Hebrew Concepts: Hesed

RuthHesed. Lovingkindness. An active quality of love practiced with devotion and demonstrated by deeds of kindness rather than mere words.

Ruth 1:8, But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Turn back, each of you to the house of her mother. May Adonai make hesed with you as you made with the dead [husbands] and with me.”

R. Zeira said: This scroll [of Ruth] tells us nothing either of cleanliness or of uncleanliness, either of prohibition or permission. For what purpose then was it written? To teach us how great is the reward of those who do deeds of kindness [hesed]. (from Ruth Rabbah).

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Ahavah. Emunah. Chen. Tikvah. Chokmah. Da’at. Binah. There are so many words to learn and verses to look up.

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