0 item(s) / Total: $0  view cart

#OneKindAct: Rosie Saves the World - Who Are You For?

Posted by Anna Burnstein Gilette on 11/5/2020 to Jewish Values

The Jewish concept of tikkun olam means “to repair the world.” Not only are there many struggles, there are numerous ways a person can help each one. That is a massive undertaking. Where does one even begin? War, oppression, climate change, poverty.

Hillel, the famous Jewish scholar wrote:

If I am not for myself, who will be for me?

If I am only for myself, what am I?

And if not now, when?


We have a responsibility to the world, but we also have a responsibility to ourselves. Being a good citizen of the world does not mean losing sight of our own self-care or the care of those closest to us. A lesson learned by one little girl in Rosie Saves the World.

Picture a pebble falling on water; the effect of the pebble is concentric circles rippling outwards. There are no big circles until there are small ones. Big-hearted Rosie is so inspired when she learns about tikkun olam that she tries to make one giant splash all at once. She must pause and ask herself: who is she for?

It is a question that philosophers have been asking for centuries. Luckily, the answer to Hillel’s question when is easier. The time is now.

Welcome to Kar-Ben's blog, a place for ideas and activities to inspire, entertain and educate young readers and their families. 

 Meet a Kar-Ben Author
 High Holidays
 Sukkot & Simchat Torah
 Tu B'Shevat
 Jewish Values

 It's Purim! So you see what I see?
 A Soup by Any Other Name Would Taste as Good
 Whoever Saves a Life
 The Most Famous Jewish Philanthropist You Never Heard Of
 Putting Down Roots on Tu B'Shevat

 February 2021
 January 2021
 December 2020
 November 2020
 October 2020
 September 2020
 August 2020
 June 2020
 May 2020
 April 2020
 March 2020
 February 2020
 January 2020
 December 2019
 September 2019
 August 2019
 July 2019
 April 2019
 February 2019
 January 2019
 November 2018
 October 2018
 September 2018
 August 2018
 July 2018
 June 2018
 April 2018
 January 2018
 December 2017
 November 2017
 October 2017
 September 2017
 August 2017
 July 2017
 December 2016
 November 2015
 December 2014
 November 2013
 October 2013