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.

I invite you to check out their website, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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

Morality vs holiness – Rabbi David Aaron

I stumbled across the YouTube channel of a Jewish Rabbi who makes short animated videos that contain religious wisdom. His name is Rabbi David Aaron and I invite you to check out his Youtube channel and website, as well as his various accounts on social media.

For now, I would like to share with you one particular video of his that I enjoyed. It is about the difference between being moral and being holy from a Jewish perspective. Please watch it and share your opinions on the topic in the comment section below.

Rabbi David Aaron – The Goal is to be Whole

Jewish Book Week, 2022

Jewish Book Week is an annual international literary festival, held in London. This year, between Saturday 26 February and Sunday 06 March, is its 70th anniversary. It is organized by the Jewish Book Council, a registered charity that dates back to 1925. The Jewish Book Council is one of the oldest organization serving the Jewish community in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Every year, Jewish Book Week brings together writers and speakers – from the most prestigious to debutantes – from the worlds of history, journalism, philosophy, science, art, music, poetry and fiction, in a celebration of ideas.

Besides Jewish themes and writers, the festival also features discussions on the most important issues of the day, and is open to everyone. A number of special events are also organized over the course of the year, outside the festival period.

Click the links to find out more about the festival’s historythe team that organizes it this year, as well as the trustees and members of the Jewish Book Council. Also, follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Happy Hanukah, 2020!

Everyday Jewish Mom – Hanukkah: The Basics

The Festival of Hanukah commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after a group of Jewish warriors defeated the occupying Greek armies, about 150 years before Jesus’ birth.

Central to the celebrations is the story that the Temple menorah (seven-lamped candelabrum) miraculously burned for over a week – even though they thought the had only one day’s worth of ritually pure oil left.

They used the extra week to purify themselves and were therefore able to maintain the sacred space.

I recommend watching the following video of Founded In Truth’s YouTube channel if you want to know whether Christians should celebrate Hanukkah:

Why should Christians celebrate Hanukkah?

Happy Hanukah to everyone who celebrates it!

Remembering Anne Frank on her 90th birthday

Born on June 12, 1929, Anne Frank would have been 90 years old today. She died in Bergen-Belsen in 1945.

Friends of Anne met with local school children and reminisced about eating cookies and watching movies for the young Nazi victim’s 13th birthday in 1942.

I came across this very interesting article about how Jacqueline van Maarsen and Albert Gomes de Mesquita, school friends of Anne Frank spent the day remembering her: https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5524305,00.html .

I don’t think there’s much to be said. May she rest in peace, in Paradise.