Section: Avodah Category: 13 Middos
|Tomer Devora Midda 11: Chesed L'Avrohom - The Above Average Jew|
Midda 10 discussed how we must act with regular people in a fair way trying to hit the upper boundaries of fairness. Midda 11 is Chesed L'Avrohom or "Lifnim Mishuras HaDin" above and beyond what the law calls for. Even if one acts fair to a person who acts fair one should go beyond the call of duty for someone who acts lfnim mishuras hadin.
Chesed L'Avrohom means acting with Chesed to an "Avrohom", those who act like Avrohom and go lfnim mishuras hadin. You may think this is easy. Why not act kind to a person who is so kind? Keep in mind that Chesed means doing an act that is totally unwarranted and unjustified. So it is not paying back kindness with kindness, it is acting with kindness when to this nice fellow even when this particular favor is totally underserved and goes beyond the scope of anything reasonable.