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 Practical, Applied, and Doing Mitzvahs and Tikkun Olam
Deepening Your Understanding of Tzedakah, Mitzvah heroes, and Tikkun Olam Ziv Tzedakah Fund (Danny's Tzedakah Fund) Reports
The Poetry of Tzedakah Teaching Materials

Full Manuscripts by Danny Siegel

Doing Good: 48 Brief Torah Insights About The Jewish View Of Mitzvahs Bayn Adam leChavayro ó Acts Of Caring That Bring Benefit to Other People Based on Biblical, Talmudic, Midrashic, and Halachic Texts And Their Ancient, Medieval, and Modern Commentaries

Jewish VIPs: Values, Ideals, and Principles -- 45 Brief Torah Insights About The Distinctive Jewish Values, Ideals, and Principles For Living Life as a Jew and as a Human Being Based on Jewish Texts and Their Commentaries

Where Heaven and Earth Touch. Here are the great excerpts of midrash and halachah, selected from 2000 years of Jewish heritage and tradition, compiled and translated by Danny Siegel in an easy-to-find, easy-to-understand format. Danny opens our eyes to the treasures of Jewish thought.

1 + 1 = 3 and 37 Other Mitzvah Principles to Live By Twenty-five years after starting his odyssey into the world of Tzedakah and Mitzvahs, Danny Siegel has discovered many patterns that define and describe Mitzvah opportunities and allow people to quickly respond and achieve great acts of Tikkun Olam.
Readers of Danny Siegel's other volumes on Tzedakah and Mitzvahs have met the heroes and learned from their experiences. In 1+1=3 and 37 Other Mitzvah Principles to Live By, Danny provides the blueprints for all of us to follow in our personal quest for Tikkun Olam. Whether you are a teacher, a parent, a student or just someone who wants to change the world, this book will guide you in that quest.

Family Reunion: Making Peace in the Jewish Community - Sources and Resources from Tanach, Halachah, and Midrash.

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

The Laws Relating to the Synagogue - Hilchot Beit HaKnesset by Danny Siegel

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
         or individually:
         Pharoah's Daughter
         Serach bat Asher
         Bambi, Shifra, Puah

A Tribute to My Friends in the Rabbinate (reprinted from Gym Shoes and Irises)

Shraga Arian

How Doctors Are Supposed to Make Rounds

Five Good Reasons Why Blind People Should Own Their Own Car

The Giants

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

Teaching Materials

Anne's USY Summer Heroes

24 questions

The 4 questions


3 things to remember

3 majors + crayons & plants

Danny Siegel's Tzedakah Principles

Butterfly Word


From Amy, a wonderful and personal story:

Dear Danny,

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. :)