounds like a modest way of repairing the entire world – even if all the proceeds go to rebuild homes and lives devastated by disasters in Puerto Rico and Mexico City. But the genius behind Judaism’s concept of Tikkun Olam – Repairing the World – lies in its modesty. […]
To begin our guidance lessons each week, students are welcomed to a Mindful Moment practice. They are invited to find a comfortable position that is alert and intentional, to close their eyes, and to focus one of their five senses as an anchor to paying attention on purpose, without judgment, to the present moment. We […]
In the early 1990’s, approximately 700 American nuns agreed to allow researchers access to their autobiographies as part of a research program on aging and Alzheimer’s disease. The published results were astounding. The more positive emotions the nuns expressed in their autobiographical notes -contentment, gratitude, happiness, love and hope – the more likely they were […]