Making MLK Day A Day Of Service

Posted on January 6, 2012

     Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for other?’”  On MLK day, while others are vacationing, many take this day to volunteer.  Afterall, in 1994 Congress declared MLK Day as a national day of service.  I couldn’t agree more with this article and was very pleased to see that as the article says, “there are over 1,800 MLK Day projects in the New York City area alone.”  Areyvut had a nice day of mitzvah clowning at the Hebrew Home in Riverdale last year, spreading joy to those who could use some, and this year we hope to do the same!  Chesed is an important aspect of being a Jew and as such, we should take advantage of this day which honors a man who valued the importance of kindness and of social justice.  MLK did his best to create tikkun olam, and doing the same in our own communities is a nice way to spend the day.  Kol hakavod to Susan Kohn and Stefanie Greenberg on this great article.

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