Sunday, April 12, 2009

Reflections From the Passover Seder

At the Pesach seder this year one of the guests shared her thoughts on the 10 plagues and then connected her thoughts with our world today. I'd like to give you an overview of what she said:

She pointed out that it wasn't until the 10th plague that the Israelites had to do something themselves -- they had to put lamb's blood on their doorposts. In other words, talking about leaving Egypt didn't lead to leaving Egypt. The Israelites had to first take action themselves towards their goal.

And then she said that this is the same today. That TALKING about helping to do good in the world (my note: such as feeding the hungry or donating funds to help military families in need) isn't worth anything. You have to DO something -- to act -- for your good intentions to have any value.

Very profound -- and if you've been TALKING about donating funds to a needy organization or reaching out a helping hand to a newcomer in your community or any of the myriad good deeds that we all talk about, commit yourself to ACTING on one of these projects.

It's spring now -- traditional time of rebirth. Start acting today.

Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of MRS. LIEUTENANT: A SHARON GOLD NOVEL and the co-author of the Jewish holiday book SEASONS FOR CELEBRATION. She also blogs at Mrs. Lieutenant and Operation Support Jews in the Military, and she is the co-host of the BlogTalkRadio show Your Military Life. Her company Miller Mosaic LLC builds call-to-action websites for book authors and small businesses.

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