Or in the words of Ashley Brilliant, “I know so little, it amazes me that some people know even less.”

Dear Karthik,

What a wonderful article on compassion!

As a Jew, it is our Mitzvah to “sit” with the grieving. That means many things, from a Commandment from god (Jews have 613 of them, & although they are supposed to be of equal value, how do you not judge the difference in value between honoring one’s parents & washing one’s hands before a meal?) to just a good deed. As a secular (read ‘atheist’) Jew, I don’t believe that the Law is a direct word from some supernatural being. Rather I believe in that other Jewish adage: Pray as if everything depends on god, work as if everything depends on you.

As people love & support through food, the above example that you gave is perfect. I hate feeling helpless while others near me suffer, so I feed. I’ve known others who come over & clean, to help. But the main thing is ‘to do something’!

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