• n. An act of kindness.

  • n. Kindness.

Example Sentences

  • "You should go visit her in the hosiptal. It would be a real chesed."

    Listen to recordings of this sentence: ( Recording 1)
  • "The chesed we strive to promote in our students is rooted in a sense of responsibility to serve the Jewish people and all of humanity -- leading with kindness to improve the world!" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • חסד 'kindness, benevolence'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      hesed, khesed

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