tikkun olam. A Hebrew phrase meaning “repair the world”. Found in A Dual Inheritance by Joanna Hershon.
“Christ—” [said Ed.]
“Sure, him, too—why not?” [Ed’s father said.] “You and Rabbi Steuyer and J.C. can talk over how you and the schwartzes should create a new holiday. Why don’t you go and do that? You can serve sweet potatoes and matzoh for the Seder.
“And when you’re finished with your big discussions, when you’re done with your bullshit about tikkun olam, when you’re done with your important and noble plans, you can step outside and get your wallet stolen and your ribs kicked in for good measure.”
“What’s tikkun olam?” asked Hugh, predictably.
“It’s an obligation to heal the world,” said Ed.