C. Mitzvot in Your Community – Jewish or Secular

1. You shall not put off the skimming of the first yield of your vats. You shall give Me the firstborn among your sons. (Ex. 22:28)
     Work on a project that helps produce better government or civil improvement

2. You shall not revile God. Nor put a curse upon a chieftain among your people (Ex. 22:27)
     Work of the campaign of a worthy political candidate.

3. When in your war against a city you have to besiege it a long time in order to capture it, you must not destroy its trees wielding the ax against them. You may eat of them but you must not cut them down. Are trees of the field human to withdraw before you into the besieged city? (Deut. 20:19)
     Preserve the natural beauty of your neighborhood or area (collect litter, beautify a park etc.)

4. Rather, you must open your hand and lend him sufficient whatever he needs. (Deut. 15:8)
     Work for or help support a charitable, non-sectarian cause.
     Work for a charitable Jewish cause.

5. You shall rise above the aged and show deference to the old: you shall fear your God: I am the Lord (Lev. 19:32)
     Serve as a volunteer at a hospital, nursing home, or similar organization.

6. When you reap the harvest of your land you shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not pick your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I the Lord am your God (Lev. 19:9-10)
     Give clothing or other possessions to a charitable institution, or collect for such a institution.

7. Be on guard concerning all that I have told you. Make no mention of the names of other gods; they shall not be heard on your lips. (Ex. 23:13)
     Work to help inform the public about an important issue.

8. If you lend money to my people, to the poor among you, do not act toward them as a creditor; exact no interest from them. (Ex. 22:24)
     Do volunteer work in your community.

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