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Many young Jewish Americans were energized by the political and social change movements of the 1960s and 70s, and some looked to Jewish tradition to ground their activism.
The association of tikkun olam with human agency, a human-centered utopian quest to realize God’s Kingdom on Earth is a relatively new phenomenon.
Tikkun olam, a Hebrew term which literally means “to mend/repair the world” has gained currency in American Jewish circles over the past 50 years and has even entered the wider American religious discourse.
The frequent acknowledgment of the reality of social, economic, political, cultural, and religious systems and structures and the power which they exert over our ability to live Gospel values marks one of the most critical insights in CST in the last fifty years.
Social Analysis in CST is one-half of the answer to the question, “What is really going on in this situation?”
For anyone eager to practice the values associated with political responsibility in the Catholic tradition, advocacy is one invaluable instrument in our hands.