A Mitzvah for the Earth

I have undertaken a massive house wide spring cleaning project. It feels wonderful to nest again. I haven’t done it since my son was born 6 years ago. Today, after sorting through piles of items, I decided to recycle items that we no longer needed.

I donated the used eye glasses to the Lions who collect them at a local restaurant. I donated some children’s safety items to Dress for Success to give to clients and took the used planting pots to the recycling center. In the past couple of weeks, I have also made donations to our school for the auction and several trips to Goodwill or the Salvation Army. There are mitzvahs that relate to people, mitzvahs that are between people and G-d. I felt today like I was doing a mitzvah for the earth. I know earth day isn’t for another month, but with all the information I am hearing recently on how many resources we are using up it felt good to take the time to recycle my items properly. I am going to count this as three mitzvahs since I donated to at least three agencies in the process. 61-63.

64) I picked up my daughter’s friend and kept her while her mom took care of some things.

This brings me to a funny discussion. Recently, my daughter has been saying that if someone asks you to do something and you do it then it isn’t a mitzvah. I don’t agree, but it has been fun discussing with her each time something comes up whether or not someone asked me to do it or not.


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