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to refill the cup of ritual (which we still have) with the faith in
God that we lost during the Holocaust. This is not easy work,
but it is part of the healing process. I urge Jews who might
have been alienated from Judaism in this life to take a second
look at Judaism. There is still much beauty in the old ways.
One further note on tikkun: Miriam equates the Hebrew
term tikkun with karma in this book, but tikkun is not nec-
essarily “tit for tat” the way some New Age people interpret
karma nowadays. Karma means “action,” and tikkun means
“repair.”They are similar, but not exactly the same in function.
Karma refers to any action we do—good or bad. Tikkun is
always a positive action.
A common misconception about karma is that if, say,
you robbed someone in a past life, you may end up being
robbed in this life. While that could happen, there are many
other possibilities for tikkun: you might save someone from
being assaulted and robbed in this life, and thereby stop the
karmic cycle; you might become a counselor helping crime
victims; you might give money to someone and unknowingly
pay off the money you stole from them in your previous life;
you might work with at-risk youth so they do not become
thieves. Or, you might do good deeds that are not directly re-
lated to robbery or money, but which help bring more peace
and gentleness into the world.
In other words, you do not necessarily have to experi-
ence the exact same act that you perpetrated in another
life in order to stop bad karma cycles. The Universe is very
complex and “the butterfly effect” can mean that two deeds
which seem unrelated to the rational mind can be connected
on a different level. This is good news, because it means that
humanity does not have to keep repeating the same violent