I was blessed by getting to experience two mitzvahs (good deeds) on the same day. I was taking my mother grocery shopping when the woman in front of me didn’t have enough money to pay for her items. I took it upon myself to pay the difference; she was grateful and the cashier was astonished.
Later, after our shopping expedition was finished we parked in front of my mother’s house. I noticed a woman sitting on an electricity box across the street. I greeted her and asked her if she was okay. She indicated that she was feeling poorly and wasn’t sure if she would be able to walk the rest of the way home.
I offered to drive her to her home and, after bringing in my mother’s groceries, did so. She told me it was a true “Christian kindness” that I did. I said thank you, but I’m an Orthodox Jew. She then said that it is nice to see people that care for others. I was happy I was able to do these acts of kindness while in the midst of honoring my mother. It was a good day.
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