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All Deeds Final, No Returns

November 11, 2011

If we internalize Maimonides’ phrase of “do what is right because it is right”, then we can do a good without an expectation of a return. Too often we do a good for the expectation of a return. This sets us up for disappointment and then withdrawal of future good deeds. In all of our relationships, if we do a good just because it’s good, well that’s good. Let’s hope that everyone will eventually live this approach. On the other hand, why should we wait for someone else to start the good rolling? Let it start with you. The world we all wish for can begin now and it begins with each one of us.

“Blessed are those who give without remembering. And blessed are those who take without forgetting.” -Bernard Meltzer

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