Kindness Hacks from Shoftim
‘I am your constant companion....
Half the things you do you might just as well turn over to me, and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly....
I am easily managed – you must merely be firm with me...
Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet...
Who am I...?’
We are told in this weeks Parsha to walk in the ways of G-d ‘all the days’ (Devarim 19:9).
The Sages explain that walking in the ways of G-d means emulating G-d’s kindness and compassion. G-d is the ultimate giver, building and sustaining our world constantly.
The Chofetz Chaim notes that the Torah is stressing that this must be done every day. It is a mistake to think that if one does someone a favour they have ‘covered’ their obligation to do kindness for the next few weeks.
Every day of our lives we need to go out of our way to do a favour for someone.
In the lead up to Rosh Hashana it is a prime time to take on a small step to improve ourselves. Right here in this Parsha is a suggestion.
A daily act of kindness. To make it a habit.
‘Kindness is not an act, it’s a lifestyle’ Antony Williams
(Extract from poem by Steven Covey, Torah ideas Adapted from Love your Neighbour by Zelig Pliskin)
Pirkei Avot 1:14