- Megan Bingham
Moti the Mitzvah Mouse is always doing great things! He's filled with delightful mitzvahs!
In Jewish custom, a mitzvah is defined as "a good deed done from religious duty." But, a mitzvah is simply not just a good deed, but more of a "suggestion" to participate in acts of kindness, that benefits you and others.
Moti loves doing mitzvahs for the household he shares with his human family, The Bermans. While they are asleep, Moti feeds the family fish, cleans up scraps and feeds them to his outdoor animal friends, and finds lost toys. Moti even collects loose coins for the tzedakah box, which contains money for the less fortunate. The tzedakah donations will help buy food, clothing, and other things for families who need them.
On Shabbat (Friday to Saturday night), Moti rests. Will someone give Moti a mitzvah after he's been so kind to everyone else?
Moti is a wonderful story for children learning about Judaism. It also helps children embrace the act of being kind to others. Moti the Mitzvah Mouse contains interactive illustrations as well. While Moti's mitzvahs are demonstrated through children's author Vivian Newman's encouraging words, Inga Knopp-Kilpert's simple—but cute—illustrations, create a fun "I spy" game with the question: "What mitzvah is Moti doing now? Can you spy what Moti is doing for this mitzvah?"