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|P29–-GOMEIL CHASSADIM TOVIM
April 5, 2007
© Rabbi Jack Moline
Having looked at each of the words in this phrase, it is now time to put them together. Gomeil can be translated as "doing," "acting," "replenishing," or "bearing a burden." Chassadim is understood as "beneficence," "kindness" or simply "love." And tovim carries every meaning of the word "good" – moral, high quality, beneficial.
"replenishes our good kindnesses and selfless acts
doing good and loving acts."
Those are far too many words to have to think about in reciting "gomeil chassadim tovim," three simple words. So I distilled the ideas into an easier phrase that, I hope, captures the essence of the many connotations of the words that first describe the actions of God after a long description of God's majesty. God is "gomeil chassadim tovim," God returns our best to us.
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