Repairing the World

Many PJ Library books (and blog posts) mention ways that children can help repair the world, or practice the Jewish value of tikkun olamCan one good deed really change the world?

Jewish wisdom has always taught that mitzvah goreret mitzvah – that each good deed leads to another, a positive ripple effect that impacts our society. The notion of tikkun olam held special meaning for the kabbalists, the Jewish mystics of 16th century Safed in northern Israel. The kabbalists likened the world to a broken vessel of light. Each good deed we do seals one shard back into place, ultimately restoring the whole.