Random Acts of Kindness

What exactly is a random act of kindness? 

Can you just pick a nice “thing to do out” of a hat and say, “yes this will work–I’ll do this today for so-and-so?”

Or, is it the occasional NICE thing to every do once in awhile?

I think it can go either way, what about you?

Let me start by sharing a story– now you know how we can make virtual friends, right? Someone we converse with on social media, maybe in a group or on a page you both share an interest in.  On Facebook or Instagram, for example.

Sure we’ve all struck up conversations that way.

In some cases, we can almost create a small community in a sense.  Be it for business, recipes, entertainment or fashion, etc.

So, over the years I’ve struck up a virtual friendship with a lady out of Minnesota who runs a page on yoga and it’s very interesting to read her thoughts and words of encouragement.

Her recent post was how she explained about her very rare medical condition and how she almost died.

And then, she went on to write about the outpouring healing messages and random acts of kindness she has encountered throughout her stages of recovery.

It touched me so much, hearing and reading her stories on her instagram page, that I decided to send her a healing blessing as well.

We make a charm that reads, El Na Rafa Na La.  You can read about it here on our blog, but to recap– it says in Hebrew, “Please G-d, Heal Her.” Numbers 12:13.

Moses asked G-d to heal his sister, Miriam when she is struck with leprosy.

These biblical words are often recited when we ask for healing.

Healing of the mind, body or soul.  

I didn’t tell her about the gift, I just mailed it to her.

Then I got a message on my phone with hearts all over it saying “thank you.”

The beauty of social media is also that I was able to see her message that she actually shared on her page, when she made a live and showed the token gift to her followers, you could hear her voice choke up a bit. 

The gift wasn’t gifted to sell jewelry.

Neither is this post, even though I am sharing the pendant with you and I will link to it.

The reason I am writing this was to suggest that we do stop and try to set aside time to think of others, and actually act on our random act of kindness, that is what is important.

Whether we know someone or not (and in my case I really didn’t know her), whether we just send a text, make a phone call, or actually send a gift–it’s the act of doing that counts.

That is what an act of kindness is all about.

Taking that few minutes, thinking of someone other than ourselves, and acting on it.

I am not claiming to be perfect, NO WAY!

I am just saying it feels really good to perform a random act of kindness.

➡ What about you?  What have you done lately?

— This isn’t a brag about me time, but it is just to share what made you feel good.

Made your soul truly smile.

So, I’d love to hear it.

And you know that social community, that becoming friends with someone you’ve never actually met that was written about before?

So, I’d love to hear it!

 

 

 

 

 

Shema Israel Prayer Jewelry

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Shema Israel prayer in Hebrew

When thinking of the Shema Yisrael prayer you usually don’t assosciate Justin Bieber and Jewish prayers.  But, according to the tabloids, he recites the Shema  before each concert.  Well, since the majority of us readers don’t perform in concerts, we can’t brag about saying the Shema prior to performing.  However, what we can take credit for is saying the Shema Yisrael during morning and evening daily prayers, or when we are able to pray.

The Shema prayer is based on the first two words found in Deuteronomy 6:4, in the Torah.   This first verse expresses the very basic belief of Judaism: monotheism.  The belief in One G-d. It is traditional for Jews to utter the Shema as their last words, as well as for parents to teach their children to say it before going to sleep at night. “Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is one.”

שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָד – Sh’ma Yisra’el YHWH Eloheinu YHWH Eḥad
Shema Israel Jewelry
Shema Israel Necklace

Sh’ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Eḥad – Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is One

Since the Shema is such an important prayer, the idea of wearing it came about.  Huh?  Well, why not take the words from the prayer, as beautiful as they are, and make them shine and sparkle.  Hence, the idea of Shema jewelry came about and now is Alef Bet Jewelry’s  best selling line.
Wearing a symbol of your religion doesn’t have to only be limited to a Star, mezuzah or Chai anymore.  Words can represent pride, heritage and Judaism just as a Magen David necklace does.

Shema Yisrael Jewish prayer necklace
Shema Yisrael Hebrew prayer jewelry