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Acts of charity and loving-kindness are central to the Torah way of life. This booklet explores the importance and the ramifications of chesed in the entire sphere of social obligations and human relationships, as well as in the realm of Divine service. Includes a digest of laws concerning gemilut chassadim.


Tzedek & Chessed – Righteousness and Kindness

Gemilut Chassadim – Loving-Kindness

Torah & Gemilut Chassadim

The Precept of Loving-Kindness

Imitatio De-I - Imitation of G‑d

Judaism & Gemilut Chassadim

"Consider the Poor..."

Spiritual Assistance

Some Laws Concerning Gemilut Chassadim

About the Author
Jacob Immanuel Schochet has written and lectured extensively on the history and philosophy of Chassidism and topical themes of Jewish thought and ethics. A renowned authority on Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism, his works include biographies, annotated editions and translations of Chassidic classics and numerous monographs and articles in professional and popular journals. He is rabbi of Kielcer Congregation, and a professor of Philosophy at Humber College, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Published by Kehot Publication Society, Brooklyn, NY, 1967
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Linda columbia falls, mt December 14, 2010

Loving Kindness thank you all for your help! I will keep searching. Reply

Anonymous Waldorf, MD December 12, 2010

loving kindness To linda, Columbia Falls. Try Borders online. Reply

Julie Gold Manchester, U.K December 5, 2010

to get the book on kindness To Linda,Columbia Falls. At the beginning of the article which triggered these comments, there is a picture of the book and underneath there is a place to click "to buy on-line". Reply

Menachem Posner for December 5, 2010

To Linda The book is published by Kehot Publication Society. However, it appears that it is out of print. Perhaps you can find it on one of the online used book sellers. Reply

Linda columbia falls, mt/usa December 5, 2010

loving kindness does anyone know where i can get a copy of this book? Reply

Mindy Ormond Beach, FL/USA November 15, 2010

Kindness I have been giving back for 27 years. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a Consumer Advocate and always try to be kind and help out. Reply

Jonathan Bergman london, uk March 24, 2010

kindness without kindness there would be no grace

If I am giving help and assistance, suspecting my own selfish reasons are at the root or possibly in their somewhere -
Is the act of kindness nullified?

Do I get 3 out of 10 for trying
Do I get 5 out of 10 for acknowledging
Do I get 10 out of 10 anyway because at the root of it all, the desire to help others is from love, however I dress it up. Reply

barbara haywood usa, mi February 15, 2010

derech eretz i must admit i have to agree with this lady Reply

Jane B. Tavlin Metairie, LA September 15, 2009

Act of Kindness A simple act of kindness can give a person such brightness in a day.

A smile or a greeting can make a difference in a person's day. Reply

Anonymous Brooklyn, NY January 2, 2009

Derech Eretz I've had to use a cane these past months. On the subway, women offer a seat way more often than men. Men of other nationalities offer me a seat. Oddly, men in Orthodox costume (black hats or kipahs) ignore me. I'm embarrassed that the other nationalities should see this behavior. Perhaps rabbis should instruct their flock to wear clown costumes outside rather than orthodox garb if they cannot give a seat to a middle aged woman with a cane. Reply

JULIE GOLD December 16, 2008

Acts of kindness what if you do something thinking it is kind but the recipient views it as interference or you being condesending or insulting. Some people say you have to be cruel to be kind - like when you are being firm and strict with children.-giving them a short sharp shock if they have tried to run out into the road for instance, to stop them doing it again. In the Torah there are many references to G-D as an angry G-D. HE is not always portrayed as kind. Reply

Anonymous New York, New York November 10, 2007

Kindness. I think kindness is the cornerstone of all creation and human life. The only purpose of the entire G-d creation was to impart kindness.

And the synthesis of this purpose just lies in the very First Commandement. " Love G-d with all your mind all your heart and your Neighbor as THY SELF."

The fear of G-d is the beginning of wisdom.

Everything else is just Commentary, just like Hillel said. Reply

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