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It's no secret that social action is a central maxim of Judaism – but as Rabbi Jonah Pesner said during a text study I attended this summer, we often take for granted this deep relationship between Judaism and social action, to the point that important ideas like tikkun olam (repairing the world) become insignificant jargon.

Some people, he joked, even ask him, “How do you say tikkun olam in Hebrew?”

Social action is at the very core of our Reform Jewish tradition. I have been taught my entire life that helping others is not just the right thing to do, but a Jewish...

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