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Monday, February 2, 2015
Is there a Reward for Good Deeds in this World? Part 2
There is no worldly reward for good deeds.’ (Kiddushin 39b)
Imagine that a mother runs into a burning building to save her baby. As she comes out, you give her $100 reward for saving the child. She would be insulted.
The reward of good is the feeling of good itself. Any material reward only demeans the act.
So there is no worldly reward for good deeds – because we human beings are hard-wired in truth not to want it.
Feeling depressed - do something good for some one else - it is its own reward.
Rabbi Michael Stern
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