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  • I personally have been together with my partner Michael for nearly 19 years, which has given me a profound understanding of what hesed and agape mean, both human and divine.

    Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D.: Evangelicals and Gays: Why Can't We All Just Get Along?

  • On the other hand, Miriam lived among her people in the desert, following the path of hesed, or loving kindness.

    Feminism at the Seder Table « Gender Across Borders

  • Most of the early leaders were adept at multiple tasks: Abraham served as sage, performing acts of hesed (kindness) and converting the masses, knowing when to make treaties and when to wage war.

    Leadership and Authority.

  • Their coping with these painful hardships was considered a deed of hesed (lovingkindness).

    Matriarchs: A Liturgical and Theological Category.

  • Deeds of hesed, the subject of birkat avot in the Amidah, are deeds done for others, which the Matriarchs themselves performed beyond the required extent (Rambam, Guide to the Perplexed, 3: 53).

    Matriarchs: A Liturgical and Theological Category.

  • Jewish tradition specifies that men and women are expected to perform philanthropic acts of hesed [loving-kindness] and zedakah [social justice].

    Philanthropy in the United States.

  • Mother-daughter learning programs, a siyyum (conclusion ceremony) for completion of a book of the Prophets or a tractate of Mishnah, and year-long hesed or study projects have also become de rigueur in the modern Orthodox community.

    Bat Mitzvah: American Jewish Women.

  • The deity whom she hopes will show hesed to her daughters-in-law has shown hostility to her.

    Naomi: Bible.

  • Strikingly, the basis on which Naomi invokes divine hesed is the loyalty that Orpah and Ruth have already shown her family.

    Naomi: Bible.

  • She requests a return for her act of hesed (“special benevolence”: NRSV, “I have dealt kindly”).

    Rahab: Bible.

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