Give a book (or books) away as a mitzvah

Jessica and Vanessa Gordon

I’m so excited to share this blog post, because it’s meant so much to me. Several weeks ago, I received an email from Jessica Gordon, a mom in New York who was inquiring about purchasing my 1,000 Mitzvahs book as a gift to share with her guests at her daughter’s upcoming Bat Mitzvah on April 28th. We had several emails back and forth and Jessica ended up purchasing nearly 100 copies to give away. We also created a book-plate that I signed and was placed in the front of the book.

I have written in a previous post about my thoughts of the value of giving books away and that my first mitzvah actually was gifting a book to a friend myself. Yesterday, when I was meeting with a colleague about some potential work opportunities, I gave her a signed copy of my book as well. What a wonderful joy it is to give a book away as a present.

Ironically, next Monday night, April 23, 2012 is  World Book Night. It’s a wonderful idea and unfortunately one I learned about too late to participate in myself this year. But you know what? None of us has to wait for an official night to gift a book to a friend, a child or someone else we know who would benefit from a book.

So this weekend, donate or buy a book. Find out about opportunities in your communities to do good with books. In our community, the Children’s Book Bank always comes to mind.

As I’ve said before, books are powerful. Buy them. Read them. Gift them. And of course, if you’d like to gift 1,000 Mitzvahs to your friends and relatives at your upcoming simcha or celebration by all means contact me!

Mazel Tov Vanessa on reaching your Bat Mitzvah! Thank you Jessica for the mitzvah you have given me by your actions of gifting my book.