Judaism’s 14 Mandatory Acts of Kindness

Judaism doesn’t view doing acts of kindness as voluntary, rather it instructs 14 mandatory acts of kindness. Here is the list:

  1. Aid the poor
  2. Feed the hungry
  3. Extend loans
  4. Redeem captives
  5. Excel in hospitality
  6. Visit the unwell
  7. Gladden brides and grooms
  8. Comfort the mourner
  9. Honor the deceased
  10. Return lost objects
  11. Offer roadside assistance
  12. Educate the youth
  13. Teach Torah
  14. Encourage spiritual growth

To find out more details about each of the mandatory acts of kindness, watch the following video:

Judaism’s 14 mandatory acts of kindness – Jewish Learning Institute

This video was produced for Lesson 6 of Well-Connected, a course by the Rosh Chodesh Society. You can view their full video library at: https://www.torahcafe.com.

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Let me know your opinions about this list in the comments section.

Stop Food Waste Day, 2022

Approximatively one-third of the food produced globally is either lost or wasted every year. That’s an unfortunate reality that needs to be addressed. Compass Group US, the global leader in foodservice, thought the same, so, in 2017 they created Stop Food Waste Day, an international day of action aimed to educate and ignite change in the fight against wasted food.

There are numerous ways in which you can observe / participate in Stop Food Waste Day. Show your support by using leftovers and fresh produce in various delicious recipes that can be found online, get organized and make a list ahead of time before you go grocery shopping, to help conserve food usage, get in the habit of freezing leftovers etc.

I invite you to spread awareness by sharing info about this holiday on your social media accounts.

You can find numerous other ideas by visiting the following websites:

https://www.stopfoodwasteday.com/en/index.html
https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/stop-food-waste-day/
https://nationaltoday.com/stop-food-waste-day/
https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/stop-food-waste-day-2022/

Let me know, in the comment section, your views on Stop Food Waste Day.

See yourself as Jesus sees you

I invite you to watch this video from Ascension Presents’ YouTube channel. In it, Fr. Mark Toups, an experienced spiritual director, leads readers inward to invite the Lord to heal those areas where they need it most.

You are invited to imagine what it would be like if you could see yourself the way Jesus sees you. Even in the midst of our sins, struggles, and failures, Jesus looks upon us with love as His Beloved. All He asks for us is to meet His gaze and fall in love with Him in return.

Turn toward Jesus and let’s allow ourselves to be fully seen by Him no matter where we find ourselves in life. Be not afraid of standing before Jesus unhidden and allow God to clearly see and completely love you. God wants to give you more.

See yourself as Jesus sees you – Fr. Mark Toups

Optimist Day, 2022

While the importance of Optimist Day is undeniable, its history is slightly confusing. There are various events that could be considered the starting point of Optimist Day.

According to Optimist.org, the day was started in 2013, when delegates in Cincinnati passed a resolution to adopt the first Thursday of every February as “Optimist Day“, after a resolution introduced by Sylvain Levesque.

All I want to be on Optimist Day 2022 is an optimist

Another site consider 2017 as the year of the holiday’s foundation, and yet another considers it to have began in 2019, in Croatia, as a festival created by the Somersby Cider company, together with a well-planned campaign that was supported by thousands of people.

Regardless of its origins, Optimist Day is a great occasion to celebrate positivity and to embrace a positive outlook on life. Optimism is usually regarded as a state of mind and can be developed by creating new ways of thinking.

This year’s Optimist Day could be a perfect time to get started retraining the brain to think positively, to see the bright side of any situation, and see the glass as half full instead of half empty.

Optimist Day is also a day in which people are encouraged to partake in small acts of kindness towards their relatives, friends, neighbors, colleagues and especially towards strangers.

To find out more cool facts about optimism, learn how to observe Optimist Day as well as ways in which we can retrain our brains to think more positively, check out the following websites:

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/optimism-day/
https://nationaldaycalendar.com/optimist-day-first-thursday-in-february/
https://www.optimist.org/member/optimistday.cfm
https://positivepsychology.com/neuroplasticity/

The Brain Science of Optimism – with Rick Hanson

I wish you a happy Optimist Day! Let me know your opinions about this holiday in the comments.

Human rights month and day

In December of 1948, the United nations General Assembly put forth 30 articles that cover everything from rights to education, freedom, health, and more. Since this event, these articles have served to help protect civilians in time of war or dictatorship, to help bring POW’s home, and to ensure that people everywhere are allowed to live in liberty and safety.

While December is the official Universal Human Rights Month, the 10th of December is Human Rights Day.

2021’s Human Rights Day theme relates to ‘Equality’ and Article 1 of the UDHR – “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

Click the links below to find out more about Human Rights Day and how to celebrate it:

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/human-rights-day/
https://www.un.org/en/observances/human-rights-day
https://www.ohchr.org/en/aboutus/pages/humanrightsday.aspx
https://nationaldaycalendar.com/human-rights-day-december-10/

What is God’s Will for my life?

