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What is the greatest kindness?

בנות "הבית לחיים" מבשלות בהתנדבות בפרוייקט "שולחן ברוך"

Translation by Yehoshua Siskin

"Hi Sivan, this is Liad Margalit from the community of Bruchin, in Samaria, home to two amazing projects. The first project is called 'Shulchan Baruch' (Blessed Table). It began nearly twenty years ago and involves cooking food in our main kitchen by a rotation of community volunteers. The food is distributed to needy families on Erev Shabbat and before the holidays.
The second project is 'A Home for Life.' It was established a little more than a year ago. This is a home for girls with special needs. They integrate into the community as they acquire life skills and learn how to live independently.
This week something happened that may not seem to be a big deal but it was a climactic event for us. The girls from 'A Home for Life' volunteered to cook for the Shulchan Baruch project. They are accustomed to being on the receiving end of others' assistance and it was therefore exciting for them and for us to see them giving to others. They were transformed from passive to active and experienced life in a new and meaningful way.
We are now in the midst of Torah portions that are replete with acts of lovingkindness. It seems to me that we do not sufficiently emphasize the potential of every individual, no matter what their situation, to be of help to others. The greatest kindness a person can do is to teach someone else how to be kind.


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