Thursday, April 15, 2010

Visiting the Sick

Once, a group of people encountered Rav Chaim Chizkiyahu, zt”l, the illustrious Sdei Chemed, walking under the beating sun on a hot summer’s day. The people asked him where he was headed and, knowing how careful he was never to waste a moment, they were surprised by his reply.
He said, “I am going to visiti so-and-so who is sick and lives not far from here.”
The group immediately pointed out that the sick man did not deserve this distinction since he was a well known sinner. The Sdei Chemed disagreed.
He argued, “First of all, our sages tell us that even the sinners of Israel are filled with merit like a pomegranate is filled with seeds, so he is certainly worthy of the visit in his own right. Secondly, we learn from the verse that the Shechinah is above the head of a sick person. So even if he were not to deserve a visit, we are not only going to visit him, we are also going to visit the Shechinah which is with him.”
The group was so moved by the words of the Sdei Chemed that they decided to accompany him to the sickbed. When the group was ushered in to the patient, he girded himself and sat up in their honor. A few days later he walked the streets, completely healed. From that day on, this man turned over a new leaf and left his bad ways behind. No fault was ever found in him again

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