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Bikur Holim

Tsidat-Eliaou’s team of volunteers goes round the hospitals of Jerusalem to visit the sick and, particularly, sick children bringing them toys, sweets, fruit baskets, games, flowers (in accord with the hospital management). Over and above these gifts, our aim is to offer a presence, warmth, comfort, a listening ear and moral support to the sick and their families.

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WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO VISIT THE SICK?

Here are the Mitzvot for which man can taste its fruits in this world, even though their capital is preciously reserved for the world to come :

  • Respect for our parents
  • Gratitude towards our fellow men
  • Visit the sick
  • Hospitality
  • Rise early to go to synagogue
  • Help to bring about reconciliation between people
  • Help spouses to reconcile
  • Study the Torah (the supreme mitzva and the basis of all the others)

The Gemara tells us why it is so fundamentally important, in the eyes of our Sages, to visit the sick. Yet, in our daily lives, we do not accord this mitzva sufficient attention. Perhaps because it is difficult for us to witness the suffering of others? We think that we do not have the ability to bring comfort to our fellow men...

True, the Mitzva of visiting the sick is a difficult Mitzva. If the Sages thought it useful to mention the Mitzva of Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick), it is because its merit is proportional to the effort we make in carrying it out..

Even if we do not know how to do it, let us try, if only once we carry out – or help carry out – this pure act of kindness then G-d will open the gates of our heart, and liberate our tongues so that we can bring to the sick the comfort they need. G-d will send us back to our daily occupations, with a big heart ready to carry out other Mitzvot.
The man or woman who has been reinvigorated by his visit will feel like an indispensable link in a long human chain: that of the Jewish people.
One of Rabbi Akiva’s disciples fell sick one day. None of his colleagues visited him but Rabbi Akiva personally went to visit him. He swept and cleaned the sick man’s room and this literally helped to revived him. “You have revived me Rabbi,” said the sick man to the rabbi. After his visit, Rabbi Akiva taught: “He who visits a sick person gives him life through his prayers because he prays for the sick man’s life.”

It is a Mitzva to visit a sick person.

(Shulhan Arukh Yoreh De’ah 335.1)


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