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Are you familiar with the terms tzedakah and tikkun olam?
It wasn’t the first thing I associated with what I did, but in retrospect it does fit a lot with tikkun olam. It means “repair the world” and I like that idea a lot. A lot of people say, “You raised a lot of money so you must be a compassionate person.” But that isn’t what motivated me. I feel the connotation of compassion is pity or charity. I’m more motivated by the need to solve a problem, to repair.
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