Our First Mitzvah Trip

This past Friday, my entire middle school went on our first Mitzvah Trip of the year.  We packed food bags for kids who are less fortunate then us and are not guaranteed breakfast, lunch, and dinner like we are.  After school about seventy kids go to an non-profit organization called Normandy Community Connections. The kids get tutoring, food, help with homework, and the opportunity to do fun sports for only $10 a month. They are all below the poverty line so it really helps to have an opportunity like this. They do this because their owner volunteered while in college and he really enjoyed helping others.  He decided to do it full time, and now he owns Normandy Community Connections.

During Mitzvot, we studied this chapter- “וְאָכַלְתָּ, וְשָׂבָעְתָּ–וּבֵרַכְתָּ אֶת-יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, עַל-הָאָרֶץ הַטֹּבָה אֲשֶׁר נָתַן-לָךְ. 10 And thou shalt eat and be satisfied, and bless the LORD thy God for the good land which He hath given thee.” This teaches us to say the ברכת המזון. The rabbis asked a question: When are you satisfied? Different people are satisfied with different amounts of food.  They came up with this answer: כזית Like an Olive. This means that to be satisfied and say the ברכת המזון you need to eat a piece of bread the size of an olive skin.  Now you might not be full but you can say the ברכת המזון.

Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimonde or Maimonides or Rash’Bam, said that if you don’t say the ברכת המזון after eating you are like stealing from G-d because you aren’t thanking him for the wonderful food that he gave us.  He also said to give some of our food to the less fortunate, which ties into our Mitzvah Trip. We gave bags of food, two for each child, to Normandy Community Connections to give to the children, who are less fortunate then us. It made me feel so good to pack and give the food bags to the kids. I know that they appreciated it a lot.




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