bikur cholim


bikur cholim (bee-KOOR khoh-LEEM) listen
bikur cholim (bee-KOOR khoh-LEEM) listen


  • n. The important mitzvah of visiting the sick.

Example Sentences

  • "Bikkur cholim is an even bigger mitzvah than prayer."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Heb ביקור חולים bikúr kholím, Yiddish ביקור־חולים biker-khóylim 'the commandment of visiting the sick'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      biker khoylim, bikur holim, bikkur cholim


  • "Bikkur Cholim" can also be a noun that refers to an organization that organizes visits and gifts to the sick.

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