The Mystical History of Tikkun Olam – A Lecture by Yadin Roman

The Mystical History of Tikkun Olam

The birth of a unique concept
– Lecture by Yadin Roman –

Tikkun Olam, Mending the World, had become a modern concept dealing in such widespread issues as saving the plant to helping the needy. This mystical concept, conceived in thirteenth century kabbalists circles in Spain, had originally a completely different meaning. Following the expulsion from Spain, it would be central in the healing of a distraught nation, and then lead to the mystical advent of the apostate messiah Shabbatai Zvi. In his book Shabbatai Zvi – A Messianic Tale,  Yadin Roman follows the development of one of this complicated Jewish concept, and its perception over time.

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Yadin Roman, Publisher and Editor in Chief of the ERETZ Group, was born in Israel in 1948. He grew up in Givatayim outside Tel Aviv, also spending long periods in England and Africa.

After completing four years of service in the Israel Defense Forces, as a career officer with the rank of Lt. Col., he earned a B.A. in historical geography and economics at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. For 10 years he headed the Israel Ministry of Tourism Guide School, before commencing his publishing career with the production of a tour guides’ magazine that would develop into ERETZ Magazine, the geographic magazine of Israel.

Roman has written extensively on history and geography of Israel and the Jewish people, among others a guide to Israel and Jerusalem, and five books including a book on Masada, and a book on Herod the Great. He is in great demand as a speaker on Israel lore.