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Although the Torah doesn’t list chesed as a mitzvah, many of the mitzvos are based on principles of kindness and love toward others. It’s such an important value that Jews are always looking for new ways to incorporate gemilus chasadim into their lives.

The True Meaning of Chesed

Giving of yourself with no expectation of receiving anything in return is the true meaning of chesed. This includes helping people who are obviously in need as well as people who seem to be managing fine on their own. You never know when a kind word, a small amount of tzedakah, a bikur cholim visit or another simple act of kindness will change someone’s life for the better.

Olam Chesed Yibaneh

Why did Hashem create the world? He wasn’t lacking anything. He is Infinite! The reason He created us was purely to give. Olam chesed yibaneh. Our purpose in life is to become like Hashem. That’s why it is so incredibly satisfying when you give. Nothing compares - not even remotely - to the deep pleasure of sharing and helping others. It touches you inside on a level that nothing else comes close. Why? Because your neshama is connecting with the core of its existence.