Judaism teaches that God requires kindness from us – chesed – overwhelmingly above other attributes and actions. We learn this from Micah 6:8: “God has told you what is good and what Adonai requires of you: only to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.” God requires us to love kindness. Not just to act with kindness, but to love doing so. The Talmud teaches that performance of kind deeds is one of three traits that characterize Jews.
For 5773, Beth Israel is launching a “Campaign for Kindness.” Every moment will be an opportunity to remind ourselves about the value of kindness – to inspire us to be kind, to share examples of when others have been kind, and to give suggestions on how to be kind. We, at Beth Israel, are going to be all about kindness.
This webpage will be treasury of kindness content: quotes, videos, pictures, links, sermons, examples and suggestions of kind acts. If you have something you think could be included on this page, please email Rabbi Cohen.
PASS IT ON! If you see someone doing something kind, give them a Kindness Coin, and pass on an act of kindness. Then, when they see someone else doing something kind, they will pass on their coin. In this way, kindness increases in the world.
You can pick up your Kindness Coins in the temple office. PASS IT ON!
Kind: caring, thoughtful, helpful, generous. PASS IT ON!
Sow seeds of kindness wherever you go, care and thanks will surely grow. PASS IT ON!
A kind look, a kind deed, may be the help someone needs. PASS IT ON!
Links to Kindness Websites
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation - an internationally recognized organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness and dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness.
The Kindness Offensive - aims are to have fun, be kind and inspire as many people as possible to do the same, performing both small and large-scale Random Acts of Kindness.
Partners in Kindness - sends out a email newsletter with stories of kindness (from a Jewish perspective) called A Daily Dose of Kindness and a nonsectarian email called Kind Words.
Think Kindness - an organization dedicated to inspiring measurable acts of Kindness in schools and communities around the world.
The Charter for Compassion - a document that transcends religious, ideological, and national differences. Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions, the Charter activates the Golden Rule around the world.