In honor of Random Acts of Kindness Day, which falls out today, make a positive impact and give a special lift by calling or helping someone who would really appreciate the attention.

There are many ways to help others, though the Torah is particularly sensitive to the needs of the widow and the orphan, directing all to be especially careful not to cause harm to those in need. To understand the basis behind the Torah’s concern for the widow and the orphan, read this enlightening analysis entitled: “Showing Sensitivity to the Helpless and the Downtrodden” from Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald’s Torah message for Mishpatim 5768-2008. Out of respect for Shabbat, please consider printing it on Friday afternoon if you plan to read it on Shabbat.