"Repair the World" Encourages Service
07. 02. 2010
The Washington Post By Eboo Patel Nothing is more exciting for me than seeing religious communities practice the command from their tradition to serve others. I had a chance to witness this at the early hour of 7 a.m. in New York today at a breakfast celebrating an emerging organization called Repair the World. The prophets of our great traditions invoke calls to service - in scripture and verse, parable and hadith, service is a core value across faiths. And because it is a core part of these traditions, it ought to be a core part of both the life the community and religious identity. Repair the World was established to inspire American Jews and their communities to make service a defining part of American Jewish life - "to mobilize Jews to serve with integrity and authenticity" and to inspire and engage the Jewish community in service. Part of what strikes me about this is the acknowledgment that service is a core part of the American Jewish identity. It suggests that service is a central responsibility of an engaged Jew - an integral part of contributing to the broader community. Click here to read the entire article.