Paying it Forward
By Elly Teman
Paying it forward. Yes, it is the name of a schmaltzy movie with Haley Joel Osment and Helen Hunt, but the concept is one that I have been privileged to learn through the experience of giving birth to my third baby-and longest labor of love, sweat and tears-my book, Birthing a Mother, which is finally being published this month. All I remember from that movie is that it was a tear jerker about a kid who got involved in a kind of pyramid scheme of doing what we Jews call mitzvahs: one person does a good deed for another and that person goes on to do it for someone else rather than paying the other person back.