"Reach out and touch somebody's hand
Make this world a better place
If you can"
Next week we will celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim, wherein we are meant to perform 4 mitzvot (good deeds): 1. Read or hear the Megillah (Scroll of Esther), 2. Give charity to at least two needy people, 3. Send a minimum of two ready to eat foods to at least one person, 4. Enjoy a royal feast.
Lucky for me, my Rabbi here in Michigan has a unique gift for speed reading the megillah and we get through it pretty quickly, stopping only to hiss and boo when we hear the name Haman (the bad guy in the Purim story).
I'm all about making the world a better place. I've been given the opportunity to teach another human being (Little Bird) to do the same. She's been doing mitzvot since she was born. Whether it's raking leaves in the Fall for someone unable to do it herself (ok, we raked, she rolled in it), bringing smiles to the faces of the elderly just by stopping into a retirement home to say hi to strangers, or dropping coins in a tzedakah (charity) box, she's already doing her part. I am grateful. That's the kind of girl I'd like to raise...