Hurricane Dorian: An Opportunity for Tikkun Olam

Joshua J., Staff Writer

“At Posnack School we believe that helping our community, Tikkun Olam is central to our Jewish Beliefs”

On September 1, 2019, Hurricane Dorian, a category 5 storm, devastated the Bahamas with maximum winds of 185 miles an hour. Hurricane Dorian left tens of thousands homeless and in dire need of help. Hurricane Dorian’s death toll has reached 50 and officials expect this number to grow. In an effort to support the people of the Bahamas, the State of Florida is collecting and sending supplies to the Bahamas. Grand Bahama Island, Freeport, and Abaco Island were devastated by the storm. In Great Abaco, boats, homes, and power lines were demolished. 70,000 residents are currently homeless without power, food or water. Private planes, cruise ships, and private yachts are making trips to the Bahamas to deliver generators, water, food, and other vital supplies.

At David Posnack Jewish Day School, Student Government, Jewish Life, and Key Club asked students to bring supplies to send to the Bahamas. This included water, nonperishable food, clothes, shoes, and first aid supplies. As Jewish people, giving back to others in need is considered a mitzvah. The Mishnah talks about the concept of Tikkun Olam, a Jewish concept defined by acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world. It is used when helping those who may be at a disadvantage. The situation for these residents is dire. After the storm, residents in the State of Florida began raising money and collecting donations to help the people of the Bahamas. Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, now it is are job to help the people who were affected by this terrible event.