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What is a Selfless Hero?

11/01/2018 09:05:17 PM


Rokki Parrinello & Mandy Thalhammer

When you think of heroism, you might think of great acts of bravery, such as rushing into burning buildings and facing danger in battle. As someone who shows great courage is often referred to as a hero, these actions are often considered to be acts of heroism. However, some of the most important heroes have been those that put the needs of others first. They give to others without looking for personal gain.

In the month of November, our Jewper hero theme is Tzedakah. Tzedakah (from the Hebrew for “justice”) is about our obligation to give money and/or support to those in need. Many passages in the Torah instruct us in the value of tzedakah. In Deuteronomy 15:7-8 we are instructed, “If there is a needy person among you…do not harden your heart…Rather, you must open your hand and lend whatever is sufficient to meet the need.” There are many ways to give tzedakah but one of the most meaningful ways is to give to others anonymously. Below is one of the ways Tzedakah is explored by the students in our Gesher Academy, “Hot Topics” class taught by Bradley Egel.

Opportunities for Tzedakah can take many forms and frequently come at unexpected times. As an educator I share personal stories with my students to engage them in real life learning opportunities. A few weeks ago, after a networking event, several of the participants packed up the leftover event food and distributed it to the homeless outside of the venue. The response from the recipients was overwhelming. Every person was gracious including one man who exclaimed, “Thank you! There are too many hungry people in the world to throw away good food!” He is so right. Discussing this story with my students prompted a healthy discussion about different ways that one person can make a difference through Tzedakah. Tzedakah doesn’t always take the form of giving money, but it does always have a positive impact on the world! One simple act of kindness can make meaningful change for those in need.

Important Religious School Dates for November:
Nov 2 Fri 6th-12th Grade Dinner & Family Shabbat Service
Nov 4 Sun Ruach Day for Religious School Family Education-3rd Grade
Nov 6 Tue Religious School (Election Day)
Nov 11 Sun Family Education-4th Grade
Nov 18 Sun Family Education 5th Grade Chanukah Fundraiser Barnes & Noble/ Fuddruckers
Nov 25 Sun No School

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