Middat HaRachamim

June 20, 2006

[f.]; the Divine Attribute, or Quality, of Mercy. Generally speaking, it is Hashem’s “Middat HaRachamim,” His Attribute of Mercy,” which is most in evidence on “Yom Kippur,” the “Day of Atonement.” Shakespeare writes of this Attribute, or Quality, when practiced by human beings, in “The Merchant of Venice,” as follows:

“The Quality of Mercy is not strained;
It drops as the gentle rain from heaven,
Upon the place beneath.
It is twice blessed –
It blesses him that gives,
And him that takes.”