biker khoylim, bikur holim, bikkur cholim
- visiting the sick
- "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
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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