“The world rests upon three things: Torah, service to God, and bestowing kindness.” (Pirkey Avot 1:2)

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The Hebrew word for kindness is chesed. It is also connected with love and grace. In the King James Bible, chesed is sometimes translated as lovingkindness. Chesed is God’s love for His children and kindness between human beings.

The word chesed occurs 248 times in the Hebrew Bible and, in most cases, it is translated as “mercy” in the King James Bible. One example is Psalms 136:1 (KJV):

O give thanks unto the Lord for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

In Hebrew, it says, “Hodu l’Adonai ki tov, ki leolam chasdo.” The literal translation is: “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His kindness endures forever.”

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A new baby is born, becoming the family’s center of attention. An important thing to remember at this time is the baby screening process.

Congenital diseases affect one out of each thousand babies in the United States

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, each year 4 million babies are checked for congenital disorders in the first hours after birth. Most babies are born healthy, but a small percentage have serious diseases that may be treatable if early detected.

The purpose of the newborn screening process is to identify and treat these diseases before the baby presents any symptom. …

Exodus 15:22–27

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This is a very interesting passage from the book of Exodus. The Israelites see the great miracle and wonderful deliverance performed by God at the Sea of Reeds. But when they face their first adversity, immediately they become bitter and start complaining against God.

They walk for three days in the desert and find no water.

Then they discover a fountain of water; however, it appears to be bitter (marah) — impossible to drink. They grumble against Moses. Moses cries to God, and the waters become sweet.

The name Marah reminds us of another biblical episode in Ruth 1:19–21.

Ruth and Naomi arrive in Bethlehem, after being lonely and impoverished. Their husbands are dead. Ruth’s husband is also Naomi’s son. …


Anna DeFreitas, MD

Medical doctor, specialist in Health Law, published writer and researcher, with works on Medicine, Law, Neuroscience, Bioethics, and Philosophy.

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