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Tomer Devora Midda 6: Chafetz Chesed - One Good Deed Can Go A Long Way
What is the difference between Tzedoka and Chesed. The Vilna Gaon says that Tzedoka is justified. I am rich and he is poor so I give him. It can come from our natural human compassion. Chesed is totally unjustifiable. It means to do something nice to someone for no reason whatsoever. There is no justification other than pure goodness on the giver's part.
Hashem is a Chafetz Chesed. He created he world with Chesed. Hashem was complete and lacking nothing. We deserved nothing yet Hashem made the world. When Hashem judges us he carefully weighs all our mitzvos and aveiros. When he come across a true act of Chesed the whole situation changes. Hashem puts away his scales sends home the bean counters and says this person does kindness without justification and therefore we will deal with him in the same way. Deserving or undeserving your judgment has just taken a turn for the better.
In dealing with other people, says the Tomer Devora, even if they have done something to incur your wrath look for some redeeming feature within them and say to yourself "even though I am rightfully mad still look at what he has done good" and forgive him.
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