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Vayechi: Relative Kindness? ~ Yehoshua Steinberg

On his deathbed in Parashat Vayechi, Jacob asks his beloved son Joseph to swear that he will bury him in the land of Israel with his forefathers, calling this an act of חסד ואמת. The word חסד here of course means loving-kindness, benevolence. This wonderful word is used many times to describe Hashem Himself, and is in fact one of the thirteen “attributes” which Moses uses to portray His goodness. And yet, amazingly, this same term appears in Leviticus with a very different meaning; the word is used to describe the disgraceful cohorting with one’s own sister. And in Proverbs too it is found denoting shame.

This article then seeks to understand the underlying meaning of this word, and how it can possibly bear such utterly disparate meanings. And ultimately, we suggest the profound lessons the Torah may be teaching us through this glaring paradox.

Vayechi: Hashem’s Escort — The Greatest Chesed ~ Tzvi Abrahams

Parshas וַיְחִי Hashem’s Escort — The Greatest Chesed לְוָיָה: funeral לֵוִי: Levi לִוְיָתָן: Livyasan לֹוֶה\מַלְוֶה: loan לְוָיָה: Funeral וַיִּקְרְבוּ יְמֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לָמוּת וַיִּקְרָא לִבְנוֹ לְיוֹסֵף וַיֹּאמֶר

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