Tikkun Olam: Fixing the World

Frank Storch wrote an article for the Jewish Times entitled, “Tikkun Olam: What Does It Really Mean For Us.”

In the article he wrote that, “I take tremendous inspiration from my father, O”BM, M. Leo Storch. He lived and breathed the message of tikkun olam.  My father lived his life with a mission of sanctifying the name of God.  He was filled with integrity and always chose to do more than just “the right thing.”  When a buyer for a building lot was unable to continue making payments my father told him “if you can’t use my lot I can’t use your payments” and returned every previous monthly payment to him.  When county building codes were not adequate enough to ensure long-term safety and stability for a building, my father would go above and beyond what was required at his own expense.   As a real estate owner, his tenants always knew that if they couldn’t pay the rent in time, my father would do what he could to extend the time in order to keep them in business. On many occasions, he would fund businesses to get them on their feet. My father went as far as borrowing money to donate to charitable causes that were in dire need of financial assistance.”

He concluded by saying, “Most importantly, we need to recognize that the concept of tikkun olam, most popularly defined as “repairing the world,” has a deeper meaning. Hashem created a world that was inherently pure and whole, and we must do our utmost in our daily actions such as mitzvos, studying the Torah and continually working on improving our behavior toward others so that we can maximize the opportunities to bring honor to Hashem’s name.”

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