Ever since we introduced #ChiDoesGood, we have liked to post about the continuous good deeds coming out of the Chi Family. Although there is plenty to share, we are going to hold off on sharing any updates for this month’s post. Don’t worry- there is plenty to share next month.
Instead, we wanted to take the time to think inwardly on the idea of #ChiDoesGood, with an emphasis on the question “Why?”. Why do we post this have monthly posts in this series in the first place? Why do we share the good deeds of our community? Why should we even do good deeds?
Camp Chi is guided by the values of Community (Kehilah), Kindness (Kavod) and Respect (Chesed). These three values are not exclusive, and in fact rely heavily on each other (for example, you cannot have a strong Community without Kindness nor Respect). Although there are many things at Camp Chi that embody our three core values, it is perhaps the act of performing mitzvot that captures these values most completely.
Although we associate performing a mitzvah with performing a good deed, the word mitzvah best translates to commandment. These are the things the Jewish people are commanded either to do, or not do. There are many reasons to perform a mitzvah, and the reasons can differ from person to person. Whatever the reason may be, the fact is that performing the mitzvah is the important part.
When someone does a mitzvah, such as helping a friend or donating to charity, everyone benefits. The person you are helping benefits from the good deed, and you benefit by living a more fulfilling, better life. In this way, every single mitzvah, even the smallest act of good, makes the world a better place. Every mitzvah is one step closer to a better world.
The goal of the #ChiDoesGood series is to highlight the ways the Camp Chi family is making the world better and inspire others to do what they can as well. With each example, we hope to encourage others to find their unique way to bring good to this world. Whether the mitzvot are within our community, or stretch out to the diverse worlds around us, the Camp Chi Family has the power to positively affect the world.
When we are together, our hope is to introduce Community, Kindness, and Respect to our campers and staff, so that they may act on these values in the form of performing mitzvot. It’s a lifelong and continuous journey, but in the end when one of us does good, we all do good. We’re excited for all the future good that we’ll share with you through this series. Until then, we know that you’ll all continue to good, and make the world a better place.
Doing mitzvot and giving back to the community are cornerstones of living a Jewish life. Click the link below to tell us what you are doing to help others and give back to the community. We would love to feature you as a Mitzvah Maker and do our part to help support you as well. Why? It’s simple, by truly living the Camp Chi Values, #ChiDoesGood.