The Jewish concept of Karma is called Tikkun — which means a fixing, a correction, or a healing of our souls. Jewish teachings tell us that we have come into this world to correct, rebalance, and fix parts of ourselves. Tikkun Olam means healing and fixing the entire world. Jewish practice also teaches that painful events come for a reason: to balance past negativity and teach us to grow. The correct way to deal with abuse is to turn it into a blessing. The Torah says "if someone abuses you verbally, just remain silent and rejoice. Do not insist on your rights, be ready to receive hurt without response. Instead, say to yourself, 'God brought it about that this person would do this to me in order to atone for my sins, if I receive the blow with humility and love of God.' . . ."

Both Zen and Jewish practice teach that any pain, difficulty, and abuse comes to clear past errors and remove pride. When you respond correctly to these events, they have the power to elevate you and clear darkness away. Of course it is difficult to respond positively unless you see the larger picture about why the difficulty has come. If you do not understand, or cannot see a positive purpose in your suffering, then it is natural to respond negatively and intensify the difficulty you're in. However, if you receive the hard time quietly, even pray for forgiveness for the one who has done the harm, you will grow spiritually and bring light to the world.

Brenda Shoshanna in Jewish Dharma