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NiSh’ma: Areivut

The following post was originally posted in The Forward and Sh’ma on October 30, 2018 and features Repair’s Senior Program Director Adina Mermelstein Konikoff ruminating on Hillel’s famed quote, “If I am only for myself, what am I?”

By Adina Mermelstein Konikoff

I stood in awe watching Melanie, a life-long Brooklynite woman of color. She was speaking beautifully about why Young Jewish Adults should volunteer in her community of Crown Heights. Listening to Melanie, I heard so clearly Hillel’s aphorism, “If I am only for myself, what am I?” Why does Melanie, someone with a strong and deep faith that isn’t Judaism, work with young Jewish adults who are trying to figure out the meaning of serving others, and are taking a year to do so? Because, she knows, life is not only about meeting one’s own needs but also about seeing beyond oneself.

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