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loving-kindness
middot loving-kindness

middahWe all need food, sleep, and love.

Loving-kindness is acting out in loving and thoughtful ways to bring accord and friendship between those we do and don’t know. This type of living is other-centered and fosters harmony. In an overabundance of loving-kindness, we see excessive doting and lack of care for oneself; in an extreme lack of loving-kindness, we see selfishness and egotism rampant. This trait in balance serves humanity and self, and is considered a vital foundation of the world.

Suggested practices:

  • Show a smile to at least five people today that you pass by today.
  • Lend an ear to someone that you know could use some company.
  • Make it a point to ask someone how his/her day is going — whether you know that person or not.
  • Give a genuine compliment to someone today.

featured articles


Here's a drash on loving-kindness adapted from my book Creation to Completion, which comments on parashat Ki Tisa (Ex. 30:11-34:35). Parashat Ki Tisa includes Hashem’s revelation...
by rabbi russ resnik in torah
For the Torah was given through Moshe; chesed and truth came through Yeshua the Messiah. -- Yochanan 1:17 Chesed is one of those rich Hebrew terms that defy a direct one-word trans...
by rabbi russ resnik in besorah
In his commentaries in both the Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur Koren Machzorim Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks speaks of the God who “creates us in love and forgiveness, who loves and forg...
by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld in daily living
A woman died and left no money to pay for her funeral. She was an inhabitant of one of the Lithuanian twin towns of Kovno and Slobodka, which were separated only by a small river. A...
by rebbetzin malkah in stories
One of the high points of the Passover Seder every year, especially when our kids were growing up, came toward the end, when we’d recite the Great Hallel, Psalm 136. ...
by rabbi russ resnik in torah
There was an older gentleman I used to to interact with fairly regularly at a Rabbi Nachman shiur I used to attend. ...
by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld in daily living
'The kindnesses of the Lord I shall sing forever; to generation after generation I shall make known Your faithfulness, with my mouth. For I said, "Forever will it be built with kin...
by rav rafael in torah
The Hebrew word for loving-kindness is chesed.    ...
by rebbetzin malkah in meditation

 

accounting


Use these questions to evaluate your day: What were the seeds that hindered your ability to manifest loving-kindness today? Did a good deed you perfomed today lift up someone wh...

quotes


"What you hate, do not do to your friend." -- Shabbos 31a "Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD....

 

more articles

daily living


Chesed or loving-kindness is an essential human attribute, but it’s first of all a divine attribute. If we want to cultivate chesed, we should pay attention to how Hashem exercise...
In his commentaries in both the Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur Koren Machzorim Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks speaks of the God who “creates us in love and forgiveness, who loves and forg...
My maternal grandfather is often one of the least effusive people I know. He has a big white beard and it is rare that one can get a sense of what’s going on under there at any gi...
There was an older gentleman I used to to interact with fairly regularly at a Rabbi Nachman shiur I used to attend. ...
Righteousness, in its simplest form, is doing the “right” thing.  It can be argued that observing the mitzvot is practicing righteousness, and it certainly does lead us int...
A person running to do a mitzvah can destroy the world on his way. -- Rabbi Yisrael Salanter Perhaps one of the hardest things to attain is righteousness.  We strive to purs...

torah


Some things in life have to be earned, and some things cannot be. We can earn respect and reputation by our behavior, but sometimes we need help, or forgiveness, or just a break, th...
Here's a drash on loving-kindness adapted from my book Creation to Completion, which comments on parashat Ki Tisa (Ex. 30:11-34:35). Parashat Ki Tisa includes Hashem’s revelation...
One of the high points of the Passover Seder every year, especially when our kids were growing up, came toward the end, when we’d recite the Great Hallel, Psalm 136. ...
Among messianic Jews, much has been said concerning the parallels between the sacrifices of the paschal lamb and that of Yeshua. After all, the paschal lamb was the essential sac...
'The kindnesses of the Lord I shall sing forever; to generation after generation I shall make known Your faithfulness, with my mouth. For I said, "Forever will it be built with kin...

besorah


For the Torah was given through Moshe; chesed and truth came through Yeshua the Messiah. -- Yochanan 1:17 Chesed is one of those rich Hebrew terms that defy a direct one-word trans...
"Giving in the way of chesed requires that we go beyond the boundaries that are familiar and comfortable to us. We have to stretch into chesed or else it simply isn’t chesed." ...
I work as a case coordinator in a psychiatric group home. In December, a couple who live a few houses down from the home paid a visit asking us if they could give an offering of ...

mesorah


For thus we find in the case of Cain, who killed his brother, that it is written:  the bloods of your brother cry unto me: not the blood of your brother, but the bloods of your...

meditation


The Hebrew word for loving-kindness is chesed.    ...

stories


A woman died and left no money to pay for her funeral. She was an inhabitant of one of the Lithuanian twin towns of Kovno and Slobodka, which were separated only by a small river. A...
Praying alone on Saturday nights or at the end of fast days, Rabbi Israel [Salanter] would defer his tefillah (prayer) till an hour or more after dark. When praying with the congreg...

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