Kindness Hacks from Nitzavim/Vayelech
In 1888, the French press wrote an obituary about Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite, describing him as the ‘Tradesman of Death’. In actual fact Alfred remained very much alive, and it was his brother who had died!
Alfred was faced with the rare opportunity to witness his legacy whilst still living it.
Heartbroken at what he would be remembered for, he changed his story before it was too late and instituted The Nobel Peace Prize, awarded to people who have benefited mankind.
In this weeks Parsha G-d tells us to ‘choose life’ (Devarim 30:19)
Alfred was lucky to have this experience, making him realise that he should be remembered for benefiting the world instead of harming it. He quite literally chose to value life over death.
There is no need to wait for a specific life altering moment in order to think about our values. In the lead up to Rosh Hashana, as we look at the year that has past and set goals for the future, it’s the perfect time to think about what we are living for.
Choose a life meaning, a life of giving!
Live your legacy.
Robert Louis Stevenson