Right now you are doing a mitzvah. Actually you are doing more
than one. You are taking time out for yourself (mitzvah #1), you
are learning Torah (mitzvah #2) and you are giving tzedekah as
the proceeds from the book are going to charity (mitzvah #3).
By the time you finish reading this book, you will probably discover
that you are doing far more than the three mitzvahs I just
mentioned. The idea for Grocery Shopping with God came directly
from a series of lectures by Rebbetzin Esther Baila Schwarz,
a brilliant, funny, warm teacher from Monsey, New York. I told
her many times that her ideas would make a great book and she
said, "Then write it!!" Little did she know that, actually, I am a
writer by profession. But writing children's television and writing
Jewish self-help books couldn't be more different. So after
many years of percolation and procrastination, here it is.
The premise of this book is that in our daily routines, we are
inherently doing mitzvahs. Every hour, every day, week in and
week out, literally thousands and thousands of them. Whether
we are driving carpool, going grocery shopping or cleaning out closets, these seemingly endless, rote activities can actually be
mitzvahs! How can this be? Contrary to the popular notion
that a mitzvah is a good deed, the actual definition of the word
"mitzvah" is "commandment." A mitzvah is a commandment
straight from God designed to give your life purpose and meaning.
This book will examine mitzvahs from the Torah that we
are already doing, (most likely without realizing it) and help us
understand them better. This understanding will allow you to
elevate the mundane to the meaningful, transforming the daily
grind into a daily goldmine.