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The Mitzvah of VLK

To love one's fellow human being is not just a nice idea. It is an actual mitzvah found in Leviticus (Vayikra) 19:18 - "V'Ahavta L'Reyacha Kamocha - Love Your Neighbor as Yourself."

This mitzvah can be practiced any time, with anyone that you may encounter during your daily routine. The possibilities are endless!

Here are some suggestions to get you started:
  • Give tzedaka with a generous heart…it can turn a person's life around.
  • Be considerate of the needs of the ill…a small kindness can make a big difference.
  • Seek the good qualities in others…all people have them.
  • Offer help to someone before they ask for assistance.
  • Ask for forgiveness… you don't always have to be right.
  • Offer forgiveness…it will make you both feel better.
  • Welcome a newcomer…you were once one too.
  • Choose words carefully…their impact is immeasurable.
  • Be the first to share a smile and a greeting with those you encounter.
  • Give others the benefit of the doubt…despite the circumstances.
  • Be happy for others at their time of joy…your turn will come too.
  • Empathize with those in their time of need…it can help more than you know.
  • Share your expertise with others…it makes life so much easier.
  • Give compliments freely…it can make someone's day.
  • Don't be jealous of others…you already have what is meant for you.

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