bikur cholim

Alternative Spellings

biker khoylim, bikur holim, bikkur cholim


  • 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


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).


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

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