“What is God’s Will for my life?” is a question Christians have been wrestling with for centuries. Every Christian who wants to live a life pleasing to God has wondered what God wants him or her to do throughout every stage of his or her life.

Because it is a question I’m still trying to find answers for, I’ve sought online the wisdom of various people from different Christian denominations, and I now want to share with you a few videos in which clergymen try to offer guidance on this topic.

Let’s start with Orthodox Christianity.

The first video is of Fr. Andrew Smith from The Holy Annunciation Church:

God’s Will for Your Life – A Sermon at Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church, Brisbane

Following are two videos from a sermon of Fr. John Vass from The Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church:

Orthodox Sermon – What is God’s Will (Part 1)
Orthodox Sermon – What is God’s Will? (Part 2)

Let’s move on to the Coptic Church. In the following video, Fr. Anthony Messeh from The St. Mary and St. Joseph Coptic Orthodox Church speaks about the topic in a conference:

Fr. Anthony Messeh – What is God’s Will for My Life?

From the Catholic Church, I have chosen the following two videos. The first one is a short clip of Fr. Mike Schmitz, who sums up how to never miss God’s Will for your life, as a Catholic:

Fr. Mike Schmitz: “How To Never Miss God’s Will For Your Life” | SEEK2015

The second Catholic video is one of Sister Maris Stella of The Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia. She talks about how to discern God’s plan for your life.

Discerning God’s Plan For Your Life

And finally, I’ve chosen 2 videos from Protestant & Evangelical Christianity. The first one is of Pastor John Piper. He lists a series of steps about how to find God’s Will for your life, as an Evangelical Christian.

Desiring God – John Piper – How Do I Find God’s Will for My Life?

And I will close this article with a video on the same topic from the popular Protestant website GotQuestions.org:

How can I know God’s will for my life?

Let me know what if you found any of these videos helpful in the comments. Also, I invite you to share your thoughts on the topic of finding God’s Will for your life, what are your ways of seeking it, and anything else you’d like to share on the subject.

YouCare.world – transform your online searches into good deeds

I’ve recently discovered a new online project that I really enjoy and would like to tell you about it. It’s a search engine called YouCare (having the url https://www.youcare.world) created with the purpose of transforming your research into good deeds.

YouCare – Turn Your Searches Into Good Deeds

Powered by Microsoft’s search engine, YouCare donates 80% of the money it earns from the advertisements linked to the search results to various charities. Each user is allowed to select whether they want the money earned from his/her searches to be donated to a certain good deed, as well as to choose a specific organization from a list presented by YouCare.

YouCare – Choose Your Good Deed

Learn more about YouCare and see proof of their donations by clicking here. Here’s their Instagram page as well.

I invite you to download their app from Google Play and/or Apple’s App Store.

Let me know what you think about the YouCare project in the comments.

Be An Angel Day, 2021

I want to mention from the very beginning that the name of this holiday (Be An Angel Day) is to be understood metaphorically. According to Christian beliefs, humans and angels are two different species and humans cannot become angels (unless God wills it, which is an entirely different topic of discussion).

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s see what Be An Angel Day is about and why it is relevant. Started by Jayne Howard Feldman in 1993 and popularized on social media over the past years, Be An Angel Day is observed every year on August 22nd. Its aim is to encourage good deeds and kindness to others. I think we can never have too many holidays for promoting kindness. By supporting those in need and inspiring others to kindness, we display a behavior characteristic to angels, here on earth.

Be An Angel Day is very similar to the Random Acts Of Kindness Day. People are encouraged to show kindness and do something nice for their fellow humans and have a positive impact in another person’s life for a day.

There are numerous things you can do to observe / celebrate this day. Helping others with their chores, complimenting family members and/or friends, trying to be more polite, patient and compassionate, forgiving those you hold a grudge against, praying for the wellbeing of others, smiling at people and thanking them for their service (the postman, the cashier at the store, the doorman, the police or security officer etc.), helping the homeless, volunteering to work at a soup kitchen or donating to a charity organization… and the list goes on.

If you need more ideas, check out this list of random acts of kindness:

To learn more about Be An Angel Day, check out these websites:
http://www.holiday-favorites.com/be-an-angel-day/
https://dayfinders.com/be-an-angel-day/
https://nationaltoday.com/be-an-angel-day/
https://happydays365.org/national-be-an-angel-day/national-be-an-angel-day-august-22/

What do you say? Will you take this challenge? Will you act like an angel today?

How to help someone who has a panic attack

Here’s a short video I made to offer a few tips on how to help someone who has a panic attack:

Lucian Hodoboc – How to help someone who has a panic attack

Hopefully, these pieces of advice will come in handy if you ever have to go through the experience of having to be there for a family member, friend or even stranger who has a panic attack.

What happiness in life is about

I found this wisdom-filled short story online. I do not know its origins and I’m unable to credit its author, but I thought it was interesting enough as to record it in a video and share it with you.

How happiness was illustrated with a group activity involving balloons

I invite you to share your thoughts on the matter in the comments section. If you know the origins of the story, please post it below, so that I may give it proper credit.