What is Jewish Justice? What does the intersection of these terms mean? Tzedek, the Hebrew term for righteousness, fairness or justice, is one of the oldest teachings in Judaism. While this term dates back pretty much as far as it goes, it can mean so many different things to so many different people. To some it represents the covenant made with God to take care of one another no matter their status and to uphold the obligations to God; to others it means Tikkun Olam— to repair the world. Judaism encompasses a wide range of identities and Jews come in a variety of backgrounds, but one thing that lives in Jewish tradition is a sense of responsibility to the world, to each other and to all those who inhabit it. 

For us here, in the Tzedek committee of Hillel Queen’s, we aim to make at least a small contribution to our local community, through acts of service and bringing awareness to issues that are not given enough attention. Our hope is to show people that even though one person can’t repair the world alone, all contributions have value no matter the size. ‘Lo alecha hamlacha ligmor, v’lo atah ben chorin l’hivatel mimena’, ‘You are not expected to complete the task, but neither are you free to avoid it’ (Rabbi Tarfon, Pirkei Avot 2:21). We look forward to sharing with you all that we have planned and hope to see you at an event soon!

Written by Odette Cotnarneau
Queen’s Hillel Tzedek Committee Chair 21/22


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