It Has Become Polite to Be Rude

Posted on July 2, 2012

     In Rabbi Hillel Goldberg’s article, “It Has Become Polite to Be Rude,” he talks about words having lost their meaning and how everything is called “iconic” these days to the extent that we’ve lost our meaning of the word “iconic.”  His point is that we have also done this with the word Tikkun Olam and have “reduced and overused” the term to our own detriment.  Rabbi Goldberg argues that with more time focusing on the moment and less time focusing on our electronic devices, we can concentrate on what matters and recognize how to truly better the world by understanding what the concepts we speak about actually stand for.  I think this is an extremely valuable point and believe that we should use the term Tikkun Olam in the social justice, hands-on, volunteering sense in order to leave the world better than how we found it.  At Areyvut. Tikkun Olam is one of our main goals and we work hard to make a difference in our community and the world at large.  The teenagers we work with are equally inspired and inspiring in their sincerest service and involvement.  From our work together I know that we can all do our part to make our communities and world a better place in which to live.

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