1,000 Mitzvahs

How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire, and Change Your Life


By Linda Cohen

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When her father passed away in 2006, Linda Cohen’s busy life as a mother, wife, and entrepreneur came to a screeching halt. She took a spiritual sabbatical to work through her grief, and she came out of it resolved to embark upon a project: perform one thousand acts of kindness—mitzvahs—to honor her father’s memory.

1,000 Mitzvahs shares Cohen’s two-and-a-half-year journey from sorrow to inspiration through simple daily acts of kindness. She presents each mitzvah as a short vignette, and the myriad forms they take—from helping the elderly to donating to good causes to baking and collecting food for others—highlight the many ways in which one person can touch the lives of others. As she pursues her quest, Cohen finds that her life is improved by these small acts—that every time she goes out of her way to do something good for someone else, she enhances her own well-being.

More than a touching story of a daughter’s love for her father, 1,000 Mitzvahs is a testament to the transformational power of kindness, and a call to arms for those who would like to follow in Cohen’s footsteps with their own mitzvahs—no matter how large or how small.
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On Sale
Oct 18, 2011
Page Count
220 pages
Seal Press

Linda Cohen

About the Author

After graduating high school, Linda Cohen left her New England home to study for one year in Israel, where she found a strong connection to her Jewish identity. She returned to the United States to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Jewish studies from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, after which she received a master’s degree from Brandeis University in Jewish communal service. Since then, she has been both a professional and a lay leader in the Jewish community.

In the years prior to having children, Cohen volunteered on her synagogue board of directors, was a docent for the local Japanese garden, answered phones for her local public television station, and delivered meals for homebound seniors. Since having children, most of her volunteer time has been devoted to child-centered organizations, including working with the PTO at their school and serving on the board of directors for their summer camp. As a lifelong volunteer, she actively encourages people to discover the benefits of being in service to others.

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