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Religious Studies

Judaism: concern for others

Gemilut Hasadim - loving kindness

Gemilut Hasadim means ‘the giving of loving-kindness’ and applies to all types of charitable works. It is a mitzvah (commandment) that an individual completes gemilut hasadim without expecting anything in return.

The Talmud teaches that the giving of gemilut hasadim is more important than tzedaka for three reasons:

  • charity can be provided only to the poor, while gemilut hasadim can be given to the rich and poor
  • charity can only be given to the living, while gemilut hasadim can be bestowed upon the living or dead (by attending a funeral service)
  • charity can only be offered with money, while gemilut hasadim can be given through money or assistance

There are many examples of Jewish charitable organisations including: Jewish Care, Norwood, and Tzedek.

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