The first time I visited Israel we went to a Shabbat dinner to the brother of Mr. D. Let’s call the brother Mr. N.
Mr. N. and his family live nearby Jerusalem and are an observant Jewish family. I’m not sure they know, but I was really nervous before the dinner. It was my first Shabbat where I knew there would be praying and where I really shouldn’t be touching my phone.
They didn’t know me, but they did know I was a Christian. That Shabbat dinner was something I’ll never forget.
Five years passed and Mr. N. is still among the first people to help me or offer help whenever he sees an opportunity.
And here you need to learn a word with me, and that is MITZVAH.
While it literally translates as ‘command’, I prefer to say it means doing a ‘good deed.’ According to Judaism: “Mitzvot have a practical benefit for the person who does them as well as for the entire world.”
I’ve always felt that giving was more fulfilling for me than receiving, but now, as an #AlmostJewish, I got into mitzvot.
So when Mr.N. told me he had a friend who was going to Budapest to propose to her girlfriend and needed some help, I took up my part of the mitzvah. The guys had a beautiful engagement in my hometown and are planning their wedding.
But the circle isn’t full yet.
Once the engagement was sealed with a ‘yes,’ the groom told me if I ever needed help, he was here. So when I realized I wanted a logo for my site, I felt I needed an external eye as I’m too much involved.
I asked him if he could draft me something. I told him I liked hamsa.
A week later he sends me a hamsa with a beating heart.
So guys, go and do a good deed today, call it a mitzvah, or not – Christians have similar commands in the New Testaments, but I don’t think we have a name for it -, just do good.
I know it was a long story to show you my logo, but this is part of Judaism. Part of my Judaism.
And now, tell me what you think about my new logo?