What are the possibilities for tikkunknitting? For pursuing tikkun olam through practical or creative needlework?
I’ve always wondered why it seemed so difficult for many to incorporate tikkun olam seamlessly into their lives. Most Jews profess that Judaism is a way of life, a set of values and behaviors that are right, righteous, and bring one closer to an understanding of the divine (though we may not agree about the degree of adherence to traditional practices, according to our commitment to more or less liberal, or fundamentalist, interpretations of our inherited texts).
Knitting (or needlework in general) is a simple starting point for thinking through the business of being Jewish, of acting rightly. First one has to start with the basic stuff of knitting (or crochet, weaving, spinning, etc): tools and fiber. So one can make specifically Jewish choices, or choices informed by Jewish values.
Concern for the environment in general, and issues like global warming, environmental pollution and degradation, and eco-social justice are addressed by all Jewish communities of which I’m aware: Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, and Reconstructionist. As a Reform Jew, my approach to the question is usually directed by reference to a wide range of traditional and non-traditional texts and commentaries. A singularly useful place to begin to learn about our obligation to “green” our lives, homes, and places of worship is the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, especially their educational materials and projects. But if you don’t want to look into traditional sources, or explore briefly the suggestions of our leaders and educators, start simple, with the ubiquitous program shared by the entire international community: