After graduating high school, I found myself succumbing to some positive peer pressure and spending a few months in a yeshiva abroad in Israel. As an Americanized jew, my understanding of Judaism was warped, limited, and skeptical. I wasn't so interested and was hard to adapt to yeshivas curriculum of gemara classes, especially since I didn't even know Hebrew. Instead, I often found myself wandering around town.
One day I stumbled upon an English book hidden amongst the Hebrew sefarim in the yeshiva, the book had been donated by a previous alumni student of the yeshiva. This book addressed all the questions and doubts I had about religion, sparking a spiritual curiosity within me that still burns brightly today. As I delved into its pages, I couldn't help but be amazed at the thought that the person who donated this book was probably somewhere back in America, completely unaware that he was changing my life across the globe. This idea was was astonishing to me, and it inspired me to consider the impact of leaving motivating books behind for others to discover.
So, I started small, buying books for friends, leaving mussar books in shuls, collecting money to sponsor gemaras for yeshivas, and obtaining Hebrew-English siddurs for shuls that lacked them etc... I eagerly saved all of my maaser money to fund these efforts, knowing that even if only one person gets inspired similar to the way i did it, then it was all worth it.
Over time, Hashem blessed me with the merit to have my own publications to bring new Jewish books into the world.
The principle of Mitzvah goreret mitzvah “one good deed will bring another good deed” is a powerful one.
I hope to spread awareness to help jews realize the power they have to make a cosmic impact with the smallest of actions. You never now how one good deed can transform someone's life, their family, and even their future descendants. This is not a far-fetched idea since it had already happened to me, and many others now and throughout time.