Helping Others

Derech Eretz Zuta 1:29: Regard as trivial the good you did to others, and as enormous the little good others did to you.

Midrash on Psalms 118:17: In the next world one will be asked, 'What was your occupation?'  If that person answers, 'I gave clothing to those in need,' they will say, 'This is the gate of G-d.  Those who gave clothing to the needy may enter.

Nedarim 37a: Just as G-d taught gratuitously, so you must teach gratuitously.

Avot d'Rabbi Natan 2:2: Run to do a light mitzvah because it will lead you to do a weighty mitzvah.

Pesachim 4a: The zealous go early to perform mitzvot.

Shevuot 39a: All Jews are responsible for one another.

Genesis 31:42: G-d has seen the labor of my hands.

Bava Metzia 108b: Better a close neighbor than a distant brother.

Job 1:10: Thou hast blessed the work of his hands.

Tanchuma Vayetze 13: Man must toil and labor with both hands.

Leviticus 5:23-24: He shall return...the lost item that he found.

Ethics of the Fathers 5:13: He who gives and wants others to give is pious.

Exodus 35:2: Each person who was ready to volunteer then came forward.

Jeremiah 15:19: If you bring out the precious from the worthless, you shall be my spokesperson.

Tanchuma 8:3: There is no happiness like the happiness of giving to another.

Sifra Leviticus on 19:14: If a man seeks your advice, do not give him counsel that is wrong for him.

Shabbat 30b: The Divine Spirit does not rest upon a person who is sad, but only upon one filled with the joy of a mitzvah.

Deuteronomy 22:4: For I desire and not sacrifice, attachment to G-d rather than burnt offerings.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10: Two are better than one, for if they fall, one can raise the other, but woe to those who are alone and fall with no companion to raise them!

Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5: Whoever saves a single life - it is as though he has saved the entire world.

Exodus Rabbah 31:15: All of G-d's creations borrow from each other: Day from night and night from day, the moon from the stars and the stars from the moon...the sky from the earth and earth from the sky.

Mishlei Agur: As one hand washes the other, so must one person help another.

Samuel I 16:23: David would take the harp and play with his hand, and Saul would be relieved.

Ethics of the Fathers 2:16: It is not your obligation to complete the task of perfecting the world, but neither are you free to desist from doing all you can.

Deuteronomy 15:8: But you shall open your hand wide to him, and shall surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he lacks.

Avot d'Rabbi Natan 31b: Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai used to say: If you have a sapling in your hand, and someone should say to you that the Messiah has come, stay and complete the planting and then go greet the Messiah.

Shabbat 151b: Act while you can; while you have the chance, the means, and the strength.

Ethics of the Fathers 2:1: Which is the proper way to act:  Whatever brings credit to oneself, and earns ons the esteem of others.

Morning Blessings: Blessed are You, Hashem, our G-d, King of the universe, Who clothes the naked.

Derech Eretz Zuta 10: The adronment of humans is their garments.

Proverbs 31:22: She maketh for herself coverlets; her clothing is fine linen and purple.

Ta'anit 11a: So said Moses, 'Since Israel is in trouble, I will share their burden.'

Midrash Psalms 116:8: Just as I create worlds, and bring the dead back to life, you are capable of doing the same.

Ta'anit 11a: When the community is in trouble...involve yourself in the community's distress.

Tzur Yisrael: Rock of Israel, arise to the aid of Israel...

Psalm 91:15: I am with him in distress, I will release him and I will honor him.

Min Ha'Metzar: Hashem is with me through my helpers...

Psalm 138:7: Your right hand saves me.

Psalm 119:134: Come to my aid.

Shir Ha'Yichud: For You have done me many favors, for You have magnified kindness upon me.