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Performing Small Acts of Kindness

I lost my dad over two years ago, so I was really curious to read Linda Cohen’s book, 1,000 Mitzvahs: How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire, And Change Your Life, about honoring her father’s memory by performing small acts of kindness. Yes, 1,000 of them—which she did in over two years.

Mitzvahs are commandments in the Torah that Jews must observe (everything from the positive commandment of honoring your parents to the negative commandment of not committing murder). There are many types of mitzvahs. One important category is performing acts of loving kindness.

Cohen first explains the significance of mitzvahs…

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Performing Small Acts of Kindness

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  1. I love doing little and sometimes big mitzvahs all the time and I’ve raised my son with this ethic too.

    We also do a mitzvah every time we eat!

    Please visit The Vegetarian Mitzvah at for lots of free info and links about health, compassion, conservation, spirituality, peace, and more, as it relates to eating, from a Jewish perspective.

  2. Oops!

    The web site I listed is an excellent vegetarian one, and therefore fine, but I meant to write the correct URL for The Vegetarian Mitzvah, which is

    Sorry for any inconvenience.

  3. This is something we should all do. The world would be a much better place if we were all out performing acts of kindness on a daily basis. To do our part, we’ve created Thankster, so that people can easily send thank you notes to family and friends. Please take a look and help us spread the word.

    Happy New Year!!!

  4. This is an inspiring article and I know firsthand that it is true: small acts of kindness can make a profound difference in someone’s life. Thanks for reminding us!

  5. I can’t imagine the egotism involved in actually keeping track of all the nice things you do for people. It’s not only egotistical, it seems as though it would be something you’d do only to help sell a book.

  6. I don’t know if this counts, but I was unloading my van at the library loading dock the other evening.

    A student had run back inside the library and left some papers and a legal pad sitting on the trunk of their car. A big wind blew across the parking lot and the papers flew every which a way.

    Without hesitation another lady in the parking lot and I chased them down. Turns out they were an assignment for extra credit.

    I got a binder clip from my van, straightened them as best as I could and clipped them all together.

    The other lady loaned me a pencil and I wrote a note on the back of the legal pad explaining what had happened.

    Of course they weren’t in any type of order and a little tattered and moist (it had rained earlier in the day) to boot, but they were all there.

    I signed it RAK Society (Random Acts of Kindness) and placed it all under the windshield wiper.

    More people ought to do thoughtless acts such as this … It just plain makes you feel good even if the recipient of the kindness never knows who you are!



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