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’!

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.