Weekend Mitzvahs

319) I am carpooling for our camp this summer with a couple of moms. Last week, I  drove a couple of kids home who aren’t in our carpool, just cause their mom needed the help.

320) Passed on a compliment to a friend’s husband and he was so flattered.

321) Our neighbors invited us over to visit with their new dog. My son was so excited he gathered flowers and made a homemade paper holder to put them in.

322) Called to check in with the Rebbetzin and see how she was doing.

323& 324) Complimented two campers who did an excellent job in the recent show at camp.


Community related mitzvahs

I have had a fun couple of days this week.

225 & 226) Volunteered to drive for a field trip for a children’s symphony concert yesterday in my son’s class and today I volunteered at the school fun run for my daughter. I got to give out the hats and popsicles. Seems I was suddenly a very popular mom.

227) While at school I picked up trash on the play ground and threw it away.

228) Walked a substitute down to her classroom for the secretary who couldn’t leave her desk.

229) Also, attended synagogue this morning and gave money to tzedakah.

230) Finally, in my Jewish community one man decided to donate his healthy kidney to a friend, another man close to my age who was in need of one.  It was an incredible gift and many people in the community are  talking about it. I sent a donation in their honor to Ziv Tzedakah today.

Received a tremendous compliment yesterday from a community member I respect and admire. It was so unexpected and really made my day. Again I have to say, “Act as if what you do matters because it truly does.”

Act as if what you does matter, it does!

This morning, I got up early to go to synagogue for morning services (they begin at 7am) so some morning I just can’t do it with the kids. However, today I figured I had just enough time to make lunches put on some workout clothes and get to synagogue. I hadn’t taken a shower and was feeling presentable but certainly not dressed for success. I did happen to put on a shirt and hat that had some rhinestone designs.

I was given an honor of a blessing before the Torah is read (an aliyah). When I got up to do it, I sort of mumbled to the woman next to me, who I respect dearly and is a huge inspiration in terms of tzedakah work in our community, I don’t exactly feel dressed for the occasion. She gave me a big smile and said “You’re glittering.” I am not sure what she meant but it made me smile.  I  realized that what you wear on the outside doesn’t necessarily change who you are on the inside. Her words have stayed with me all day and made me smile!

208) Gave Tzedakah at synagogue.