Thursday, December 18, 2008

Being a Good Neighbor

There are snow/ice storms raging across the States. The New York vicinity is due to get from 3-6 inches of snow tomorrow, with snowy weather continuing through Sunday. Maybe we'll be lucky and it will be less then they are forecasting; of course, it could also be more than forecasted. And, of course, it is erev Shabbos tomorrow.

Now would be a good time to look around at your neighbors. Are any of them elderly? Are any of them incapacitated in some way? How are these people going to manage if it snows as predicted tomorrow? If you are going shopping ahead of the snow tomorrow perhaps you could ask these people if there is something you can pick up for them. And it would also be a true chesed if when you are cleaning your walks off tomorrow that you take the few minutes extra and clean theirs as well.

It's easy to think of ourselves as good neighbors when the sun is shining and the weather is fair. The real test of neighborliness comes when you have to expend some effort and energy.

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