There's nothing ordinary, mundane about good neighbors. Having good, caring neighbors means that your neighbors strictly observe the mitzvot (Torah commandments) of how to behave bein adam l'charero, between man and his fellow man. Jewish Law is divided between those mitzvot and the ones between man and G-d.
Many people find it easier to be good to their neighbors during dramatic times, like after death when helping mourners, helping the ill or the poor and other special cases.
But it's the everyday good neighbor stuff which makes the real difference. Today's a case in point. My Jerusalem daughter got some things for my father and transferred them to my other daughter in Ofra. Ofra is close to Shiloh. Many neighbors work there or pass by. The question still remained.
How could we transfer the stuff to us in Shiloh?I decided to send a simple bilingual email to the yishuv (community) email list. I gave my son-in-law's phone number, since he would be in Ofra all day, and it would be more efficient if he was to be contacted directly. The replies to the email began even before I left the house for various errands. My son-in-law told me that someone he didn't know had called saying she'd call when she got close to Ofra.
By the time I got home, the package hadn't yet arrived. I called my daughter who was afraid that her husband had missed the call. I began working on alternative plans using the emails which had piled into our inbox. Then the phone rang. A neighbor was on her way home, would be passing Ofra soon and hadn't been able to touch base with our son-in-law. I spoke to my daughter giving her the neighbor's number.
Then I quickly wrote a card for the neighbor's son's wedding present, which I had finally bought but hadn't delivered. Yes, so when she showed up with the bag, she got one in exchange.
Of course, we're not all perfect, and there are numerous things I'd like to change and fix about Shiloh, but when you need something, the neighbors are great.