The Impact of a Mitzvah

Dan lends a hand…

…and a foot

The best part about a mitzvah is that you may never know the impact your action made. Today we completed two tasks that many people from the group deemed superfluous and unhelpful. We helped clean and organize three thrift shops that serve primarily impoverished shoppers, and we helped a caretaker clean up public block gardens around the area. These tasks seemed as if they would have little to no impact. I feel they may just have had the most impact. We were able to help an ex- alcoholic man clean up his town and make it more beautiful. The trees and plants that we dug in the ground will make the impoverished area look nicer, and therefore the residents of the town will have hope. By them passing by and seeing us work on their community it showed them that we care. This was the type of service where the impact we made wasn’t seen right away. But the impact will be seen a little bit everyday when residents drive by our newly planted sidewalk gardens and have hope for the future. Little mitzvahs like these are the most important acts of kindness.

~ Daniel Hack – 11th Grade, Suffern, NY