My parents were very, very involved in the Jewish community of Lowell, Mass. My father was always at a meeting regarding the Hebrew school. He wanted to upgrade it, he wanted to expand Jewish education. His example, and my mother's as well, was to be passionate about something and to do it even if it's hard. My parents were very giving, they enjoyed reaching out to others. It's just the way I was raised. And since Judaism was central to our family, Judaism was so central in my life, and as I grew up. I saw it so much. There was always room for one more at the table, a stranger who was coming through town. That's just the way my mother and father were. They were very giving of themselves for the betterment of the community."
"The whole idea of making the world better than the way you came into it…It's an idea that each person should feel personally. It's an extension, as I see it, is doing a mitzvah. It's fulfilling a commandment of doing a good deed. I mean if every person did a good deed every day, how much better would the world be? Then we're talking about tikkun olam!
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