On the National Day of Prayer this Thursday, one Humanistic Jewish group in Chicago is asking their congregation to do something a little different:
“Prayer may be wishing for change, but action makes it happen,” says Rabbi Adam Chalom. “We’re taking this opportunity on May 2 to change the world for the better by choosing to ACT.”
Kol Hadash is inviting everyone in the community to participate and to celebrate your good deeds. No matter how big or small, let us know how you are choosing to ACT to make a difference. Post a picture on Kol Hadash’s Facebook page, or Tweet your good deed on Twitter with #choosetoACT and tell us how you helped another. Sharing your actions can inspire others to take action too!
Adam elaborates on his own site (emphasis his):
On a day intended to encourage people to hope that the world gets better, to lessen of human suffering, we use human power to actually make the world better and to help others in a real, tangible way. Giving blood is a good deed that only people can do for each other, and a problem that prayer alone will not fix. You can provide food to a food bank, donate a dollar with your coffee purchase, or innumerable other small deeds of human goodness.
I can’t agree enough. Prayers help no one else tangibly and only help the people saying them psychologically. Actions help everyone.