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What is Chesed?

In the Jewish tradition, kindness is expressed with the Hebrew word chesed. Like many Hebrew words, chesed does not translate precisely into English. The word means more than simply “kindness.” Learn more in this post.

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9 Children's Books About Kindness

When we praise our kids for unprompted acts of kindness, empathy, and generosity, we're helping them grow up to be mensches and we're also reinforcing a Jewish value known as chesed. Often translated as “loving-kindness,” chesed means giving oneself fully, with love and compassion. Here are nine fantastic books for small children that show how easy it is to be kind to others.

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