Tikkun Olam & Hashpa’ah

Introduction

Growth is never-ending. Internal spiritual growth (Hashpa’ah) and external action are both ways to partner with G-d to continue to create/repair the world we live in (Tikkun Olam)

Hashpa’ah is translated as “Spiritual Direction” – deriving from the root meaning abundant flow from G-d. In today’s charged world with so many distractions, responsibilities, and challenges—there is a way to bring the sacred in. Rabbi Mintz can help you find relevance in Jewish traditions and teachings and to recognize their meaningfulness in everyday living. Our Rabbi is here to provide guidance and direction. Hashpaah/Spiritual Direction is being offered to individuals within the congregation by Rabbi Mintz, as she is the only ordained Jewish Mashpiah Ruchanit/Spiritual Director in the area.

Tikkun Olam’s Translation to Repair the World

Mitzvah, “commandment”; plural, mitzvot; (tzavah, “command”) is a word used in Judaism to refer to (a) the commandments, of which there are 613, given in the Torah (the first five books of the Hebrew Bible) or (b) any Jewish law at all. The term can also refer to the fulfillment of a mitzvah as defined above.

While the more proper term for loving-kindness is “g’millut chessed,” the term mitzvah has also come to express any act of human kindness, such as coming to the aid of an unknown person. According to the teachings of Judaism, all moral laws are, or are derived from, divine commandments.

Rabbis are divided between those who seek the purpose of the mitzvot and those who do not question them. The latter argue that, if the reason for each mitzvah could be determined, people might try to achieve what they see as the purpose of the mitzvah, without actually performing the mitzvah itself.

The Congregation P’nai Tikvah believes strongly in helping the community and those in need, often such endeavors are costly. Should you desire to contribute to the Rabbi’s discretionary fund please contact the office at 436-4900.