Rabbi-Educator's Message: March 2014
|Joe Eiduson, Rabbi-Educator|
From Our Rabbi-Educator, Mitzvah Day
The Jewish sages teach that these three pursuits - study, worship, and deeds of loving kindness - provide a framework within which Jews build their relationship with God, with one another, and with the world. We are turning our focus in February, March, and April to the value g’milut chasadim, deeds of loving kindness. Jewish tradition elevates deeds of loving kindness (chesed) to the highest possible ranking among human traits.
On Sunday, April 6, we will participate in a concerted effort to bring the entire congregation together to spend one day volunteering with social justice organizations and activities in the community. Our youngest children (K–2) will participate in a program and hands-on activities with their parents at the temple from 9:30–11:00 am. Everyone else (grades 3–7 and parents) will be invited to find at least one way to participate in a mitzvah during the day as a household unit. WAFTY will also be organizing volunteer work both at the temple and in the community.
All religious school tzedakah donations through March will be given to support Mitzvah Day activities.
Also for Mitzvah Day, we will be collecting books to support the Worcester community project G.A.B. (Give-A-Book), which has been able to collect more than 160,000 books in the seven years since they started the organization. The books are distributed to children in the Worcester area for summer reading. Help us get books in the hands of kids by bringing new or gently used children’s and young adult’s books, and placing them in the blue bins outside the temple office. We hope that every family will choose to participate in our annual Mitzvah Day.
Rabbi Joe Eiduson