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.

Introduction

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.