Linda’s Book: 1,000 Mitzvahs

1,000 Mitzvahs: How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal Inspire and Change Your Life
1,000 Mitzvahs: How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire and Change Your Life shares Cohen’s two-and-a-half year journey from sorrow to inspiration through simple daily acts of kindness. She presents each mitzvah as a short vignette and the myriad forms they take – from helping the elderly to donating to good causes to baking and collecting food for others – highlight the many ways in which one person can touch the lives of others. As she pursues her quest, Cohen finds that her life is improved by these small acts – that every time she goes out of her way to do something good for someone else, she enhances her own well-being.
“More than a touching story of a daughter’s love for her father, 1,000 Mitzvahs is a testament to the transformational power of kindness, and a call to arms for those who would like to follow in Cohen’s footsteps with their own mitzvahs – no matter how large or small.”

“…Inviting readers of all faiths to embrace an altruistic approach to life… an active wife and mother of two, demonstrates that performing acts of kindness does not require excessive time or money, and the rewards for the giver and receiver are priceless.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Dealing with the death of a loved one is often a grueling and challenging process. But for Linda Cohen, the death of a family member became the inspiration for an intensive, meaningful, and spiritually uplifting journey to heal herself by reaching out to those around her.”
Jewish Boston

I am a clinical psychologist. I found Ms. Cohen’s book to be about a profoundly simple, but not always easy way to be alive. Linda writes about transforming grief through performing “mitzvah’s” or loving kindnesses. She began as a way to honor her father’s life and passing. But her book is really about living in the here and now, and making powerful, seemingly simple connections with others as everyday acts of giving of yourself, and being in service. What healing therapy could be better! I recommend “1000 Mitzvahs” to my patients, and friends.

“Part memoir, part guide book, Cohen inspires us with do-able ways to do good. A must-read for anyone hoping to be a role-model for their children or aspiring to be a better person.”
Meredith Jacobs

Author of The Modern Jewish Mom’s Guide to Shabbat & Connect and Celebrate Bring Your Family Together With the Friday Night Meal

“Scientific studies suggest that that doing mitzvot makes subjects feel better and, by the end, Cohen felt that her project [1,000 Mitvahs] had indeed improved her physical and mental health during the period of grieving, while also making her a more conscious person overall.”
The Jewish Daily Forward

“This book is FULL of heartwarming stories and fabulous ideas for simple kindness missions. When Cohen set out to perform 1,000 mitzvahs in memory of her late father, she ensured his loving legacy will live on in the hearts of everyone this book touches, especially mine.”
Cami Walker

Author of the New York Times best-selling book 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life