Posted on June 15, 2012
In her article, “On the Need for Hakarat HaTov in the Jewish Community,” Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin emphasizes the importance of giving hakarat hatov (thanks/gratitude) to every member of klal Yisrael (all Jews) and writes that “Klal Isarael, all Jews, according to the Talmud, are responsible for each other. Responsibility toward the other is a two step process. The first step is seeing the good and the humanity in the other. The second step is sharing that goodness with them.” This is the very concept of Areyvut and we hope to instill in the youth we work with, a sense of responsibility for their fellow Jew and provide them with the opportunity to share with the others in their lives who they choose to help.