Articles and Essays by Danny Siegel
Here are many articles and essays I have published over the years. I have divided them into six categories but please browse through since many items might fit in more than one place.
Jewish Study, Torah, Talmud, and other Traditional Texts about Mitzvahs, Tikkun Olam, and Jewish Values
Texts about Teachers
Maimonides' 8 Degrees of Tzedakah
The Starfish in our Sources
I Can't Read Much Hebrew, I Can't Read Much Aramaic, I Never Went to Yeshiva, But I Study Talmud Every Chance I Get. - Brother, Can You Spare a Dime; The Treatment of Beggars According to Jewish Tradition: A Case in Point.
(By Arthur Kurzweil)
High Holiday Readings and Texts
No Bracha for Tzedakah
Tzedakah - Jewish Giving, A Privilege by Danny Siegel, published by the Tikun Olam Program of United Synagogue Youth
Practical, Applied, and Doing Mitzvahs and Tikkun Olam
Danny Siegelís List of Practical, Easily Doable Mitzvah Projects
LOOKING BACK -Some comments about Bar and Bat Mitzvah Mitzvah Projects
Guatemalan Kippot Honduran purses
Danny's Resource Pages for USY Israel Pilgrimage, 2011
Deepening Your Understanding of Tzedakah, Mitzvahs, and Tikkun Olam
How to Prepare Yourself to Be a Mitzvah hero
Five Biblical Women Mitzvah heroes - all in one
Serach bat Asher
Bambi, Shifra, Puah
A Tribute to My Friends in the Rabbinate (reprinted from Gym Shoes and Irises)
How Doctors Are Supposed to Make Rounds
Five Good Reasons Why Blind People Should Own Their Own Car
Kimberly Cook - Child with a Vision (and made it happen)
Joe the Butler
Hyphenated words that help define Tikkun
Healthy Reason to Own a Pet
Happiness, Fun, Joy
Cholesterol and the Jews
Final Exams: Pavlovís Dogs, Father Guido, Pinball Machines, and the Jews
Tuesday Night in the ER
duh wow duh
Crud, Good Stuff
Ziv Tzedakah Fund (Danny's Tzedakah Fund) Reports
Danny's First Ever Tzedakah Report from January 1975 - four pages, single spaced, typed!
Final Ziv Tzedakah Fund Annual Report
Post-Ziv Update From Danny
The Poetry of Tzedakah
Special Bar Mitzvah Speech
Speech to the Camp Counselors
Anne's USY Summer Heroes
The 4 questions
4 PAGES OF QUOTES
3 things to remember
3 majors + crayons & plants
Danny Siegel's Tzedakah Principles
HERE IS ONE ENDORSEMENT OF DANNY SIEGEL. FOR ALL OF DANNY'S ENDORSEMENTS, CLICK HERE.
From Amy, a wonderful and personal story:
Regarding the Conference of Mitzvah Heroes...I cannot begin to tell you what a life changing experience that was for me. I am not just saying this! (You can even ask Rabbi [Neal] Gold -- he's heard this story ad nauseam!) In a nutshell, (Autobiography Alert! Make sure you're in a comfortable chair!), I am 100% Jewish, but, like many assimilated Jews in the 70's, my parents chose not to observe much.
My brother was Bar Mitzvah'd, but when I started Sunday School in First Grade, I decided I didn't like it. (Truthfully, the only thing I really remember about it was that my neighbor (with whom we carpooled) threw up in our back seat on the way home one Sunday. Aside from that, no memory.) I complained enough about it, and my parents said I didn't have to go. As I got older, I always felt like something was missing, and to be honest, felt like an outsider in synagogues (yet longed to be a part of one).
Meanwhile, in my "everyday" life, I have always (from a young age) felt a very deep and innate sense of connection with (and empathy for) others, and a strong desire to be helpful. Nothing feels better than helping another. Cut to: years later, when I became a parent myself. We joined Shir Tikva not long after Neal was hired, and our purpose was to simply get in, get the kids Bar Mitzvah'd, and get out. Not feeling like I belonged at the Temple (because of my own baggage), I always sent my husband (who grew up in a Conservative home) to the Hebrew School events, parent education programs and even just for pick up and drop off. Since he had been Bar Mitzvah'd, surely he belonged, I reasoned.
THEN CAME THE CONFERENCE OF MITZVAH HEROES! (I told you I'd get here!) When I read about it, I was immediately drawn to it. Here was a language I spoke (and loved)! From that first night when we recorded our "[Song] of Love" for a boy named Nicholas to Sunday's Second Wind Dreams presentation, (and everything in between) I was totally riveted.
This was the language of the heart, and it spoke to both my heart and soul. Tikkun Olam was the connection I needed to feel "a part of" my Jewish roots. I also appreciated the many organizations you introduced us to, and how you taught us that it is the little, EASY things that we/I could be doing RIGHT NOW that have the power to make a big impact.
What a concept! I had never thought of that before. Shortly after the Conference, I wrote to Rabbi Gold to both introduce myself, and to thank him for such a meaningful and profound program. I don't need to tell you what a mensch he is...of course he wrote back, and of course we sat down for a conversation, and of course the rest is history. :) Rabbi Gold has been my friend and my teacher ever since.
I am also delighted to share that I became an Adult Bat Mitzvah in May!
So that is the long and the long of it! Thank you for reading, if you've made it this far. :)