The Basics of Judaism: Basic Values and Morality: EMES and CHESED:
How do "emes" and "chesed" differ?
The word "emes" means "truth"; but when it is contrasted with
"chesed", the commentaries suggest that "chesed" is a voluntary
thing, whereas "emes" is a responsibility.
CHESED can mean grace, favor, charity, or
righteousness. In all of those meanings,
it's a primary Jewish value.
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