gemilas chesed

Alternative Spellings

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  • (pl. gemilas chasodim) A loan of money without interest to help a needy person.

Example Sentences

  • "To whom will I turn for a gemilas chesed?" (

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


גמלת חסד gemilat chesed 'bestowal of lovingkindness'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


North America


Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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